The List – Week 7: Ranking The Top 200 Fantasy Football Players ROS

Erik Smith updates his rest of season top 200 list for fantasy football leagues ahead of Week 7.

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Every Tuesday of the regular season, I will be updating my rest of season rankings for PPR leagues, in hopes of helping you with roster construction and trade negotiations. These are not Week 7 matchup rankings, which I will release before the Thursday game. The List is created with the rest of the season in mind.

 

Player Notes

 

  • I tend to be overly pessimistic on injury returns in fantasy football, as hoping for a player to beat their recovery timetable is generally a losing proposition. But Hunter Henry is the rare exception, as he shockingly returned in Week 6 to a full workload. The Chargers smartly played him out wide like a receiver, and he exploded back on to the tight end scene with eight catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns. That was enough to shoot him 87 spots up The List, to number 86 overall in my rankings. His extensive injury history is enough to keep him below the upper echelon tight ends, but he immediately becomes one of the better tight end options in the game. The Chargers desperately need a spark on offense, and Henry may get all the work he can handle going forward.
  • Terry McLaurin keeps producing, and passes the eye test, looking like this year’s breakout rookie wide receiver. I would still bet on regression hitting in the touchdown department, as it is hard to imagine him scoring a touchdown a game on this lowly Washington offense, especially if they rededicate to the run as the new coaching staff has shown so far. Selling high might not be a bad idea, but I wouldn’t feel pressured to move McLaurin, as he looks like a legit starter the rest of the way.
  • I’m completely bailing on Joe Mixon right now, as this Bengals offensive line takes a new injury hit to the offensive line every week. If you are desperate and need a big-time gamble, buying low on Mixon might be an understandable move. But as a Bengals fan, I’m very pessimistic about Mixon’s chances of turning things around this year.
  • Courtland Sutton seems to have fought off Emmanual Sanders as the Broncos number one receiver, and Sutton has been shockingly consistent this year. While Joe Flacco is far from the ideal quarterback to support a fantasy wide receiver, it is working so far. I’ve continued to move Sutton up the ranks every week.
  • Jamison Crowder and Robby Anderson both snapped back into their roles with Sam Darnold at quarterback, and jump up my ranks significantly. I was expecting some rust from Darnold, but quite the contrary, this whole passing attack looked rejuvenated. Crowder is the high floor option, and Anderson is the boom/bust option.
  • I’m not ready to overhype Jamaal Williams after his breakout performance on Monday night, as I think it was the perfect storm of a few blunders from Aaron Jones and some big plays from Williams. Williams certainly has value, but I wouldn’t expect him to overtake Jones, barring an injury. He’s still a must-add waiver option this week.
  • Darrell Henderson suddenly has value again, as he flashed explosiveness backing up Malcolm Brown as a part of the replacement tandem for Todd Gurley. I expect any Gurley injury to be shrouded in mystery, and I wouldn’t be surprised to seem him return this week, or miss several more weeks. Make room for Henderson on your roster immediately; he could be a drop after a week, but there’s a chance he’s the spark that the Rams need to jumpstart this offense. I’ll add him first and figure it out later.

 

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