Welcome to QB List’s weekly rankings! Each week, I’ll be taking a look at the upcoming matchups and ranking each position, as well as flex positions.
Note: rankings will be updated throughout the week, so continue checking back here as the week goes on.
Week 7 Notes:
- Marcus Mariota looked really good against the Indianapolis Colts, and while that’s not necessarily a hard thing to do against that defense, it was reassuring to see that the injury didn’t seem to be bothering him all that much. Now going against the Cleveland Browns, there’s no reason to think he can’t do more of the same, so look for him to be a solid QB1 this week. That matchup should also make Rishard Matthews and Delanie Walker solid plays as well.
- The Pittsburgh Steelers may have a really good pass defense, but their run defense is not nearly as good, giving up the fifth-most fantasy points to running backs so far this year. For that reason, I’m optimistic about Joe Mixon as an RB2. He’s been definitively the starting running back on the Bengals over Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard, and against a run defense as poor as the Steelers’, he should be a solid play with plenty of upside given his talent.
- I’m hoping that Ty Montgomery will be a little more healthy in this game against the New Orleans Saints, as he didn’t look particularly good last week. I am definitely worried about a potential timeshare between him and Aaron Jones, but I want to see one more week with him fully back from injury before I’m totally ready to panic. I’ve got him as a low-end RB2, and if I own Montgomery, I’m a bit nervous.
- My ranking of Stefon Diggs assumes that he plays, which he may not. The Baltimore Ravens’ pass defense has been quite good this year, giving up the third-fewest fantasy points to opposing wide receivers, but they’re not flawless. A.J. Green, Michael Crabtree, and for some reason Rashard Higgins all had solid yardage totals against the Ravens (though the team did limit Antonio Brown to a poor game). Diggs is a great receiver, and being that he’s paired with Adam Thielen, he’s not the only threat, so I think the potential for Diggs to have a good game is certainly there, assuming he’s healthy. He should make for a nice WR2 option.
- I’m also assuming that Sterling Shepard is playing, which again, he may not. If he does though, he’ll be the top option in that Giants passing offense. And yes, I know they’re going against the Seattle Seahawks, but I think just based on volume alone (not to mention his talent), Shepard should make for an interesting flex play.
- Mohamed Sanu is dealing with a hamstring injury, and it’s possible he doesn’t play in Week 7. If he does though, I like him as a flex play, as everyone looks good against the New England Patriots’ defense. If he doesn’t play though, bump Taylor Gabriel up as an equally interesting flex play.
- I believe that Jordan Reed is going to bounce back, he’s too good not to. I also think that this Redskins/Eagles game is going to be a shootout, because we’ll be seeing two pretty bad secondaries going against each other, which means lots of passing, which hopefully means a sizeable workload for Reed. And if you’re wondering if I’m as optimistic about Terrelle Pryor and Jamison Crowder since I think there will be a lot of passing in this game, I’m not as much. While I think Kirk Cousins will have a nice game, he spreads the ball around too equally to really give Pryor or Crowder a fantasy edge.