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Wheeler’s Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings

Week 7 fantasy football rankings Kenneth Walker
Oct 9, 2022; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Kenneth Walker III (9) rushes for a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during the second half at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

The fantasy football season is in full swing, and the tension is high among my students. Some are taking victory laps about being 5-1, but don’t realize how fortunate they have been with injuries, match-ups and not running into bye-week issues. 

The data is getting sticky, meaning we can be fairly confident with certain statistics, but we also have to keep in mind situations can pivot on a dime. I generally use the past five weeks of a player's data as a baseline. At this point, what happened in Week 1 is of little relevance to us. Entire team dynamics have changed for most squads.

Injuries are the main reason for adjustments in the fantasy landscape now, and not just players going down, but we are starting to see players coming back. Make sure to check our News and Notes daily.

Arizona is expecting a boost with DeAndre Hopkins coming back from suspension, and they traded for Robbie Anderson, but they lost Marquise Brown to injury. 

Dallas could get Dak Prescott back from injury after going 4-1 with Cooper Rush at the helm. 

The New Orleans Saints will be without Michael Thomas, Jarvis Landry and Adam Trautman for Thursday Night Football against the Cardinals. Coach Dennis Allen also remains uncommitted on whether Andy Dalton or Jameis Winston will start at quarterback, but NFL Media is reporting signs point to Dalton.

Check this link throughout the week and on Sunday morning for the latest updates.

When examining these rankings, consider that I am only looking at positional ranks, not flex or overall rankings. When it comes to whom you start in the flex, a lot will depend on your specific league rules and roster construction. If players are ranked within three spots of each other, the difference between them is negligible. They are expected to score the same amount of points; in those cases, go to our Discord.


Quarterback is the least volatile position when limiting the data to only the past five games. The only noticeable change is Justin Herbert dropping from the QB9 to the QB14 in fantasy points scored. Keep an eye on that, though; Herbert needs a strong outing against the Seahawks, or we will need to throw up some red flags on him. 

Rank QB Team Opp
1 Lamar Jackson BAL vs. CLE
2 Patrick Mahomes II KC @ SF
3 Justin Herbert LAC vs. SEA
4 Joe Burrow CIN vs. ATL
5 Kyler Murray ARI vs. NO
6 Tom Brady TB @ CAR
7 Dak Prescott DAL vs. DET
8 Geno Smith SEA @ LAC
9 Aaron Rodgers GB @ WAS
10 Derek Carr LV vs. HOU
11 Jimmy Garoppolo SF vs. KC
12 Tua Tagovailoa MIA vs. PIT
13 Russell Wilson DEN vs. NYJ
14 Trevor Lawrence JAC vs. NYG
15 Matt Ryan IND @ TEN
16 Daniel Jones NYG @ JAC
17 Marcus Mariota ATL @ CIN
18 Justin Fields CHI @ NE
19 Jared Goff DET @ DAL
20 Jacoby Brissett CLE @ BAL
21 Ryan Tannehill TEN vs. IND
22 Zach Wilson NYJ @ DEN
23 Andy Dalton NO @ ARI
24 Davis Mills HOU @ LV

Running Back

If we only take the past five games into account, Saquon Barkley drops from the RB2 to the RB8. A boom game in Week 1 against the Titans is boosting his stat line. Meanwhile, the Titans have given up the fewest points per game to the RB position since.

Rank RB Team Opp
1 Austin Ekeler LAC vs. SEA
2 Derrick Henry TEN vs. IND
3 Saquon Barkley NYG @ JAC
4 Kenneth Walker SEA @ LAC
5 Christian McCaffrey CAR vs. TB
6 Leonard Fournette TB @ CAR
7 Josh Jacobs LV vs. HOU
8 Jonathan Taylor IND @ TEN
9 Rhamondre Stevenson NE vs. CHI
10 Nick Chubb CLE @ BAL
11 Alvin Kamara NO @ ARI
12 Joe Mixon CIN vs. ATL
13 Breece Hall NYJ @ DEN
14 Dameon Pierce HOU @ LV
15 D'Andre Swift DET @ DAL
16 Travis Etienne Jr. JAC vs. NYG
17 Jamaal Williams DET @ DAL
18 Aaron Jones GB @ WAS
19 Najee Harris PIT @ MIA
20 David Montgomery CHI @ NE
21 Clyde Edwards-Helaire KC @ SF
22 Ezekiel Elliott DAL vs. DET
23 Jeff Wilson Jr. SF vs. KC
24 James Robinson JAC vs. NYG
25 Raheem Mostert MIA vs. PIT
26 Tony Pollard DAL vs. DET
27 A.J. Dillon GB @ WAS
28 Eno Benjamin ARI vs. NO
29 Kareem Hunt CLE @ BAL
30 Melvin Gordon III DEN vs. NYJ
31 Brian Robinson Jr. WAS vs. GB
32 J.K. Dobbins BAL vs. CLE
33 Latavius Murray DEN vs. NYJ
34 Tyler Allgeier ATL @ CIN
35 Michael Carter NYJ @ DEN
36 Antonio Gibson WAS vs. GB

Wide Receiver

Allen Lazard's splits against man coverage and the blitz suggest that he is the Packers WR to target in Week 7.

CeeDee Lamb is lined up for a fantastic Week 7 against the Detroit Lions. Dallas has a 28-point implied team total, Prescott should be returning and Lamb has had a 33.5 percent target share and 39.1 percent air-yard share.

Rank WR Team Opp
1 Ja'Marr Chase CIN vs. ATL
2 Tyreek Hill MIA vs. PIT
3 Deebo Samuel SF vs. KC
4 Mike Evans TB @ CAR
5 CeeDee Lamb DAL vs. DET
6 Mike Williams LAC vs. SEA
7 Michael Pittman Jr. IND @ TEN
8 DK Metcalf SEA @ LAC
9 Jaylen Waddle MIA vs. PIT
10 Courtland Sutton DEN vs. NYJ
11 Chris Godwin TB @ CAR
12 Tyler Lockett SEA @ LAC
13 Amari Cooper CLE @ BAL
14 Christian Kirk JAC vs. NYG
15 Diontae Johnson PIT @ MIA
16 Allen Lazard GB @ WAS
17 Jakobi Meyers NE vs. CHI
18 Tee Higgins CIN vs. ATL
19 Terry McLaurin WAS vs. GB
20 Jerry Jeudy DEN vs. NYJ
21 Romeo Doubs GB @ WAS
22 Curtis Samuel WAS vs. GB
23 Drake London ATL @ CIN
24 JuJu Smith-Schuster KC @ SF
25 D.J. Moore CAR vs. TB
26 Brandon Aiyuk SF vs. KC
27 George Pickens PIT @ MIA
28 Rondale Moore ARI vs. NO
29 Tyler Boyd CIN vs. ATL
30 Garrett Wilson NYJ @ DEN
31 Darnell Mooney CHI @ NE
32 Marquez Valdes-Scantling KC @ SF
33 Alec Pierce IND @ TEN
34 Michael Gallup DAL vs. DET
35 Davante Adams LV vs. HOU
36 Devin Duvernay BAL vs. CLE


37 Joshua Palmer LAC vs. SEA
38 Elijah Moore NYJ @ DEN
39 Corey Davis NYJ @ DEN
40 Zay Jones JAC vs. NYG
41 Amon-Ra St. Brown DET @ DAL
42 Chase Claypool PIT @ MIA
43 Donovan Peoples-Jones CLE @ BAL
44 Russell Gage TB @ CAR
45 Wan'Dale Robinson NYG @ JAC
46 Darius Slayton NYG @ JAC
47 Keenan Allen LAC vs. SEA
48 Mecole Hardman KC @ SF
49 Noah Brown DAL vs. DET
50 Brandin Cooks HOU @ LV

Tight End 

Gerald Everett will be ranked higher than usual, as he faces Seattle, the worst defense against the TE position. You will hear Juwan Johnson’s name again a few times this week, as the Saints face the second-worst team at defending tight ends in the Arizona Cardinals. 

Rank TE Team Opp
1 Mark Andrews BAL vs. CLE
2 Travis Kelce KC @ SF
3 George Kittle SF vs. KC
4 Zach Ertz ARI vs. NO
5 David Njoku CLE @ BAL
6 Kyle Pitts ATL @ CIN
7 Gerald Everett LAC vs. SEA
8 Taysom Hill NO @ ARI
9 Robert Tonyan GB @ WAS
10 Hayden Hurst CIN vs. ATL
11 Evan Engram JAC vs. NYG
12 Hunter Henry NE vs. CHI
13 Daniel Bellinger NYG @ JAC
14 Mike Gesicki MIA vs. PIT
15 Noah Fant SEA @ LAC
16 T.J. Hockenson DET @ DAL
17 Pat Freiermuth PIT @ MIA
18 Tyler Conklin NYJ @ DEN
19 Darren Waller LV vs. HOU
20 Greg Dulcich DEN vs. NYJ
21 Cade Otton TB @ CAR
22 Juwan Johnson NO @ ARI
23 Cole Kmet CHI @ NE
24 Will Dissly SEA @ LAC
25 Mo Alie-Cox IND @ TEN

Rest of Season Rankings

Way back before I started ranking players and writing about fantasy, I would search for analysts' “Rest of Season” rankings. At the time, there were few people doing that, so when I started writing, it became a large part of my process. Rest of Season rankings help me with waiver wire or free-agent pick-ups before Sunday game-time.

Waiver Wire

Name Team Position Opp
Wan'Dale Robinson NYG WR @ JAC
Alec Pierce IND WR @ TEN
Greg Dulcich DEN TE vs. NYJ
Rachaad White TB RB @ CAR
Corey Davis NYJ WR @ DEN
Rondale Moore ARI WR vs. NO
Jahan Dotson WAS WR vs. GB
Robert Tonyan GB TE @ WAS
Tyquan Thornton NE WR vs. CHI
Latavius Murray DEN RB vs. NYJ

Good luck this week!

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