Fantasy Football WR Report: New No. 1 for Week 7, Plus Rams’ Favorable Matchup

Oct 17, 2018 5:35 PM EDT
  • The Action Network ranked fantasy football wide receivers across standard, PPR and half-point PPR formats for Week 7.
  • Here's a deeper dive on WRs you should start, including the dominant Adam Thielen -- plus one star you should consider fading.

Here’s a breakdown of notable wide receivers featured in Sean Koerner, Chris Raybon and Matthew Freedman’s Week 7 fantasy football rankings.

The No. 1 WR

Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings

Thielen is dominating this season, averaging 13.5 targets per game, and he leads the league in targets (81), receptions (58) and receiving yards (712). He leads all receivers in median and ceiling projections in the FantasyLabs Player Models for Week 7.

Thielen carries an average rank of 1.3 among our experts in PPR and half-point PPR formats and 2.0 in standard scoring.

Most Favorable Matchups

Robert Woods, Brandin Cooks and Josh Reynolds, Los Angeles Rams

The Rams will take on a 49ers defense that ranks 32nd in Pro Football Focus’ pass-coverage grades. And with Cooper Kupp (knee) expected to miss this game, the Rams are likely to run out Reynolds as the third wideout.

Per Sports Info Solutions, Jared Goff has the fifth-most attempts from three-receiver sets this season, so Reynolds does hold some value if bye weeks are crushing your team:

Meanwhile, Cooks carries an average rank of 12.3 in PPR, 10.3 in standard and 12 in half-point PPR formats while Woods is sitting at 9.3 in PPR, 11.7 in standard and 10.3 in half-point PPR.

A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals

Green (24% target share) and Boyd (23%) are seeing nearly equal usage this season, and they’ve combined for 57.5% of the Bengals’ red-zone target share through six weeks.

Week 7 is a great spot for them against a Chiefs defense that ranks 30th in PFF’s coverage grades and is allowing the league’s second-highest scoring rate, per Pro Football Reference.

Michael Crabtree and John Brown, Baltimore Ravens

The Saints have struggled to defend the pass all season, allowing 9.1 yards per attempt and 297.6 passing yards per game to opposing offenses. Both marks are bottom-three in the league.

Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: John Brown

Brown is particularly interesting as he ranks third in the league in air yards and owns 39% of the Ravens’ market share of air yards.

Both receivers carry an average rank inside the top 30 across formats for Week 7.

Matchup Downgrade

Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals

Overall, the Broncos have an average pass defense, but Fitzgerald will have a tough individual matchup against Chris Harris Jr. in the slot, who is allowing only 0.64 yards per cover snap. Additionally, Fitz is averaging a paltry 5.8 targets per game this season and the Cardinals are implied for just 19.5 points.

Fitz doesn’t have an average rank higher than 46.7 (PPR) across formats this week.

Want another edge? Be sure to keep up with the week’s news on FantasyLabs.

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Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Adam Thielen

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ARI
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DEN
LAC
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