Koerner’s Week 7 Fantasy Football WR Tiers: A Jarvis Landry Breakout Is Coming

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Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Jarvis Landry

  • Sean Koerner -- the No. 1 in-season fantasy football ranker in 2015, 2016 and 2017 -- takes a detailed look at his Week 7 wide receiver tiers.
  • Use the strategies outlined below to build the most optimal starting lineup for your fantasy football team.

Below you’ll find my wide receiver tiers for Week 7 fantasy football. These are based on standard scoring.

As a reminder, these tiers are not updated after publication. If you want my most up-to-date rankings for PPR, Standard and Half-Point PPR leagues, check out this post.

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Koerner’s Wide Receiver Tiers

Tier 1
Adam Thielen (@ NYJ)
Julio Jones (vs. NYG)
Tyreek Hill (vs. CIN)
Odell Beckham (@ ATL)

Whenever Antonio Brown is on BYE, it opens up Tier 1 to a plethora of wide receivers.

There’s arguably no player with a better floor/ceiling combo right now than Adam Thielen. His worst game this year was a 6/102/0 line in Week 1. That’s insane.

Due to the Vikings’ O-line woes it’s forced Kirk Cousins to get the ball out quickly to his favorite target in Thielen, who has now seen at least 10 targets and 100 yards in every single game so far.

Tier 2
A.J. Green (@ KC)

Green gets his own tier this week. While not quite in the elite tier, he is in a smash spot against the Chiefs, which gives him a top-five projection at the position right now.

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18) catches a pass in the end zone for a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during the 3rd quarter at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green (18).

Tier 3
Michael Thomas (@ BAL)
DeAndre Hopkins (@ JAX)
Mike Evans (vs. CLE)
Robert Woods (@ SF)
Brandin Cooks (@ SF)

Michael Thomas and DeAndre Hopkins have brutal matchups this week, so we’ll lower our expectations to the six- to seven-reception, 80- to 85-yard range this week.

Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks get a bit of a boost with Cooper Kupp ruled out. It’s going to narrow down the Rams’ target tree and give each stud wide receiver a couple more targets this week.

Tier 4
Keenan Allen (vs. TEN)
Golden Tate (@ MIA)
Jarvis Landry (@ TB)
Kenny Golladay (@ MIA)
Stefon Diggs (@ NYJ)
Tyler Boyd (@ KC)

This is the week I think Jarvis Landry is going to break out with a huge game. The Browns have suffered so many injuries to their secondary receivers they had to sign someone named De’Mari Scott this week.

Tampa Bay has been gashed by opposing receivers all year, allowing the following box scores: Julio Jones 10/144/0 (Week 6), Taylor Gabriel 7/104/2 (Week 4), JuJu Smith-Schuster 9/116/0 (Week 3), Nelson Agholor 8/88/1 (Week 2) and Michael Thomas 16/180/1 (Week 1).

Tier 5
Alshon Jeffery (vs. CAR)
Emmanuel Sanders (@ ARI)

Neither receiver is someone you typically brag about when you show your team to a friend, but both are underrated fantasy assets who consistently put up WR2 numbers each week and set themselves apart from the players in tier below, who all lack the same consistency.

Tier 6
Marvin Jones (@ MIA)
John Brown (vs. NO)
Sterling Shepard (@ ATL)
Calvin Ridley (vs. NYG)
DeSean Jackson (vs. CLE)
Taylor Gabriel (vs. NE)
Michael Crabtree (vs. NO)
Allen Robinson (vs. NE)
Corey Davis (@ LAC)

This tier has massive upside, but many of these receivers are the second passing option in their offense and have lower floors than those in the tiers above.

That said, I love Taylor Gabriel this week.

Taylor-Gabriel
Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Taylor Gabriel (18).

He has benefitted from Anthony Miller dealing with a shoulder injury and seems to be developing into the “Tyreek Hill” role in the Matt Nagy offense.

We just saw how the Patriots defense struggles to keep up with speedsters such as Gabriel, as it got torched by Tyreek and Kareem Hunt last week. I expect the Bears to build a lot of their game plan around Gabriel and Cohen this week.

Tier 7
Robby Anderson (vs. MIN)
Devin Funchess (@ PHI)
Julian Edelman (@ CHI) +1
Demaryius Thomas (@ ARI)
Dede Westbrook (vs. HOU)
Keelan Cole (vs. HOU)
Sammy Watkins (vs. CIN)

With Quincy Enunwa put on the shelf indefinitely due to injury, we could see Robby Anderson regain his role as the No. 1 option in the Jets’ passing attack. I’m a bit skeptical that Sam Darnold will help him recapture his 2017 value, as the rookie QB seems to favor his slot receiver.

That makes me think Jermaine Kearse could get the biggest boost from Enunwa’s absence.

Tier 8
Marquise Goodwin (vs. LAR)
Josh Gordon (@ CHI)
Chris Godwin (vs. CLE)
Christian Kirk (vs. DEN)
Albert Wilson (vs. DET)
Nelson Agholor (vs. CAR)

After Josh Gordon saw at least 80% of snaps in Week 6, I am issuing an Eruption Warning on him. He is safe enough to be a WR3 during this BYE-heavy week and has potential to hit the WR1 upside that is always there with him.

It appears Gordon has picked up the playbook/offense more quickly than anticipated and is getting close to 100% health-wise. It’s probably impossible to pry him away from any owner who has been hanging on to him patiently, but the time to buy low could be completely gone after this week.

Tier 9
Mohamed Sanu (vs. NYG)
Antonio Callaway (@ TB)
Donte Moncrief (vs. HOU)
T.Y. Hilton (vs. BUF)
Will Fuller (@ JAX)

I’m tentatively projecting T.Y. Hilton to return this week and also tentatively expecting him to not play his usual role if he does return. The Colts are big favorites against the Bills and likely won’t need him much to win.

He is someone whose rank should go up/down based on reports later in the week. Definitely make sure to check out my updated rankings when it comes time to finalize sit/start decisions.

Tier 10
Jermaine Kearse (vs. MIN)
Kenny Stills (vs. DET)
Mike Williams (vs. TEN)
Larry Fitzgerald (vs. DEN)
Tyrell Williams (vs. TEN)
Willie Snead (vs. NO)
Keke Coutee (@ JAX)

As I mentioned above, Kearse could see the biggest boost from Enunwa’s injury. He makes a decent PPR dart throw on a week in which four teams are on a BYE.

Willie Snead is another BYE week flier who is worth starting in his revenge game against a Saints defense that has been gashed by slot wide receivers ever since Patrick Robinson suffered a season-ending injury.

We saw Cole Beasley expose the Jaguars’ weakness in defending slot receivers so this could be a week in which the Texans force-feed Keke Coutee with targets.