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Week 7 Flex Rankings for Fantasy Football

It feels as if this fantasy football season has already been a war of attrition. Injuries and inconsistency have led many of us to start players we would not have pictured ourselves doing so over the summer. Throw in six teams on a bye this week, and that is magnified a bit more. Look no further than this week’s running back rankings to prove that point. About half of the running backs currently in the top-100 overall were not under serious consideration as fantasy commodities back in August or early September. Most of us would not have believed back then that players such as Chuba Hubbard, Darrel Williams, and Cordarrelle Patterson would be potential RB1s by this point in the season. But here we are, so buckle up.

Wide receiver and tight end feel a bit safer relative to preseason expectations. But there are still quite a few players who have surprised me to this point. That has been the case both in good ways and bad. Tim Patrick and Ricky Seals-Jones were among the waiver wire darlings who hit paydirt last week. Meanwhile, players such as Julio Jones and Jonnu Smith have struggled to reach expectations in their new digs. Where do these players land in the landscape of Week 7 Flex plays? Keep reading to find out where I have these players (as well as others on your roster) ranked for the upcoming week of action.

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Running Back Notes

I did not include Saquon Barkley in my Week 7 Flex rankings. That can change, of course, if we get good news on his injury status. For the moment, though, I am not expecting him to suit up. Devontae Booker had 16 of the Giants’ 21 running back opportunities last week. Unfortunately for those who started him, one of the other five was a goal-line carry by Elijhaa Penny that resulted in a score. Both Booker and Penny finished inside the top-30 in half-PPR scoring last week. For Week 7, Booker is the one you want based on his expected role in the offense. The issue for this week is that his matchup is not ideal. Carolina has allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. Booker should still be an RB2, but the ceiling may not be as high this week.

The Arizona Cardinals are the league’s only undefeated team, but their backfield has not necessarily produced in the manner in which many of us expected. James Conner leads the team in carries and rushing touchdowns through six games. I did not consider him much of a threat to Chase Edmonds coming into the year. But Arizona clearly likes what they have seen from Conner, and it is hard to argue with the results. That Edmonds is dealing with a shoulder injury probably does not help matters. Arizona only gave Edmonds eight opportunities in last week’s victory. Meanwhile, Conner got 17 total touches. To be credit, he is running hard and is proving worthy of the additional work. I have Conner ahead of Edmonds this week, but both Cardinals running backs are in the RB2 range against an overmatched Houston Texans defensive front.

The backfield situations in Seattle and Washington are a bit murky. I currently have Alex Collins inside my top-20 running backs, but there is a very real chance he misses this game due to his hip injury. Even if he does play, he is likely to be extremely limited. I would try to avoid playing him if possible. But fantasy managers may not have much of a choice given the minefield that is the running back position. Antonio Gibson had an MRI on his shin and his availability for Week 7 is also in doubt. I have much more faith in J.D. McKissic as a fantasy viable option than any of the Seahawks’ backs. McKissic has proven he can be an asset even if Gibson is active, so he is certainly worthy of Flex consideration this week. I have both in the low-RB2 range for now.

Wide Receiver Notes

Could this be the week that Allen Robinson finally breaks out? I suppose that depends on your definition of a breakout. I currently have Robinson in the WR3 range, which is higher than the level he has produced this year. It is also higher than where I usually rank him. Chicago plays Tampa Bay this week, and opponents largely eschew the run in favor of the pass against the defending Super Bowl Champions. If the Bears follow suit, Robinson could be given more opportunities. Tampa’s cornerbacks have been solid this season, but have still allowed the fourth-most receptions and fifth-most fantasy points to opposing wideouts. If it doesn’t happen this week for Robinson, I don’t know if it ever will, and I would try to sell high on him if he does finally provide a top-20 or 30 finish this week.

Jaylen Waddle had his second double-digit catch game of the season last week. Oddly enough, the 70 receiving yards Waddle had were a season-high. Miami may be getting DeVante Parker and Preston Williams back from their respective injuries against the Atlanta Falcons. Having said that, I like Waddle’s chances of producing at a high level again this week. The expected presence of Parker and/or Williams may serve to benefit Waddle. If either or both are active, they will likely occupy A.J. Terrell, who is Atlanta’s best corner. That would allow Waddle to do his thing underneath in the slot against fellow rookie Richie Grant. I ranked both Waddle and Parker as top-36 options this week. I expect Williams to remain inactive but may add him as a lower-tier option when I update these rankings on Sunday.

As I mentioned last week, it is tricky to figure out which Cardinals receiver besides DeAndre Hopkins to trust in a given week. The Cardinals had three top-20 fantasy wideouts against Cleveland, as Hopkins, Christian Kirk and A.J. Green caught touchdown passes in Arizona’s victory, while Rondale Moore was the odd man out. I currently have all four Arizona receivers inside my top-40 at the position, because the upside is certainly there. However, keep in mind that the odds of all four hitting (not to mention their two running backs, and newly-acquired tight end Zach Ertz) are low. Hopkins is the only one who is a no-brainer start. That is especially true given the revenge narrative on tap for “Nuk” in Week 7. I would not be surprised to see the Cardinals force-feed Hopkins some end-zone looks against his former team.

Tight End Notes

With the aforementioned Ertz now playing in the desert, both he and Dallas Goedert should be more stable fantasy plays going forward. However, there are some potential issues for both this week. Goedert is scheduled to come off the reserve/Covid list, but we will have to make sure of his status before Sunday. He has an excellent matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders. Vegas surrenders the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing tight ends, and teams have attacked linebacker Cory Littleton with great success. Littleton has been targeted on 20 percent of routes run, which is the second-highest number in the league, and he has allowed the fourth-most yards per route run. I have Goedert as my TE10 for now but there is a chance he moves up a notch or two provided a clean bill of health heading into Week 7.

As for Ertz, he faces a Houston team that has allowed the second-most fantasy points to tight ends. However, I don’t know how confident I would be in starting Ertz this week. He is on a brand new team and must learn a new offense. There are also plenty of mouths to feed in the Cardinals offense. You could make a legitimate case for starting two of Arizona’s running backs and four of their wide receivers. That does not leave a whole lot of room for tight end production. To be fair, Maxx Williams had 15 receptions over three weeks before his injury, so the former Eagle can produce right away. I currently have him grouped with Robert Tonyan and Evan Engram, so I can certainly see chasing Ertz’s upside given the disappointment of the other two tight ends to date.

Week 7 Flex Rankings

Check out our other Week 7 Rankings: QB | RB | WR | TE | Kicker | D/ST | PPR | Flex

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1Derrick HenryRB1TENKC
2Davante AdamsWR1GBWAS
3Cooper KuppWR2LARDET
4Alvin KamaraRB2NO@SEA
5Tyreek HillWR3KC@TEN
6Aaron JonesRB3GBWAS
7Darrell HendersonRB4LARDET
8Leonard FournetteRB5TBCHI
9Travis KelceTE1KC@TEN
10D.J. MooreWR4CAR@NYG
11Jonathan TaylorRB6IND@SF
12Chuba HubbardRB7CAR@NYG
13Deebo SamuelWR5SFIND
14D'Andre SwiftRB8DET@LAR
15Josh JacobsRB9LVPHI
16Darrel WilliamsRB10KC@TEN
17Cordarrelle PattersonRB11ATL@MIA
18DeAndre HopkinsWR6ARIHOU
19Ja'Marr ChaseWR7CIN@BAL
20Joe MixonRB12CIN@BAL
21Calvin RidleyWR8ATL@MIA
22A.J. BrownWR9TENKC
23Darren WallerTE2LVPHI
24Terry McLaurinWR10WAS@GB
25Damien HarrisRB13NENYJ
26Robert WoodsWR11LARDET
27Mike EvansWR12TBCHI
28Antonio BrownWR13TBCHI
29Brandin CooksWR14HOU@ARI
30DK MetcalfWR15SEANO
31Chris GodwinWR16TBCHI
32James ConnerRB14ARIHOU
33Courtland SuttonWR17DEN@CLE
34Marquise BrownWR18BALCIN
35Mark AndrewsTE3BALCIN
36Miles SandersRB15PHI@LV
37Elijah MitchellRB16SFIND
38Sterling ShepardWR19NYGCAR
39DeVonta SmithWR20PHI@LV
40D'Ernest JohnsonRB17CLEDEN
41Devontae BookerRB18NYGCAR
42Jakobi MeyersWR21NENYJ
43Tyler LockettWR22SEANO
44Alex CollinsRB19SEANO
45Jaylen WaddleWR23MIAATL
46Mike DavisRB20ATL@MIA
47Michael Pittman Jr.WR24IND@SF
48Chase EdmondsRB21ARIHOU
49Tee HigginsWR25CIN@BAL
50Henry RuggsWR26LVPHI
51Hunter RenfrowWR27LVPHI
52Kyle PittsTE4ATL@MIA
53Michael CarterRB22NYJ@NE
54Antonio GibsonRB23WAS@GB
55Allen RobinsonWR28CHI@TB
56Corey DavisWR29NYJ@NE
57T.J. HockensonTE5DET@LAR
58J.D. McKissicRB24WAS@GB
59Javonte WilliamsRB25DEN@CLE
60Darnell MooneyWR30CHI@TB
61DeVante ParkerWR31MIAATL
62Mike GesickiTE6MIAATL
63Tyler BoydWR32CIN@BAL
64Mecole HardmanWR33KC@TEN
65Tim PatrickWR34DEN@CLE
66Marquez CallawayWR35NO@SEA
67A.J. GreenWR36ARIHOU
68Robby AndersonWR37CAR@NYG
69Melvin GordonRB26DEN@CLE
70Christian KirkWR38ARIHOU
71Myles GaskinRB27MIAATL
72A.J. DillonRB28GBWAS
73Noah FantTE7DEN@CLE
74Rondale MooreWR39ARIHOU
75Tyler HigbeeTE8LARDET
76Odell BeckhamWR40CLEDEN
77Jamison CrowderWR41NYJ@NE
78Kalif RaymondWR42DET@LAR
79Amon-Ra St. BrownWR43DET@LAR
80Hunter HenryTE9NENYJ
81Khalil HerbertRB29CHI@TB
82Nelson AgholorWR44NENYJ
83Brandon AiyukWR45SFIND
84Dallas GoedertTE10PHI@LV
85Van JeffersonWR46LARDET
86Julio JonesWR47TENKC
87Ricky Seals-JonesTE11WAS@GB
88Quez WatkinsWR48PHI@LV
89Allen LazardWR49GBWAS
90Bryan EdwardsWR50LVPHI
91Mark IngramRB30HOU@ARI
92Jamaal WilliamsRB31DET@LAR
93Kendrick BourneWR51NENYJ
94Rashod BatemanWR52BALCIN
95Jalen ReagorWR53PHI@LV
96Darius SlaytonWR54NYGCAR
97Zach ErtzTE12ARIHOU
98Robert TonyanTE13GBWAS
99Evan EngramTE14NYGCAR
100T.Y. HiltonWR55IND@SF
101Kenneth GainwellRB32PHI@LV
102Randall CobbWR56GBWAS
103Rhamondre StevensonRB33NENYJ
104Latavius MurrayRB34BALCIN
105Zach PascalWR57IND@SF
106Kenyan DrakeRB35LVPHI
107Nyheim HinesRB36IND@SF
108Kenny GolladayWR58NYGCAR
109Sony MichelRB37LARDET
110Donovan Peoples-JonesWR59CLEDEN
111Cole KmetTE15CHI@TB
112David JohnsonRB38HOU@ARI
113Demetric FeltonRB39CLEDEN
114Nick Westbrook-IkhineWR60TENKC
115Jonnu SmithTE16NENYJ
116Kenny StillsWR61NO@SEA
117Deonte HarrisWR62NO@SEA
118DeSean JacksonWR63LARDET
119Mo Alie-CoxTE17IND@SF
120Salvon AhmedRB40MIAATL
121Nico CollinsWR64HOU@ARI
122Russell GageWR65ATL@MIA
123Terrace MarshallWR66CAR@NYG
124C.J. UzomahTE18CIN@BAL
125Chris MooreWR67HOU@ARI
126Damien WilliamsRB41CHI@TB
127O.J. HowardTE19TBCHI
128David NjokuTE20CLEDEN
129Trey SermonRB42SFIND
130Elijah MooreWR68NYJ@NE
131Ty JohnsonRB43NYJ@NE
132Chester RogersWR69TENKC
133Dyami BrownWR70WAS@GB
134Austin HooperTE21CLEDEN
135Malcolm BrownRB44MIAATL
136Sammy WatkinsWR71BALCIN
137Ty'Son WilliamsRB45BALCIN
138KhaDarel HodgeWR72DET@LAR
139Jarvis LandryWR73CLEDEN
140Mohamed SanuWR74SFIND
141Anthony FirkserTE22TENKC
142Kyle JuszczykRB46SFIND
143Hayden HurstTE23ATL@MIA
144Freddie SwainWR75SEANO
145Adam HumphriesWR76WAS@GB
146Jerick McKinnonRB47KC@TEN
147Byron PringleWR77KC@TEN
148Kendall HintonWR78DEN@CLE
149Gerald EverettTE24SEANO
150Demarcus RobinsonWR79KC@TEN
151Ronald JonesRB48TBCHI
152Ross DwelleyTE25SFIND
153John KellyRB49CLEDEN
154Devonta FreemanRB50BALCIN
155Giovani BernardRB51TBCHI
156Marquise GoodwinWR80CHI@TB
157Cameron BrateTE26TBCHI
158Royce FreemanRB52CAR@NYG
159Devin DuvernayWR81BALCIN
160Phillip LindsayRB53HOU@ARI
161Rashard HigginsWR82CLEDEN
162Mack HollinsWR83MIAATL
163Adam TrautmanTE27NO@SEA
164Jordan AkinsTE28HOU@ARI
165Juwan JohnsonTE29NO@SEA
166Ryan GriffinTE30NYJ@NE
167Keelan ColeWR84NYJ@NE
168Le'Veon BellRB54BALCIN
169Chris ConleyWR85HOU@ARI
170Ian ThomasTE31CAR@NYG
171Jack DoyleTE32IND@SF
172Rob GronkowskiTE33TBCHI
173DeeJay DallasRB55SEANO
174Olamide ZaccheausWR86ATL@MIA
175Durham SmytheTE34MIAATL
176Curtis SamuelWR87WAS@GB
177Pharaoh BrownTE35HOU@ARI
178Brandon BoldenRB56NENYJ
179Ty MontgomeryRB57NO@SEA
180Jack StollTE36PHI@LV
181Chris EvansRB58CIN@BAL
182Tommy TrembleTE37CAR@NYG
183Tyler JohnsonWR88TBCHI
184Collin JohnsonWR89NYGCAR
185Marlon MackRB59IND@SF
186Kyle RudolphTE38NYGCAR
187Marcus JohnsonWR90TENKC
188Tevin ColemanRB60NYJ@NE
189Elijhaa PennyRB61NYGCAR
190Dante PettisWR91NYGCAR
191Will DisslyTE39SEANO
192Jeremy McNicholsRB62TENKC
193Rashaad PennyRB63SEANO
194Geoff SwaimTE40TENKC
195N'Keal HarryWR92NENYJ
196Harrison BryantTE41CLEDEN
197Ashton DulinWR93IND@SF
198Damiere ByrdWR94CHI@TB
199Anthony SchwartzWR95CLEDEN
200John RossWR96NYGCAR
201Marcedes LewisTE42GBWAS
202Greg WardWR97PHI@LV
203Josh ReynoldsWR98TENKC
204Brandon ZylstraWR99CAR@NYG
205MyCole PruittTE43TENKC
206Travis HomerRB64SEANO
207Samaje PerineRB65CIN@BAL
208Denzel MimsWR100NYJ@NE
209Tajae SharpeWR101ATL@MIA
210Albert WilsonWR102MIAATL
211Tyler KroftTE44NYJNE
212Jaret PattersonRB66WAS@GB
213Foster MoreauTE45LVPHI
214DeAndre CarterWR103WAS@GB
215Trent SherfieldWR104SFIND
216Jimmy GrahamTE46CHI@TB
217Chris HoganWR105NO@SEA
218Zay JonesWR106LVPHI
219Charlie WoernerTE47SFIND
220Lee SmithTE48ATL@MIA
221Eric SaubertTE49DEN@CLE
222JaMycal HastyRB67SFIND
223Geronimo AllisonWR107DET@LAR
224John BrownWR108DEN@CLE
225Danny AmendolaWR109HOU@ARI
226Dwayne WashingtonRB68NO@SEA
227Jalen RichardRB69LVPHI
228Josh GordonWR110KC@TEN
229James ProcheWR111BALCIN
230Amari RodgersWR112GBWAS
231Alex EricksonWR113CAR@NYG
232Willie SneadWR114LVPHI
233Noah GrayTE50KC@TEN
234Shi SmithWR115CAR@NYG
235Josh OliverTE51BALCIN
236Drew SampleTE52CIN@BAL
237Darren FellsTE53DET@LAR
238Jody FortsonTE54KC@TEN
239Auden TateWR116CIN@BAL
240Wayne GallmanRB70ATL@MIA

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