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Week 7 Flex Rankings: Time to Get Supercharged!

It is not often you will see an NFL team with five skill players who are solid fantasy plays in a given week. But that is precisely the case this week, as the Los Angeles Chargers boast a quintet of players inside the top 75 in my Week 7 Flex rankings. Not bad for a team that has not won a game since Week 1. 

The Chargers have been through quite a bit in the last month or so. They defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1 but lost their incumbent quarterback the following week in a fashion which is usually reserved for soap operas and crime dramas. Their team doctor punctured Tyrod Taylor’s lung while giving him an injection before their game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Satirical conspiracy theories abounded. 

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Meanwhile, Justin Herbert had to fill in, and the rookie did an admirable job. He nearly leading an upset victory before the Chiefs eventually prevailed in overtime. That began a four-game losing skid for Los Angeles, though each loss came by seven points or less as Herbert continued to impress.

Head coach Anthony Lynn eventually named him the team’s starting quarterback going forward. But this is not a quarterback column. If you need one of those, click here while I get back to the Chargers skill group. 

The Chargers lost standout running back Austin Ekeler in the early stages of a Week 4 loss in Tampa. Ekeler was an RB1 last season and was on his way to maintaining that status again in 2020 before going down. He averaged nearly 20 PPR points per game over his first three games of the year.

After Ekeler left that Week 4 contest, the combination of rookie Joshua Kelley and second-year back Justin Jackson combined for 16 yards on 15 carries. Nope, not a typo. In their last game, Jackson had the better day, finishing with 71 yards on 15 carries compared to Kelley’s 11-29 effort. Although to be fair, if you remove Jackson’s 36-yard run in that game from the equation, the duo’s rushing lines from Week 5 look quite similar.

So what does this mean for Week 7, and their place in my Week 7 Flex rankings? Well, it sure looks like Jackson is the 1A to Kelley’s 1B in this scenario. And Lynn’s reluctance to promote rookies in place of veterans (as illustrated in the Taylor-Herbert situation) leads me to believe that is indeed the case. The good news for managers invested in Kelley is that the rookie does have a role in this offense.

Tackle Bryan Bulaga should also return this week after missing the last two games. His presence will be a welcomed addition upfront, where Trey Pipkins has played 100 percent of snaps the last two weeks despite grading out as PFF’s worst offensive lineman. All of this should be enough to make both Kelley and Jackson worth considering in a plum matchup.

Opponents have routinely run the ball effectively against the Jacksonville Jaguars this season. D’Andre Swift was the latest to get in on the act. The rookie ran for 116 yards with two scores last week after entering the game with just 42 yards on the ground. This has become the norm against Jacksonville this year. The Jaguars have now allowed seven backs to finish inside the top 24 among fantasy running backs in just six games.

Ironically, the only game in which they did not allow such a high-end fantasy finish was when they faced Derrick Henry. They have twice permitted teammates to finish as RB2s or better, and they have also allowed three top-four overall weekly PPR finishes. Though I give Jackson a slight edge, I would not hesitate to use Kelley as a Flex this week.

You certainly do not need me to tell you to start Keenan Allen this week, and the same likely goes for Hunter Henry as well. Mike Williams is the fifth Charger I would feel comfortable starting this week. Williams has been banged up this season which looks to have affected his early-season production. He broke out in a big way in Week 5 and had last week’s bye to let his body heal.

He should be the freshest he has been all season in this game. Most people view Allen as the team’s slot receiver, but the truth is that all their wide receivers move along the formation. Of the five Jaguar cornerbacks who have logged at least 100 snaps, three rank among the bottom 20 percentile per Pro Football Focus, so there should be room for both Charger wideouts to make an impact.

Keeping Up with the Joneses

Aaron Jones had a rough game last week, but he has proven that 2019 was no one-off. Julio Jones was finally healthy last week and reminded us that his ceiling is nearly unmatched among fantasy wide receivers. Even Ronald Jones has emerged to be a consistent fantasy performer in recent weeks. He is the only back in the NFL this season to record three straight games with at least 100 rushing yards. Marvin Jones, however, has been anything but a fantasy stud in 2020.

The veteran wideout currently sits as the overall WR84 in PPR leagues. He failed to do much damage while Kenny Golladay nursed a hamstring injury early on and has bottomed out since Golladay’s return to action. Jones has recorded single-digit yardage in each of his last two games. He looks a step slow and may very well be approaching the downside of his career.

Jones currently sits 90th overall in my Week 7 Flex rankings, which is outside the range at which I would recommend starting him. However, if you are desperate or in a bye-week crunch, the matchup is ideal for Jones to have his best game of the year. Atlanta has gifted the fifth-most fantasy points and second-most receiving yards to opposing wide receivers this season. If Jones cannot produce this week, it may be time to cut ties.

Week 7 Flex Rankings

1Alvin Kamara (NO)vs. CARRB1
2Aaron Jones (GB)at HOURB2
3Ezekiel Elliott (DAL)at WASRB3
4Kareem Hunt (CLE)at CINRB4
5Davante Adams (GB)at HOUWR1
6DeAndre Hopkins (ARI)vs. SEAWR2
7Derrick Henry (TEN)vs. PITRB5
8Joe Mixon (CIN)vs. CLERB6
9James Robinson (JAC)at LACRB7
10Calvin Ridley (ATL)vs. DETWR3
11James Conner (PIT)at TENRB8
12Kenny Golladay (DET)at ATLWR4
13Michael Thomas (NO)vs. CARWR5
14Josh Jacobs (LV)vs. TBRB9
15Mike Davis (CAR)at NORB10
16Chris Carson (SEA)at ARIRB11
17David Montgomery (CHI)at LARRB12
18Tyreek Hill (KC)at DENWR6
19Julio Jones (ATL)vs. DETWR7
20DK Metcalf (SEA)at ARIWR8
21Ronald Jones II (TB)at LVRB13
22Todd Gurley (ATL)vs. DETRB14
23Terry McLaurin (WAS)vs. DALWR9
24Chris Godwin (TB)at LVWR10
25Clyde Edwards-Helaire (KC)at DENRB15
26Stefon Diggs (BUF)at NYJWR11
27Allen Robinson (CHI)at LARWR12
28Travis Kelce (KC)at DENTE1
29Keenan Allen (LAC)vs. JACWR13
30Tyler Lockett (SEA)at ARIWR14
31David Johnson (HOU)vs. GBRB16
32Boston Scott (PHI)vs. NYGRB17
33Robby Anderson (CAR)at NOWR15
34Will Fuller (HOU)vs. GBWR16
35Mike Evans (TB)at LVWR17
36A.J. Brown (TEN)vs. PITWR18
37Devin Singletary (BUF)at NYJRB18
38Cooper Kupp (LAR)vs. CHIWR19
39D.J. Chark (JAC)vs. LACWR20
40D.J. Moore (CAR)at NOWR21
41Odell Beckham Jr. (CLE)at CINWR22
42Amari Cooper (DAL)at WASWR23
43Robert Woods (LAR)vs. CHIWR24
44Darius Slayton (NYG)at PHIWR25
45Antonio Gibson (WAS)vs. DALRB19
46George Kittle (SF)at NETE2
47Chase Claypool (PIT)at TENWR26
48Kenyan Drake (ARI)vs. SEARB20
49Jamison Crowder (NYJ)vs. BUFWR27
50Devonta Freeman (NYG)at PHIRB21
51Tyler Boyd (CIN)vs. CLEWR28
52CeeDee Lamb (DAL)at WASWR29
53Darrell Henderson (LAR)vs. CHIRB22
54Jerick McKinnon (SF)at NERB23
55Justin Jackson (LAC)vs. JACRB24
56Darren Waller (LV)vs. TBTE3
57D'Andre Swift (DET)at ATLRB25
58Brandin Cooks (HOU)vs. GBWR30
59Jarvis Landry (CLE)at CINWR31
60JuJu Smith-Schuster (PIT)at TENWR32
61Julian Edelman (NE)vs. SFWR33
62Mike Williams (LAC)vs. JACWR34
63Tee Higgins (CIN)vs. CLEWR35
64Travis Fulgham (PHI)vs. NYGWR36
65Laviska Shenault Jr. (JAC)at LACWR37
66Deebo Samuel (SF)at NEWR38
67James White (NE)vs. SFRB26
68Christian Kirk (ARI)vs. SEAWR39
69Michael Gallup (DAL)at WASWR40
70J.D. McKissic (WAS)vs. DALRB27
71Hunter Henry (LAC)vs. JACTE4
72Tim Patrick (DEN)vs. KCWR41
73Joshua Kelley (LAC)vs. JACRB28
74Phillip Lindsay (DEN)vs. KCRB29
75T.J. Hockenson (DET)at ATLTE5
76Jonnu Smith (TEN)vs. PITTE6
77Jerry Jeudy (DEN)vs. KCWR42
78Marquez Valdes-Scantling (GB)at HOUWR43
79John Brown (BUF)at NYJWR44
80Latavius Murray (NO)vs. CARRB30
81Henry Ruggs (LV)vs. TBWR45
82Robert Tonyan (GB)at HOUTE7
83A.J. Green (CIN)vs. CLEWR46
84Rob Gronkowski (TB)at LVTE8
85Chase Edmonds (ARI)vs. SEARB31
86Breshad Perriman (NYJ)vs. BUFWR47
87Hayden Hurst (ATL)vs. DETTE9
88Adrian Peterson (DET)at ATLRB32
89Eric Ebron (PIT)at TENTE10
90Marvin Jones (DET)at ATLWR48
91Frank Gore (NYJ)vs. BUFRB33
92Evan Engram (NYG)at PHITE11
93Keelan Cole (JAC)at LACWR49
94Austin Hooper (CLE)at CINTE12
95Randall Cobb (HOU)vs. GBWR50
96Cole Beasley (BUF)at NYJWR51
97Jared Cook (NO)vs. CARTE13
98Brandon Aiyuk (SF)at NEWR52
99Greg Ward (PHI)vs. NYGWR53
100Emmanuel Sanders (NO)vs. CARWR54
101Melvin Gordon (DEN)vs. KCRB34
102Damien Harris (NE)vs. SFRB35
103James Washington (PIT)at TENWR55
104Jimmy Graham (CHI)at LARTE14
105DeSean Jackson (PHI)vs. NYGWR56
106N'Keal Harry (NE)vs. SFWR57
107Russell Gage (ATL)vs. DETWR58
108Damiere Byrd (NE)vs. SFWR59
109Demarcus Robinson (KC)at DENWR60
110Golden Tate (NYG)at PHIWR61
111Hunter Renfrow (LV)vs. TBWR62
112Mecole Hardman (KC)at DENWR63
113Darnell Mooney (CHI)at LARWR64
114Dalton Schultz (DAL)at WASTE15
115Dontrelle Inman (WAS)vs. DALWR65
116Danny Amendola (DET)at ATLWR66
117Jamaal Williams (GB)at HOURB36
118Le'Veon Bell (KC)at DENRB37
119Adam Humphries (TEN)vs. PITWR67
120Brian Hill (ATL)vs. DETRB38
121Rex Burkhead (NE)vs. SFRB39
122La'Mical Perine (NYJ)vs. BUFRB40
123Tyler Higbee (LAR)vs. CHITE16
124Malcolm Brown (LAR)vs. CHIRB41
125Greg Olsen (SEA)at ARITE17
126Darren Fells (HOU)vs. GBTE18
127Logan Thomas (WAS)vs. DALTE19
128Corey Clement (PHI)vs. NYGRB42
129Tre'Quan Smith (NO)vs. CARWR68
130David Moore (SEA)at ARIWR69
131Diontae Johnson (PIT)at TENWR70
132JaMycal Hasty (SF)at NERB43
133Larry Fitzgerald (ARI)vs. SEAWR71
134Zack Moss (BUF)at NYJRB44
135Anthony Miller (CHI)at LARWR72
136Josh Reynolds (LAR)vs. CHIWR73
137Kendrick Bourne (SF)at NEWR74
138Noah Fant (DEN)vs. KCTE20
139Duke Johnson (HOU)vs. GBRB45
140Scott Miller (TB)at LVWR75
141John Hightower (PHI)vs. NYGWR76
142Anthony Firkser (TEN)vs. PITTE21
143Richard Rodgers (PHI)vs. NYGTE22
144Cordarrelle Patterson (CHI)at LARWR77
145Corey Davis (TEN)vs. PITWR78
146Nelson Agholor (LV)vs. TBWR79
147Gerald Everett (LAR)vs. CHITE23
148Jeff Smith (NYJ)vs. BUFWR80
149Isaiah Wright (WAS)vs. DALWR81
150Kalif Raymond (TEN)vs. PITWR82
151Drew Sample (CIN)vs. CLETE24
152Chris Thompson (JAC)at LACRB46
153Curtis Samuel (CAR)at NOWR83
154Andy Isabella (ARI)vs. SEAWR84
155D'Ernest Johnson (CLE)at CINRB47
156Royce Freeman (DEN)vs. KCRB48
157Gabriel Davis (BUF)at NYJWR85
158Chris Herndon IV (NYJ)vs. BUFTE25
159Benny Snell (PIT)at TENRB49
160Leonard Fournette (TB)at LVRB50
161Carlos Hyde (SEA)at ARIRB51
162Sterling Shepard (NYG)at PHIWR86
163Tony Pollard (DAL)at WASRB52
164Giovani Bernard (CIN)vs. CLERB53
165Dan Arnold (ARI)vs. SEATE26
166Kenny Stills (HOU)vs. GBWR87
167Cameron Brate (TB)at LVTE27
168Ian Thomas (CAR)at NOTE28
169Kerryon Johnson (DET)at ATLRB54
170K.J. Hamler (DEN)vs. KCWR88
171Jalen Richard (LV)vs. TBRB55
172James O'Shaughnessy (JAC)at LACTE29
173Chris Conley (JAC)at LACWR89
174Jordan Akins (HOU)vs. GBTE30
175Rashard Higgins (CLE)at CINWR90
176Cam Akers (LAR)vs. CHIRB56
177Tyler Eifert (JAC)at LACTE31
178Cedrick Wilson (DAL)at WASWR91
179Tyler Kroft (BUF)at NYJTE32
180Jalen Guyton (LAC)vs. JACWR92
181LeSean McCoy (TB)at LVRB57
182David Njoku (CLE)at CINTE33
183Jeremy McNichols (TEN)vs. PITRB58
184Wayne Gallman (NYG)at PHIRB59
185Kyle Juszczyk (SF)at NERB60
186Dion Lewis (NYG)at PHIRB61
187Jason Croom (PHI)vs. NYGTE34
188Jeff Wilson (SF)at NERB62
189Braxton Berrios (NYJ)vs. BUFWR93
190DaeSean Hamilton (DEN)vs. KCWR94
191Albert Okwuegbunam (DEN)vs. KCTE35
192Van Jefferson (LAR)vs. CHIWR95
193Devontae Booker (LV)vs. TBRB63
194Ryan Izzo (NE)vs. SFTE36
195Dawson Knox (BUF)at NYJTE37
196Jesse James (DET)at ATLTE38
197Dontrell Hilliard (CLE)at CINRB64
198Olamide Zaccheus (ATL)vs. DETWR96
199Anthony McFarland (PIT)at TENRB65
200Tyler Johnson (TB)at LVWR97

If you found Mick’s Week 7 Flex Rankings helpful, make sure to check out the rest of our NFL Week 7 Slate of Analysis.

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