There are more Ps and Qs next to player names this week than I’d like to count. It seems like a lot more than I remember from other seasons. But it also seems like questionable players play more often.
You’ll want to figure out if you want to play players from tonight’s Seahawks-49ers game, as usual, but I’m also setting my Bills and Jaguars too. That game starts at 9:30 a.m. eastern time on Sunday. You don’t want to have Blake Bortles and LeSean McCoy out of your lineups with the matchups they have this week.
As always check late NFL news at a site like Rotoworld to make sure games are being played and players are in lineups.
These rankings will be updated early Sunday morning and don’t always reflect final starting lineups.
Week 7 early rankings
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Early rankings notes
This one is relatively easy to predict from a daily fantasy perspective. All the Carson Palmer and Philip Rivers in your cash game lineups in daily fantasy.
I guess the one real big surprise on here is Blake Bortles at No. 5. The Bills can be passed on, especially on the road. Bortles has 605 yards, 5 TDs and 1 INT in his last two games. You may have Bortles as your backup to Russell Wilson, Matt Ryan or Tom Brady. You should stick with your stud in this case, but if you’re facing bye week trouble or injury concerns, Bortles makes a great play. And he could outperform those studs, so Bortles presents a potentially great daily fantasy tournament value.
Lamar Miller, LeSean McCoy and Latavius Murray will probably raise the most eyebrows here. The new regime in MIA made it a point to give Miller volume last week. HOU allows 109 yards and a touchdown per game on the ground this season.
McCoy proved he can still handle the workload last week and gets another great matchup against the Jaguars this week. He’ll also be involved in the passing game if the game script goes kaflooey.
Murray went into the bye on his second consecutive disappointing game. But he did face the Broncos. He leads the Raiders in touches by a mile with his 80 carries. He’s also third in receptions and targets. The Chargers have allowed 132.5 yards and a touchdown per game on the ground so far this season.
Just like in the running backs, we have a couple players against the grain of the industry.
I’m totally fine having Larry Fitzgerald (2nd) and John Brown (10th) both in the top 10. This should be an epic game for the Cardinals passing offense.
It surprises me more people aren’t on T.Y. Hilton so far. He’s 10th at Fantasy Pros, but the Saints are the worst team in the NFL against the pass, according to DVOA.
We’re pretty close to the rest of the industry here too, based on comparisons to Fantasy Pros, but we have Travis Kelce and Charles Clay ticked up a bit.
Kelce could have massive opportunity with Jamaal Charles (knee-IR) out and Jeremy Maclin potentially out with a concussion. The Steelers have been one of the 10 worst teams against the pass in 2015.
Clay also has a top-10 matchup against the Jaguars. He leads the team by a pretty far margin in receptions and targets. His seven plays of 20+ yards is more than double the next receiver on the list. He’s also tied for the team lead with two touchdown catches.