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Fantasy football: Week 7 wide receiver rankings

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Alex Butler
Los Angeles Rams star Cooper Kupp (L) has the fourth-highest receiving yards in the NFL this season, trailing Chris Godwin, Michael Thomas and D.J. Chark.  Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI
Los Angeles Rams star Cooper Kupp (L) has the fourth-highest receiving yards in the NFL this season, trailing Chris Godwin, Michael Thomas and D.J. Chark.  Photo by Aaron Josefczyk/UPI | License Photo

Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Julio Jones, Cooper Kupp, DeAndre Hopkins, Michael Thomas and Adam Thielen top my Week 7 fantasy football wide receiver rankings for 2019.

T.Y. Hilton, John Brown, Keenan Allen, Julian Edelman and Stefon Diggs round out my top 10 options for Week 7.

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If you don't have an elite option, there are plenty of capable pass catchers with great Week 7 matchups. Be sure to check out my weekly waiver wire article if you are need a new player at the position.

You should target players who have a good chance to score a touchdown and get a lot of looks from their respective quarterbacks, when considering who to start at wide receiver.

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You also should remove Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers players from your lineup, as those teams have Week 7 byes.

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Here are some of my favorite players in this week's rankings:

TOP SHELF

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Atlanta Falcons star Julio Jones is my No. 1 wide receiver for Week 7. The Falcons are facing the Los Angeles Rams, who have a banged-up secondary. Matt Ryan has been electric so far in 2019 and Jones should benefit from his pass-happy offense once again. Jones began the season hot, with four touchdowns through the first three weeks, but hasn't scored since. I expect that to change in Week 7. Look for at least 100 receiving yards and a score from the elite WR1.

Cooper Kupp will be on the other end of the Los Angeles Rams and Atlanta Falcons matchup. Kupp has turned into WR1 this season and remains an elite option in Week 7. I have the emerging Rams talent as my No. 2 wide receiver. The Falcons are allowing the second-most fantasy points per game to wide receivers. I expect the Rams passing offense to get back on track in Week 7, with Kupp submitting a monster outing. The Rams wide receiver erupted for 114 yards per game from Week 2 through Week 5. He also scored four touchdowns during that stretch. He is coming off his worst game of the season, but should rebound in a big way against the Falcons.

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SNEAKY PLAYS

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Buffalo Bills veteran John Brown is my No. 7 wide receiver for Week 7. The Bills host the Miami Dolphins, a unit that has allowed eight touchdowns to opposing wide receivers. I can see Brown going off in this AFC East affair, as the Bills had a Week 6 bye to prepare. Brown has just one score on the season, but is an important part of the Bills' offense. Look for at least six catches and a touchdown for Brown against the struggling Dolphins.

With Amari Cooper ailing, the Dallas Cowboys will likely target Michael Gallup more than they usually do in Week 7. While Gallup isn't a great option typically, this matchup is too good to ignore. The Cowboys are facing the Philadelphia Eagles, a unit allowing the most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers. The Eagles have allowed a league-high 11 touchdowns to the position. Gallup has a great shot to score in this matchup and is my No. 21 option for Week 7, landing in WR2 range. Gallup went off for 113 yards and a touchdown in Week 5 against the Green Bay Packers, who boast a much more formidable secondary than the Eagles.

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LONGSHOTS

If you are looking for a bye week fill in or a streaming starter, take a look at San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Dante Pettis. Pettis is my No. 31 option this week as the 49ers take on the Washington Redskins, a unit allowing the sixth-most fantasy points per game to wide receivers. The Redskins are also one of just three teams that has allowed at least 10 scores to wide receivers this season. I expect the 49ers to remain undefeated and win this game easily, with Pettis posting WR3 output. Pettis has one score on the season, but should find a lot of room to operate against the Redskins, who will likely be focusing on stopping the 49ers' rushing attack.

One week ago, the name Allen Lazard was not on anyone's mind in the fantasy football community. But the Green Bay Packers pass-catcher is seeing more playing time after several injuries. Lazard went off for four catches for 65 yards and a touchdown in Week 6 and has a great relationship with Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. I have him as my No. 37 option for Week 7 as the Packers face the Oakland Raiders, a unit allowing the fifth-most fantasy points per game to wide receivers. Lazard is the definition of a bye week fill in this week and can be used as a WR3. He is my No. 41 option at the position.

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Week 7 fantasy football wide receiver rankings

1. Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons vs. LAR

2. Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams at ATL

3. DeAndre Hopkins, Houston Texans at IND

4. Michael Thomas, New Orleans Saints at CHI

5. Adam Thielen, Minnesota Vikings at DET

6. T.Y. Hilton, Indianapolis Colts vs. HOU

7. John Brown, Buffalo Bills vs. MIA

8. Keenan Allen, Los Angeles Chargers at TEN

9. Julian Edelman, New England Patriots at NYJ

10. Stefon Diggs, Minnesota Vikings at DET

11. Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals at NYG

12. Tyler Lockett, Seattle Seahawks vs. BAL

13. Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons vs. LAR

14. Amari Cooper, Dallas Cowboys vs. PHI

15. Will Fuller, Houston Texans at IND

16. D.J. Chark, Jacksonville Jaguars at CIN

17. Brandin Cooks, Los Angeles Rams at ATL

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18. Tyler Boyd, Cincinnati Bengals vs. JAX

19. Alshon Jeffery, Philadelphia Eagles at DAL

20. Kenny Golladay, Detroit Lions vs. MIN

21. Michael Gallup, Dallas Cowboys vs. PHI

22. Robert Woods, Los Angeles Rams at ATL

23. Golden Tate, New York Giants vs. ARI

24. Mike Williams, Los Angeles Chargers at TEN

25. Allen Robinson, Chicago Bears vs. NO

26. Auden Tate, Cincinnati Bengals vs. JAX

27. D.K. Metcalf, Seattle Seahawks vs. BAL

28. Dede Westbrook, Jacksonville Jaguars at CIN

29. Marquez Valdes-Scanting, Green Bay Packers vs. OAK

30. Terry McLaurin, Washington Redskins vs. SF

31. Dante Pettis, San Francisco 49ers at WAS

32. Mohamed Sanu, Atlanta Falcons vs. LAR

33. Marvin Jones, Detroit Lions vs. MIN

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34. Cole Beasley, Buffalo Bills vs. MIA

35. Marquise Goodwin, San Francisco 49ers at WAS

36. Jaron Brown, Seattle Seahawks vs. BAL

37. Allen Lazard, Green Bay Packers vs. OAK

38. Robby Anderson, New York Jets vs. NE

39. Jakobi Meyers, New England Patriots at NYJ

40. Darius Slayton, New York Giants vs. ARI

41. Jamison Crowder, New York Jets vs. NE

42. DeVante Parker, Miami Dolphins at BUF

43. Damiere Byrd, Arizona Cardinals at NYG

44. Corey Davis, Tennessee Titans vs. LAC

45. Nelson Agholor, Philadelphia Eagles at DAL

46. Zay Jones, Oakland Raiders at GB

47. Adam Humphries, Tennessee Titans vs. LAC

48. Preston Williams, Miami Dolphins at BUF

49. Duke Williams, Buffalo Bills vs. MIA

50. A.J. Brown, Tennessee Titans vs. LAC

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