Last week was a bad week for my fantasy player rankings. I actually got a ton of calls right and hopefully my advice helped you to a win in season long or DFS leagues. However, I trusted some bad information and left Steve Smith out of my rankings. Ugh.
Smith, of course, was declared active close to game time and proceeded to go off for 7 catches, 130+ yards and a score. That’ll kill your success ranking, to be sure.
Even so, I had some minor success in daily fantasy leagues using my own advice and hopefully you did, one way or another, as well. This week I’ll be a little tighter on my rankings, so as to not leave out a huge star that could go nuts. In other words, hopefully you didn’t sit Steve Smith because of me.
Heading into week seven, there is a lot to get excited about. The possible return of Ben Roethlisberger is one thing, but with or without him, I’m into Antonio Brown. I’m sure some Brown owners probably started thinking about benching him as recently as last week, as Michael Vick had been sucking the life out of his value. But Landry Jones is (*gasp) a better traditional passer compared to Vick – and that’s saying a lot. Jones or Big Ben will get Brown going this week.
I’m all about those Arizona Cardinals this week, but so is everyone. Carson Palmer is obviously a must start everywhere and so is Larry Fitzgerald. Figuring out which Cardinals receiver doesn’t go nuts on an awful Ravens pass defense may be the real issue.
The easiest call of the week is using Todd Gurley at home against a woeful Browns defense. He needs to score some touchdowns, but I otherwise have no qualms about using him everywhere. That really should go without saying. The flip-side might be just as fun, though, as Duke Johnson has a great matchup and should be heavily involved in the Cleveland game-plan.
One guy I’m not super into is Christine Michael. He’s a solid waiver wire add and obviously if you’re just in a horrible situation he’s worth a try. But he’s on the road and getting his first real major workload ever. We don’t know if he can handle it or if he’ll be stuck in a committee or what. Even if he looks good and succeeds, that doesn’t even mean he’ll totally wreck. He’s worth a shot if you’re desperate though and he’s going to be a popular play in daily leagues because he’s the minimum over at DraftKings. So, there’s that.
I have Antonio Gates ranked ahead of Rob Gronkowski because he’s the better option this week. It’s really that simple. Gronk’s targets have dipped a bit and his production has tapered off. That doesn’t mean he can’t go all Gronk for you (and you’re starting him, regardless), but the Jets are good against the position. The Raiders aren’t, and that’s who Gates gets this week. Also, Gates has 18 receptions and two touchdowns in his first two games back and Keenan Allen is banged up. Dude’s gonna wreck.
For all the other guys I like or don’t like, take it to my rankings for week 7: