Funston’s Fantasy Football Rankings: 2017 Week 7

Fantasy football expert Brandon Funston provides his weekly insight and rankings of the best players to help you win big.

Quarterbacks

The last time Tom Brady faced Atlanta, he threw for 466 yards and 2 TD passes in a dramatic come-from-behind victory in the Super Bowl last February. He enters this week as the No. 2 quarterback in overall fantasy points. He has a good chance to move up into the No. 1 overall spot after what is expected to be a shootout against the Falcons on Sunday night.

Name Team Opp
Tom Brady NE vs ATL
Drew Brees NO @ GB
Carson Wentz PHI vs WAS
Dak Prescott DAL @ SF
Matt Ryan ATL @ NE
Marcus Mariota TEN @ CLE
Kirk Cousins WAS @ PHI
Cam Newton CAR @ CHI
Russell Wilson SEA @ NYG
Alex Smith KC @ OAK
Brett Hundley GB vs NO
Carson Palmer ARI @ LAR
Ben Roethlisberger PIT vs CIN
Tyrod Taylor BUF vs TB
Blake Bortles JAC @ IND
Derek Carr OAK vs KC
Jared Goff LAR vs ARI
Jameis Winston TB @ BUF
Josh McCown NYJ @ MIA
Trevor Siemian DEN @ LAC
Philip Rivers LAC vs DEN
DeShone Kizer CLE vs TEN
C.J. Beathard SF vs DAL
Andy Dalton CIN @ PIT
Case Keenum MIN vs BAL
Eli Manning NYG vs SEA
Jay Cutler MIA vs NYJ
Jacoby Brissett IND vs JAC
Joe Flacco BAL @ MIN
Mitch Trubisky CHI vs CAR

Running Backs

Kansas City’s Kareem Hunt has tied a rookie record with 100-plus yards from scrimmage in each of his first six games as a pro. He can own the record for himself if he tops the century mark on Thursday night, and against an Oakland defense allowing the 10th-most fantasy points to the running back position, expect him to do just that. He’s the top fantasy RB play this week.

Name Team Opp
Kareem Hunt KC @ OAK
Ezekiel Elliott DAL @ SF
Le’Veon Bell PIT vs CIN
Devonta Freeman ATL @ NE
Leonard Fournette JAC @ IND
Melvin Gordon LAC vs DEN
Todd Gurley LAR vs ARI
Jordan Howard CHI vs CAR
Jay Ajayi MIA vs NYJ
LeSean McCoy BUF vs TB
Mark Ingram NO @ GB
Carlos Hyde SF vs DAL
C.J. Anderson DEN @ LAC
Jerick McKinnon MIN vs BAL
Adrian Peterson ARI @ LAR
Chris Thompson WAS @ PHI
Alvin Kamara NO @ GB
Doug Martin TB @ BUF
Joe Mixon CIN @ PIT
Derrick Henry TEN @ CLE
Orleans Darkwa NYG vs SEA
Tevin Coleman ATL @ NE
Christian McCaffrey CAR @ CHI
DeMarco Murray TEN @ CLE
Marshawn Lynch OAK vs KC
LeGarrette Blount PHI vs WAS
James White NE vs ATL
Aaron Jones GB vs NO
Ty Montgomery GB vs NO
Duke Johnson CLE vs TEN
Frank Gore IND vs JAC
Marlon Mack IND vs JAC
Alex Collins BAL @ MIN
Dion Lewis NE vs ATL
Wendell Smallwood PHI vs WAS
Javorius Allen BAL @ MIN
Jamaal Charles DEN @ LAC
C.J. Prosise SEA @ NYG
Isaiah Crowell CLE vs TEN
Jonathan Stewart CAR @ CHI
Tarik Cohen CHI vs CAR
Chris Ivory JAC @ IND
Matt Forte NYJ @ MIA
Mike Gillislee NE vs ATL
Samaje Perine WAS @ PHI
Latavius Murray MIN vs BAL
Andre Ellington ARI @ LAR
Bilal Powell NYJ @ MIA
Eddie Lacy SEA @ NYG
Thomas Rawls SEA @ NYG
Wayne Gallman NYG vs SEA
Robert Kelley WAS @ PHI
Matt Breida SF vs DAL
Giovani Bernard CIN @ PIT
Elijah McGuire NYJ @ MIA
Shane Vereen NYG vs SEA
Jalen Richard OAK vs KC
Mike Tolbert BUF vs TB
Devontae Booker DEN @ LAC
Jeremy Hill CIN @ PIT
Charles Sims TB @ BUF
Rex Burkhead NE vs ATL
Charcandrick West KC @ OAK
Damien Williams MIA vs NYJ

Wide Receivers

Julio Jones comes off the bye week to face a New England defense that could be without top corner Stephon Gilmore, who is trying to work his way back from a concussion. Even with Gilmore, the Patriots secondary has struggled mightily this season, allowing the most receiving yards to the WR position. With Atlanta talking about trying to feed Jones the ball even more, he’s set up beautifully this week as the top WR play on the board.

Name Team Opp
Julio Jones ATL @ NE
Antonio Brown PIT vs CIN
Michael Thomas NO @ GB
A.J. Green CIN @ PIT
Dez Bryant DAL @ SF
Mike Evans TB @ BUF
Brandin Cooks NE vs ATL
Larry Fitzgerald ARI @ LAR
Michael Crabtree OAK vs KC
Tyreek Hill KC @ OAK
Jordy Nelson GB vs NO
Demaryius Thomas DEN @ LAC
Chris Hogan NE vs ATL
Alshon Jeffery PHI vs WAS
Davante Adams GB vs NO
Doug Baldwin SEA @ NYG
Adam Thielen MIN vs BAL
Keenan Allen LAC vs DEN
Kelvin Benjamin CAR @ CHI
Pierre Garcon SF vs DAL
Terrelle Pryor WAS @ PHI
Danny Amendola NE vs ATL
Nelson Agholor PHI vs WAS
Jarvis Landry MIA vs NYJ
DeVante Parker MIA vs NYJ
T.Y. Hilton IND vs JAC
DeSean Jackson TB @ BUF
Rishard Matthews TEN @ CLE
Eric Decker TEN @ CLE
John Brown ARI @ LAR
Amari Cooper OAK vs KC
Devin Funchess CAR @ CHI
Jamison Crowder WAS @ PHI
Allen Hurns JAC @ IND
Sterling Shepard NYG vs SEA
Randall Cobb GB vs NO
Stefon Diggs MIN vs BAL
Willie Snead NO @ GB
Taylor Gabriel ATL @ NE
Josh Doctson WAS @ PHI
Martavis Bryant PIT vs CIN
Robert Woods LAR vs ARI
Ted Ginn NO @ GB
Jermaine Kearse NYJ @ MIA
JuJu Smith-Schuster PIT vs CIN
Cole Beasley DAL @ SF
Tyrell Williams LAC vs DEN
Marqise Lee JAC @ IND
Cooper Kupp LAR vs ARI
Sammy Watkins LAR vs ARI
Jaron Brown ARI @ LAR
Adam Humphries TB @ BUF
Robby Anderson NYJ @ MIA
Zay Jones BUF vs TB
Mike Wallace BAL @ MIN
Paul Richardson SEA @ NYG
Kenny Stills MIA vs NYJ
Jeremy Maclin BAL @ MIN
Ricardo Louis CLE vs TEN
Donte Moncrief IND vs JAC
Tyler Lockett SEA @ NYG
Kendall Wright CHI vs CAR
Roger Lewis NYG vs SEA
JJ Nelson ARI @ LAR
Bennie Fowler DEN @ LAC
Jordan Matthews BUF vs TB
Brice Butler DAL @ SF
Marquise Goodwin SF vs DAL
Torrey Smith PHI vs WAS
Cordarrelle Patterson OAK vs KC
Michael Floyd MIN vs BAL
Jeremy Kerley NYJ @ MIA
Aldrick Robinson SF vs DAL
Albert Wilson KC @ OAK
Seth Roberts OAK vs KC

Tight Ends

If/when Rob Gronkowski is healthy, he’s in a league of his own at the tight end position. Last week he hauled in two touchdowns and topped 80 receiving yards for his fourth straight game. He’s back in his usual spot atop this week’s TE rankings.

Name Team Opp
Rob Gronkowski NE vs ATL
Zach Ertz PHI vs WAS
Jimmy Graham SEA @ NYG
Travis Kelce KC @ OAK
Delanie Walker TEN @ CLE
Evan Engram NYG vs SEA
Hunter Henry LAC vs DEN
Cameron Brate TB @ BUF
Austin Seferian-Jenkins NYJ @ MIA
Kyle Rudolph MIN vs BAL
Jordan Reed WAS @ PHI
Martellus Bennett GB vs NO
Austin Hooper ATL @ NE
Jason Witten DAL @ SF
George Kittle SF vs DAL
Jack Doyle IND vs JAC
Tyler Kroft CIN @ PIT
Ed Dickson CAR @ CHI
Zach Miller CHI vs CAR
Ben Watson BAL @ MIN
Coby Fleener NO @ GB
Jared Cook OAK vs KC
David Njoku CLE vs TEN
Vernon Davis WAS @ PHI
Antonio Gates LAC vs DEN
Marcedes Lewis JAC @ IND
A.J. Derby DEN @ LAC
Julius Thomas MIA vs NYJ
Jesse James PIT vs CIN
Jonnu Smith TEN @ CLE

Defense / Special Teams

The Jacksonville Jaguars defense leads the NFL in QB sacks, Interceptions and Defensive Touchdowns, which doesn’t bode well for a Luck-less Indy offense that has allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing defenses. The Jags are this week’s leader of the fantasy defense pack.

Name Opp
Jacksonville Jaguars @ IND
Seattle Seahawks @ NYG
Buffalo Bills vs TB
Denver Broncos @ LAC
Minnesota Vikings vs BAL
Philadelphia Eagles vs WAS
Los Angeles Rams vs ARI
Carolina Panthers @ CHI
Pittsburgh Steelers vs CIN
Miami Dolphins vs NYJ
Chicago Bears vs CAR
Arizona Cardinals @ LAR
Tennessee Titans @ CLE
Baltimore Ravens @ MIN
Kansas City Chiefs @ OAK
Dallas Cowboys @ SF
Los Angeles Chargers vs DEN
Washington Redskins @ PHI
New Orleans Saints @ GB
New York Giants vs SEA
Cincinnati Bengals @ PIT
Indianapolis Colts vs JAC
Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ BUF
New York Jets @ MIA
New England Patriots vs ATL
Green Bay Packers vs NO
Oakland Raiders vs KC
Atlanta Falcons @ NE
San Francisco 49ers vs DAL
Cleveland Browns vs TEN

Kickers

No kickers blurb… ever!

Name Team Opp
Stephen Gostkowski NE vs ATL
Dan Bailey DAL @ SF
Matt Bryant ATL @ NE
Wil Lutz NO @ GB
Jake Elliott PHI vs WAS
Ryan Succop TEN @ CLE
Harrison Butker KC @ OAK
Justin Tucker BAL @ MIN
Graham Gano CAR @ CHI
Kai Forbath MIN vs BAL
Mason Crosby GB vs NO
Steven Hauschka BUF vs TB
Giorgio Tavecchio OAK vs KC
Greg Zuerlein LAR vs ARI
Phil Dawson ARI @ LAR
Blair Walsh SEA @ NYG
Chris Boswell PIT vs CIN
Adam Vinatieri IND vs JAC
Nick Novak LAC vs DEN
Brandon McManus DEN @ LAC
Josh Lambo JAC @ IND
Robbie Gould SF vs DAL
Chandler Catanzaro NYJ @ MIA
Cody Parkey MIA vs NYJ
Connor Barth CHI vs CAR
Randy Bullock CIN @ PIT
Nick Rose WAS @ PHI
Patrick Murray TB @ BUF
Aldrick Rosas NYG vs SEA
Zane Gonzalez CLE vs TEN
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