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Jahnke: Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) runs after a catch on his way to scoring a touchdown against the Houston Texans during the second quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Each week, PFF's fantasy football analysts post our rankings in PPR, non- PPR and 0.5 PPR formats for the league's offensive skill positions. Jon Macri and I then add our IDP rankings, making the PFF rankings pages the go-to resource for all your fantasy football decisions.

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According to FantasyPros, my rankings were the third-most accurate among 129 experts in 2019, and they were also the most accurate for running backs. After six weeks of 2020, they were 11th-best among 166 fantasy experts.

Of course, our rankings are in a constant state of flux, with changes being made due to injury reports and personnel/usage updates, among other factors. But regardless of any changes that may occur between now and Sunday, here are 10 borderline fantasy starters whose rankings I feel confident about heading into the seventh week of the fantasy football season. These rankings are based on PPR scoring settings within their positions as of Wednesday morning.


9. QB Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers

Herbert is coming off his best performance as a starter from a fantasy perspective. He was QB4 in Week 5 —  the only quarterback to throw for four touchdowns that week. He has the third-highest average yards per pass on the season at 8.5, just behind Russell Wilson and Deshaun Watson. The Chargers are coming off of their bye week, which should give them time for their star receivers to get healthy.

Facing the Jaguars should also help his performance. They have averaged the most yards per attempt against them this season at 8.6. Part of the reason Jacksonville has allowed so many yards is a lack of pass rush. Only two of their defenders are averaging more than one pressure per game, and they both are averaging just over two per game. Herbert has been under pressure on 43.7% of his dropbacks so far. He should benefit from better protection against Jacksonville.

16. RB David Johnson, Houston Texans

Johnson has continued to see a high percentage of playing time despite Duke Johnson Jr. returning from injury. He played 77.4% of snaps this past week, and  he was at 77.9% the week before. This was despite very different game scripts in those two games. Over the past three weeks, David has gotten more involved with the offense. He was seeing 11-13 carries during the first three weeks. It’s been 16-19 over the past three. Houston has yet to get him too involved in the passing game, with two to four targets each game.

Houston Texans running back David Johnson (31) gains yards against the Tennessee Titans during the second quarter at Nissan Stadium Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020 in Nashville, Tenn.

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