A.J. HOFFMAN

NFL fantasy rankings for Week 7

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QB 

  1. Patrick Mahomes vs. CIN
  2. Matt Ryan vs. NYG
  3. Tom Brady @ CHI
  4. Cam Newton @ PHI
  5. Jared Goff @ SF
  6. Andy Dalton @ KC
  7. James Winston vs. CLE
  8. Philip Rivers vs. TEN
  9. Kirk Cousins @ NYJ
  10. Drew Brees @ BAL
  11. Baker Mayfield @ TB
  12. Andrew Luck vs. BUF
  13. Carson Wentz vs. CAR
  14. Matt Stafford @ MIA
  15. Eli Manning @ ATL

RB (Standard)

  1. Todd Gurley @ SF
  2. Saquon Barkley @ ATL
  3. Joe Mixon @ KC
  4. Melvin Gordon vs. TEN
  5. Kareem Hunt vs. CIN
  6. Ezekiel Elliott @ WAS
  7. Sony Michel @ CHI
  8. David Johnson vs. DEN
  9. Phillip Lindsay @ ARI
  10. Alvin Kamara @ BAL
  11. Christian McCaffrey @ PHI
  12. Carlos Hyde @ TB
  13. James White @ CHI
  14. Tevin Coleman vs. NYG
  15. Adrian Peterson vs. DAL
  16. Mark Ingram @ BAL
  17. Tarik Cohen vs. NE
  18. Alex Collins vs. NO
  19. Matt Breida vs. LAR
  20. Kerryon Johnson @ MIA
  21. LeSean McCoy @ IND
  22. Marlon Mack vs. BUF
  23. Jordan Howard vs. NE
  24. Kenyan Drake vs. DET
  25. TJ Yeldon vs. HOU
  26. Isaiah Crowell vs. MIN
  27. Corey Clement vs. CAR
  28. Latavius Murray @ NYJ
  29. Ito Smith vs. NYF
  30. Royce Freeman @ ARI

WR (Standard)

  1. 1. Tyreek Hill vs. CIN
  2. AJ Green @ KC
  3. Julio Jones vs. NYG
  4. Odell Beckham, Jr. @ ATL
  5. Adam Thielen @ NYJ
  6. Stefan Diggs @ NYJ
  7. Robert Woods @ SF
  8. DeAndre Hopkins @ JAX
  9. Keenan Allen vs. TEN
  10. Jarvis Landry @ TB
  11. Mike Evans vs. CLE
  12. Tyler Boyd @ KC
  13. Michael Thomas @ BAL
  14. Brandin Cooks @ SF
  15. Golden Tate @ MIA
  16. Kenny Golladay @ MIA
  17. Allen Robinson vs. NE
  18. Alshon Jeffery vs. CAR
  19. John Brown vs. NO
  20. Sterling Shepard @ ATL
  21. Josh Gordon @ CHI
  22. Emmanuel Sanders @ ARI
  23. Corey Davis @ LAC
  24. Julian Edelman @ CHI
  25. Michael Crabtree vs. NO
  26. Devin Funchess @ ARI
  27. DeSean Jackson vs. CLE
  28. Marvin Jones @ MIA
  29. Demaryius Thomas @ ARI
  30. Calvin Ridley vs. NYG
  31. Marquise Goodwin vs. LAR
  32. Chris Godwin vs. CLE
  33. Nelson Agholor vs. CAR
  34. Sammy Watkins vs. CIN
  35. Keenan Cole vs. HOU
  36. Taylor Gabriel vs. NE
  37. Will Fuller @ JAX
  38. Dede Westbrook vs. HOU
  39. Mohamed Sanu vs. NYG
  40. Antonio Callaway @ TB

TE (Standard)

  1. Travis Kelce vs. CIN
  2. Rob Gronkowski @ CHI
  3. Zach Ertz vs. CAR
  4. David Njoku @ TB
  5. Eric Ebron vs. BUF
  6. Trey Burton vs. NE
  7. Jordan Reed vs. DAL
  8. George Kittle vs. LAR
  9. Austin Hooper vs. NYG
  10. Greg Olsen @ PHI
  11. OJ Howard vs. CLE
  12. Kyle Rudolph @ NYJ
  13. Cameron Brate vs. CLE
  14. CJ Uzomah @ KC
  15. Evan Engram @ ATL

D/ST

  1. Rams @ SF
  2. Chargers vs. TEN
  3. Jaguars vs. HOU
  4. Colts vs. BUF
  5. Texans @ JAX
  6. Vikings @ NYJ
  7. Cardinals vs. DEN
  8. Ravens vs. NO
  9. Broncos @ ARI
  10. Eagles vs. CAR
  11. Patriots @ CHI
  12. Redskins vs. DAL
  13. Bills @ IND
  14. Bears vs. NE
  15. Cowboys @ WAS

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The media has mixed feelings about the James Harden trade. Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

James Harden was 100-percent exactly right earlier this week when he said the Houston Rockets were "just not good enough."

How could they be? Not when their moody superstar scorer, who makes about half a million dollars per game, shows up chubby, looking like a kielbasa about to explode in the microwave. Hey, some people eat when they're unhappy, it's a defense mechanism. In Harden's case, the only defense he's exhibited this season. At least he had a good excuse for missing pre-season training camp and alienating his teammates - he was busy partying with Cinnamon and Cherish in Atlanta and Vegas without a mask. Worst of all, he went into the tank his last four games in a Rockets uniform, standing around, arms folded, scoring fewer than 20 points each time, all Rockets losses. Fans in the front row were asking him to move, he was blocking their view of players who cared about winning. James Harden sabotaged his own team, a team that offered him $50 million a year to stay. Something that crazy could only happen in professional sports these days.

There's a saying that drives the American labor movement: "a fair day's wage for a fair day's work." It's the motto of the American Federation of Labor. The National Basketball Players Association is not a member. Harden's sulking on the court, cheating the Rockets and their fans, was unforgivable.

Harden, sitting out games while somehow being on the court, forced the Rockets to trade him - and quick - to Brooklyn. The trade, when you ignore the fine print and unindicted co-conspirators Cleveland and Indiana, sent Harden to Brooklyn in exchange for Caris LeVert (immediately flipped for Victor Oladipo), Jarrett Allen, three first-round draft picks and four swapped first-rounders. It's true, when you trade a superstar, you never get back equal value. The other team wins.

If it makes Rockets fans feel any better, the media in New York already has problems with their new problem child. I should say newest problem child. Kyrie Irving plays for the Nets.

"They (the Nets) gave up everybody! There's nothing left now. I just want to cry, It's awful," weeped WFAN Radio talk host Evan Roberts. For those who don't subscribe to weekly Arbitron ratings reports, WFAN is the most powerful, top-rated sports talk station in the Apple.

"You're leading down the road of doom. Harden and Durant could be gone in a year and a half. I'm not convinced this gives them a better chance to win a title. I'm living a nightmare again. They better freaking win."

Circle March 3 on your Rockets schedule. That's when the Brooklyn Nets, with their Big 3 of Kevin Durant, James Harden and possibly Kyrie Irving visit Toyota Center. I hear talk radio salivating over the record jeers that will cascade over Harden's name, although I'm not buying it. Fans don't think like the media does. I'm thinking that Rockets fans will welcome Harden back - one night only - with cheers.

Toyota Center public address announcer Matt Thomas: "Usually when former Rockets come to town for the first time since leaving, I give them a positive introduction. It's up to the fans how to react."

James Harden spent eight seasons with the Rockets. He is a spectacular player who watched other NBA players engineer trades so they could compete for a title. Harden didn't think the Rockets were good enough, and he's right. So he wanted out. We've all been there, a job we didn't like for a company we didn't like, for a boss we didn't respect. Harden wanting to be traded is understandable. How he went about it was deplorable. He hurt his co-workers.

Houston will make Harden pay for his disrespectful departure. He has an upscale restaurant set to open here. The name of the steakhouse will be "13." Harden's business partners may want to change that number ... before the restaurant's telephone number is disconnected. There are plenty of other restaurants in Houston. Rich people who can afford steakhouse prices hold grudges.

Rockets fans searching for a silver lining say, "We got two decent players and a whole bunch of precious first-round picks" for a malcontent who would rather be anywhere (except maybe Sacramento) than Houston." Yes, a bunch of first-round picks does bode well for the future. Anywhere, except maybe Houston.

Houston's draft war room isn't the most successful operation in the NBA. Over the past decade prior to 2000, under the direction of general manager Daryl Morey, the Rockets made 16 draft picks. Not one of them is still in a Rockets uniform, many of them have sought employment outside of America, some outside of basketball. Among their first-round whiffs: Nikola Mirotic, Terrence Jones, Sam Dekker - all out of the league. Best of all, Royce White, who played three whole games in his NBA career and finished with a scoring average of 0.00 points per game.

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