NFL fantasy rankings for Week 7

Gronk should smash this week. Gronknation.com


  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


  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

Most Popular

SportsMap Emails
Are Awesome

Listen Live

Rootes began writing The Winning Game Plan last March. Photo via: NRG Park/Facebook

Football players, coaches and general managers have come and gone, but only one person has been running the business side of the Texans, well, even before they were the Texans. Jamey Rootes has been President of the Houston Texans since 1999, when an NFL team in Houston was still just a gleam in owner Bob McNair's eyes. That's before the team adopted the name "Texans" in 2000, before there was NRG Stadium, which opened as Reliant Stadium in 2000, and before they became serial champs of the AFC South, six titles between 2011-2019.

The precise date was Oct. 6, 1999 when NFL owners voted 29-0 to award the NFL's 32nd and newest franchise to Houston. Not only that, Houston was awarded the 2004 Super Bowl. Rootes, 34 years old with no NFL experience, had his work cut out for him. Before taking the job in Houston, Rootes was team president, general manager and CEO of selling peanuts and popcorn for the Columbus Crew of Major League Soccer.

Major League Soccer, with all due respect, is not nearly a national obsession like the National Football League.

"I wasn't intimidated," Rootes said. "There's a quote that I love, 'Do the thing you fear and the death of fear is certain.' I've always been a purpose-driven person. As for the step up to the NFL, I went from knowing nothing at the start of my time in Columbus to five years later thinking, OK, I've got this sports thing down. Actually, I had a very significant reduction in my responsibilities in Houston. When I was in Columbus, I ran the stadium, I ran the team's business, I was the general manager so I did the talent side of it, too. When I came to Houston, all I had to do was the business, so that was great."

Rootes has captured his remarkable journey from the soccer team at Clemson to grad school at Indiana University to the business world at IBM and Proctor & Gamble to the Clemson Crew, to ultimately being named President of the Houston Texans in his new book, The Winning Game Plan: A Proven Leadership Playbook for Continuous Business Success, available next week.

I've known Rootes from his day one with the Texans, but I still had to ask: everybody knows what the general manager does, and what the head coach does. What exactly does the President of an NFL team worth $3.3 billion do?

"I like to use the parallel of a pharmaceutical company to describe my job. There are two sides to that company. First you put scientists in one building and you leave them alone. They create products, which is what our football team is. The football side has a coach and general manager and all the people who prepare the team to play on Sunday. But getting that product to market is done by the business side, traditional business disciplines. Those are the things that fall to me. Basically, everything between the white lines is run by the football side. Everything outside of those lines, I do," Rootes said.

Between 1999 and 2002, when the Texans played their first game (let the record show the Texans defeated the Dallas Cowboy, 19-10), the team was essentially a massive start-up project. First orders of business for Rootes involved building a new stadium, developing relationships with suppliers, contractors and government officials, preparing for a Super Bowl and, most important, developing a relationship with fans.

Rootes began writing The Winning Game Plan last March, but it's really an accumulation of lessons learned and behind-the-scenes stories about building the Texans from scratch into one of the most admired and valuable franchises in all of sports.

"I've always been a meticulous note-taker. I've kept every presentation I've ever done. I took all of my notes and concepts and put those down on paper," Rootes said. "To be a good leader, you need a wild imagination. You can show me a blank piece of paper, but I don't see it as blank. To me, it's a finished product that hasn't been created yet," Rootes said.

Rootes lays out his leadership strategy in seven chapters: Are You a Manager or a Leader, Get the Right People on Your Team, Build a Winning Culture, Create Raving Fans, a Winning Playbook for Adversity and Success, Your Leadership Playbook and Play to Win.

He learned lesson No. 1 the hard way. A friend once counseled Rootes, "your staff doesn't like the way you're all up in their business, you need to back off." Rootes took that advice to heart.

"It was an epiphany. I wasn't a leader. That's when I truly began thinking about leadership. I say this all the time, I don't do anything. All I do is create an environment where exceptional people can be their very best self. I know what's going on. I'm fully informed. I leave every game day exhausted. I get there early. I do the things I need to do. I kiss babies. I shake hands. I present checks. I entertain clients. I'm dialed in. It absolutely wears me out because I love this organization so much. I am so proud of what we've been able to do for this great city of Houston."

I asked Rootes, as someone who lives for Game Day and a packed NRG Stadium, are you devastated by 2020, the year of COVID-19 and small crowds limited by Centers for Disease Control guidelines?

"I don't look at it that way. I think there's a song by 10,000 Maniacs that said, these are the days that you'll remember. I told my staff, I know you're all going through hell right now, but later on in life, you'll talk about this year. Things that are important are memorable, for the positive and those things that leave a scar. You learn from adversity and you're a better person for enduring it. Victor Frankl said 'We can discover meaning in life in three different ways, by creating a work or doing a deed, experiencing something or encountering someone, and by the attitude we take toward unavoidable suffering.' Suffering is part of life. He should know, he survived a Nazi concentration camp," Rootes said.

H-E-B President Scott McClelland wrote the forward to The Winning Game Plan. Rootes dedicates the book to late Texans owner Bob McNair. Rootes' book is a fun read. All I kept thinking was, where was this book when I needed it? And before you buy too much into Rootes as a leader, consider that Rootes admits that he had to ask for wife Melissa's permission before he could accept the Texans job.

Personal note: I believe that a big part of leadership is the ability to keep a promise. Several years ago, I was riding my bicycle with my dog Lilly on a leash. It was the only way I could keep up with her. Well, one time Lilly saw a squirrel and pulled me off my bicycle. I tumbled a few times and rolled next to the curb. When I looked up, there was Jamey Rootes. I told him, "There's no need for you to tell anybody about this." He never said a word.

SportsMap Emails
Are Awesome