EARLY RANKS

Week 7 fantasy football rankings

Watson has been fantastic. Tim Warner/Getty Images

These are my very early ranks, so keep in mind I post these on Thursday. I will update them on Friday. Make sure you check the injury report on Sunday for players that have missed practice. If it doesn't look like a player will play this week, I typically won't rank him. Keep in mind, these are PPR rankings, and don't forget to set your lineup for Thursday Night Football.

If you have any questions, feel free to hit me up on Twitter. Be sure to check out my show MoneyLine with Jerry Bo on ESPN 97.5FM. We're on every Sunday morning from 10-noon, and we'll talk a lot of fantasy football and NFL gambling getting you ready for kickoff every Sunday.

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QB

1Deshaun Watson

2Russell Wilson

3Lamar Jackson

4Patrick Mahomes

5Matt Ryan

6Jared Goff

7Dak Prescott

8Kyler Murray

9Josh Allen

10Tom Brady

11Carson Wentz

12Jacoby Brissett

13Aaron Rodgers

14Kirk Cousins

15Jimmy Garoppolo

16Daniel Jones

17Gardner Minshew

18Matthew Stafford

19Philip Rivers

20Derek Carr

RB

1Dalvin Cook

2Leonard Fournette

3Saquon Barkley

4Ezekiel Elliott

5Phillip Lindsay

6Alvin Kamara

7Josh Jacobs

8David Johnson

9Mark Ingram

10Chris Carson

11Marlon Mack

12Le'Veon Bell

13Aaron Jones

14Devonta Freeman

15Kerryon Johnson

16Derrick Henry

17Tevin Coleman

18Austin Ekeler

19Royce Freeman

20James White

21Devin Singletary

22Sony Michel

23Jamaal Williams

24Melvin Gordon

25Carlos Hyde

26Joe Mixon

27Matt Breida

28Miles Sanders

29Latavius Murray

30David Montgomery

31Jordan Howard

32LeSean McCoy

33Darrell Henderson

34Damien Williams

35Tarik Cohen

36Malcolm Brown

WR

1Cooper Kupp

2T.Y. Hilton

3Michael Thomas

4Tyreek Hill

5DeAndre Hopkins

6Julio Jones

7D.J. Chark

8Julian Edelman

9Larry Fitzgerald

10Adam Thielen

11Robert Woods

12Keenan Allen

13Tyler Lockett

14Brandin Cooks

15Tyler Boyd

16Courtland Sutton

17Stefon Diggs

18Michael Gallup

19John Brown

20Alshon Jeffery

21Will Fuller

22Calvin Ridley

23Terry McLaurin

24 Kenny Golladay

25Golden Tate

26Auden Tate

27Allen Robinson

28Phillip Dorsett

29Mike Williams

30Mohamed Sanu

31Dede Westbrook

32Emmanuel Sanders

33Marvin Jones

34Allen Lazard

35D.K. Metcalf

36Robby Anderson

37Jamison Crowder

38Cole Beasley

39Marquez Valdes-Scantling

40Marquis Goodwin

TE

1George Kittle

2Evan Engram

3Travis Kelce

4Austin Hooper

5Zach Ertz

6Hunter Henry

7Mark Andrews

8Darren Waller

9T.J. Hockenson

10Gerald Everett

11Jason Witten

12Jared Cook

13Eric Ebron

14Jimmy Graham

15Delanie Walker

Defense/Special Teams

1Buffalo Bills

2New England Patriots

3San Francisco 49ers

4Chicago Bears

5Jacksonville Jaguars

6Green Bay Packers

7New Orleans Saints

8Minnesota Vikings

9Los Angeles Chargers

10Tennessee Titans

11Detroit Lions

12Philadelphia Eagles

Kicker

1Justin Tucker

2Harrison Butker

3Robbie Gould

4Greg Zuerlein

5Will Lutz

6Zane Gonzalez

7Jason Myers

8Jake Elliott

9Mason Crosby

10Mike Nugent

11Matt Prater

12Josh Lambo

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After a short turnaround, the NASCAR Cup Series heads to their Mecca at Charlotte Motor Speedway for the famed Coca-Cola 600. Of all the races in NASCAR, after Daytona this race may be the most important race on the schedule. The tradition started back in 1959 when former driver and hall of famer Curtis Turner teamed up with Burton Smith to build the track and upon its completion, they decided to make the first race at the new track on the same day as the Indy 500. In an effort to draw fans, they made the race 100 miles longer and from there the rest was history. This year's rendition will be somber though as no fans will be permitted to enter due to Covid-19, but even in this time of unrest it will be a relief to continue to see our heroes take on NASCAR's longest race.

For the first time, NASCAR pulled off it's first midweek race and it was a doozy. For most of the race there was a wide range of characters who were up front. Clint Bowyer set the tone early as he went on to win the first two stages but after getting caught in traffic he fell back. To make matters worse, Bowyer was involved in an accident that ended any chance of victory. While it wasn't the outcome he would have hoped for, to see how well he ran is a sign of good things to come for the Kansas native. I look forward to seeing how he rebounds.

With Bowyer out of it, the attention shifted to Chase Elliott. All night it seemed like he had the second best car and looked to be on his way to another victory but after the caution for Bowyer, Elliott lost a ton of track position after a bad pit-stop. This left the sports most popular driver stuck in traffic, but he was able to make his way back to second. In the final laps, he was easily the best car and appeared to be on his way past Denny Hamlin to take the victory but Kyle Busch had other ideas. The defending champion made a sudden right hand turn and veered into Elliott sending him head on into the wall.

It was safe to say that Elliott was not pleased as he gave Busch the one finger salute as he drove by under caution. The race was not able to resume as Mother Nature intervened giving Hamlin his second win of the season. Many fans and experts alike were critical of Busch's stunt, Jeff Gordon was quoted as saying "Not sure what that was all about." When the race was over, Busch was confronted by Elliott's Crew Chief Alan Gufston. When it was said and done security had to be called to separate the two. While it might not have been intentional, Busch has opened up a can of worms in the future for retaliation. It will be fun to watch what happens next.

Overall, the response to NASCAR's midweek race was overwhelmingly positive as it was the third highest watched event on television. As NASCAR continues to be fluid, more and more people are becoming interested. NASCAR journalist and reporter Adam Stern tweeted that more than thirty percent of the viewers of Sunday's race were new viewers. Even though we may not always agree with the way NASCAR does things, I have to say they have done an outstanding job at putting this schedule together. I hope that in the future, NASCAR continues this new tradition.

Moving on to Charlotte, The driver I have winning this weekend is Chase Elliott. In every race this season, Chase has been a force to be reckoned but has simply run into circumstances he can't control. At Vegas before the shutdown, he seemed to have the race in hand until a flat tire ended any chances of victory. Two weeks later at Phoenix, he led ninety-three laps until fading to a seventh place finish and with a new-found fire lit under him after Darlington, Elliott will be like a bull in the china shop come Sunday. While he has been great at every track he has run at, he has been especially fast at Charlotte. He currently has a 10.60 average finish there and has consistently led laps. This week, I think Elliott will get redemption and claim his sixth career victory in one of NASCAR's crown jewels. Look for him to take his #9 Napa Camaro to victory lane.

(All stats and information used in this article is brought to you by the good folks at driveraverages.com and Racing-Reference.com the best website for all NASCAR stats)

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