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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Houston leads the series 1-0

Astros get a late rally to take ALWC Game 1 from Twins

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With a fresh slate in front of them, the Astros entered Target Field on Tuesday needing thirteen wins to get their second World Series win in franchise history. First, they needed to take two of three in the ALWC (American League Wild Card) round against the Twins. As with most playoff series openers, it shaped up to be a fierce pitching matchup. Here is a rundown of the game:

Final Score: Astros 4, Twins 1.

Series: HOU leads 1-0.

Winning Pitcher: Framber Valdez.

Losing Pitcher: Sergio Romo.

Greinke allows a run then gets the early hook

After stranding Michael Brantley on second base after a double in the top of the inning, the Twins put early pressure on Zack Greinke in the bottom of the first. They took advantage of Greinke struggling to find the zone, getting a one-out single, then back-to-back walks to load the bases. With some stellar defense behind him, though, he would escape unscathed.

After loading the bases in the first, Greinke retired the next seven in a row, not allowing a baserunner until two outs into the third when he would walk Max Kepler. That proved costly, as Nelson Cruz would drive him in on a long RBI-double, putting the Twins ahead 1-0. He would get the next batter out, then tossed a 1-2-3 fourth, but would get the early hook with his pitch count rising and the top of Minnesota's order coming back around in the fifth. Greinke's final line: 4.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 1 K, 0 HR, 79 P.

Valdez takes over then the Astros tie it up

One reason they were quick to take Greinke out early is that they were willing to use Framber Valdez, who took over in the bottom of the fifth. He would struggle against his first two batters, walking both before sitting down the next three to keep it a one-run game heading to the sixth.

The Twins also dipped into their bullpen starting in the top of the sixth, with another scoreless inning by Houston's bats. The Astros would tie the game and get on the board in the top of the seventh, getting back-to-back two-out singles by Josh Reddick and Martin Maldonado to set up an RBI-single by George Springer, before Maldonado would run into the third out trying to advance to third.

Astros blow it open in the ninth and take Game 1

The game remained tied 1-1 into the ninth with Minnesota going inning-by-inning with relievers while Valdez was dealing for Houston. In the top of the ninth, the Astros started the inning with back-to-back singles to threaten to go ahead. After outs in the air by the next two batters, an error by the Twins loaded the bases instead of recording the third out, keeping Houston alive and bringing Jose Altuve to the plate.

Altuve would get the go-ahead RBI, working a walk to put the Astros in front 2-1 for their first lead of the game. That brought Michael Brantley to the plate, still with the bases loaded, and would drive in two of them with a two-RBI single to push the lead to 4-1.

Houston would ride the hot hand into the bottom of the ninth, sticking with Framber Valdez to bring it home. He would maintain the lead and get the win, erasing two one-out singles to finish the Houston victory, putting them a win away from advancing to the ALDS.

Up Next: Game two of this best-of-three will start an hour earlier on Wednesday, with a 12:08 PM Central start. With Framber Valdez being used in Game 1, the Astros are expected to start Jose Urquidy in Game 2, while the Twins will send Jose Berrios to the mound.

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