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Week 7 fantasy football rankings: Feed Zeke while you still can

Get Ezekiel Elliott in your lineup while he's still available to play. Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Below are my early PPR fantasy rankings for Week 7. Most leagues are using points per reception these days, so take that into consideration when looking at the ranks. Six points are awarded for every receiving and rushing TD, and four points for every passing TD. If you are playing in a non-PPR league, pass-catching running backs lose a bit of value and so do possession receivers. Make sure you check the status of players that have been limited or out of practice. The rankings will be updated on Sunday morning.

If you have any start-sit questions, feel free to hit me up at @jordanpfx on Twitter, and I will do my best to get to every question. Include your scoring system with your questions. My ranks are a little abreviated this week, but will be back to normal next week. Good luck!

QB

1 D. Brees NO
2 T. Brady NE 
3 C. Wentz PHI 
4 D. Prescott DAL
5 M. Ryan ATL  
6 K. Cousins WAS   
7 M. Mariota TEN 
8 C. Newton CAR
9 C. Palmer ARI 
10 A. Smith KC
11 R. Wilson SEA 
12 P. Rivers LAC  
13 D. Carr OAK
14 B. Roethlisberger PIT
15 A. Dalton CIN 

RB

1 E. Elliott DAL
2 D. Freeman ATL
3 L. Bell PIT  
4 K. Hunt KC
5 T. Gurley LAR
6 L. McCoy BUF 
7 L. Fournette JAC  *Inactive
8 M. Ingram NO
9 M. Gordon LAC  
10 J. Howard CHI
11 C. Anderson DEN
12 A. Peterson ARI
13 C. Hyde SF  
14 D. Martin TB 
15 J. Ajayi MIA
16 C. Ivory JAX
17 D. Henry TEN
18 A. Kamara NO 
19 J. White NE 
20 J. McKinnon MIN
21 T. Coleman ATL  
22 C. McCaffrey CAR
23 D. Johnson CLE  
24 J. Mixon CIN
25 M. Lynch OAK  
26 F. Gore IND 
27 C. Thompson WAS
28 A. Jones  GB
29 L. Blount PH
30 D. Murray TEN *He's active but may lose touches to Henry because of his hamstring.

WR

1 A. Green CIN
2 D. Bryant DAL
3 J. Jones ATL
4 M. Thomas NO
5 A. Brown PIT 
6 L. Fitzgerald ARI 
7 M. Crabtree OAK 
8 M. Evans TB 
9 C. Hogan NE
10 D. Thomas DEN
11 A. Jeffery PHI
12 J. Landry MIA  
13 J. Nelson GB
14 D. Baldwin SEA
15 T. Hill KC
16 B. Cooks NE 
17 E. Decker TEN
18 A. Thielen MIN
19 D. Adams GB 
20 T. Hilton IND
21 D. Funchess CAR 
22 R. Matthews TEN 
23 John Brown ARI
24 N. Agholor PHI  
25 M. Bryant PIT
26 D. Amendola NE
27 K. Allen LAC  *questionable
28.D. Jackson TB
29.P. Garcon SF 
30.A. Cooper OAK

TE

1 R. Gronkowski NE  
2 T. Kelce KC  
3 Z. Ertz PHI 
4 J. Graham SEA
5 A. Seferian-Jenkins NYJ
6 H. Henry LAC  
7 D. Walker TEN *He's active 
8 E. Engram NYG
9 C. Brate TB  
10 A. Hooper ATL  
11 J. Reed WAS  
12 K. Rudolph MIN

DEF

1 Vikings 
2 Broncos 
3 Jaguars
4 Seahawks 
5 Panthers 
6 Steelers  
7 Titans
8 Chiefs  
9 Bills  
10 Dolphins  
11 Bengals
12 Saints  

Kicker

1 S. Gostkowski NE 
2 D. Bailey DAL   
3 M. Bryant ATL
4 R. Succop TEN 
5 J. Elliott PHI    
6 W. Lutz NO  
7 S. Hauschka BUF 
8 G. Gano CAR  
9 G. Zuerlein  
10 H. Butker KC 
11 A. Vinatieri
12 B. Walsh SEA

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Boston's two grand slams in the first two innings were too much for Houston to overcome in ALCS Game 2. Photo by Elsa/Getty Images

After a win in ALCS Game 1 that had the prototypical fingerprints of this Astros team all over it, Houston returned to Minute Maid Park on Saturday, hoping to take a dominant 2-0 series lead if they could grab another victory. The Red Sox dashed those hopes very early, though, scoring eight runs across the first two innings to build the lead they would hold on to even the series.

Final Score: Boston 9, Astros 5

ALCS Series (Best of Seven): tied 1-1

Winning Pitcher: Nathan Eovaldi

Losing Pitcher: Luis Garcia

Houston met with disaster to start Game 2

You couldn't have drawn up a much better start for the Red Sox or a worse one for the Astros in Saturday's ALCS Game 2. Luis Garcia met early disaster in the top of the first inning, allowing a leadoff double, then got two outs while issuing two walks to load the bases. That brought up Boston's designated hitter, J.D. Martinez, to the plate, and he delivered a crushing blow to Houston, launching a grand slam to put the Red Sox up 4-0 before Houston could even get to the plate.

After a scoreless bottom of the inning by his offense, things got worse for Garcia in the top of the second, as after issuing a four-pitch walk to start the frame, he would become the center of a meeting at the mound with trainers, ultimately leaving the game with an injury. Houston opted to bring in Jake Odorizzi for the emergency call to the bullpen, but things did not start well for him either. He would put two of his own batters on base with two singles, then gave up the second grand slam in as many innings, this one to Rafael Devers to double Boston's lead to 8-0, doubling down on Houston's disastrous start to the game.

Odorizzi rebounded with a 1-2-3 third, but with one out in the top of the fourth allowed a solo homer to Kiké Hernández, his third homer of the series so far. He would still get the job done of eating up a few innings, finishing the fourth, and retiring Boston in order in the fifth, giving Houston just four more innings to cover with the rest of their relievers.

Astros get a few runs back

Over that span, Houston did trim the lead by three runs, getting an RBI double by Kyle Tucker and a two-RBI single by Yuli Gurriel in the bottom of the fourth, making it a six-run game at 9-3. Their next reliever was Blake Taylor in the top of the sixth, and he would keep the score where it stood by sitting down the three batters he faced that frame.

The Astros threatened again in the bottom of the sixth, getting two singles to put two aboard, but would come out empty, sending the game on to the seventh, where Taylor would remain on the mound. He faced three more batters, getting two out while allowing a single before Yimi Garcia would come in to get the third out.

Red Sox even the series as it shifts to Boston

Garcia returned in the top of the eighth, getting through that inning despite a walk and hit by pitch, stranding both runners. Boston's bullpen kept Houston from getting any closer in the bottom of the eighth, then Ryne Stanek came in for the Astros in the top of the ninth. Stanek allowed a leadoff double, but with a groundout and double play, held the score at 9-3. Yuli Gurriel and Jason Castro did their part to keep the Astros alive in the bottom of the ninth, each hitting solo homers to make it 9-5, but that's as close as they'd come, dropping Game 2 to tie the series at one game apiece.

Up Next: The ALCS now moves to Boston for the next three games after a day off on Sunday, with Game 3 on Monday at 7:08 PM Central. While the Astros have named Jose Urquidy as their starter, the Red Sox have not yet determined theirs.

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