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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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Houston can win series on Sunday

Timely hitting helps Astros edge out D-backs to even series

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The Astros had two losses over the last 24 hours; one a game against the Diamondbacks in the series opener on Friday night, the other the news that their recovering ace, Justin Verlander, announced Saturday afternoon that he is opting to undergo Tommy John surgery. The decision and surgery will likely sideline Verlander through 2021 when his current contract with Houston ends.

With that, the Astros headwinds continued to increase, meaning a win to even the series with Arizona on Saturday would be a much-needed pick-me-up. Here's how they did:

Final Score: Astros 3, Diamondbacks 2.

Record: 26-26, second in the AL West.

Winning pitcher: Enoli Paredes (3-2, 2.84 ERA).

Losing pitcher: Luke Weaver (1-8, 6.51 ERA).

D-backs score two on Javier who is pulled early

Kole Calhoun, who drove in four runs, including a home run in Friday's game, would start the scoring on Saturday with a solo home run off of Cristian Javier in the top of the second, giving Arizona an early 1-0 lead. Javier allowed another run in the top of the third, giving up a leadoff single that would move to third on a groundout then score on a sac fly, doubling the lead to 2-0.

Javier finished the third and tossed a 1-2-3 fourth, but whether it be due to a pre-determined pitch count or other situation, he would not go any further, ending his night there on just 77 pitches. His final line: 4.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1 HR, 77 P.

Astros grab a lead in the sixth

The Astros were able to cut the lead in half in the bottom of the third, getting a leadoff single by Josh Reddick, who would move to third after a walk and fielder's choice before scoring on an RBI-groundout by Jose Altuve, making it 2-1. Enoli Paredes was first out of Houston's bullpen, taking over for Javier in the top of the fifth and retiring six straight batters for two perfect frames.

Houston would get to Luke Weaver in the bottom of the sixth, getting a leadoff single by George Springer, who would score from first on an RBI-double by Altuve to tie the game. Altuve would come around as the go-ahead run later in the inning on an RBI-single by Kyle Tucker, knocking Weaver out of the game as the Astros took their first lead of the game, 3-2.

Houston evens the series and moves back up to .500

Josh James was the next reliever for Houston in the top of the seventh, and despite getting into a jam by issuing a one-out walk and hitting the next batter, he was able to get out of it. It was thanks to a great play by Michael Brantley, who started a double play by catching a lineout and throwing a runner out at second to end the inning.

Brooks Raley had the eighth and erased a one-out walk by retiring the next two batters to maintain the one-run lead. After a scoreless bottom of the eighth, the Astros turned to closer Ryan Pressly to get another save and finish the one-run game. Pressly would do so, as Houston would move back up to .500 and even the series 1-1 heading into the rubber game on Sunday.

Up Next: The finale of this series between Houston and Arizona, and Houston's last regular-season home game of 2020, will get underway at 1:10 PM Central on Sunday. Madison Bumgarner (0-4, 8.53) ERA will be on the mound for the D-backs, while Jose Urquidy (1-1, 2.70 ERA) will start for the Astros.

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