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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 dropped two of three

Astros drop series finale to Oakland, A's win series

Jose Urquidy couldn't hold Oakland back on Saturday. Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

With Oakland finally ending their drought against the Astros on Friday night to split the first two games of the series, and with the Angels staying in step with them as both teams started the day 6-2, the Astros needed a win to keep momentum in their favor on Saturday.

Instead, Oakland would outslug Houston once again to take the series finale and take the series win. The loss moves Houston to 6-3 and down to second place, at least for now, until the 6-2 Angels complete their game on Saturday evening.

Final Score: A's 7, Astros 3

Astros' Record: 6-3, second in AL West

Winning Pitcher: Frankie Montas (1-1)

Losing Pitcher: Jose Urquidy (0-1)

Urquidy gives up four over six

Much like the night before, Oakland was able to bring in runs against Houston's starter, this time Jose Urquidy, Saturday afternoon in their second time through the order. Their first time through, Urquidy was cruising, allowing just one baserunner in the first three innings on a single in the top of the third.

Things shifted in the top of the fourth, with the A's getting back-to-back singles to set the stage for a two-run frame with dual RBI-singles to take a 2-0 lead. Oakland doubled that in the fifth, getting a two-out single to set up a two-run homer by Ramon Laureano to make it 4-0. Urquidy would go on to finish six innings, but with no run support to that point, would leave in line for the loss. His final line: 6.0 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K, 93 P.

A's pad their lead before Houston gets on the board

Meanwhile, although getting five hits, the Astros could not get anything on the board against Frankie Montas through six innings. Brandon Bielak took over out of the bullpen for Urquidy in the top of the seventh, but after loading the bases, he would allow a dagger two-RBI single to make it a 6-0 deficit for Houston.

With Montas starting the seventh looking to face a batter or two before Oakland moved to their bullpen, Kyle Tucker would finally get Houston on the board with a leadoff solo home run, cutting the lead to 6-1 and ending Montas' day. Houston would get a two-out rally going, with an RBI-double by Jose Altuve followed by an RBI-triple by Michael Brantley to make it a three-run game at 6-3.

Oakland takes the series win

Ryne Stanek tried to keep it a three-run game and give the Astros a chance to stay in it in the top of the eighth but instead would give up a two-out solo home run to push Oakland's lead back to four. That 7-3 score would go final as Houston would go scoreless in the eighth and ninth.

Up Next: Houston will have a day off on Sunday before continuing this homestand Monday night by welcoming in Detroit and former manager A.J. Hinch for three games. In the series opener, the Tigers will send young star Casey Mize (0-0, 2.25 ERA) to the mound, while the Astros will get another start by Zack Greinke (1-0, 1.38 ERA).

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