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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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A WEEKLY REVIEW OF CRENNEL'S COACHING

Now my job: Texans feast on Lions

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Thanksgiving is full of tradition. There's the typical family gathering, large meal, and of course, football. Sometimes, new traditions are added and old ones are retired. I think the Texans did both in their impressive 41-25 win over the Lions in Detroit. Old traditions were carried on (Lions losing on Thanksgiving), some were put to rest (Texans not being able to get turnovers), and new ones were started (multiple passing touchdowns by Deshaun Watson in six straight games).

The fact that this defense got three turnovers in the game was unbelievable! They got all three in the first quarter within the span of eight plays. JJ Watt's pick-six was insane. He went for a batted ball, ended up catching it, and ran it in. They forced Jonathan Williams to fumble on the Lions' very next play from scrimmage and recovered it. On the Lions' next possession, the Texans recovered yet another fumble after the challenge was reversed. Great call by the coaching staff to challenge and win. The defense looked good. Tyrell Adams stood out because he was in on those two fumbles, made 17 total tackles with 14 of them being solo tackles. They also brought pressure that seemed to make Matthew Stafford very inaccurate and resulted in four sacks. I give defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver credit for knowing he needs to blitz to get pressure, but the run defense has to improve.

The offense kept the tempo up in this game as well. The spread and hurry-up were used to keep the Lions already staggered defense off balance. Knowing the Lions were without a couple defensive backs, I thought it would be the perfect marriage of their defense and the Texans' offense. A buddy asked before the game about the line (Texans -3.5) and the over/under (52.5). I told him bet the Texans and the over because neither team can play defense and both have good quarterbacks. Offensive coordinator Tim Kelly put together another good game plan and Watson executed it flawlessly. One route combo I saw later on in the game I particularly enjoyed. Two receivers were tight to the left side. Cooks ran a hook/curl and settled in the middle of the zone while Fuller ran a vertical route. Duke Johnson ran a swing route to that same side. It left Cooks wide open as the attention went to Johnson in the flat, Fuller deep, and the action to the other play side. Route combos are important because it gives the quarterback different reads as he goes through his progressions and lets him pick apart the defense based on what he sees. Combine that with Watson's play and the way Kelly has changed his play calling now that he's liberated from he who shall not be named, we're seeing a beautiful thing.

As good as things were, there's still room for improvement. The defense gives up way too many easy yards, both run and pass. They can't get pressure bringing only four and will often give up big plays if the blitz is picked up. Plus the run defense is still an issue as evidenced by the Lions' first possession of the second half. The Lions ran the ball 10 plays straight for a total of 58 yards on that drive. Utterly ridiculous! Watson was good (17/25 318 yards and four touchdowns), but he missed two more touchdowns with passes slightly off, and continues to hold onto the ball too long at times. The difference between these two issues I've presented here is the fact that Watson has so played well, his "issues" are minor and very correctable, while the defense is terrible and there's no easy fix in sight. But let Romeo Crennel and Anthony Weaver tell it, they're getting the most out of these guys and they're playing disciplined.

The thought that this team may actually creep into the playoff picture may take shape better after next week if they can beat the Colts. I doubt it, but it is getting interesting. Let's see what else happens around them because they need help getting there.

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