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The Shot Caller's Report - WRs
Your Weekly Guide To Fantasy Lineups: Week 7
Positions: QBs | RBs | WRs

Bye Weeks:
New Orleans, Oakland

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Julius Thomas @ IND: I finally give the tight ends some pub by talking up Jimmy Grahamís otherworldly campaign andÖhe immediately goes out and catches zero passes on six targets (aka, zero points) and wrecks his foot against New England, giving fantasy GMs everywhere heart palpitations. Ummmm, sorry? Letís try this again, shall we? No tight end has performed like Graham has this year, but Thomas is closer than you think with 80.1 points. That would make him the fourth best wide receiver if he actually played the position. And thatís not bad for a guy who didnít play ANY position until 2010, the year he started playing football (!) at Portland State University, where he also starred as a Vikings cager. The last guy to go from the college hardwood to the professional gridiron played Thomasí position, as well, and heíll be headed to Canton when itís all said and done. You could do worse than the new age version of Antonio Gates, I think.

Justin Blackmon

Justin Blackmon: Target monster.

Justin Blackmon v. SD: If youíre not sold on Blackmon because he plays for one of the worst teams in the league, you might wanna take a closer look at those box scores. Despite missing the seasonís first four games, the Okie St. product now has 29 targets and 38.6 fantasy points to his credit. Thatís the same number of targets James Jones has in five games and more points than Marques Colston and Stevie Johnson have in six. Additionally, Blackmon is currently leading all WRs in points-per-game at 19.3 and it isnít even that close (DeSean Jackson is a distant second at 14.8). Sure, two games is a smaller sample size, but almost 20 points per contest is still pretty amazing, especially when you consider heís playing catch with, arguably, two of the worst QBs in the league. The Jags are likely without Cecil Shorts in Week 7, so the Blackmon show must go on. Hope you have tickets.

Keenan Allen @ JAX: I talked up Allen in the preseason, reasoning the Chargers would need someone to step into the void created by Danario Alexanderís season-ending-before-it-began knee injury. That person turned out to be Eddie Royal in the early going, as the former Hokie outperformed even the aforementioned Blackmon (not to mention everyone else) in his first two games with 41.4 points. Since then, Royal has gone ice cold (just 10.2 points since) while Allen, the rookie from California, has heated right up, just as I thought he might. Heís gone over the 100-yard mark for two consecutive weeks now and has also snared a pair of Philip Rivers touchdown passes in that span. This week, he draws a Jacksonville squad that I just got done describing as ďone of the worst teams in the league.Ē I was being nice. Theyíre the worst. Go get Allen and plug him in.

Grab Some Wood

Michael Floyd v. SEA: Floydís NFL career got off to an unimpressive start last year when he failed to notch double-digit fantasy points even one time prior to a Week 17 explosion against the barely trying Niners (eight receptions, 166 yards, and a score for 22.6 points). 2013 has been way more productive for the former Golden Domer and, thus, more interesting for his owners. Heís already scored more points in 6 games (40.5) than he did in his first 15 last season and is starting to look like the complement to Larry Fitzgerald most thought he could be. I suspect that maturation will continue as Floyd gets more comfortable with Carson Palmer, but donít expect miracles on Thursday night. The Seahawks are coming to Glendale and that spells trouble. Brandon Browner was victimized by the smaller, faster T.Y. Hilton in Week 5 but Floyd is more his speed, both literally and figuratively.

Robert Woods @ MIA: It hasnít been a great start for rookie receivers in 2013 either, as evidenced by the fact Keenan Allen is already the second most productive noob at the position (behind Kenbrell Thompkins). Terrance Williams sits behind Allen and Robert Woods, Buffaloís most productive wideout through six games, sits behind Williams. Yes, that means Buffaloís leading receiver is just the fourth most productive rookie in a ho-hum class of rookie pass-grabbers. Itís early yet, sure, and Woods was also saddled with a rookie quarterback, unlike these other guys. Now, however, heís paired with an even less experienced signal caller, a guy that has somehow played fewer games than E.J. Manuel despite being in the league three times as long. Iím intrigued by Thad Lewis, but I worry about the fact he only connected with Woods two times in Week 6 (for a grand total of nine yards). Wait until they develop some chemistry.

DeAndre Hopkins @ KC: I’m still pretty bullish on Hopkins in general and we saw what he was capable of back in Week 2, when he almost single-handedly beat the Titans in overtime (17.7 points) with a series of scintillating, high-degree-of-difficulty grabs. Impressive as that performance was, however, it was still just one performance and we should definitely be mindful of what the Clemson product has done since: not a whole lot (just 15.7 points in his last four games). In fact, despite his early season success (over 10 points per in his first three starts), Hopkins has actually tallied fewer total points than both of the aforementioned players. The Texans’ QB woes are certainly dragging his overall value down and a switch to T.J. Yates or Case Keenum could put a serious dent in it. This weekend, however, it’ll be the Chiefs doing most of the denting. Avoid Houston’s promising young wideout in Week 7.

Good luck, folks!