Welcome to the Week 7 Quarterback Rankings!
We have four teams at rest this week, so the byes are finally starting to hit hard.
I feel relatively good about the Week 7 options until we get to QB20. It’s riskier at that point. And, once we get to Dalton at QB22, it really dips. Hopefully you don’t need to dig that deep. Of the deep largely available options, I’m probably most comfortable with Joe Flacco, who will have to throw at home in a decent matchup.
For DFS purposes, as always, I’m focused on the running quarterbacks. Rotobahn loves those foot-points! I’m liking both QBs in the Cardinals @ Giants game. I’m also looking closely at the Rams @ Falcons.
I’ll get into all of that on the DFS pod this weekend.
I’ll be back in a bit with the wide receivers, running backs and tight ends.
Bye losses: Browns, Steelers, Bucs and Panthers.
If you missed yesterday’s pop-up pod, you can check it out below.
WEEK 7 RANKINGS
|1||Lamar Jackson||6.800||BAL||BAL@SEA 10/20/2019 04:25PM ET||The Seahawks have been friendly to quarterbacks this season. Granted, Jackson is not a typical quarterback, but the Seahawks have been easier to throw on than anticipated and the pass rush has been lighter than expected. There’s always the 12th man issue, but that works better when the D is cranking versus getting cranked. I’m cool with Jackson in all formats though he’s a bit pricey for cash in DFS.|
|2||Kyler Murray||6.700||ARI||ARI@NYG 10/20/2019 01:00PM ET||According to Silva, the Giants have “yielded top-ten fantasy results to 5-of-6 quarterbacks faced” and now they face a team that plays fast and has mega mobility at the QB position. “Not great, Bob.” Also from Silva, the Cards have increased their yards per play from 4.3 to 5.6! That’s pretty insane. Start Kyler with confidence and get him into tourney lineups!|
|3||Deshaun Watson||7.000||HOU||HOU@IND 10/20/2019 01:00PM ET||The Colts have throttled Watson the last two times they’ve met and the Colts are getting healthier in their front seven lately. This is a relatively tough road matchup with a familiar divisional opponent. Still, Watson is easily a QB1 play in seasonal and merits strong GPP consideration on DK this week. His 7K tag will keep him from cash game consideration.|
|4||Russell Wilson||6.600||SEA||BAL@SEA 10/20/2019 04:25PM ET||The Ravens have been losing players all year in their secondary and with Jimmy Smith still out, it’s not getting any better this week. So expect mediocre returns on the road versus Russell Wilson. Start Russ with confidence. He’s definitely GPP viable.|
|5||Matt Ryan||6.300||ATL||LAR@ATL 10/20/2019 01:00PM ET||You have to like the way this game sets up and unless Todd Gurley gets really healthy really fast, we should see a lot of passing in this game. Jalen Ramsey could lower the expectation level a smidge, but this is a good matchup for Ryan either way. Both the Ryan/Julio AND the Ryan/Ridley/Hooper stacks can work here. If Ramsey starts for the Rams this week, I’m leaning to the anti-Julio stack.|
|6||Josh Allen||6.500||BUF||MIA@BUF 10/20/2019 01:00PM ET||Like him a lot in this spot in terms of fantasy upside. The matchup is good, but since the Bills have an old RB and a guy coming off of a hamstring injury, they are unlikely to want to run too much. There almost has to be enough Allen here to give you a shot at a big game. No longer a bargain though. He’s priced up. John Brown’s groin injury is now a thing to keep an eye on. If Brown is out, Beasley becomes an easy stack, especially in smaller field tournaments.|
|7||Dak Prescott||6.200||DAL||PHI@DAL 10/20/2019 08:20PM ET||If you can’t get amped for Dak in this matchup just give up. The Eagles are a pure pass funnel—a throw-to-win matchup. Of course we do need to verify the health of his weapons. So there’s that. The Eagles are second best at limiting RB yards per carry and they are 29th in yards allowed per pass. They’ve been lit up by Keenum and Cousins not to mention Rodgers and Ryan.|
|8||Jared Goff||6.200||LAR||LAR@ATL 10/20/2019 01:00PM ET||He struggles on the road but at least this one is indoors. The matchup is good. The Atlanta D is a pass funnel so we should see volume. The Falcons don’t rush the passer well, so there should be time. ATL has been QB-friendly for fantasy pretty much all year.|
|9||Tom Brady||6.600||NE||NE@NYJ 10/21/2019 08:15PM ET||You need to throw to beat the Jets so the ball is going to be in the air. Edelman could have a monster day here and if Phillip Dorsett is healthy, he’ll be in play as well. If not, rookie Jakobi Meyers enters the picture. James White and Rex Burkhead could both loom large as well.|
|10||Daniel Jones||6.100||NYG||ARI@NYG 10/20/2019 01:00PM ET||The projected game pace makes us think big thoughts. The returns of both Saquon and Evan Engram adds fuel to that fire. I’m liking Jones a lot this week, but sadly, DraftKings agrees. Was hoping he’d be cheaper.|
|11||Aaron Rodgers||6.400||GB||OAK@GB 10/20/2019 01:00PM ET||He lacks healthy weaponry, obviously, but they’ll want to throw against the Raiders, so he could get there on volume. The Rodgers/Lazard stack is very, very intriguing. There’s now word that Geronimo Allison is questionable and could play.|
|12||Jacoby Brissett||5.600||IND||HOU@IND 10/20/2019 01:00PM ET||The Colts like to play methodically (slowly) but if the Texans can move the ball and score (there’s a good chance they can), then the Colts will have to let Brissett loose a bit more than they’d like. That’s good for ceiling purposes and make him a viable GPP play when stacked with Hilton. In seasonal he’s a solid fringe QB1 play.|
|13||Carson Wentz||6.000||PHI||PHI@DAL 10/20/2019 08:20PM ET||The Eagles can play balanced and that’s how you want to be versus Dallas. I like his chances for a solid day.|
|14||Jimmy Garoppolo||6.000||SF||SF@WAS 10/20/2019 01:00PM ET||This is yet another game where Jimmy G may not need to throw the football much. They can throw if they want to, and I think Kyle Shanahan is going to enjoy planting his old team six feet under. Still, expect them to do what they do. Both Matt Breida and Tevin Coleman are strong plays this week.|
|15||Gardner Minshew II||5.400||JAX||JAX@CIN 10/20/2019 01:00PM ET||They should be run-heavy I would think, but to the extent that Minshew throws this week, I expect success. He should do well, but Fournette is the Jaguar who is best set up for a big day.|
|16||Kirk Cousins||5.800||MIN||MIN@DET 10/20/2019 01:00PM ET||This is a throw-to-win matchup and we’ve seen more inclination to throw from Minny lately. My hate for Mike Zimmer is now at a simmer, but I’m still watching his ass. By the numbers and being mindful of the trends, I think Cousins is a solid QB2 play this week if you need him. Not going there in DFS though.|
|17||Sam Darnold||5.200||NYJ||NE@NYJ 10/21/2019 08:15PM ET||This is pretty open-ended. Darnold is a young quarterback playing behind a, to put it mildly, weak offensive line, but he’s a good player and he has some weapons. The Pats should be able to hit him enough to keep him from going off. Expect decent QB2 results.|
|18||Matthew Stafford||5.200||DET||MIN@DET 10/20/2019 01:00PM ET||Not much here to like for Stafford. This defense stacks up well against all teams but for the Lions, the pass rush and Zimmer’s attacking nature undercuts the deep game. And, loosening them up with a heavy dose of Kerryon is not likely to work. The Vikes are nasty versus the run. Unless Stafford can win on a strength-vs-strength level, I’m just not seeing it. He’s QB2 viable.|
|19||Philip Rivers||5.500||LAC||LAC@TEN 10/20/2019 04:05PM ET||U-G-L-Y. Checking in with an implied point total of 19 and facing a defense that is most soft versus the run, I’m not looking to invest in the Chargers’ passing attack, save for Hunter Henry.|
|20||Andy Dalton||5.400||CIN||JAX@CIN 10/20/2019 01:00PM ET||No thank you. No way to trust this offense right now.|
|21||Ryan Tannehill||4.800||TEN||LAC@TEN 10/20/2019 04:05PM ET||This is a very big game to watch. The offense is going to change some with a very different QB at the helm. If Tannehill has gotten any of his old mobility back, he could help this situation.|
|22||Mitchell Trubisky||5.100||CHI||NO@CHI 10/20/2019 04:25PM ET||No way to trust him yet so play him if you need him, but avoid if possible.|
|23||Teddy Bridgewater||5.300||NO||NO@CHI 10/20/2019 04:25PM ET||Brutal road matchup. Play if you need him but avoid if possible.|
|24||Derek Carr||5.000||OAK||OAK@GB 10/20/2019 01:00PM ET||This is going to be a Josh Jacobs kind of game. Carr will do Carr things. You have to check down a lot with this defense anyways.|
|25||Case Keenum||4.600||WAS||SF@WAS 10/20/2019 01:00PM ET||No thank you on many levels.|
|26||Ryan Fitzpatrick||4.500||MIA||MIA@BUF 10/20/2019 01:00PM ET||This is going to be a Greek Fitztragedy. Avoid!|
|27||Patrick Mahomes||6.900||KC||KC@DEN 10/17/2019 08:20PM ET||(ALREADY PLAYED) He’s off the main slate which sucks, but the real story is his health—specifically his ankle. Tyreek Hill is back and that gives him an edge, but Chris Harris will almost assuredly shadow in coverage and that adds some legit complexity to how you might want to stack—if you are playing the T-M slate. It’s a short turnaround with the Thursday Night Football thing, so hopefully the ankle swelling is manageable.|
|28||Joe Flacco||4.900||DEN||KC@DEN 10/17/2019 08:20PM ET||(ALREADY PLAYED) Solid matchup, but no way they try to out-throw KC. They are going to do everything they can to use their ground game, which is solid, to control the clock. Flacco should have a better than normal day, but still very much a QB2 day.|