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Quarterback Rankings Week 7

Quarterback Rankings Week 7

Brady gets a big bump (UPDATED SATURDAY)
By: Pete Davidson : October 17, 2013 8:55pm

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Welcome to the Week 7 Quarterback Rankings. It’s an odd week in that a lot of good QBs have bad matchups and some of the bad options are in good matchups. That creates a lack of clarity throughout the medium options. I will be back a little later on with the tight ends, wide receivers and running backs. It’ll all be posted before kickoff tonight.

I’ll be posting my weekly Starts & Sits tomorrow over at WEEI and Jim Hackett and I will be doing our weekly podcast as well.  It will be posted in the afternoon both here at Rotobahn and over at WEEI.  And, if you haven't done so already, check out the new Watch List and today's look at buying low and selling high.

Week 7 Byes: New Orleans & Oakland.

 

Rank PLAYER TEAM Opponent THE SKINNY
1 Peyton Manning DEN @IND He might just be up for this one. Irsay what?
2 Tony Romo DAL @PHI They can be thrown on and Romo will be throwing all day long.
3 Tom Brady NE @NYJ Brady gets a big bump with the return of his one big-tme weapon. Gronkowski should make the whole thing work better. Welcome back to the good times Brady owners.
4 Cam Newton CAR STL He’s looking more aggressive and he’s getting more help from his teammates. Cam is looking good for this home matchup.
5 Andrew Luck IND DEN He’ll be in a shootout and he’ll get his numbers.
6 Aaron Rodgers GB CLE He’ll be down at least one and probably two weapons, but he’s Aaron Rodgers.
7 Jay Cutler CHI @WAS He should be just fine in this game against a generous Washington defense.
8 Robert Griffin III WAS CHI Bears have been struggling a bit and he is planning to use his legs more.
9 Philip Rivers SD @JAC He should be a trustworthy option this week against a banged up Jags defense.
10 Matthew Stafford DET CIN Calvin is back and Stafford’s been playing pretty well though the matchup is tough. Playing at home will help.
11 Colin Kaepernick SF @TEN He played well again last week and we expect them to use his legs more.
12 Nick Foles PHI DAL He’s a very startable commodity this week if you need him.
13 Eli Manning NYG MIN The Giants should do well offensively and they are going to be pass-first. Eli should produce at home vs. Minny.
14 Ryan Tannehill MIA BUF The Bills are getting healthy in the secondary, so this is not the matchup it would have been a few weeks back.
15 Andy Dalton CIN @DET Dalton is a solid play here.
16 Ben Roethlisberger PIT BAL He’s got OL issues and it’s not an easy matchup, but they are playing better football now.
17 Matt Ryan ATL TB He’s a viable play here but he lost a lot of upside when Julio went down.
18 Joe Flacco BAL @PIT Could be a rough and tumble kind of a game. He’s a medium play without a ton of upside.
19 Sam Bradford STL @CAR He’s inconsistent and this is a good Panthers defense. Bradford is always capable of a good game, but there’s risk too in a tough road matchup.
20 Chad Henne JAC SD He’s going to throw a lot. If Shorts gets healthy, I might move Henne up, but Cecil is battling AC joint issues and could miss the game.
21 Brandon Weeden CLE @GB If they can protect him better, he can do some damage with their weapons.
22 Mike Glennon TB @ATL The matchup is good and he gets Mike Williams back this week.
23 Geno Smith NYJ NE Geno is having trouble against better defenses though the Pats are definitely banged up now.
24 Josh Freeman MIN @NYG It’s a good matchup and they can get him plenty of play-action looks with AP. Freeman is a risky play, obviously, but I like his chances this week if they can simplify things for him. He can make plays downfield.
25 Alex Smith KC HOU Conservative game plan and a bad matchup. None for me, thanks.
26 Jake Locker TEN SF It sounds as if he’ll make his return this week, but we’d stay away from starting him unless you have to.
27 Thad Lewis BUF @MIA He should play but there’s no way you can trust him.
28 Case Keenum HOU @KC An untested QB in a road matchup against a nasty defense? No thank you.
29 Russell Wilson SEA @ARI (ALREADY PLAYED ... originally ranked 13th) He knows how to play them and he’ll use his legs the way he has in recent weeks. Attacking Arizona’s corners will be a tough proposition, so look for a varied attack that incorparates the backs, tight ends and the third receiver. It’s hard to envision a big game here, but he should be solid.
30 Carson Palmer ARI SEA (ALREADY PLAYED ... originally ranked Tough to buy into Carson against such a tough pass rush when he’s behind a weak line. He has some great weapons, so you never know, but you can do better this week. You have Thursday Night Football combined with a tough divisional foe. This certainly has the potential to be an ugly game.