Before we dig into our Week 7 quarterback rankings, I thought it would be good to take a step back and look at the position as a whole.
Who would’ve thought that we’d see Atlanta’s Matt Ryan sitting atop the total points scored for Fantasy QBs just six weeks into the season?
Tom Brady, who scored the second-most Fantasy points at this position last season behind Cam Newton, is averaging 32.35 Fantasy points per game since returning from suspension. That’s the most of any quarterback, of course.
Dak Prescott is a top-10 Fantasy quarterback in points, well ahead of his 2016 NFL Draft-mates Carson Wentz, Cody Kessler, Paxton Lynch and Jared Goff, who has yet to throw an NFL pass.
The Lions defense is giving up nearly 30 Fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, and the Browns, Falcons and Jets defenses aren’t much better.
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Week 7 Quarterbacks Rankings Reaction
In this section, I explain why I like or dislike a couple quarterbacks compared to our staff’s Fantasy rankings.
Who I Like More
Kirk Cousins, Washington at Detroit
As I mentioned, the Lions are the worst against quarterbacks, and Cousins draws the favorable matchup this week. What’s really interesting is a closer look at who the Lions have given up all those Fantasy points to. Outside of Aaron Rodgers and Andrew Luck, the other four quarterbacks they coughed up points to this year include Marcus Mariota, Brian Hoyer, Carson Wentz and Case Keenum. That’s not exactly the ’83 NFL Draft Class of QBs.
All four of those QBs threw two or more TD passes against the Lions, while Hoyer and Keenum also posted 300-yard games. Cousins should have a solid game, with or without TE Jordan Reed (although, it looks more like “with” at this point).
Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants at Los Angeles
While I don’t have the younger Manning brother as a top-12 quarterback, I did think it was interesting that I have him ranked higher than everyone else.
While the Rams defense was stingy to start the season, giving up just one passing touchdown in their first two weeks combined, they have faltered lately, allowing six touchdown passes in the past two weeks, to Tyrod Taylor and Matthew Stafford.
Manning and Odell Beckham Jr. finally had big games this past weekend, with Eli throwing for over 400 yards against the Ravens, and that momentum should continue against a struggling Rams pass defense.
Eli Manning with TD pass No. 301 puts him in sole possession of 7th place in NFL history! pic.twitter.com/W94sENU3O1
— New York Giants (@Giants) October 16, 2016
Who I Like Less
Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders at Jacksonville
I don’t have a problem with using Carr as a starter this week at all, but I do have some other quarterbacks ranked higher than him than my counterparts do.
Jacksonville’s pass defense has been hit-and-miss all season, keeping QBs out of the end zone in two games, but also allowing Philip Rivers to throw for four touchdown passes against them in Week 2.
In the Jaguars’ three home games, however, they have allowed just four total touchdown passes, and those three opposing QBs (Aaron Rodgers, Joe Flacco and Andrew Luck) averaged just 215 passing yards in those games.
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) October 18, 2016
Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay at San Francisco
Normally, I like a team coming off a bye week, but the Bucs are traveling across the country, which goes against their favor, and the 49ers’ opponents have averaged just 182 passing yards in their past three games.
Winston also lost veteran Vincent Jackson to injured reserve, and Winston has just two games this year when he has thrown more than one touchdown pass.
Don’t forget to check out our other position rankings reactions:
- Running Backs Rankings Reactions
- Wide Receivers Rankings Reactions
- Tight Ends Rankings Reactions
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Our Week 7 Fantasy Football rankings should help you to another win this season, as you pick up the pace for a playoff spot! Our Week 7 Quarterbacks Rankings Reaction article should give you a good read on what’s ahead for passing games.
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