by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Injuries are the biggest storylines heading into Week 7, with the loss of Aaron Rodgers obviously dominating things. He’s not alone, though, as there are questions hanging over Jameis Winston, Trevor Siemian, Derek Carr (he was able to return in Week 6), and more. Of course those aren’t the only questions, so let’s take a look at how our rankings currently stand:
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Atlanta
- Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Chicago
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Green Bay
- Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – at Oakland
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at New York Giants
- Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – at San Francisco
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at New England
- Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans – at Cleveland
- Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – at Philadelphia
- Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Washington
- Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Indianapolis
- Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – vs. Tampa Bay
- Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Arizona
- Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – vs. Kansas City
- Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – at Los Angeles Rams
- Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Denver
- Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Buffalo
- Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – at Pittsburgh
- Trevor Siemian – Denver Broncos – at Los Angeles Chargers
- Josh McCown – New York Jets – at Miami
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Cincinnati
- Jay Cutler – Miami Dolphins – vs. New York Jets
- Mitch Trubisky – Chicago Bears – vs. Carolina
- Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Seattle
- Brett Hundley – Green Bay Packers – vs. New Orleans
- The Bears haven’t given up a lot of yardage over the past two weeks (355 yards), but they’ve given up 5 TD vs. 0 INT (and that came against the Vikings and Ravens, neither of which are particularly imposing passing attacks). Newton is coming off a poor showing against the Eagles (239 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT), though maybe we want to blame that on the Thursday night game, and he had been lighting it up before that (671 yards, 6 TD, 1 INT). A rebound performance should be on the horizon.
- No one is going to argue that Matt Ryan hasn’t been a significant disappointment thus far, with just 6 TD vs. 6 INT over five games. The Patriots, who just watched Josh McCown throw for 354 yards, have given up the most passing yards (2,029) and tied for the most passing TD (14) so that should help. We have to think that Ryan is going to figure it out, and this could be his chance to get on track. He’s a bit of a gamble, but one that has to be taken.
- The numbers are impressive for Carson Wentz, who has thrown for 7 TD over the past two weeks. He’s also thrown for fewer than 250 yards in three of the past four games and on the season the Redskins have allowed 6 passing TD vs. 5 INT (if you take Wentz’ Week 1 performance out, it’s 4 TD vs. 4 INT). He’s a QB1, but don’t make the mistake of ignoring the potential risks.
- We are keeping Jameis Winston on the rankings, though after getting hurt in Week 6 there is a little bit of risk. Throw in the matchup, with the Bills allowing just 2 passing TD vs. 8 INT on the season and allowing the third fewest points per week to opposing QB, and he’s nothing more than a QB2.
- It shouldn’t be a surprise that Derek Carr struggled in his first week back from injury (171 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT), so the question is going to be if he is going to be healthy enough to produce. With another week under his belt you would hope so, but that’s a bit of a risk. The upside is there, but consider him more of a QB2.
- Mitch Trubisky has a favorable matchup and you have to wonder if with a little bit of experience the Bears will start to open up the playbook a little bit. The opportunity is there, but he has to remain a low-end QB2 at best.
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