Week 7 Rankings (2017): Top 25 Quarterbacks

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:

  1. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Atlanta
  2. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Chicago
  3. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Green Bay
  4. Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – at Oakland
  5. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at New York Giants
  6. Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – at San Francisco
  7. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at New England
  8. Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans – at Cleveland
  9. Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – at Philadelphia
  10. Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Washington
  11. Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Indianapolis
  12. Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – vs. Tampa Bay
  13. Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Arizona
  14. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – vs. Kansas City
  15. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – at Los Angeles Rams
  16. Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Denver
  17. Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Buffalo
  18. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – at Pittsburgh
  19. Trevor Siemian – Denver Broncos – at Los Angeles Chargers
  20. Josh McCown – New York Jets – at Miami
  21. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Cincinnati
  22. Jay Cutler – Miami Dolphins – vs. New York Jets
  23. Mitch Trubisky – Chicago Bears – vs. Carolina
  24. Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Seattle
  25. Brett Hundley – Green Bay Packers – vs. New Orleans

Thoughts:

  • 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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Make sure to check out all of our Week 7 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses
Week 7 Rankings (2017): Top 40 Running Backs
Week 6 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Kickers

23 comments

  1. Teri says:

    Hey Professor,

    Need help on flex. Standard scoring.. My starting RB’s are Hunt and Ajayi.

    1 Flex from this group-Kamara @ GB, Agholor vs Washington MNF, Mixon @ Pittsburgh.

    Thank you.

  2. Andy says:

    Should I drop James Winston to pick

    Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Indianapolis
    or
    Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – vs. Tampa Bay
    or
    Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – vs. Kansas City
    Thanks

    • MikeinMacon says:

      Andy, do you have another QB on your roster? Each of the QBs you are suggesting are ranked lower (on the season) than Winston. Remember, his Game #1 was postponed due to the hurricane and last week he was injured early. So, in 4 games he is already better than those three in 6 games. Yes, Taylor and Bortles have good matchups but don’t drop your QB Winston, drop another bench player to get one of those, or even Ryan Fitzpatrick as he did very well filling in for Winston. I’m quite sure Winston will NOT play this week so you have to do something if you don’t have another QB on your roster. Wait for the professor to give you some professional advice. I’m just a rising amateur…lol.

    • I wouldn’t drop Winston for any of those guys (just like Mike said…lol). I’d drop some other low-end option at the back of my roster, because Winston is going to be your weekly starter

    • Trevoe says:

      I agree. DO NOT drop Winston. His upside is much greater. Do you have a second QB on your roster????

  3. Wolverine says:

    Prof -
    With D Watson on bye my QB is Winston. Should i roll with him or p/u Goff/Ben/Hundley and not play a DST or roll with Winston and play a DST — TEN/LAR/MIA … problem is to get bench space I’d have to drop D Henry, so thinking an empty DST this week maybe better than dropping him (virtually no one trades in my league)

  4. Jaden says:

    Start Carr or Bortles this week? Also, Ravens D or Cowboys D?

    Thanks Professor!

  5. Krysta says:

    14 team, 1/2 PPR…Carson Wentz or Russel Wilson?

  6. Ernesto says:

    Brees or Prescott?

  7. Cody says:

    Non-PPR – Mariota or Wentz?

  8. Haggy says:

    WR…J.Doctdon,R.Woods or W.Snead. Your my WR guy…Pick one rest of season for stash.

  9. Tyler says:

    Brees or Smith week 7

  10. Jeremy says:

    Alex smith or Matt Ryan?

  11. David says:

    QB- Standard scoring.

    Cam @ Chicago- windy and rainy all during game.
    Taylor vs TB.

    Cam is my starter now but should I be worried about the weather enough to go Taylor?

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