Week 7 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

It’s become pretty clear who the top quarterback in the league is at this point.  However, would anyone have expected Matthew Stafford, Tony Romo & Cam Newton to all be among the best options in any given week?  That appears to be where we stand in a surprising Week 7:

  1. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Minnesota
  2. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Indianapolis
  3. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Atlanta
  4. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – vs. St. Louis
  5. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. Washington
  6. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Arizona
  7. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Detroit
  8. Matt Schaub – Houston Texans – at Tennessee
  9. Josh Freeman – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Chicago
  10. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at New York Jets
  11. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – at Tampa Bay
  12. Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams – at Dallas
  13. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – at Jacksonville
  14. Matt Cassel – Kansas City Chiefs – at Oakland
  15. Matt Hasselbeck – Tennessee Titans – vs. Houston
  16. Colt McCoy – Cleveland Browns – vs. Seattle
  17. Mark Sanchez – New York Jets – vs. San Diego
  18. Tim Tebow – Denver Broncos – at Miami
  19. Curtis Painter – Indianapolis Colts – at New Orleans
  20. Donovan McNabb – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Green Bay
  21. Kevin Kolb – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Pittsburgh
  22. Matt Moore – Miami Dolphins – vs. Denver
  23. Kyle Boller – Oakland Raiders – vs. Kansas City
  24. Jason Beck – Washington Redskins – at Carolina
  25. Blaine Gabbert – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Baltimore

Thoughts:

  • All of the preseason hype surrounding Matthew Stafford appears to have been accurate, as he’s thrown for 1,729 yards, 15 TD and 4 INT over the first six weeks of the season.  Throw in a match-up against the Atlanta Falcons, who have allowed 282.8 passing yards/game this season, and there is an awful lot to like.  Consider him one of the elite options in the league.
  • Cam Newton showed his potential inconsistency as a rookie quarterback, throwing three interceptions in Week 6.  It’s not like he has an easy matchup against the Washington Redskins (who have allowed four passing touchdowns this season), so temper your expectations.  Granted, we like his ability to run the ball (he already has six rushing touchdowns on the season with at least one in all but one game), which will keep him among the better options in the league, but be prepared for some potential problems through the air.
  • We all know that Tony Romo is prone to the major mistake, but it is hard to argue with his overall results thus far this season.  He has thrown for over 300 yards in four out of five games.  As for his opponent, the Rams may not be allowing the most yards in the league, but they have allowed 11 TD.  It should be another good showing for Romo.
  • Josh Freeman delivered a big game in Week 6, throwing for 303 yards, 2 TD and 0 INT.  It’s the first time all season he has thrown for more than one touchdown in a game, but it came at the perfect time.  The Bears have been in the bottom third of the league against the pass, so look for Freeman to continue the good times.
  • The Tim Tebow era in Denver will kick off with a bang as he draws a Dolphins defense that has been awful against the pass this season (though, their poor numbers have been buoyed by a 500+ yard performance by Tom Brady in Week 1).  With his ability to run and throw, he’ll be a good option as a QB2 in all formats.  However, until he proves that he can produce on a consistent basis, I wouldn’t push him up any higher than that.
  • I know Philip Rivers has a tough matchup, but is anyone really going to shy away from him?  He’s got to be considered a low-end QB1 in all formats.
  • With Jason Campbell seemingly out for the season, the Raiders will be forced to go with Kyle Boller at quarterback.  Things don’t look too promising at this point.
  • Joe Flacco has been completely hit or miss all season long.  He’s had two games with 3 TD passes.  He’s had two games with over 300 yards.  Of course, he also has a pair of games under 200 yards (with a combined 1 TD and 3 INT).  What are we going to get against the Jaguars?  Your guess is as good as mine, though the only QB to throw for more than 263 yards against them this season is Drew Brees.

Make sure to check out the rest of Rotoprofessor’s Week 7 information:

Week 7 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs
Week 6 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs (Updated)

22 comments

  1. Plainview says:

    Who is a better bye week start – Cassel or Tebow?

    • It’s close, but I would probably go Cassel. Especially now that Brandon Lloyd has been traded, it’s hard to predict what Tebow is going to give in his first start.

    • thrill says:

      TEBOW! Way more upside because of the rushing stats and goal line carries. He put up more points in one half than Cassel did in his first 4 games. Cassel had one good game so far.

  2. JCip says:

    ppr league trade:
    i get: rivers + fitzgerald
    i give: romo + djax

    point per completion, int’s don’t count and return yards count. make the move? thanks

  3. Muddy Cleats 18 says:

    after watching dolphins tonight Tebow is going to have a decent debut
    230 yds 1TD
    75 yards rushing 1TD
    24 points
    and the way Dolphins played tonight the Broncos D might score 15 points…
    maybe Moreno gets into the offense as well with the short passing game.
    I am not a bronco fan at all – just sayin…

  4. Triz says:

    Any chance of the TE list being up before 3 EST? I am thinking I need to pick up another one as backup for poor Gates (as Gresham is on a bye this week).

    Thanks for the Tebow / Rivers explanation! When I saw the rankings, I was wondering why you were so opposite to ESPN (I will of course be going with you :) ).

  5. Bez says:

    I thought I sent a post already but don’t see it. Anyway, in a sndrd 10-team league w/3pts/50yrds & 6/TD would you drop Shonn Greene (or Tolbert but I think Mathews gets hurt & Tolberts value skyrockets) for D. Thomas, J. Battle, D. Murry, E. Graham or Detroits RB’s?
    Is Santana Moss dropable for Greg Little or some of the other recent WW suggestions? Thanks!

  6. Triz – I hope your happy :-p TE have been posted

    Bez – Are we looking at 1 week or are we thinking long-term?

  7. Bez says:

    One more thing – someone dropped Andre Johnson last week due to a bye and injuries. I can pick him up after 10pm CT. Would you take the chance and drop Santana Moss or Victor Cruz for him? We can only carry 4 receivers and I also Calvin Johnson & Garcon. A late run in the year with Johnson & Johnson almost sounds unfair. Ha! :-)

    • Muddy Cleats 18 says:

      somebody dropped A Johnson – is it too late for me to join that league?

    • Johnson is an absolute no brainer. I’d drop whoever I had to get ihm

    • As for the other question, Daniel Thomas is the only one that is worth owning over what you have. However, him vs. Greene for the rest of the season is close. I’d go with your gut.

      • Bez says:

        Thanks. I picked up Andre Johnson (Yes!) and will pobably wait on Thomas, especially if you think it’s close, tit for tat. They would be a RB3/RB4 anyway as my 1 of 2 starters (Fjax) will be done the bye’s. So with that said, which one gets it done this week; Battle, Murry, Morris, Hardesty, Thomas, Greene or Tolbert? Is it a crap shoot with these? I just can’t stand Greene and/or losing patience with him. He just looks horrible when he runs (except when he plowed over a Ref the last game). Thanks for all your help.

  8. S says:

    Hi, I’m still going back and forth between Ryan and Fitz weekly and always seem to pick wrong… was hoping for yet another piece of advice!
    (as previously stated) the guy who has Cam/Rivers/Stafford has been desperately trying to trade Stafford for a good RB. I’m acquiring Mathews in a trade and already have CJ, Turner, Benson, Torain, and Felix (plan to drop for Marshall for byes). Would you trade any of them for Stafford or work with what I have? The rest of my team is generally solid (Wallace/Nicks/Bowe/Andre and Graham).
    8 person league with Freeman, Hasselbeck, Cassel etc. still available.
    Oh, and would you drop Torain over Felix for a bye week WR?
    Thanks!

  9. Triz says:

    This is not for me, but for my poor boyfriend, who is in 6th and basically swimming around the drain. I got him charged up a little with some of the people you said to pick up (and he got) but he HAS to win this week. (He missed the draft – got autodrafted – due to work and is still recovering).

    So, Tebow or Big Ben? If you had to go all out. (He is playing the number 3 guy). I encouraged him to get Tebow, so he would be excited again about FF, but at SOME point the Steelers will get it together?

    PS Did I mention that I am in second? I will mention, because I am not being at all gloating at him, and yay your good advice!

  10. Bez – I like Greene/Thomas the best (with Thomas slightly ahead). It’s very close, though

    S – If you aren’t going to use Felix, I’d drop him probably. He’s likely missing 2-6 weeks, so it’s a long time to sit with him. As for trading for Stafford, it couldn’t hurt, though I wouldn’t be upset with what you had either. IF you can peddle someone like Benson, then I’d say why not.

    Triz – Originally I would’ve said Big Ben… However, Tebow is big risk, big reward. If you are playing with your season on the line, I can see gambling on Tebow. While it’s hard to anticipate him rushing for a TD, it also wouldn’t be shocking to see him get two. It also wouldn’t be surprising if he laid an egg. Big Ben is the safer option who should perform well. Tebow has more upside potential, though.

  11. danny says:

    Trade? Stafford 4 Mccoy (phi) or Forte i need a QB for Byweek just pick up Cassell 4 next week?

    • I wouldn’t trade either McCoy or Forte for a one week QB fill-in. I have to imagine that they would both be in your starting lineup the rest of the way, so it’s way too big of a price tag.

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