Week 7 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

There are some obvious top options for the coming week, but what happens after the top five or six?  How do we view quarterbacks who are struggling, like Cam Newton or Matthew Stafford?  What about Andy Dalton, who is quickly entrenching himself as one of the better options in the league?  Let’s take a look at how everything falls for the coming week:

  1. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Tampa Bay
  2. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at St. Louis
  3. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. New York Jets
  4. Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Washington
  5. Robert Griffin III – Washington Redskins – at New York Giants
  6. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Cincinnati
  7. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Cleveland
  8. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Pittsburgh
  9. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – at Carolina
  10. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – vs. Detroit
  11. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. Dallas
  12. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Chicago
  13. Ryan Fitzpatrick – Buffalo Bills – vs. Tennessee
  14. Josh Freeman – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. New Orleans
  15. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – at Houston
  16. Christian Ponder – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Arizona
  17. Mark Sanchez – New York Jets – at New England
  18. Carson Palmer – Oakland Raiders – vs. Jacksonville
  19. Matt Hasselbeck – Tennessee Titans – at Buffalo
  20. Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams – vs. Green Bay
  21. Matt Schaub – Houston Texans – vs. Baltimore
  22. John Skelton – Arizona Cardinals – at Minnesota
  23. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at San Francisco
  24. Brandon Weeden – Cleveland Browns – at Indianapolis
  25. Alex Smith – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Seattle


  • Robert Griffin III showed that the concussion he suffered in Week 5 is nothing to be concerned about.  Keep in mind that a lot of his value comes via his legs, not throwing the football (1,343 yards, 5 TD passes), however.  While he is going to get his, the Giants do have a lot of experience against mobile quarterbacks, including Michael Vick and Cam Newton.  Obviously, he has evolved into a must use option, but keep in mind that if a team can keep him out of the end zone (6 rushing TD) his value isn’t quite going to be there.
  • Three teams have allowed 15 TD already this season, the Redskins, Browns and Patriots.  Eli Manning is always considered one of the better options, but with this matchup against Washington how can we not love him?
  • Last season Tom Brady torched the Jets for 650 yards, 4 TD and 1 INT, and that was with Darrelle Revis playing.  Does anyone really think the Jets can stop him this season?
  • While the Pittsburgh Steelers have allowed 200.8 passing yards per game, they have allowed 9 TD with 2 INT.  In other words, Andy Dalton (and his 12 TD vs. 9 INT) is not an option that you want to avoid.  While the matchup makes him more of a low-end QB1, he still has the value as one.
  • Matthew Stafford came alive a bit in Week 6, throwing for 311 yards (his second consecutive 300+ yard game), 1 TD and 1 INT.  However, with a tough matchup and 5 INT in two games against the Bears in ’12, he is a low-end option.  Sooner or later we have to think he is going to get fully on track, and he’s shown signs, but for now we need to continue being a little bit conservative.
  • The Houston passing defense got annihilated by Aaron Rodgers and company in Week 6, but Joe Flacco is not Aaron Rodgers.  While Flacco has played well overall this season, over the past two weeks he has thrown for just 421 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT.  In this day and age, that’s a great week for some players.  The matchup and the recent play are going to keep Flacco as more of a QB2.

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

Week 7 Rankings: Top 25 Tight Ends
Week 6 Rankings: Top 15 Kickers


  1. GT says:

    Why so low on Carson Palmer? 300 yds + 1 td should be better than Fitzpatrick, Sanchez, maybe Cutler.

  2. 513Rookie says:

    Okay…With Matt Ryan on bye, I have Flacco as my backup. With guys like Andrew Luck, Josh Freeman, or even Andy Dalton on waiver wire; should I spend the money and pick one of them up?

  3. Ryan says:

    Hey professor!

    Thanks for your advice thus far! I have been having this rotating problem on a weekly basis. I am in SSL and need to fill 2 RB slots and RB/WR flex. I have SJAX, Leshoure, Ballard, and Torrey Smith as my most logical options (have D. Will). I like leshoure and and t. Smith as my flex but with Ballard and SJAX loosing touches to other guys.. I wonder do I go SJAX by default? Or do I take a risk again with Ballard?

    • Ryan says:

      Also I have Bennett and Tamme as my TE is Bennett a decent play this week and should I grad Dressen durin the bye as targets are seeming to go more his way as of late? Atleast in the end zone and last night…

  4. GT – It may be a little low, but I can’t say for sure he is going to post those numbers again (even in a good matchup). No matter how you slice it, he is a QB2 this week.

    513Rookie – Depending on who you would have to drop, I would definitely grab Luck or Dalton for this week.

    Ryan – I love Bennett this week for a bounce back, so I would stand pat with him. As far as the RB go, while they are surprisingly close I would probably still go wit Jackson. Too much of a risk of Ballard losing touches.

    • 513Rookie says:

      We have to keep our bench & starting rosters even, so I would have to drop Flacco and my opponent this week has Boldin. I have Wayne so it would be good to have Luck…unless they don’t hook up like last week, but they’re at home against CLE. Dalton is at home against PIT but it sounds like Palo won’t suit up for them. I have options to stay put or go out on a limb…

  5. thomas says:

    I am in an 8 team league and I am not a big fan of it because there are studs on the bench every week. I havent had a quarterback and just traded tony gonzalez and brandon lloyd for matthew stafford and aaron hernandez. I also have Luck should I start him or stafford? My team is close to last place and am thinking of making another trade for a Cruz or try and get Jimmy Graham, what do you think I should do?

    QB-Stafford, Luck
    RB-Mccoy, Peterson, Mattews, Bradshaw, and Morris
    Wr- Andre Johnson, Marshall, Wayne, Floyd, Dez

  6. Chuck says:

    I feel so dirty starting Romo over Newton this week. I’m leaning Newton for the rushing yards and the fact they love to run it in with him from goal to go. Romo was my draft day QB and I did a 4 for 4 trade to get Newton a few weeks back. I just don’t want to get burned by Romo again, but I do like his matchup against the Panthers D.

    Seems like a gamble either way. I see you favor Romo. Any input for me?

  7. thomas – in such a shallow league, it’s tough to say, but you certainly have a quality team. As for the QB this week, Luck has the better matchup.

    Chuck – I do like Romo because he seems to be getting things on track and has the better matchup. I understand liking Newton for his wheels, but what if he is held out of the end zone? That would likely mean a poor performance.

  8. Brenden says:

    Between Alex Smith and Christian Ponder for my QB2 this week, Smith really not in top 20?

  9. JDeath says:

    My QB choices are Dalton, Romo, and Roethlisberger. I generally rule out Romo because I always get burned. Who do you like?

  10. Dan says:

    Dalton should be ranked above Stafford for this week. Stafford, who’s struggled against every type of D, going against a top ranked Bears team doesn’t look promising. Dalton has been producing 300+ yds in nearly every game and had 3 TD last game. If he can lower his picks, then he should be top 8.

  11. Dan – Thanks!

    JDeath – Roethlisberger, with Dalton just a shade behind

  12. Ted says:

    Hey Prof. I have a bit of a dilemma in that I have Stafford and the Bears D, is it smart to start them both or should I grab Palmer to start this week against the Jags?

  13. Lambda says:

    Can you preview week 8 and rank Ponder vs Weeden? Both seem to have good matchups.

  14. Ted – That happens sometimes. If they are your best options (which it sounds like they are), there’s not much you can do.

    Lambda – I’d have to look, but Ponder is going to be the better option.

  15. Double G says:

    My weekly quandary…Romo or Flacco?

  16. robert ferguson says:

    Week 8 question. I have Dalton on buy. My backup is Freeman going against Min. I can pick up either Tenn. Qb. Vs. Indy, or Bradford vs. Pats. What do you think?

  17. Double G – I would go Rmo. Flacco hasn’t played well lately and faces a tough Houston defense (despite what they did last week)

    Robert – I would probably go Freeman, as that Mae should be a shootout. A healthy Locker would be close, but who knows with him at this point.

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