Week 7 Rankings (2013) – Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are six weeks into the season and have gotten a good idea of who is worth using and who should be avoided most weeks.  Obviously injuries (like in Atlanta) and matchups (like for Tom Brady this week) are going to downgrade some quarterbacks, so let’s take a look at how our rankings currently look:

  1. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – at Indianapolis
  2. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Denver
  3. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – at Philadelphia
  4. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – at Washington
  5. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Cleveland
  6. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. St. Louis
  7. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Jacksonville
  8. Robert Griffin III – Washington Redskins – vs. Chicago
  9. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Cincinnati
  10. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at New York Jets
  11. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Tampa Bay
  12. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Arizona
  13. Nick Foles – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Dallas
  14. Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Minnesota
  15. Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers – at Tennessee
  16. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – at Detroit
  17. Brandon Weeden – Cleveland Browns – at Green Bay
  18. Chad Henne – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. San Diego
  19. Mike Glennon – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Atlanta
  20. Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – vs. Buffalo
  21. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Baltimore
  22. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – at Pittsburgh
  23. Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams – at Carolina
  24. Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Houston
  25. Geno Smith – New York Jets – vs. New England

Thoughts:

  • Tony Romo has a favorable matchup, though he’s actually now been under 250 yards in three of the past four games (170 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT against the Redskins in Week 6).  Is anyone not going to trust him, however?  He has the weapons and the Eagles have allowed 314.5 passing yards per game, as well as 13 TD.  With Demarco Murray banged up as well, Romo should be in line for a big day.
  • With Green Bay’s receiving corps banged up there are going to be questions surrounding Aaron Rodgers this week.  Of course, we all know that he can still make plays and generate plenty of fantasy points.  Maybe he gets downgraded slightly depending on who plays and who sits, but he’s still going to be a Top 5 option.
  • While Robert Griffin didn’t throw a touchdown in Week 6, he did run for 77 yards showing that he still can make things happen on the ground.  That adds significant upside to his value and is a must use option in all formats.
  • Cam Newton has 3 passing TD and 1 rushing TD in two of his past three games.  With another favorable matchup (St. Louis has allowed 11 passing TD on the season), he’s well worth using in all formats.
  • It has been a strong season for Jay Cutler (1,630 yards, 12 TD) and facing the Redskins should help him further improve those numbers.  Washington is in the bottom ten in the league in passing defense, allowing 271.6 yards per game and 10 TD, while managing just 3 INT.  That’s always the biggest question with Cutler, and if we aren’t scared of that there’s no reason to think that he won’t thrive.
  • Tom Brady has one passing touchdown in the past two games.  Really?!?!?  With the Rob Gronkowski drama continuing to rage on, it’s hard to count on Brady as anything but a low-end option against a tougher Jets defense.  Is he still a QB1?  Absolutely, but not a must use one.
  • Will it be Nick Foles or Michael Vick?  Time will tell, but whoever it is has a favorable matchup and well worth considering, depending on your alternative, in all formats.
  • Eli Manning has a favorable matchup and, despite being a turnover machine, has put up some decent numbers this season (1,721 passing yards).  Is it hard to trust him?  Absolutely, but it’s hard to consider him anything but a high-end QB2.
  • Mike Glennon had a much better second game, throwing for 273 yards, 2 TD and 1 INT against the Eagles.  With Atlanta being a favorable option (12 passing TD allowed), he’s well worth considering as a QB2.

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

Week 7 Rankings (2013) - Top 40 Running Backs
Week 6 Rankings (2013) – Top 15 Defenses

20 comments

  1. Randy says:

    In my 12/team standard league, I have literally 7 RBs, but have been hoping to trade one rather than drop. I offered Andre Johnson and McGahee for Damaryius Thomas. What are your thoughts? My other RBs are McCoy, Forte, Miller, Stacy, Tate, and Bryce Brown (handcuff). My other WRs are Garçon, Gordon and Kenbrell Thompkins.

    Also, for my other league, I’ve got Garçon, Gordon, James Jones, and Steve Smith. Would you drop Smith for Keenan Allen, Hakeem Nicks, or Reuben Randle? The last two intrigue me in the event Nicks is traded.

    • In league 1 – That trade is a no-brainer. McGahee is terrible, so if you can parlay him into Thomas it’s a HR

      In league 2 – Smith/Nicks is very close, but it really depends where Nicks lands (I’d honestly be surprised if he’s not traded). Anyone else you can drop for depth?

      • Randy says:

        Thanks, the only other players I could drop would be James Jones (but I think if healthy, he’d benefit from the Cobb injury) or David Wilson. Would you drop either? I kinda like having 5 RBs… We can only have 5 RBs and 4 WRs, or vice versa…and it’s a standard league.

      • Corey says:

        I too am trying to move Smith out and was looking at Nicks or Randle. I agree that Nicks depends entirely on where he lands. But is Randle upgraded considering he’d be the #2 guy in NYG going forward?

        I really just like the Giants schedule for my bye weeks with Green and Marshall. And I admit I’m tired of waiting for something to happen with Smith.

        • Randle does have a lot of long-term appeal and could be a viable option this week, but it really depends. No matter what, he’d be behind the other two for me.

          • Corey says:

            I’m not really desperate. I’ve got Blackmon and Harvin too. But I’d like someone in weeks 8 and 12 with good match-ups and the Giants play Philly and Dallas those weeks.

            Would you still go for Nicks no matter where he lands?

          • I can’t say no matter where, and there’s no guarantee he’s even traded. As of today, I’d say Nicks though

          • Corey says:

            Thanks! Always appreciate the help I get here.

  2. Bob says:

    In a standard league, who would you rather trade for, Frank Gore or Doug Martin?

  3. Len says:

    what do you think about decker and kaep for cutler and hartline (my other qbs are rivers and pryor)

  4. sam says:

    start cam newton or philip rivers week 7? I know its close but what do you suggest?

  5. Bob – It’s surprisingly close, but I have to think the TD will come for Martin

    Len – I still prefer the Decker/Kaep side. You are downgrading at WR and could argue at QB as well.

    sam – I like Newton’s upside slightly more, with his ability to throw and run

  6. Jace says:

    Im in a league where qbs get a point per reception. I have sam bradford, russell wilson, RG3. Who should I start this week? Up to date Sam bradford leads in points.

  7. Keegan says:

    I am at ab bad point at QB. I traded for Vick a couple weeks before he got hurt(I did get Knowshon in the trade though). Also, Pryor, my backup, is on bye. I can go either Josh Freeman or Ryan Tannehill.

    At flex, would you go Brandon Jacobs, Joseph Randle, or Andre Ellington?

    • The FLEX is a toss up between Jacobs and Randle. I guess I would lean Jacobs, but it could go either way.

      As for the QB, it’s another toss up. Depends on if you are a gambler and your teams standing. At this point I would say Freeman has te higher upside given the matchup, but Tannehill is safer. So, which way do you want to play it? Go safe, or go high risk,might reward

  8. Steve says:

    Should I start Russell Wilson or Nick Foles ? Is Foles guaranteed to start this? Wilson has the Thursday night game

    • It’s honestly a toss up. I would lean Wilson, just by a hair, though, due to his ability to use his legs. It could g either way.

      Consider t a coin flip, but f you don’t trust Wilson, Foles should be the starter

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