Week 7 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Fantasy owners finally enjoyed a resurgence for Cam Newton in Week 6, as well as seeing Tom Brady reinforce the fact that talk of his demise was well overblown.  Throw in the return of Carson Palmer and an already deep position looks that much better.  Let’s take a look at who fantasy owners can depend on and who may be a bit too risky for the coming week:


  1. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Cincinnati
  2. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Carolina
  3. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – vs. San Francisco
  4. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. New York Jets
  5. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – vs. Kansas City
  6. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Detroit
  7. Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers – at Denver
  8. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Green Bay
  9. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at St. Louis
  10. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – vs. Miami
  11. Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Dallas
  12. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – vs. New York Giants
  13. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Atlanta
  14. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – at Oakland
  15. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Baltimore
  16. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Houston
  17. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. New Orleans
  18. Brian Hoyer – Cleveland Browns – at Jacksonville
  19. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – vs. Arizona
  20. Austin Davis – St. Louis Rams – vs. Seattle
  21. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – at Indianapolis
  22. Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Cleveland
  23. Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – at Chicago
  24. Kyle Orton – Buffalo Bills – vs. Minnesota
  25. Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – vs. Tennessee


  • It’s impossible to argue that Andrew Luck hasn’t been the premier quarterback in the NFL this season, throwing for 1,987 yards and 17 TD.  In fact he’s thrown for 3+ TD in four of his past five games and 370+ yards four times this season (312+ in five games).  Over the past two weeks the Bengals have been beaten up by Tom Brady and Cam Newton, two QB that people had been questioning.  What’s going to happen when they square off with one of the elite?
  • Speaking of Newton, not only did he throw the ball well in Week 6 (284 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT), but he finally proved comfortable running the football (17 carries, 107 yards, 1 TD).  Obviously the injuries to the backfield played a role, but we’ve simply been waiting for him to show he still is capable.  Coming off this type of performance, he’s a viable QB1 in all formats.
  • You would think that Matthew Stafford taking on the New Orleans Saints would be a matchup to exploit, but he showed us in Week 6 that his upside is limited without Calvin Johnson (185 yards, 1 TD).  He’s usable, but don’t push him too high as the team could easily lean on their running game (despite that being banged up as well).
  • Is anyone still doubting Tom Brady?  After throwing for 361 yards and 4 TD against Buffalo he now draws one of the worst secondaries in the league (and who also lost Dee Millner).  Brady should be in store for another big performance.
  • Anyone taking on the Jaguars (12 TD vs. 1 INT) is going to be a favorable option.  Brian Hoyer didn’t do much last week (17 attempts), but he showed he can make the most of them turning 8 completions into 217 yards and 1 TD.   He’s proven he can get the job done and is a viable option in two-quarterback formats.
  • Matt Ryan has name appeal, but is he really a QB1 at this point?  The Ravens have been among the better defenses against opposing QB this season (just 6 passing TD) and Ryan has just 2 TD and 2 INT over his past two games.

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

Week 7 Rankings (2014): Top 50 Wide Receivers
Week 6 Rankings (2014): Top 15 Kickers


  1. Matt says:

    Do I really start Romo over Stafford this week?

  2. Mike in Georgia says:

    Looking for a bye week QB to pick up this week for Week 9 when Cutler is on bye…both Hoyer and Cousins have good matchups while Tannehill and Derek Carr do not…any preference for anyone of them past week 9 as well?

  3. Dave says:

    Not the professor, but…

    Matt yes, while it would seem Stafford had the more favorable matchup. Romo has just put up double digits on Seattle AT Seattle. the only team he hasn’t put up double digits against at home was SF. Also, with calvin Johnson projected to be out another week, it is hard to trust stafford.

    Mike, of those 4, I personally like Hoyer for week 9, they have TB at home. He also looks good down the stretch, as they have some nice matchups. While I think Carr is going to be a solid QB, he has some tough matchups on defense coming down the line.

  4. Matt – Dave summed it up perfectly. I’d absolutely go with Romo

    Mike – I am a big Hoyer believer, especially given the matchup. Carr would be my second option as well, and it’s close between the two this week, but Hoyer has produced and should throw the ball a bit more this coming week.

  5. Frank says:

    Brees or Kaepernick this week?

  6. MikeP says:

    OK, I’m in a major quandary and need some advice. Standard 12 team league with a flex spot 2 rb’s and 2 wr’s. Injuries have decimated my rb core and I’ve lost 2 rb’s for the season (Woodhead and Moreno), meanwhile similar problems have drained what WR currency I might have had to bargain with leaving me with QB’s as my one and only trading currency.

    I have Newton and Brees, and am considering trading Brees for 2 rb’s from the following list: Branden Oliver, Lamar Miller, Chris Ivory, or Ben Tate. My current rb’s are Forte, Sankey and Andre Williams, I may have to give up one of the latter 2 in the trade which is fine by me.

    I’m leaning Miller and either Oliver or Ivory as I don’t trust Tate to stay healthy. In the long run I think Ivory will get more touches than Oliver over the rest of the season once Ryan Mathews returns for sd.

    Sorry for the long post but any advise is welcome, thanks!

  7. Eric says:

    Due to some kind of curse (or poor planning on my part) half of my team has a bye on week 9. I think I’ve got everything worked out to put a team on the field for week 9 except QB (I have Stafford and Cutler). I play in an 8 man league and can’t believe I’m considering this, but: should I drop Stafford and pick up Romo?

  8. MikeP – I would agree on Ivory/Oliver, long-term, but in the short-term Oliver is the better option. I also would not include Sankey in the deal at all. I also wouldn’t write off Tate who is injury prone, but he has the highest upside of the three “secondary” backs you are talking about. While I’d shop around for a better “top” option, Tate/Miller would be the best value for you.

    Eric – In an 8-team league it’s not the craziest thing I’ve heard, but who else is available?

  9. steve says:

    Professor, your help is needed- standard 12 team.
    Start carson palmer or flacco?

  10. Bob says:

    MY QBs-Romo and Carson Palmer. On the wire are Dalton and E Manning. Should I make a switch? Not only for this week but for the rest of the season before someone picks one of them up.


    • I’d definitely stick with Romo. As far as the other three, it’s going to change on a weekly basis most likely. A week ago Manning would’ve been a must add, but Palmer’s return to health and the loss of Cruz is concerning. I’d probably stand pat for now

  11. Danny says:

    who should I pick up for this week? Flacco or Palmer?

  12. Alex says:

    Russell Wilson or Jay Cutler???? HELP

  13. Danny – I’d lean Flacco, but it’s really a coinflip

    Alex – Another coinflip, but I’m leaning Wilson

  14. Beth says:

    My QB has a bye this week. Would you start Hoyer or Tannehill for week 7? Thanks!

  15. smf says:

    I have Romo but can pick up Cam and drop either Kelce (also have Gronk), Tre Mason, or McKinnon. I have Kelvin Benjamin on the roster for a double dip with Cam. Thoughts?


  16. Will Ray says:

    TD only league, Ryan or Romo ?

  17. Alex says:

    Is there even a point to keeping Seattles D anymore?

  18. Alex says:

    Trade Martellus for Harvin? Accept it or no?

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