Week 7 Rankings (2019): Top 25 Quarterbacks: A Surprise At The Top, Intriguing Back-End QB1 Options & More

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After six weeks you would think we’d have some clarity, but this is the NFL and things are always changing/evolving. Which quarterbacks have risen towards the top? Who are the surprising options that we should be prepared to trust? Let’s take a look at how our rankings look as we head into Week 7:

  1. Lamar Jackson – Baltimore Ravens – at Seattle
  2. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Baltimore
  3. Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs – at Denver
  4. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Los Angeles Rams
  5. Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans – at Indianapolis
  6. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at New York Jets
  7. Kyler Murray – Arizona Cardinals – at New York Giants
  8. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Oakland
  9. Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – at Atlanta
  10. Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Philadelphia
  11. Josh Allen – Buffalo Bills – vs. Miami
  12. Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Dallas
  13. Daniel Jones – New York Giants – vs. Arizona
  14. Jacoby Brissett – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Houston
  15. Gardner Minshew II – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Cincinnati
  16. Jimmy Garoppolo – San Francisco 49ers – at Washington
  17. Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers – at Tennessee
  18. Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings – at Detroit
  19. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Minnesota
  20. Joe Flacco – Denver Broncos – vs. Kansas City
  21. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Jacksonville
  22. Mitchell Trubisky – Chicago Bears – vs. New Orleans
  23. Ryan Tannehill – Tennessee Titans – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
  24. Teddy Bridgewater – New Orleans Saints – at Chicago
  25. Sam Darnold – New York Jets – vs. New England
  26. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – at Green Bay
  27. Case Kennum – Washington Redskins – vs. San Francisco
  28. Josh Rosen – Miami Dolphins – at Buffalo

Thoughts:

  • Patrick Mahomes isn’t sitting atop our rankings?!  While he’s coming off a 3 TD day, when you look at his completion percentage the past three weeks there is a little bit of concern (57.1%, 56.4% and 54.3%).  The return of Tyreek Hill should help, but in a tough matchup against the Broncos, who have allowed the third fewest points per week to opposing quarterbacks, he gets knocked down a little bit.  That doesn’t mean he isn’t a QB1, it just means he’s not “the man” for Week 7.
  • It’s time that Matt Ryan gets the respect he deserves, as he’s now thrown for over 300 yards in all six games this season (with 3 TD in four of the past five).  Over the past two weeks he’s thrown for 686 yards, 7 TD and 1 INT and after throwing a lot of interceptions early he has 10 TD vs. 2 INT over the past four games.  The Rams are two weeks removed from getting torched by Russell Wilson (4 TD), showing what Ryan could do.  He’s among the better options in the league, something he’s continually proven this season.
  • After taking advantage of the porous Atlanta defense (340 yards, 3 TD), Kyler Murray gets another favorable matchup with the New York Giants.  New York has allowed the fifth most points per week to opposing quarterbacks, and that’s only dragged down because of a strong performance against the lackluster Washington offense.  It should be another QB1 performance for Murray in Week 7.
  • The last time Tom Brady took on the Jets he racked up 306 yards and 2 TD, and he’s thrown for 300+ yards in four of six games this season.  The Jets have played well against Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott since their bye week (1 TD allowed in the two games), but Brady and company are a different animal.
  • While others are posting impressive performances, Aaron Rodgers continues to stumble.  Maybe the injuries around him have played a role, but he had thrown for under 240 yards in four of five games (prior to Monday night, when he delivered 283 yards, 2 TD and 1 INT).  Even in a fairly positive matchup with the Raiders he’s more of a backend QB1, though Monday’s performance does give hope he can put up some gaudy numbers.
  • Josh Allen hasn’t been great this season (he hasn’t thrown more than 253 yards in a game, with 5 TD vs. 7 INT), though his ability to make plays with his legs and a matchup with the worst defense against opposing quarterbacks can change the outlook.  This should represent a strong week, and an opportunity to stream him as a QB1.
  • Speaking of streaming options, the Giants’ Daniel Jones may be the better option if you had the choice.  The Cardinals have allowed 16 TD vs. 0 INT this season and Jones is coming off a great learning experience against the Patriots, plus has the long week to prepare.  He’s shown signs and should be able to exploit the matchup, not to mention he too has the potential to make plays with his legs.
  • We want to love Jimmy Garoppolo and the matchup with the Redskins, but we all know San Francisco is going to remain a run first offense.  He’s on the high-end QB2 spectrum, but in single-quarterback formats he remains a tough play due to the offensive strategy.
  • After Gardner Minshew II struggled in a seemingly positive matchup against the Saints (163 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT), it’s impossible to push him up the rankings once again despite another strong matchup.  He has the upside to produce, and he has shown it before, but we have to limit our expectations slightly.

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

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses

18 COMMENTS

  1. What’s up Professor? I have Waller in PPR? Is trying to trade for Hunter Henry a good idea or am I just being greedy? The guy who has him needs a QB. I have Wilson and Kyler. Is Kyler for Hunter a fair and good move?

  2. ROY- Stafford or Allen.

    Allen cake schedule for 5 weeks. Stafford ok schedule during same period.

    This week I see you have Allen rated higher. So you would start him this week, but I need to drop Stafford for Allen, Good or bad idea ROY.

    Thanks Prof!

    • I’d lean towards Allen, due to the ability to make plays with his legs, but it’s pretty close and really could go either way. If Allen is sitting on waivers I don’t think anyone is rushing to grab Stafford, so you can flip flop week-to-week most likely

  3. 14 Team, 1/2 PPR. Actually looking ahead to week 8 to make a stash for QB w/Dak Prescott on bye. Jameis Winston, Teddy Bridgewater, Marcus Mariota, Case Kenum, Derick Carr, Joe Flacco or Daniel Jones?

    • I’d lean Jones, with Bridgewater right there in the mix as well. Either one of the two should be a solid play next week (though a lot can change in the next 7 days)

  4. hey roto!!
    Allen, Rodgers, or Murray?

    Rivers or Allen?
    Hyde, Howard, or Mixon as a flex?

    Last league. Rodgers, allen, or Brady?

    Thanks roto!

    • It really depends on the news over the next few days, but at this point it’s starting to head towards that decision (and that’s highly disappointing).

  5. Hey Prof – “Never get cute – right?” It is even hard asking the question; “Sit Mahomes and Play Goff in week 7”? Too cute – right? Next, easier to ask, should I plug in Josh Allen or Carson Wentz, Allen’s in my lineup, a good reason to change that? Both Question’s regarding 10 team PPR leagues – Thanks

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