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Week 7 Rankings

by Patrick Daugherty
Updated On: October 20, 2019, 12:01 pm ET

Updated 10/20 at 12:00 PM ET. Ticked Marquez Valdes-Scantling up. Added Geronimo Allison. Removed Christian Kirk

 

It hasn’t always been pretty, but Kyler Murray is now the QB7 by average points. That was a big part of Murray’s summer appeal: That he wouldn’t necessarily have to play well to provide good returns in fantasy. Now he’s doing both, and has another juicy matchup in the Giants. The G-Men managed to contain Tom Brady in Week 6 but are still bottom two in weekly passing yards (285) and yards per attempt (9.3). The QB8 and QB5 over the past two weeks, respectively, Murray is well positioned for his best finish yet. 

Week 7 Quarterbacks 

RK

Player

TM

Opp

1

Patrick Mahomes

KC

@DEN

2

Deshaun Watson

HOU

@IND

3

Lamar Jackson

BAL

@SEA

4

Russell Wilson

SEA

BAL

5

Matt Ryan

ATL

LA

6

Kyler Murray

ARI

@NYG

7

Dak Prescott

DAL

PHI

8

Jared Goff

LA

@ATL

9

Josh Allen

BUF

MIA

10

Carson Wentz

PHI

@DAL

11

Aaron Rodgers

GB

OAK

12

Tom Brady

NE

@NYJ

13

Jacoby Brissett

IND

HOU

14

Gardner Minshew

JAC

@CIN

15

Daniel Jones

NYG

ARI

16

Philip Rivers

LAC

@TEN

17

Kirk Cousins

MIN

@DET

18

Matthew Stafford

DET

MIN

19

Jimmy Garoppolo

SF

@WAS

20

Sam Darnold

NYJ

NE

21

Andy Dalton

CIN

JAC

22

Joe Flacco

DEN

KC

23

Teddy Bridgewater

NO

@CHI

24

Ryan Tannehill

TEN

LAC

25

Derek Carr

OAK

@GB

26

Mitchell Trubisky

CHI

NO

27

Case Keenum

WAS

SF

28

Ryan Fitzpatrick

MIA

@BUF

 

QB Notes: In something of a real-deal slump, Patrick Mahomes checks in as merely the QB5 by average points. He will be missing Sammy Watkins (hamstring) again for Week 7, though Tyreek Hill’s return against the Texans helped restore Mahomes to the three-touchdown column. He’s reached that number in 4-of-6 starts, putting him on pace for 37 total scores. That feels low. … Deshaun Watson is up to 17 total touchdowns, five of which have come on the ground. The Colts are getting healthier on defense but have permitted the fourth highest QB rating against (108.0) through five games. … Increasingly resembling a souped up form of his 2018 self, Lamar Jackson has just four passing scores over his past four games while averaging a ridiculous 13/84/6.68 as a rusher. With Marquise Brown (ankle) poised to remain sidelined for an attackable matchup in the Seahawks, Jackson will once again be leaning on his legs. … Russell Wilson is leading the league in both touchdown percentage — 7.4. — and interception percentage — 0.0. He is completing a career-high 72.5 percent of his passes. The MVP frontrunner’s efficiency seems to know no bounds. Although Marcus Peters is arriving as a reinforcement, the Ravens are an eminently exploitable home matchup.    

Matt Ryan’s team stinks. That’s one of the reasons he’s 6-for-6 on 300-yard days at the office. Although the Rams will potentially be breaking in Jalen Ramsey, they will also be adjusting to life without Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters. Ramsey is also coming off a back injury. There’s nothing to fear for Ryan in a game with a 54 over/under. … The QB24, QB3 (garbage time vs. Green Bay) and QB15 since the Cowboys’ schedule stiffened, Dak Prescott will likely be without Amari Cooper (quad) for Week 7. The good amidst all that bad is that the Eagles are probably too good of a matchup to screw up. … Withering in the face of (much) increased pressure behind the Rams’ collapsing offensive line, Jared Goff is now a weekly off-the-rails threat regardless of the game’s location. He remains in the top 10 because @ATL is about as pristine as it gets. Only the shameful Dolphins are silver plattering more quarterback fantasy points. Atlanta’s “defense” has a 15:2 TD:INT ratio. Perhaps Goff will be the antidote for the struggling Dirty Birds, but the reverse seems more likely.

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Aaron Rodgers has been the QB24 and QB14 in two games without Davante Adams. He is the QB18 by average points on the season. It’s his high floor keeping him in the top 12, but he’s going to need more ceiling weeks. Adams’ potential return against the Raiders will make it possible for Week 7. … The Cowboys have been limiting enemy quarterback production but have done so against a pillow soft slate of Eli Manning, Case Keenum, Josh Rosen, Teddy Bridgewater, Aaron Rodgers and Sam Darnold. The best two they faced, Rodgers and Darnold, both did major early damage. Even with DeSean Jackson remaining sidelined, Carson Wentz could have a big day in the dome. … Tom Brady is starting to look his age. He was downright Stonehenge-ian vs. the Giants, even if the numbers came out looking alright in the end. It’s partly to do with the fact that teams have not had to throw to beat them, but the Jets have coughed up only five passing scores in five games. Two of those were Brady’s in Week 3. … Josh Allen was flat-out bad before the Bills’ Week 6 bye. He’s also the QB12 by average points. With Devin Singletary returning from a three-game absence and the Bills likely cautious about driving up Frank Gore’s touch count, Allen should remain productive deep into a blowout.  

Gardner Minshew got exposed one week later than I expected. He has an immediate get-right spot in the Bengals, who are hemorrhaging the fourth most QB fantasy points. Hilariously, an already awful unit will be missing top CBs Dre Kirkpatrick and William Jackson for the better part of a month. They are starting day-three talents and UDFAs. … Jacoby Brissett was held below two touchdowns for the first time in Week 5. Coming off the Colts’ bye, he is back home for a game sporting a 48 over/under. … Daniel Jones was horrendous in an awful Week 6 matchup. He is promising for a golden Week 7 one. Allowing the third most QB fantasy points, the Cardinals have also been stung for the second most QB ground yards. … Receiving terrible blocking, Philip Rivers has only six touchdowns in five games since Week 1. Hunter Henry’s healthy, dominant return ups Rivers’ ceiling, but the Titans are a bad matchup for the Central Time Zone road tripping Bolts. … Circumstance helped Kirk Cousins revive Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs over the past two weeks. The Lions are coming correct with excellent game plans but surrendering heavy passing volume. It could be an all-over-the-map — which includes good — day for Kirk.

Throwing deep more than any other quarterback, Matthew Stafford has dramatically increased his spiked week potential in fantasy. Sadly, his Week 7 matchup makes one highly unlikely. … Jimmy Garoppolo has basically idled in the parking lot as the 49ers’ running game drives up and down the freeway. The Redskins make for a gorgeous Week 7 opportunity, but the Niners don’t need their quarterback to take advantage of it. Garoppolo’s unsettled targets totem pole is also limiting his upside. The 49ers need to decide who to feature in the passing game beyond George Kittle. … Sam Darnold vs. the Patriots is a mid-season moment of truth. Darnold looked like the genuine article against the Cowboys but must now do battle with the league’s best defense. The Pats, meanwhile, have literally been historically good, but the dominance has come against a limited Ben Roethlisberger, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Luke Falk, Josh Allen, Colt McCoy (rofl) and Daniel Jones. Someone will blink in Week 7. … Ryan Tannehill’s insertion under center is good news for Delanie Walker, Corey Davis and A.J. Brown, but it won’t make the Titans quarterback position relevant in fantasy. … If Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder) returns, it will be to face a Saints D that’s been flattening opposing signal callers for the past month.

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Patrick Daugherty
Patrick Daugherty is a football and baseball writer for Rotoworld.com. He can be found on Twitter .