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Week 7 Quarterback Rankings

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High Five! If you had to play Joe Flacco last week, you were rewarded with 5 touchdown passes. What can we expect when he gets to face the Falcons defense at home? Drew Brees owners are happy to have him back from the bye, but can you trust him going on the road against a dominant defense? And Super-Cam returned! What does that mean for his value going forward?

Cliff McBride

I knew the Buccaneers were bad this year but 5 touchdowns for Joe Flacco in the first half was not something I could've imagined happening. Flacco usually struggles on the road, they are in a run-first offense, and the Buccs were able to hold Drew Brees to only a couple touchdowns and force three interceptions just the week before. Nevertheless, this was a brilliant showing from Flacco who now gets to return to Baltimore and face the struggling Falcons. I do not expect another five touchdown passes but he should still be considered a top-10 quarterback for at least this week. If he can continue to play like the playoff Joe Flacco from a couple years ago, he might be worth keeping with a very favorable schedule for the rest of the season.

The entire Saints' offense has been very disappointing to this point. Hopefully the rest during the bye week will allow for them to refresh and fix whatever has been causing their issues with performance and execution. They are going to have to make some quick adjustments as they are forced to head to Detroit this week to match up against that suffocating defense. I can't see Brees being a smart play this week as I have him ranked very low at #19. I would be looking for other options but hold out hope that he can return to his elite status in the coming weeks as the matchups improve.

It took injuries to just about every Carolina Panther running back to get Cam Newton to start running the ball again. Last week, he rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown. He is obviously feeling more comfortable with the surgically repaired ankle and has once again taken on the mentality of having to put the team on his shoulders and make plays to win games. If this rushing production continues, Cam will be vaulted back into the top-5 consideration every week.

As for the rest of the league, it looks like Tom Brady is back. Tony Romo is enticing again. Matty Ice is cooling off. And Carson Palmer almost has his nerves under control again.

I can't wait to see what surprises are in store for this week, but for now, this is how I see this week playing out in the rankings. If you are struggling with a roster decision at the quarterback position, I would suggest playing the one that I have ranked the highest.

 

Rank

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

 

Quarterbacks on Bye: Nick Foles, Mike Glennon