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Week 7 Rest of Season Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings: Cam Newton & Philip Rivers are Top-5

Up to date rankings of NFL QBs for the remainder of the 2015 fantasy football season before Week 7.

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There is nothing makes the NFL more fun than fantasy football and few things make fantasy sports more fun than rankings, rankings, and more rankings. QBs are ranked in this post with the ESPN and Yahoo! standard fractional scoring.

Rank

Player

Team

Last Wk

1

Tom Brady

Patriots

1

2

Cam Newton

Panthers

3

3

Aaron Rodgers

Packers

2

4

Philip Rivers

Chargers

10

5

Carson Palmer

Cardinals

6

6

Andrew Luck

Colts

4

7

Andy Dalton

Bengals

5

8

Matt Ryan

Falcons

7

9

Drew Brees

Saints

9

10

Eli Manning

Giants

8

11

Ben Roethlisberger

Steelers

11

12

Blake Bortles

Jaguars

13

13

Matthew Stafford

Lions

19

14

Joe Flacco

Ravens

15

15

Jay Cutler

Bears

16

16

Russell Wilson

Seahawks

12

17

Brian Hoyer

Texans

24

18

Derek Carr

Raiders

18

19

Sam Bradford

Eagles

14

20

Ryan Fitzpatrick

Jets

22

21

Josh McCown

Browns

23

22

Peyton Manning

Broncos

20

24

Jameis Winston

Buccaneers

25

23

Ryan Tannehill

Dolphins

26

25

Tyrod Taylor

Bills

17

27

Alex Smith

Chiefs

29

28

Colin Kaepernick

49ers

30

29

Tony Romo

Cowboys

28

30

Nick Foles

Rams

32

26

Teddy Bridgewater

Vikings

27

31

Marcus Mariota

Titans

21

32

Matt Cassel

Cowboys

33

33

Landry Jones

Steelers

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34

Kirk Cousins

Washington

34

35

Michael Vick

Steelers

31

Notes:

  • There is a special bump for Tom Brady, Cam Newton, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Derek Carr, and even Jameis Winston, who have 11 games remaining to their regular seasons against everyone else's 10. These ranks will swing greatly as QBs eat their byes and have more remaining games on their schedules than their counterparts.

  • These rankings generally hold water with six-point passing TDs. Cam Newton is the notable drops in the escalated passing TD bump closer to the bottom of the top-5 and Russell Wilson maybe falls out of the top-20, after Brian Hoyer, Derek Carr, and Ryan Fitzpatrick, who can project for more passing TDs. No one else in the top-24 can be expected to rush for TDs.

  • For two-QB leagues, INTs are something of which to take more caution because losing one less point can bump a 12-point game in standard scoring by about 8-12%, whereas the effects on QB1s are more in the 5-8% range.

  • As we go down the rankings, there is an increase in the weight of strength of schedule. And the better matchups sooner than later are more valuable because there is little value in stashing QB2s. These are not weekly rankings, but the idea of these rankings is to measure whom we should be owning now over whom. A mediocre QB with a bad schedule until Week 12 is useless to our rosters compared a below average QB with two or three nice matchups in the coming weeks.

  • These rankings reflect that the Buccaneers, 49ers, Seahawks, Eagles, Broncos, Titans, and Steelers all just look like very messy situations due to injuries, bonehead coaching, and degrees of bad play in between. Expect swings as they get their acts together or achieve total futility. Marcus Mariota is reportedly out with a sprained MCL for Week 7, but choosing to wait on ranking Zach Mettenberger, though he should be owned in 2-QB leagues because he's a starter.

  • Do your research and use rankings cautiously, as they are always a work-in-progress. Rankings are a bad tools to tell us what to do. They are conversation starters, tier setters, value mirrors, and a combination of the scientific explanations of what has happened with the art of predicting what will happen. Feel free to supply contrary evidence to me on Twitter at @AlexSontySBN or in the comments. They will help me help you.