2012 Fantasy Football Week 7: Quarterback (QB) Rankings / Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIIOctober 16, 2012

October 14, 2012; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) runs with the ball as Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison (96) chases in the third quarter at FedEx Field. The Redskins won 38-26. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-US PRESSWIRE

If you’ve normally started Robert Griffin III in your lineup this year, hopefully you kept him in starting against the Vikings. His 76-yard touchdown was a big part of his fantasy day, but with 13 carries for 138 yards and two scores on the ground, Griffin proved he would run even after his concussion.

What separates Griffin from Michael Vick is that he learned from his injury last week and did a good job of protecting himself from big hits in this game.

Blitz Griffin and run the risk of him breaking a long-running play, don’t blitz him and he has the accuracy to beat you in the passing game. No doubt Griffin still makes his rookie mistakes and will have his tough days on the football field this year, but he is also worthy of being one of the top five fantasy quarterbacks, like Cam Newton was in his rookie year.

What Did We Learn From Week Six?

- Here’s one you may not know, Aaron Rodgers is back! Ok, so the cat is out of the bag and we all should expect Rodgers to have his usually dominant production going forward. With James Jones playing well in a starting role and Randall Cobb emerging as a dangerous weapon all over the field, Rodgers is set for big things from this point forward.

- Matthew Stafford continues to play horrible football from a fantasy perspective through the first three quarters. Again, it seems like this team is content with play a close game, until they realize they better kick it into gear fast or they will lose the game.

Through five games this team has had to play from behind at the end, in every game. At some point, they will get things figured out and start throwing touchdowns in earlier, but for now we will have to live with these roller coaster performances.

Sean’s Week Seven Watch List

- Still have Drew Brees ranked as the second quarterback but perhaps it’s more out of respect for his play this year than what he will do this week. No matter how bad the Buccaneers are or how good the Saints are each season, it seems New Orleans struggles against the Buccaneers, especially in Tampa Bay.

With two weeks to get prepared for this game and Aqib Talib serving a four-game suspension, let’s see if Brees can throw for over 350 and more than one touchdown.

- The Panthers looked horrible on offense before the bye week but, then again, the Seahawks defense will do that to many average offenses around the league. Cam Newton can be one of the better quarterbacks in this league in time, but it appears this offense is going through an identity crisis at this point.

I still don’t understand why they have two high priced running backs and won’t try to pound the football to set up the pass more. Let’s see what happens as Carolina is fresh off their bye week.


1 Aaron Rodgers @ Rams
2 Drew Brees @ Bucs
3 Robert Griffin III @ Giants
4 Tom Brady Jets
5 Eli Manning Redskins
6 Ben Roethlisberger @ Bengals
7 Matthew Stafford @ Bears
8 Tony Romo @ Panthers
9 Andrew Luck Browns
10 Andy Dalton Steelers
11 Joe Flacco @ Texans
12 Jay Cutler Lions
13 Cam Newton Cowboys
14 Josh Freeman Saints
15 Carson Palmer Jaguars
16 Christian Ponder Cardinals
17 Matt Schaub Ravens

Week 7 Standard Rankings –  RB | WR | TE | Waivers | Start – Sit |