Fantasy Football Week 7: Breaking Down the Best and Worst QB Matchups

Matt Stein@MatthewJSteinCorrespondent IIOctober 18, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 14:  Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants calls signals against the San Francisco 49ers at Candlestick Park on October 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California. The Giants won 26-3.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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In fantasy football, a huge game from a quarterback can often be the difference between a win and a loss. And if there is one thing we've learned so far this season, it's that quarterbacks can have a stellar game followed by a complete dud.

That's why it is important to play the correct matchup when deciding who to start at quarterback. Today we'll break down the best and worst quarterback matchups of fantasy football's Week 7.


Best: Eli Manning, New York Giants (vs. Washington Redskins)

For starters, the Redskins are giving up more yards through the air than any other team in the NFL, giving up an average of 328 passing yards per game. They've also given up 15 touchdown passes through six games, tied for the most in the NFL.

With Eli averaging nearly 300 passing yards a game, he should have no difficulty against a weak Washington secondary on Sunday.

Projected Stats: 354 Passing Yards, Four Touchdowns, One Interception

Worst: Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (at Chicago Bears)

Few quarterbacks have been as disappointing as Stafford has been this year. After tearing up leagues last year, Stafford has yet to put together a truly effective game in 2012.

This trend will likely continue this week as the Lions travel to Chicago to take on one of the better pass defenses in the league. The Bears lead the NFL with 13 interceptions this year, despite only playing five games so far this season.

Also, the longest passing play they've given up this year is a pedestrian length of 34 yards.  They simply aren't giving up big plays, which Stafford needs to be effective, and forcing quarterbacks to make poor throws.

Look for Stafford to struggle all game long, much like he did against other quality defenses like the San Francisco 49ers and Minnesota Vikings.

Projected Stats: 239 Passing Yards, One Touchdown, Three Interceptions

Best: Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (at Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

As bad as the Redskins have been against the pass this year, the Buccaneers have been just as bad. They're allowing 312 passing yards per game, and while they're only giving up 20 points per game, they've only faced one offense as potent as the Saints.

That was the New York Giants, which lit up Tampa Bay for 41 points as Manning had a career day. With Brees and the Saints coming off a bye week, they should be well rested and ready to go against their division rival.

After a rocky start to the season, Brees has righted his ship to the tune of 10 touchdowns and only two interceptions in his last three games. This game has the makings of a shootout, so don't be surprised for Brees to have his best game of the season yet.

Projected Stats: 419 Passing Yards, Five Touchdowns, Zero Interceptions

Worst: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (at St. Louis Rams)

Rodgers has struggled against both NFC West opponents this year, and the Rams will make it three in a row for the 2011 Most Valuable Player.

With the combination of Cortland Finnegan, Janoris Jenkins and Bradley Fisher, the Rams have given up the fifth-lowest amount of passing yards (208 per game) and the least amount of passing touchdowns (four in six games).

While Rodgers is coming off one of the greatest games in his career, he'll likely struggle against one of the top secondaries in the NFL.

Projected Stats: 215 Passing Yards, One Touchdown, Two Interceptions