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2012 Fantasy Football Week 7: Quarterback Rankings

Figuring out who the best fantasy football quarterbacks and tight ends will be from week to week is a little easier than doing so for running backs and wide receivers, but by no means is it simple—especially in Week 7 with six teams on a bye and injuries galore throughout the league.

That's why those of us in the fantasy industry put together these lists for you—to give you a gauge of what to expect from your players on any given Sunday.

With that, here are the weekend's top quarterbacks and tight ends, along with some detailed analysis on the 10 best plays for the week at each position:

(BYE: Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, San Diego Chargers)

27. Tim Tebow (at NE)

26. Blaine Gabbert (at Oak)

25. Alex Smith (vs. Sea - Thursday Night) – 14-for-23 – 140 yards – 1 TD – 1 INT

24. Sam Bradford (vs. GB)

23. Russell Wilson (at SF - Thursday Night) – 9-for-23 – 122 yards – 0 TDs – 1 INT

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22. John Skelton (at Min)

21. Mark Sanchez (at NE)

20. Brandon Weeden (at Ind)

19. Christian Ponder (vs. Ari)

18. Matthew Stafford (at Chi - Monday Night)

17. Jay Cutler (vs. Det - Monday Night)

16. Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs. Ten)

15. Cam Newton (vs. Dal)

14. Matt Schaub (vs. Bal)

13. Josh Freeman (vs. NO)

12. Joe Flacco (at Hou)

11. Carson Palmer (vs. Jax)

 


Top 10 QB Plays for Week 7

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10. Andy Dalton (vs. Pit - Sunday Night)

Dalton has thrown far too many interceptions so far this season (nine), but he’s also had three games tossing up over 300 yards with three touchdowns as well—which, as a fantasy owner, I’ll take any day of the week.

Andy had a bit of trouble against the Steelers last season, throwing for a total of 305 yards and three TDs in two games, but this isn’t the same vaunted Pittsburgh D of the past, and with Troy Polamalu ruled out, Dalton’s prospects get even better.

Steelers DB Ike Taylor isn’t the same shutdown guy he used to be either, and with A.J. Green looking like the best wide receiver on the planet right now, I’m betting on some real nice numbers out of the Cinci QB this Sunday night.

 

9. Matt Hasselbeck (at Buf)

Hasselbeck may be over the hill—or past his prime, or have one foot in the grave, or whatever else you want to say about him—but one thing he’s not is too old to put up big-time fantasy numbers against this Buffalo Bills defense.

If Mark Sanchez can throw for three TDs, Matt Cassel can throw for 300 yards, and Alex Smith can do BOTH in the same game against them, then Hasselbeck can do it too.

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Kenny Britt looks like he’s back. At least, if he wasn’t quite back in his last game, it certainly pissed him off enough to go ballistic in this one, so I fully expect the old man to get him the ball and put up some real nice fantasy numbers because of it.

 

8. Andrew Luck (vs. Cle)

 So Luck finally has a little adversity to deal with, as he pretty much stunk up the joint against the Jets last Sunday.

It wasn’t Brady Quinn-type of awful, as he at least threw for 280 yards, but two interceptions and 50 percent passing while getting crushed 35-9 by a so-so Jets team is not what you would call stellar.

He’ll have a good opportunity to make up for it this week, however, with his Colts heading back home to face a Cleveland Browns pass D that has allowed the most passing TDs and fifth-most fantasy points to QBs this season.

I feel strange saying it, but the Indianapolis Colts-Cleveland Browns game could be a shootout folks, so hold on to your fantasy hats.

 

7. Tony Romo (at Car)

 I can’t tell you how many people I talked to before the season who were saying this was “going to be Tony Romo’s year."

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I also can’t tell you how many people I had to convince NOT to believe that statement because, frankly, I’ve heard the same thing for five years now, and not once has it come close to happening.

That being said, Romo can’t be THIS bad, can he?

The answer is no, he’s not, but he’s also no better than a low-end QB1 any single week of the season.

This week ,he’ll go up against a Carolina pass D that looks mediocre in the books but really isn’t even that good simply because most teams choose to run all over them instead of pass.

When you WANT or NEED to pass on them, though, you can, which the Cowboys will likely have to do with DeMarco Murray out of the lineup and Felix Jones unable to sustain a workload over 15 carries or so.

 

6. Ben Roethlisberger (at Cin - Sunday Night)

Rashard Mendenhall is out, Isaac Redman is out, the Steelers are playing on the road and are likely going to be losing this game at some point. What do YOU think Big Ben is going to do?

That’s right; he’s going to pass the hell out of the ball.

Roethlisberger has already been averaging 39.4 passing attempts per game this season, which is easily the most in his career, and I fully expect that trend to continue.

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Look for Big Ben to put up some real nice fantasy stats here, especially considering the mediocrity of the Bengals pass D.

 

5. Tom Brady (vs. NYJ)

Brady set a career high in passing attempts (58) during last weekend’s loss to the Seahawks, a stat that should be a bit of a telltale sign as to what Belichick will have the team doing this Sunday.

The New England running game had been dominant until they met Seattle, and though Brady could certainly pass all over this Jets team, I expect them to get running the ball a bit more in this one.

That doesn’t mean The Stetson Man won’t put up great fantasy stats, because he will, but the Patriots' ability to run will keep him in more of the mid-QB1 range this week.

 

4. Robert Griffin III (at NYG)

Never again will I doubt Mr. Robert Griffin. I don’t care if it’s Jr., Sr., RGIII or Dr. Robert Griffin, I’m starting him on my fantasy team every week from here on out.

A hit like the one he took against the Falcons two weeks ago would have normally scared a QB away from running for at least a little while. Not Griffin.

“Black Jesus,” as TE Fred Davis dubbed him, decided to show the world how he deals with adversity by totaling the most rushing attempts he’s had so far this season (13) while also putting up the fourth-most rushing yards in a game EVER by a QB (138).

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So this week he takes on a Giants team that’s actually been pretty darn good against the pass this season, but I really don’t care.

If Michael Vick can rush for 49 yards on six carries against them back in Week 4, what will Black Jesus do?

 

3. Eli Manning (vs. Was)

 Strange as it sounds, the Giants didn’t need to throw the ball against the 49ers in last week's convincing win, much to the dismay of those who started Eli Manning.

As luck would have it, though, the G-Men draw one of the league’s worst pass defenses with the Washington Redskins coming to town today, so buck up fantasy owners!

The ‘Skins have allowed the most passing yards, third-most passing TDs and sixth-most fantasy points to QBs this year, so it looks like things are lining up well for Mr. Manning.

It also looks like Hakeem Nicks is nearing complete health at this point, as he practiced all week for the first time in a while.

Eli has had some trouble with Washington in the past, but this isn’t the same defense, so I highly doubt the woeful trend continues. Start him with confidence today.

 

2. Aaron Rodgers (at StL)

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 Whatever was wrong in Packerland throughout the first month of the season, it’s been solved.

Not only is Aaron Rodgers back to his normal self, but he also now leads the league in TD passes (16) and has crept up into third place in fantasy points per game.

The St. Louis Rams defense has been nothing short of amazing in righting its ship from last year’s atrocity, but the tear Rodgers is on right now can’t and won’t be stopped today.

I'm expecting at least 300 yards and three TDs out of Rodge today.

 

1. Drew Brees (at TB)

 Despite playing one less game than most other QBs, Brees is only seven passing attempts behind Tom Brady for the league lead at this point.

After breaking Johnny Unitas’ record for consecutive games with a TD pass two weeks ago, Brees comes back off his bye to face an inter-division Buccaneers squad, against whom he averaged over 320 yards a game last season.

With WR Lance Moore returning to the starting lineup and Tampa Bay’s best cornerback Aqib Talib suspended, I expect Drew to have no problem throwing for his fifth 300-yard game and fourth three-TD game of the season this Sunday.

Not having Jimmy Graham for the game certainly hurts, but as he has shown in the past, Drew can put up big numbers with pretty much anybody you stick in that offense.

 

For rankings at all the positions, check out the: Pyro® Rankings

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