Fantasy Football Week 7 Rankings: Quarterbacks

Michael WhooleySenior Writer IOctober 21, 2009

NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 11:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Indianapolis Colts throws the ball during the NFL game against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field on October 11, 2009 in Nashville, Tennessee.  The Colts won 31-9.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Not only are we in the middle of the season when bye weeks are affecting fantasy football teams, but we are delving further into the bye week area, as the NFL now moves from having four teams on a bye to six, starting this week.

Hopefully you’re prepared and have a quality bench to absolve hits like this but in case you aren’t, we’re here to help with our weekly projections for each fantasy football position. So whether you’re looking for a player to fill in for another who’s got a bye or if you’re just looking to play the matchups, there’s no better place to stop than our weekly position rankings.

In the Bruno Boys' Fantasy Football Week Seven Quarterback Rankings, you’ll notice a lot of points at the top whereas the bottom half of the rankings are guys that maybe you should avoid if you’re able to.

1. Peyton Manning (Indianapolis Colts) @ St. Louis

This is a case of an unstoppable pass offense against a porous pass defense as the Indianapolis Colts take travel to face the St. Louis Rams this week. Colts quarterback Peyton Manning is not only in charge of the No. 1 passing offense in the league but he’s also off to the best start in his career. That’s a scary thought for the Rams who are 27th in passing yards allowed, 30th in total yards allowed, and 30th in points allowed. Additionally the Colts have had two weeks to prepare for St. Louis as they are coming off a bye week. All this points to a huge game for Manning.

Point Projection: 27 points

2. Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints) @ Miami

Virtually no quarterback faced a tougher matchup last week than Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints as he was up against the New York Giants and their great pass defense. All Brees did was throw for 369 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions as the Saints embarrassed the Giants. This week New Orleans will take on the Miami and the only time the Dolphins pass defense has been good this season was two weeks ago when they faced a rookie quarterback at home. Expect yet another big game from Brees.

Point Projection: 26 points

3. Tom Brady (New England Patriots) @ Tampa Bay *At Wembley Stadium - London*

Is New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady back? Well, with a 380-yard, six-touchdown performance in last week’s win over the Tennessee Titans, it certainly appears that way. Truth be told, the Titans defense is not only not that good, but it was missing some key starters as well, and that helped enable Brady’s big day. However, Brady was on point with his throws and the play calling looked to be much improved over what it has been at earlier points in the season. This week Brady will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who are just 11th in passing yards allowed but rank just 29th in points allowed.

Point Projection: 21 points

4. Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers) @ Cleveland

And in the fourth case of an elite quarterback facing an over-matched and underwhelming defense, the Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers will go against the Cleveland Browns this week. Rodgers has had back-to-back games where he’s thrown for more than 350 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. The Browns, meanwhile, haven’t been able to stop much of anybody, save for the lowly Buffalo Bills, and are 23rd in passing yards allowed, last in total yards allowed, and 26th in points allowed. Even if his offensive line can’t block, all signs point to another good performance Rodgers.

Point Projection: 20 points

5. Philip Rivers (San Diego Chargers) @ Kansas City

Another good performance for quarterback Philip Rivers in another losing effort for the San Diego Chargers. The inability to run the ball is severely hampering the San Diego offense but Rivers continues to post good numbers as he threw for 274 yards and a touchdown in the loss to the Denver Broncos last week. We’re not going to predict a win here for the Chargers but they are playing the Kansas City Chiefs, who rank 25th in passing yards allowed, 24th in points allowed, and 29th in total yards allowed.

Point Projection: 19 points

6. Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons) @ Dallas

Though the guys at NBC went a little overboard with their comparisons of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan to Peyton Manning, from watching the second-year player it’s clear he’s quickly becoming one of the league’s elite. What makes Ryan so great isn’t that he’s got a great arm or some awesome weapons at his disposal, but that he’s so cool under pressure, especially when facing a blitz. That leads us to believe that no matter what Dallas throws at him Ryan will continue to excel this week despite the fact that he’s on the road.

Point Projection: 18 points

7. Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers) vs. Minnesota

The past three weeks, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been playing exceptional as he’s thrown for 1,027 yards with seven touchdowns and just two interceptions. This week he’ll be at home against the Minnesota Vikings, who have a great run defense but still possess a mediocre pass defense as they are 24th in passing yards allowed. Last week the pass defense yielded 385 yards and two touchdowns to Joe Flacco of the Baltimore Ravens, so look for a good game from Roethlisberger here.

Point Projection: 18 points

8. Matt Schaub (Houston Texans) vs. San Francisco

In case you hadn’t realized it yet, Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub has vaulted himself into the top-five fantasy football quarterbacks following a performance last week in a win over the Cincinnati Bengals where he threw for 394 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions. The San Francisco 49ers are a solid defense and are coming off a bye so they’ve had plenty of time to prepare for Schaub. Unfortunately, that won’t be good enough.

Point Projection: 17 points

9. Eli Manning (New York Giants) vs. Arizona

For New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who has been on all season, it was a less-than-stellar performance last week against the Saints as he finished with 178 yards, one touchdown, and one interception in the loss. And following the game Manning was seemingly at a loss for words minus a few choice cliches. He should rebound this week against the Arizona Cardinals as the Giants are at home. Besides, Manning has now had consecutive games throwing for less than 200 yards and it’s tough to imagine him posting another performance like that this week.

Point Projection: 17 points

10. Brett Favre (Minnesota Vikings) @ Pittsburgh

Opposing teams continue to load up in the box to stop running back Adrian Peterson, which hasn’t worked, and that’s allowed continued success for Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre. Even when teams blitz Favre he’s found a rhythm with his wide receivers and has his hot routes and audibles down, as evidenced by his 58-yard pass to Sidney Rice late in the game, a play that helped set up the game-winning field goal but wasn’t originally intended to happen as head coach Brad Childress wanted to run the ball. The point is Favre is becoming more comfortable with the offense and his receivers, and that’s a scary thought considering how well Favre has played already.

Point Projection: 17 points

11. Jay Cutler (Chicago Bears) @ Cincinnati

The running game hasn’t quite been there for the Chicago Bears this season but quarterback Jay Cutler has led a good passing offense as he’s got nine touchdowns and three interceptions in the past four games. He’ll lead the Bears this week against a Cincinnati defense that had been fairly stout this season up until last week. The Bengals are also missing their top two defensive linemen as end Antwan Odom is out for the season with a torn Achilles and tackle Domata Peko is nursing a knee injury that will likely sideline him for a few weeks. Without a consistent pass rush, Cutler shouldn’t have much trouble posting a solid performance against the Bengals this week.

Point Projection: 16 points

12. Donovan McNabb (Philadelphia Eagles) @ Washington

Coming off a three-touchdown performance two weeks ago against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was expected to have another huge game against the Oakland Raiders last week. But he didn’t. This week McNabb will look for redemption and he’ll attempt to do so against the Washington Redskins. Though the Redskins defense has been solid this season, it’s tough to imagine McNabb posting back-to-back sub-par performances, especially as the Eagles are at home this week.

Point Projection: 16 points