Week 7 Fantasy Football QB Rankings: Matt Cassel Cracks the Top 10

Nathan WaddellCorrespondent IOctober 22, 2010

Matt Cassel
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Quarterbacks are a fun group to analyze and rank each week.  After you get through the top three, there is more shuffling each week at the quarterback position than at any other position due to the lack of overall talent.

One quarterback that probably will not see the top-10 all that often is QB Matt Cassel.  Cassel played a solid game in Week 6 throwing for just 200 yards but finding the end zone three times.  

Fantasy owners should take note of Cassel's schedule going forward, as he faces only one defense that allows less than average fantasy points to quarterbacks (Week 14 at San Diego).  

In all other weeks, Cassel faces defenses that allow above-average scoring to quarterbacks, and during Week 16 championship matchups, Cassel faces off with the Tennessee Titans who allow three more points than average to quarterbacks.

Obviously, you would prefer to be starting a quarterback other than Cassel in your fantasy championship game, but we all know how injuries are knocking out starters in 2010.

So just keep an eye on Cassel if you're looking to add some depth to your squad.  

Now on to the rankings!

Please note that the Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, Detroit Lions and New York Jets are all on a bye in Week 7.


1.Drew Brees   v. CLEIf the running game keeps trucking, expect great things from Brees & Co.
2.Phillip Riversv. NEPatriots surrendering 17 fantasy points to quarterback every week.
3.Aaron Rodgers     v. MINPackers running game is non-existent, so Rodgers must shoulder the load.
4.Tony Romo v. NYG Not many things going right in Dallas, so Romo should throw plenty. 
5. Kyle Orton v. OAK OAK surrendering nearly two TDs per contest, and Orton has been fantastic. 
6. Ben Roethlisberger            @ MIAAfter shaking the rust off, may still finish as a top 10 QB. 
7. Jay Cutler v. WAS WAS giving up most yards from scrimmage, and fourth-most fantasy points to QBs. 
8. Joe Flacco v. BUF Inconsistent at best, but a very good matchup against defense giving up most points to QBs. 
9.Tom Brady @ SD Tough matchup on the road, as Chargers giving up least fantasy points to QBs thus far. 
10. Matt Cassel v. JAX JAX surrendering 20 fantasy points per game to QBs, so worth starting again.
11. Eli Manning @ DAL Not a great matchup, but has fantastic weapons and should need to throw. 
12. Carson Palmer @ ATL ATL gave up huge plays to QB Kolb in Week 6, and Palmer has big play ability.  
13. Kevin Kolb @ TEN Loss of WR Jackson is going to sting, and Kolb not great on the road in 2010. 
14. Matt Ryan v. CIN CIN only giving up 10 fantasy points per week to QBs, but Ryan better in the dome. 
15.Matt Hasselbeckv. ARIARI allowing 14 fantasy points to QBs, and had a solid game in Week 6.
16. Brett Favre @ GB Packers giving up 15 fantasy points to QBs, but has a bum elbow and other "issues". 
17. Donovan McNabb @ CHI Still hasn't thrown for more than one TD in a game, and Bears defense is solid. 
18. Josh Freeman v. STL STL allowing QBs to throw for 227 and one TD every week. 
19. Alex Smith @ CAR On the road facing good corners isn't a great matchup, but has finally been getting it done. 
20. Matt Moore v. SF Starting again, and hopefully has recovered the moxie he displayed in 2009. 


That does it for the Week 7 fantasy football quarterback rankings.  If you have any sit/start questions, feel free to leave a comment, and we'll work through your decision.

Should you need additional position rankings, here are my running back rankings and my wide receiver rankings for Week 7.

Best of luck to you this weekend.  May your domination continue, or your comeback begin.


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