Fantasy Football: Initial Quarterback Rankings for Week 7

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Fantasy Football: Initial Quarterback Rankings for Week 7
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In their first home game after the passing of long-time owner Al Davis, the Raiders got a victory over the Cleveland Browns last week, but they also lost their starting quarterback to a broken collarbone in the process.

To fill the void, the Raiders traded their first-round pick in 2012 and second-round pick, which can turn into a first-rounder, in 2013 for Carson Palmer.

In relief of Campbell last week, Kyle Boller completed 8-of-14 passes for 100 yards, but it's likely that Boller will be backing up Palmer on Sunday. Head coach Hue Jackson has not announced his decision on which quarterback will start, but ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Palmer is expected to start this week.

If Palmer starts this week, it would not be a surprise to see Palmer struggle with his timing after throwing mostly to high school receivers.

Here are some more quarterback notes for Week 7:

- From a passing standpoint, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton had his worst performance of the season in Week 6, as he tied his season high in interceptions (three) and threw no touchdowns for the first time in his career.

On the season, he has a 7:9 touchdown-to-interception ratio, however, he has rushed for six touchdowns as well. Only Minnesota's Adrian Peterson has rushed for more (seven).

- For the second consecutive game and the third time this season, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw for less than 200 yards, as he completed a season-low 14 passes on Sunday. Ryan, who threw only one touchdown, has only one multi-touchdown performance this season.

- Going into last week's game, Colts quarterback Curtis Painter had thrown 68 pass attempts without an interception. Last week, Painter threw his first interception on the season and he now has one pick in 102 pass attempts.

- In five games this season, the Cardinals' defense has only slowed down to bad passing offenses (Seattle and Minnesota). Against the Panthers, Redskins and Giants, they have allowed 291-plus passing yards and two passing touchdowns in each game.

Provided Mike Wallace, who missed Wednesday's practice due to his hamstring, plays on Sunday, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger should be in for a big game.

- Rams quarterback Sam Bradford threw another 44 pass attempts but no touchdowns on Sunday. Through five games, Bradford has 195 pass attempts and only three touchdowns. Bradford, who has a high-ankle sprain, is expected to play on Sunday at Dallas.

- Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman threw four interceptions and was benched in favor of John Beck in Week 6. Coach Mike Shanahan has announced that he will go with Beck as his starting quarterback going into Week 7 against the Panthers.

- Since Week 1, the New York Jets have allowed only one passing touchdown and one quarterback to throw for more than 204 yards: New England's Tom Brady. In other words, this may not be the week that San Diego's Philip Rivers gets it going.

- Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman had his best game of the season. Freeman threw for 303 yards and two touchdowns, both of which are season highs, and no interceptions. Freeman improved his touchdown-to-interception ratio to 5:6 after throwing 25 touchdowns and only six interceptions in 2010.

- When the Broncos head to Miami for their Week 7 matchup against the Dolphins, quarterback Tim Tebow will be honored on "Gator Day." While Tebow is not a polished NFL quarterback, he is a solid fantasy option, especially considering his ability to run.

The only quarterback to rush for more touchdowns since Tebow has been in the league is Michael Vick, who has nine rushing touchdowns since last year.

- Four of the top eight quarterbacks in fantasy scoring are on bye this week: New England's Tom Brady, Philadelphia's Michael Vick, Giants' Eli Manning and Buffalo's Ryan Fitzpatrick. In addition, Cincinnati (Andy Dalton) and San Francisco (Alex Smith) are on bye.

Here are our top 25 fantasy quarterbacks for Week 7:

1. Aaron Rodgers, Packers (at MIN)
2. Drew Brees, Saints (vs. IND)
3. Tony Romo, Cowboys (vs. STL)
4. Cam Newton, Panthers (vs. WAS)
5. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers (at ARI)
6. Matthew Stafford, Lions (vs. ATL)
7. Tim Tebow, Broncos (at MIA)
8. Philip Rivers, Chargers (at NYJ)
9. Matt Schaub, Texans (at TEN)
10. Matt Ryan, Falcons (at DET)
11. Joe Flacco, Ravens (at JAX)
12. Josh Freeman, Buccaneers (vs. CHI)
13. Jay Cutler, Bears (at TB)
14. Colt McCoy, Browns (vs. SEA)
15. Matt Cassel, Chiefs (at OAK)
16. Matt Hasselbeck, Titans (vs. HOU)
17. Curtis Painter, Colts (at NO)
18. Mark Sanchez, Jets (vs. SD)
19. Sam Bradford, Rams (at DAL)
20. Kevin Kolb, Cardinals (vs. PIT)
21. John Beck, Redskins (at CAR)
22. Matt Moore, Dolphins (vs. DEN)
23. Carson Palmer, Raiders (vs. KC)
24. Charlie Whitehurst, Seahawks (at CLE)
25. Christian Ponder, Vikings (vs. GB)

Throughout the week, we will update our rankings, as necessary. In addition, our rankings for other positions will be available at TheTipDrill.com, our fantasy section.

To keep track of our fantasy updates throughout the week, you can (1) follow us on Twitter @EDSFootball or (2) "like" us on Facebook or both.

Good luck in Week 7!

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