QB rankings and streaming advice for Week 7 of the 2018 fantasy football season.
In one of the more interesting (and confusing) games of the season, Mitchell Trubisky returned from bye week and his Week 4 career-high game with another 316 yards, three touchdowns and a turnover in Miami. He was forced to keep up with the quarterback that won’t quit – Brock Osweiler – who had himself 380 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions on the day. Brocktober continues.
The Jags hadn’t given up a first half touchdown going into Week 5 and then allowed the Chiefs and Cowboys to score five combined in the first two quarters. Dak Prescott responded to critics with his best performance of the season, including one passing and one rushing touchdown and almost 100 yards on the ground.
As for the Patrick Mahomes tracker: He could not pull off a win in Foxborough, though it was the 24th consecutive loss for starting quarterbacks under 25 to play a regular season game in New England during the Brady-Belichick era. Despite the loss, Mahomes still managed to impress fans and fantasy owners with 350+ passing yards and four touchdowns. He also continued his streak of finishing in the top 5 for fantasy quarterbacks for the sixth consecutive week.
My streamer pick excelled, allowing me to have a bounceback performance of my own. Jameis Winston, who at this time last week was less than 13 percent owned in ESPN leagues, finished in the top spot of all QB performances for Week 6. He was five passing yards shy of 400 with four touchdowns and two interceptions – his first start after returning from suspension on a mission to prove his worth. Meanwhile, C.J. Beathard managed to stay competitive against Aaron Rodgers and brought his fantasy average to a strong 19 points per game, while Andy Dalton’s performance was a modest bounce back
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Now fully entrenched in bye week season – with four teams on bye and injuries (Ryan Tannehill, Josh Allen) continuing to leave no team behind, here are your Week 7 rankings and streaming picks.1
Week 7 Quarterback Rankings
|Patrick Mahomes||vs Cincinnati||1|
|Matt Ryan||vs NY Giants||2|
|Jared Goff||at San Francisco||3|
|Andrew Luck||vs Buffalo||4|
|Mitchell Trubisky||vs New England||5|
|Kirk Cousins||at NY Jets||6|
|Drew Brees||at Baltimore||7|
|Andy Dalton||at Kansas City||8|
|Jameis Winston||vs Cleveland||9|
|Carson Wentz||vs Panthers||10|
|Joe Flacco||vs New Orleans||11|
|Cam Newton||at Philadelphia||12|
|Tom Brady||at Chicago||13|
|Philip Rivers||vs Tennessee||14|
|Eli Manning||at Atlanta||15|
|Matthew Stafford||at Miami||16|
|Blake Bortles||vs Houston||17|
|Baker Mayfield||at Tampa Bay||18|
|Dak Prescott||at Washington||19|
|Sam Darnold||vs Minnesota||20|
|CJ Beathard||vs LA Rams||21|
|Case Keenum||at Arizona||22|
|Deshaun Watson||at Jacksonville||23|
|Alex Smith||vs Dallas||24|
|Marcus Mariota||at LA Chargers||25|
|Brock Osweiler||vs Detroit||26|
|Josh Rosen||vs Denver||27|
|Nathan Peterman||at Indianapolis||28|
TwoQB Pick of the Week – Joe Flacco vs New Orleans
While last week’s blowout against the Titans was largely attributed to the Raven’s run game and defense, this week’s matchup with the Saints will require much more from the passing game to stay competitive. Lucky for Joe Flacco and fantasy owners, the Saints defense is nowhere near as daunting as their offense, averaging 27 points allowed per game.
Flacco has been a pleasant surprise for fantasy owners this season and his 298 average passing yards per game and string and deep receiving corp makes him an ideal QB2 this week.
Favorite Streamer – Mitchell Trubisky vs New England
Mitchell Trubisky proved critics wrong when his Week 4 350-plus passing yards and six touchdowns wasn’t a fluke. After returning from his bye week, he put up another 316 yards and three touchdowns and 47 yards rushing against the Dolphins on Sunday. Despite his share of struggles, Trubisky’s 71 percent-plus passing percentage through three of his last four games is making him a viable option for fantasy owners – specifically in this week’s matchup against the Patriots (he’s not number five in my rankings for nothing). In order to stay in the game, Trubisky will need to continue his slinging streak. Lucky for him, the Patriots have allowed an average 25 points per game this season.
“Bounceback Candidate” – Baker Mayfield at Tampa Bay
After taking over for an injured Tyrod Taylor in Week 3, the Baker Mayfield hype-train was in full swing. But as quickly as the pendulum swung up, gravity quickly brought it right back down. The Chargers had their piece of Mayfield on Sunday, limiting him to just 5.2 yards per attempt. Though he’s been fairly fantasy irrelevant, he has continued to improve since taking over the starting job for the Browns. Against the Buccs this week, Mayfield should be in line for a productive passing game. The Buccaneers defense has allowed a whopping 82 points to opposing teams over the past TWO weeks, causing them to fire their defensive coordinator. Meanwhile, Mayfield will need to keep up with Winston’s high-powered offense.
The opportunity remains for Mayfield, who is due for a fantasy comeback against an incapable defense that has allowed the most points per drive (2.91) of any team in the NFL.
- Ownership and projected are referenced from ESPN Fantasy. Rankings based on GSLP, FPPG and matchup. GSLP models were run three times – six weeks back, four weeks back and three weeks back, and results were averaged. It is important to note that certain quarterbacks, like Winston, who have not played in three or more games are likely projected too high and can be considered as outliers. (back)