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Week 7 QB Rankings, Streaming Options, and 2-QB Plays

Giana Pacinelli provides QB streaming options, 2-QB plays, and overall QB rankings for Week 7 of the 2019 fantasy football season.

I’ve returned from the wild (literally) and I want to thank Shawn Siegele for holding down the QB streaming fort in my absence. I will try to maintain the enthusiasm he delivered to this column the last two weeks while I was on my honeymoon. 

And now, some Week 6 highlights:

    • In his fourth week starting for the Panthers, Kyle Allen became the first undrafted quarterback since Kurt Warner to win his first four starts. He also became the first quarterback in NFL history to win his first five games while throwing 0 interceptions – leading fans and fantasy owners to wonder if the injured Cam Newton will have a starting job upon his return
  • It was a long time coming, but Marcus Mariota was finally benched for Ryan Tannehill midway through Sunday’s loss to Denver. While from a fantasy perspective, Mariota has been consistent — averaging 25 points per game up until Week 6 — Tannehill has gotten the nod at the starting role this week against the Chargers.
  • Matt Ryan delivered a second straight 41-plus fantasy point performance and has exceeded 300 passing yards every week of the season, making him the most reliable fantasy quarterback thus far. 

Sam Darnold regained his throne as the leader of the then-winless-Jets to stun the Cowboys with 338 yards, two touchdowns, one interception — and their first win.

Week 7 Quarterback Rankings

Ranking Quarterback Matchup
1 Deshaun Watson at Indianapolis
2 Lamar Jackson at Seattle
3 Russell Wilson vs Baltimore
4 Patrick Mahomes at Denver
5 Matt Ryan vs LA Rams
6 Josh Allen vs Miami
7 Kyler Murray at NY Giants
8 Dak Prescott vs Philadelphia
9 Tom Brady at NY Jets
10 Carson Wentz at Dallas
11 Aaron Rodgers vs Oakland
12 Gardner Minshew at Cincinnati
13 Jacoby Brissett vs Houston
14 Matthew Stafford vs Minnesota
15 Philip Rivers at Tennessee
16 Jimmy Garrapolo at Washington
17 Daniel Jones vs Arizona
18 Kirk Cousins at Detroit
19 Jared Goff at Atlanta
20 Sam Darnold vs New England
21 Andy Dalton vs Jacksonville
22 Teddy Bridgewater at Chicago
23 Case Keenum vs San Francisco
24 Derek Carr at Green Bay
25 Ryan Tannehill vs LA Chargers
26 Chase Daniel vs New Orleans
27 Joe Flacco vs Kansas City
28 Josh Rosen at Buffalo

2-QB Pick of the Week – Sam Darnold vs New England

Ownership (Yahoo): 24%
Ownership (ESPN): 8%
GLSP: 12.9

Considering the matchup, I have a slight hesitation with this pick, but how fun will it be to root for? With Sam Darnold finally healthy, the Jets offense has been reinvigorated. Darnold’s 338 passing yards against the Cowboys was the second-most of his career and his accuracy down the field helped the Jets upset the Cowboys 24-22.

While this week’s matchup isn’t pretty — the New England defense has 14 interceptions on the season and has scored five touchdowns in six weeks — this could be the last week to scoop Darnold given his ideal second-half schedule including Washington, NY Giants, Cincinnati and Miami.

The Patriots defense has had it pretty easy themselves to start the season, with recent matchups against Washington, the Giants and the Dolphins. Though the Pats did face the Jets in Week 3, the Pats defense will face a starkly different offense with Darnold under center. That’s not to say that the Patriots defense isn’t the best in the NFL. If you are using Darnold this week, you are looking at him as more of a long-term play than a Week 7 placeholder. There is, however, an opportunity for him to surprise fantasy owners in this divisional matchup on Monday Night Football.

Favorite Streamer – Jacoby Brissett vs Texans

Ownership (Yahoo): 44%
Ownership (ESPN): 45.4%
GLSP: 17.3

With the injuries and inconsistencies at the starting quarterback position, I’m surprised to find Jacoby Brissett is still largely available in fantasy leagues. Brissett has had 2-plus touchdowns in every game except Week 5 — when he still was able to win against the Chiefs — and has been one of my most consistent streamer picks so far this season. Coming off a bye to play their divisional rival in Houston at home, Brissett is a favorable streamer this week.

The Texans are allowing an average of 273 passing yards to quarterbacks this season and have allowed top-10 QB fantasy performances in five of six weeks. Only six players have a better Game Level Similarity Projection (GLSP) for Week 7 than Brissett, and they are every-week stars plus Josh Allen (who should be owned and used in all leagues if still available).

Bounceback Candidate – Gardner Minshew at Cincinnati 

Ownership (Yahoo): 52%
Ownership (ESPN): 54%
GLSP: 15.5

Gardner Minshew came back down to Earth last week against the Saints, but there is no reason for fantasy owners to be concerned. Week 6 was the first week this season Minshew threw for less than 200 yards and failed to score a touchdown. It was also the first week he had an interception since Week 1. 

Minshew is a prime candidate for a bounceback against a Bengals team that has allowed at least 19 fantasy points to every quarterback it has faced this season. Looking at the Matchup Analysis tool in the NFL Stat Explorer, quarterbacks against Cincinnati are averaging a QB5 ranking, and it’s getting more favorable for opposing quarterbacks by the week.

The Bengals are allowing 8.34 yards per attempt on the season, making Minshew a high-floor, low-end QB1 in Week 7.

Strength of Schedule Streaming App – Week 7

Check out the Strength of Schedule Streaming tool for more options and the opportunity to look for multi-week plays. This is Week 7.

Image Credit: Joshua Sarner/Icon Sportswire. Pictured: Sam Darnold.

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