Two Quarterback Rankings: Week 7
October 21, 2015 | Chet
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Consistency is key. Last season, it’s what made Ryan Tannehill a top ten quarterback. While as of right now he may not be in that tier, he’s been one of the more consistent options in fantasy football. Originally aided by a coach who refused to run the ball, Tannehill was throwing the ball 43 times a game to start the season. Before the coaching change, he had three straight games of two touchdowns, and threw for another two after, but on only 29 attempts. It appears the Dolphins now realize that they need balance to their offense in order to keep Tannehill efficient and effective.
Against a defense that hasn’t allowed an overwhelming amount of yardage through the air, but a high amount of passing touchdowns, look for the Dolphins to build off of last week’s performance. The Texans haven’t been much better against the run (109 yards per game), so the game plan here should be to maintain a balanced attack. Tannehill certainly hasn’t suffered from passing options, but he has suffered from lack of rhythm on offense. Only running the ball 97 times on the season (roughly 19 times per game), Miami can only improve on offense. Last season, the team finished 22nd in rushing attempts, so even a slight increase should aid Tannehill here.
I believe this is the beginning of a turnaround for the Dolphins’ offense. With the defense playing better and balance restored on offense, Tannehill should be able to keep up with last year’s numbers, if not improve given his improved supporting cast. Tannehill should perform as a solid QB1 with upside if he can limit the turnovers.
Quarterbacks on Bye: Aaron Rodgers, Andy Dalton, Jay Cutler, Peyton Manning
- Carson Palmer (vs BAL) – His yardage may suffer if they get out in front early, but he’s still very capable of having a three TD game.
- Philip Rivers (vs OAK) – With at least 350 yards and multiple scores in three straight games, he’s the hottest quarterback in the league.
- Russell Wilson (@ SF) – He’s typically struggled against them in his career, but we live in a different world. A world where the 49ers are giving up the third most points to quarterbacks.
- Tom Brady (vs NYJ) – The Jets are giving up fewer than 200 yards a game to quarterbacks, but both teams know that Brady is the only shot they have at winning.
- Blake Bortles (vs BUF) – Blake Bortles is currently your QB4. I repeat, Blake Bortles is currently your QB4. He’s thrown for 634 yards and a whopping seven touchdowns in his last two games.
- Cam Newton (vs PHI) – Cam is pretty much matchup proof this season as he tears through every opponent he faces.
- Andrew Luck (vs NO) – Last week we finally saw what we’ve been looking for all year. Look for him to get rolling against one of the worst defenses in the league.
- Drew Brees (@ IND) – He’s thrown for at least 300 yards in all but one game, but has only topped 20 points just once. We can only hope the touchdowns will come.
- Matt Ryan (@ TEN) – The Titans have been surprisingly solid against opposing quarterbacks, but Ryan has been as dependable as they come.
- Tyrod Taylor (@ JAX) – If he plays, plug him in. It’s as simple as that. The Jaguars just gave up a huge day to Brian Hoyer.
- Eli Manning (vs DAL) – He’s coming off of a rough outing and only put up 10 points on them in week one, but I like him at home off of a tough loss on MNF.
- Ben Roethlisberger (@ KC) – If he plays, I like his chances as Kansas City couldn’t stop a leaky faucet at the moment (fourth most points allowed to quarterbacks).
Fringe QB1s/High End QB2s:
- Ryan Tannehill (@ HOU) – The Texans are tied for the second most passing touchdowns allowed, and aside from the two interceptions, Tannehill played well last week.
- Ryan Fitzpatrick (@ NE) – He’s thrown for multiple scores in four out of five games and hasn’t scored less than 14 points so far. He’s quietly shaping up to be a high end QB2 and gets NE, OAK, JAX, and BUF.
- Joe Flacco (@ ARI) – A tough matchup on the road, but the volume should be there; he’s thrown no fewer than 32 times in each game this year.
- Alex Smith (vs PIT) – Without Jamaal Charles against a stout run defense, this game sets up nicely for Alex Smith.
- Matthew Stafford (vs MIN) – Given the matchup last week, he performed as he should have. Now let’s see him put together two solid games in a row in a much more difficult matchup.
- Teddy Bridgewater (@ DET) – Detroit is a plus matchup for opposing quarterbacks, but Bridgewater hasn’t thrown for more than one touchdown in a game and is clearly second fiddle to AP in terms of moving the ball for the Vikings.
- Brian Hoyer (vs MIA) – It’s about time the quarterback rotation is put to rest. Unfortunately, Miami is a much more difficult matchup than Jacksonville (seventh fewest points to quarterbacks).
- Sam Bradford (@ CAR) – Carolina is not a good matchup for someone who’s had trouble with turnovers. I’d avoid him here unless you absolutely need him.
- Nick Foles (vs CLE) – Foles is a sneaky play against a reeling Browns defense. In a position where he can be more of a game manager, less pressure on him is better.
- Jameis Winston (@ WAS) – Washington has been tough, but as the Jets showed last week, they can most definitely be had.
Only If You’re Desperate:
- Kirk Cousins (vs TB) – After improving to start the year, he’s regressed terribly over his last two starts. He now has four multi-INT games along with zero multi-TD games.
- Derek Carr (@ SD) – He’s cooled off after his back to back stellar games against the Ravens and Browns, with a combined 22 points over his last two games.
- Josh McCown (@ STL) – He’s turning back into a pumpkin just in time for Halloween. He now gets a Rams defense that forced three turnovers from Aaron Rodgers.
- Colin Kaepernick (vs SEA) – This is all you need to know about starting Kap this week.
- Matt Cassel (@ NYG) – Even if Dez returns, his upside is limited as he’ll have a lack of chemistry with his current supporting cast.
- Zach Mettenberger (vs ATL) – Signs are pointing to Mariota sitting, but this isn’t a good spot for him unless the Titans involve DGB more downfield.
- Landry Jones (@ KC) – If Big Ben sits, he’s a total wild card. They scored on his four possessions, but he’s at times looked like a quarterback who doesn’t belong in the NFL.