The season has progressed quickly, and we’re now to one of the most difficult bye weeks for the quarterback position. We’ll dive into missing guys below, but all those idle stars and depth options make the middle portion of our Week 7 fantasy QB rankings more important than ever. Streamers and sleepers will be counted on to deliver this week, so we’re here to help you decide who to start.
Justin Herbert, Dak Prescott, Josh Allen, Kirk Cousins, Trevor Lawrence, and Ben Roethlisberger are out of action this week because of byes. That’s a nice chunk of fantasy studs and potential matchup-based streamers, so some fantasy owners might be scrambling.
Consistent QB1s Jalen Hurts (@ Raiders) and Tom Brady (vs. Bears) have some of the tougher matchups this week, but we can’t reasonably say they should be benched. Both have produced more often than not this year. Hurts is the only QB in the league that has been a QB1 in every game this season, so don’t worry about him — regardless of how ugly he can look at times.
We love Joe Burrow (@ Ravens), Ryan Tannehill (vs. Chiefs), and Jameis Winston (@ Seahawks this week. Baltimore’s, Seattle’s, and Kansas City’s defenses have given up huge games to quarterbacks this year. We won’t call Burrow or Tannehill streamers because they are heavily owned, but Tannehill should enjoy his best week of the season here after being a borderline QB2 so far this season.
Teddy Bridgewater (@ Browns) and Justin Fields (vs. Buccaneers) have favorable matchups on paper in Week 7, but they are riskier than the guys mentioned above. The Browns had given up the fifth-most fantasy points to QBs heading into Week 6 (then got torched by Kyler Murray), but Murray, Justin Herbert, and Patrick Mahomes are the guys who inflated their numbers. The elite quarterbacks are often matchup proof, but Bridgewater is not. That said, he’s a tricky guy to evaluate this week.
If the Bears open up their offense, it could be a boom week for Fields. Tampa has been a bottom-10 defense against QBs, but Chicago’s coaching staff hasn’t allowed Fields to be a factor on the ground yet. This could be the week he breaks out…or he could continue to do next to nothing. We have Taylor Heinicke (@ Packers), Tua Tagovailoa (vs. Falcons), Sam Darnold (@ Giants), the emerging Carson Wentz (@ 49ers), and Jimmy Garoppolo (vs. Colts) ranked ahead of those guys because they’ve been a little more consistent. If you’re willing to go for a higher ceiling and lower floor, than try your luck with someone like Fields. Ultimately, it’s stacking up to be a solid week for streamer QBs with a lot of favorable matchups.
Daniel Jones (vs. Panthers), Jared Goff (@ Rams), and Baker Mayfield (vs. Broncos) have all been produced in at least one game this year, but they face brutal matchups this week. Jones can be started over some of the fringe streamers because of his rushing ability, but he has bust potential against a strong Panthers’ D. It’s always fun to play a guy facing his former team, but we can’t project Goff to have success in his revenge game against the Rams. Mayfield has only had one good fantasy showing this season, and Denver’s secondary will keep him and his banged-up pass-catchers in check.
Again, we lucked out with a lot of solid matchups from streamer QBs, so you have a chance of surviving this week with so many studs out of commission.
Fantasy QB Rankings Week 7: Who to start at quarterback
Rankings are based on standard, four-point passing TD formats.