In Week 7, Josh Allen, Justin Herbert, Dak Prescott, and Kirk Cousins are all on a bye. What's worse is that some of last week's top options have difficult matchups. It's really tough to trust Joe Burrow against the Ravens or Carson Wentz at San Francisco.
Thankfully, at the beginning of the week, we had Matt Ryan at below 70% ownership. As of Friday morning, that ship has sailed. If you have Ryan, start him with confidence. If not, look for the quarterback he's facing, Tua Tagovailoa.
Tagovailoa is now rostered in 68% of leagues, so he's just above the threshold we use for waiver wire adds. He's also a top-10 quarterback this week coming off a 319-yard performance against Jacksonville. Before you dismiss that effort because of the opponent, remember that the Falcons have been even worse against quarterbacks. Three of the five quarterbacks they've faced have topped 30 Fantasy points.
If Ryan and Tagovailoa are both unavailable, my third choice would have been Teddy Bridgewater, and his Thursday night performance was fine, all things considered. But that does not help you now. I do have some deeper options below.
Let's get to the rest of the Week 7 preview:
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Week 7 QB Preview
Numbers to know
- 3.3% -- Patrick Mahomes has a career-high 3.3% interception rate.
- 40.2% -- Jalen Hurts has a 40.2% share of the Eagles' rush attempts, by far the highest mark in the league for a quarterback.
- 79.7 -- Sam Darnold's passer rating in 2021. His career passer rating is 78.7. The rushing touchdown mirage is fading fast.
- 44.5 -- 44-year-old Tom Brady is averaging more than 44 pass attempts per game.
- 9.2 -- Matthew Stafford is averaging a career-best 9.2 yards per attempt. It's unlikely the Lions slow him down.
- 341 -- Derek Carr has thrown for at least 341 yards in four of his six starts.
Matchups that matter
Waiver Wire Targets
NO New Orleans • #2
Age: 27 • Experience: 7 yrs.
Volume is something you can't count on from Winston; he hasn't thrown more than 30 passes all season. But his matchup against Seattle is the type that could lead to extremely high efficiency.
Daniel Jones QB
NYG N.Y. Giants • #8
Age: 24 • Experience: 3 yrs.
I only include Jones because so many people could be desperate for a starting quarterback. I don't like him near as much as Winston or Tagovailoa, but we can't be picky in Week 7.
SF San Francisco • #10
Age: 30 • Experience: 8 yrs.
Opponents have had far more success through the air versus the Colts defense than on the ground. And I would anticipate Kyle Shanahan having his team well schemed up coming out of a bye. It also helps Garoppolo that he won't lose snaps to Trey Lance, who isn't playing this week.
Cam Newton QB
CAR Carolina • #1
Age: 32 • Experience: 11 year
In very deep leagues, or two-quarterback leagues, Newton needs to be added. Pete Carroll has confirmed that the team has spoken with Newton and the veteran quarterback would be very interesting with both DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett to throw to.
Tom Brady QB
TB Tampa Bay • #12
Age: 44 • Experience: 21 year
For all the talk about running quarterbacks, if a guy is going to throw it more than 40 times a game to Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Antonio Brown, he's an elite Fantasy quarterback.
Even after Tagovailoa threw for more than 300 yards in Week 6, the talk seemed to be about how much better Trevor Lawrence played, when their stats were very similar. A lot of people seem to have written off the second-year quarterback, which will hopefully keep his roster rate low in a great matchup.
So who should you start and sit this week? And which surprising quarterback could lead you to victory? Visit SportsLine now to get Week 7 rankings for every position, plus see which QB is going to come out of nowhere to crack the top 10, all from the model that has out-performed experts big-time.