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October 19, 2007

WEEK 7 QB RANKINGS


For those fortunate enough to have drafted Tom Brady (like we did) in your fantasy football league this season, you'll be happy to know that he once again (surprise, surprise) tops our list of the best QBs to start in Week 7. As always, make sure to check those injury reports for any last minute changes to your fantasy roster.

1. Tom Brady
(NE) – He is hands down the best QB option out there. Brady will likely dissect the Dolphins secondary with ease and continue on his blistering pace. He is a no brainer for your fantasy line up.
2. Tony Romo (DAL) – He is matched up against the NFL’s worst pass defense. Romo will be going to the air early and often. Start him with an abundance of confidence.
3. Carson Palmer (CIN) – He should have little trouble shredding a very poor Jets secondary. Palmer is a lock for week 7.
4. Peyton Manning (IND) – Manning has had his share of difficulties with the Jaguars in the past, so do not expect one of his better outings. He is still a must start and should provide a solid stat line.
5. Matt Hasselbeck (SEA) – He has a long history of toasting the Rams secondary, and this year’s version of the Rams defense is even more vulnerable than in years past. Hasselbeck is a logical and smart start for week 7.
6. Donovan McNabb (PHI) – We anticipate that McNabb will have another strong game in week 7. He faces a beat up Bears secondary which ranks 23rd against the pass. If you have him, start him.
7. Drew Brees (NO) – All signs point to this offense being back on track. Brees has an impressive history against the Falcons, and should have a nice game. You should have him in your starting line up this week.
8. Eli Manning (NYG) – He will face a middle of the road 49er pass defense this week. Manning should find the end zone at least a couple of times this week, but he is also likely to throw a pick or 2. Expect an overall solid performance from Eli as your starting QB.
9. Jeff Garcia (TB) – He continues to impress with his intelligent and efficient play. Garcia is not typically a top fantasy performer, but that is likely to change this week against the Lions 30th ranked pass defense. He makes for a high level fantasy starter, at least for this week. At worst, he will not hurt you.
10. Jon Kitna (DET) – Kitna looks to rebound after one of his worst performances ever in the Washington game. He will face Tampa Bay’s 8th ranked pass defense, and things will not come easy. He will likely have a decent game, but there is always a high probability for interceptions with this guy. Kitna should be worth the gamble as your starting QB this week.
11. Jason Campbell (WAS) – He continues to improve and impress. Campbell should have a quality game against a Cardinal pass D prone to giving up TD’s through the air. He is a nice option for week 7.
12. Chad Pennington (NYJ) – Pennington continues to find opposing db’s more than he does the end zone, but we like his chances this week against one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL. He is a decent start this week at Cincinnati.
13. David Garrard (JAC) – He continues to exceed expectations week in and week out, improving his fantasy stock dramatically. Garrard will face the Colts 3rd ranked pass defense, so nothing will come easy. He is a little risky this week, but he has yet to disappoint so far.
14. Vince Young (TEN) – His chances for taking the field this week do not look great, but he may suck it up for a rivalry game in his home town. If Young is able to strap it up, he should have a nice game. He looked great in both meetings last season against Houston, and will likely be fired up to perform well in front of his hometown crowd. If he is healthy, Young is worth a look for your starting line up this week. (Check injury report: quadriceps)
15. Matt Schaub (HOU) – You will likely see Schaub go to the air early and often against the Titans this week. The Titans rank first in the NFL against the run, so it only makes sense for Houston to throw the ball a lot. The results will probably be mixed, but you could do worse than Schaub this week.
16. Kyle Boller (BAL) – He will get the staring nod this week at Buffalo. Boller has been decent in mop up duty for Steve McNair this season, and this weeks match up against the Bills 31st ranked pass defense looks promising. He makes for a quality fill in starter this week.
17. Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) – Big Ben has been pretty solid and efficient throughout the’07 season. He should be pretty quiet this week as the Steelers will be facing Denver’s top ranked pass D. Pittsburgh will likely spend much of the game running the ball, so Roethlisberger is not a great option for week 7.
18. Damon Huard (KC) – He is coming off of a very solid week 6, and has played well in two out of his last three games. Huard faces a pretty average Raiders pass defense, but is probably a bye week replacement at best, as the Chiefs will likely look more to their ground game this week.
19. Brian Griese (CHI) – He is slowly improving and put up some impressive numbers last week, but they came against an awful pass defense. This week at Philadelphia should prove to be more challenging, and Griese is not a safe start for week 7.
20. Marc Bulger (STL) – He appears to be over his injury and ready to jump back into the starting line up. Bulger is looking at a pretty good match up this week against the Seahawks, but this offense is still a mess, and he is has yet to prove that he still belongs among the elite fantasy QB’s. Bulger may be worth the gamble if you are extremely needy, but we do not recommend using him at this time.
21. Jay Cutler (DEN) – Cutler has been less than impressive this season, and his numbers seem to fade more and more each week. This week he is matched up against the NFL’s top ranked overall defense and a monster pass rush. This is a great week to leave Cutler on the bench.
22. Daunte Culpepper (OAK) – He was far from spectacular last week, and faces a hefty challenge in the form of a solid Chiefs pass defense. Culpepper might get you a few points, but we suggest looking at other options for your starting QB.
23. Cleo Lemon (MIA) – He was not half bad in his Dolphins starting debut. Lemon found the end zone 4 times last week, but did throw 2 picks and a number of incompletions. This week does not bode well for him as he lost his top WR to a trade, and he will be matched up against the Patriots defense. If you have the luxury, and you should, sit him this week.
24. Trent Edwards (BUF) – Edwards will get the starting nod for at least 1 more week. He has done an admirable job to this point considering what he has to work with, but he will be facing a tough Ravens defense this week. He should remain on your bench for week 7.
25. Byron Leftwich (ATL) – Apparently, Leftwich will be the Falcons starting QB when the team heads to New Orleans this week. The match up against the Saints is pretty good, but Leftwich is still new to this offense, and looked awful in mop up duty versus the Titans a couple of weeks ago. He is way too risky to start at this point.

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