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Fantasy football rankings, Week 7: Quarterbacks

Four good fantasy quarterbacks are off this week. Check our Week 7 quarterback rankings to help set your lineup.

Bye weeks are hitting us hard this week. The Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers will all be missing from action, and with them some prominent starting quarterbacks.

Jay Cutler has come back from injury to post three really strong weeks. The week off should give him even more time for rest and recuperation. Andy Dalton continues to have a great season. He has passed for at least two touchdowns in five of his six starts this season. The balance of their schedule is a mixed bag, which may cause concern down the stretch. Peyton Manning has been pretty disappointing to all of his fantasy owners. I can't see much improvement in his numbers as we approach November and December. Then we have Aaron Rodgers, who has been everything we could have asked for. I don't see much changing for him unless a major injury happens.

We got our first chance to see Landry Jones in Week 6 and it was a very good showing. He made great use of the Steelers' skill position weapons. It looks like he'll be starting this week against the Chiefs. Kansas City has a poor secondary, which could mean another great week for Jones, making him a viable bye week replacement. It doesn't make sense for the Steelers to rush Big Ben back to the lineup, and Vick hasn't had the success that Jones showcased.

Marcus Mariota will probably miss Week 7 with a knee injury. He almost finished the game in Week 6, but again the smart thing to do may be to take a week and re-evaluate. Zach Mettenberger will get the start if Mariota can't go. Mettenberger has great quarterback skills, but you're probably better off going with another choice this week.

The quarterback that I'm going to grab off the wire as a bye week replacement is Ryan Fitzpatrick. He has good skill position players to throw to in Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker, while the running game has been able to take pressure off and create a balanced attack for the Jets thus far. And this week they face the Patriots, a team that doesn't have the strongest secondary. Fitzpatrick has thrown multiple touchdowns in four of his five games and the offense seems tailormade for him this year. I'm confident he'll continue his strong play in Week 7.

Quarterbacks, Week 7

(DK: Daniel Kelley; DC: Dan Ciarrocchi; AM: Andrew Miller; SK: Scott Kaliska. Chicago, Cincinnati, Denver, Green Bay are on bye)

Rk Consensus Tm Opp. DK DC AM SK
1 Carson Palmer ARI BAL 2 1 3 1
2 Tom Brady NE NYJ 1 4 1 3
2 Andrew Luck IND NO 3 2 2 2
4 Philip Rivers SD OAK 5 3 6 4
5 Cam Newton CAR PHI 6 6 5 5
6 Matt Ryan ATL @TEN 7 7 4 7
7 Drew Brees NO @IND 10 5 7 6
8 Eli Manning NYG DAL 4 9 8 8
9 Russell Wilson SEA @SF 8 8 10 9
10 Tyrod Taylor BUF JAC (London) 9 12 11 14
11 Blake Bortles JAC BUF (London) 14 10 13 10
12 Ryan Fitzpatrick NYJ @NE 11 19 9 13
13 Matthew Stafford DET MIN 16 11 15 11
14 Ryan Tannehill MIA HOU 12 16 16 12
15 Josh McCown CLE @STL 15 14 14 17
16 Sam Bradford PHI @CAR 20 15 12 15
17 Brian Hoyer HOU @MIA 19 13 17 16
18 Derek Carr OAK @SD 21 18 19 19
19 Teddy Bridgewater MIN @DET 25 17 18 18
20 Joe Flacco BAL @ARI 18 21 20 22
21 Colin Kaepernick SF SEA 13 24 21 25
22 Jameis Winston TB @WAS 22 20 24 20
23 Landry Jones PIT @KC 17 25 23 23
24 Nick Foles STL CLE 24 22 22 21
25 Alex Smith KC PIT 23 -- 25 24
-- Kirk Cousins WAS TB -- 23 -- --

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