Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings: QB/RB


Tim Tebow

The NFL trade deadline is usually the most boring of all the major sports, but that wasn’t the case this week. Some big trades not only changed the fortunes of some NFL teams, but the fantasy football landscape. Are your ready for the changes?

Teams on bye week: Buffalo, Cincinnati, New England, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco



Could Impress: Aaron Rodgers. Let’s just re-name this the ‘Will Impress’ section. Usually I write about an under the radar guy here, but it’s time to give props to Rodgers. He has yet to put up less than 21 points and has been the top fantasy player so far this year. Simply put, we haven’t seen a fantasy football season like this in some time.

Could Disappoint: Matt Ryan. His subpar fantasy season will continue into the bye week. Detroit has been the fourth-best team against fantasy quarterbacks and the defensive line should have a field day against a beat up Falcons offensive line.

Keep an eye on: Carson Palmer. It took all of 12 hours after acquiring him for the Raiders to name him as the starter. He’s got a big arm and Oakland likes to air it out. He has not taken a meaningful snap in 10 months, so don’t play him right away. But with matchups against Chicago, Miami, Green Bay and Kansas City awaiting him at the end of the year, he could be a big addition for down the road.

Injury Replacement: Tim Tebow. He’ll get you fantasy points with his legs, and faces a Miami team that his hemorrhaging fantasy points to opposing QBs. There will be plenty of bumps in the road, but Tebow is a good play this week.

QB Rankings

1. Aaron Rodgers GB (@ Minnesota)

2. Drew Brees NO (vs. Indianapolis)

3. Matthew Stafford DET (vs. Atlanta)

4. Ben Roethlisberger PIT (@ Arizona)

5. Philip Rivers SD (@ New York Jets)

6. Tony Romo DAL (vs. St. Louis)

7. Cam Newton CAR (vs. Washington)

8. Matt Schaub HOU (@ Tennessee)

9. Josh Freeman TB (vs. Chicago)

10. Joe Flacco BAL (@ Jacksonville)

11. Jay Cutler CHI (@ Tampa Bay)

12. Matt Ryan ATL (@ Detroit)

13. Matt Hasselbeck TEN (vs. Houston)

14. Tim Tebow DEN (@ Miami)

15. Matt Cassel KC (@ Oakland)

16. Sam Bradford STL (@ Dallas)

17. Colt McCoy CLE (vs. Seattle)

18. Kevin Kolb ARI (vs. Pittsburgh)

19. Carson Palmer OAK (vs. Kansas City)

20. Curtis Painter IND (@ New Orleans)

21. Mark Sanchez NYJ (vs. San Diego)

22. John Beck WAS (@ Carolina)

23. Matt Moore MIA (vs. Denver)

24. Charlie Whitehurst SEA (@ Cleveland)

25. Christian Ponder MIN (vs. Green Bay)


A big week is in store for Mathews


Running Backs

Could Impress: Ryan Mathews. Don’t be deterred about the matchup against the Jets. New York B has allowed more rushing scores than anyone in the league this season. The only question is the health of Mathews calf, but coming off a bye, he should be good to go.

Could Disappoint: James Starks. He’s seeing more action than Ryan Grant, but the second-year back has had a backslide after a relatively good start. He’s only put up ten points in the past two weeks, and the Vikings have a top-5 rush defense. This might be the week to consider benching Starks.

Keep an eye on: Montario Hardesty. If Peyton Hillis’ hamstring sidelines him this week, Hardesty will get the bulk of the carries Sunday. Even if Hillis can go, the coaches will still give Hardesty plenty of playing time.

Injury Replacement:  DeMarco Murray. The Oklahoma product will get the first crack at filling in for Felix Jones. The Rams have given up the fourth most rushing yards to opposing teams, so Murray should at least see around 15 carries and 70 yards.


RB Rankings

1. Darren McFadden OAK (vs. Kansas City)

2. Ray Rice BAL (@ Jacksonville)

3. Adrian Peterson MIN (vs. Green Bay)

4. Matt Forte CHI (@ Tampa Bay)

5. Arian Foster HOU (@ Tennessee)

6. Rashard Mendenhall PIT (@ Arizona)

7. Michael Turner ATL (@ Detroit)

8. Ryan Mathews SD (@ New York Jets)

9. Maurice Jones-Drew JAX (vs. Baltimore)

10. Steven Jackson STL (@ Dallas)

11. Chris Johnson TEN (vs. Houston)

12. Beanie Wells ARI (vs. Pittsburgh)

13. Earnest Graham TB (vs. Chicago)

14. Daniel Thomas MIA (vs. Denver)

15. Willis McGahee DEN (@ Miami)

16. Darren Sproles NO (vs. Indianapolis)

17. Jackie Battle KC (@ Oakland)

18. Shonn Greene NYJ (vs. San Diego)

19. Mark Ingram NO (vs. Indianapolis)

20. DeAngelo Williams CAR (vs. Washington)

21. Ryan Torain WAS (@ Carolina)

22. James Starks GB (@ Minnesota)

23. DeMarco Murray DAL (vs. St. Louis)

24. Marshawn Lynch SEA (@ Cleveland)

25. Delone Carter IND (@ New Orleans)

26. Mike Tolbert SD (@ New York Jets)

27. Montario Hardesty CLE (vs. Seattle)

28. Jonathan Stewart CAR (vs. Washington)

29. Pierre Thomas NO (vs. Indianapolis)

30. Jahvid Best DET (vs. Atlanta)

31. Maurice Morris DET (vs. Atlanta)

32. Ryan Grant GB (@ Minnesota)

33. Peyton Hillis CLE (vs. Seattle)

34. Ben Tate HOU (@ Tennessee)

35. Michael Bush OAK (vs. Kansas City)

36. Tashard Choice DAL (vs. St. Louis)

37. Knowshon Moreno DEN (@ Miami)

38. Donald Brown IND (@ New Orleans)

39. Thomas Jones KC (@ Oakland)

40. LaDainian Tomlinson NYJ (vs. San Diego)

41. Reggie Bush MIA (vs. Denver)

42. Tim Hightower WAS (@ Carolina)

43. Roy Helu WAS (@ Carolina)

44. Marion Barber CHI (@ Tampa Bay)

45. Isaac Redman PIT (@ Arizona)

46. Dexter McCluster KC (@ Oakland)

47. Ricky Williams BAL (@ Jacksonville)

48. Justin Forsett SEA (@ Cleveland)

49. Derrick Ward, HOU (@ Tennessee)

50. Chris Ogbonnaya CLE (vs. Seattle)


Stephen Kelley is a contributor at The Sports Bank where he covers Fantasy Sports and Pro Drafts. You can follow him on Twitter @stephen_tsb.

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