The List: Ranking Each Position for Week 7

Erik Smith releases his PPR fantasy football rankings for Week 7.

QB Rankings


  • The strong starter tier is relatively locked in at this point for the quarterback position, and Jalen Hurts finds himself squarely in the middle of that tier. Hurts’ worst weekly finish was his 22 point QB10 finish in Week 2 against San Francisco, and his QB5 ranking on a point per game basis puts him above Lamar Jackson, Justin Herbert, and Dak Prescott for the year. And this is despite the fact that Hurts has thrown for less than 200 yards in half of his games in 2021. Add in that Hurts has thrown the second-most interceptable balls this year according to FantasyData, trailing only Ben Roethlisberger, and there are certainly some concerns for his long-term outlook in the NFL. But from a fantasy perspective, Hurts is racking up the points on the ground, contributing seven or more rushing attempts in every game, totaling 300 yards rushing on the season, and scoring 5 rushing touchdowns, including four in the past two weeks combined. The Raiders have been solid against fantasy quarterbacks on the season, but their schedule has also included Jacoby Brissett, Justin Fields, Teddy Bridgewater, and Roethlisberger among the first six games. Hurts is locked in as an every-week must-play at quarterback, and makes the cover of The List in Week 7.


  • Let’s not give up on Sam Darnold just yet, as he faces a Giants defense that has allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks on the year. Sure, Darnold has regressed from his hot start, but he’s still rushed for five touchdowns on the season and added 48 rushing yards last week in a loss to the Vikings. There are certainly causes for concern, and he’s a risky play in Week 7. But with byes and injuries upon us, Darnold does at least provide a glimmer of upside among the usual QB streamer crowd.


  • Despite the doom and gloom surrounding the Dolphins after last week’s loss to the Jaguars, Tua Tagovailoa looked pretty good for a young quarterback playing in his first game back from injury. Miami let him throw 47 times and outside of a couple of bad misses, Tua ran the offense well. He even chipped in 22 rushing yards on three carries, helping him to a QB10 finish. Atlanta is the fifth-best defense for a quarterback to play so far this year for fantasy purposes, and the Dolphins defense is allowing points at a rate that should force Miami into plenty of shootouts for the rest of the way. Both Tua and his opponent, Matt Ryan, are solid streaming options this week and should provide a relatively safe floor in this messy bye-week heavy Week 7.


Green=Strong Starter, Yellow=Solid Starter, Red=Look for Better Options


Week 7 QB Rankings

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