Six Fantasy Football QBs to Use During Week 7 Byes
Andrew Luck vs. Cleveland Browns
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is a rising star, having thrown for over 300 yards in three of his five games this year. The Cleveland Browns are one of the worst teams in the NFL at defending the pass, which includes six passing touchdowns in the past two games. That means Luck is in store for his biggest game of the season and it comes at a perfect time with four typical starters on byes.
Andy Dalton vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers' defense hasn't been very good against the pass recently and Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is hot. He has three games with over 300 yards and three touchdowns this year and the former TCU Horned Frogs star is angry after a loss to the lowly Browns. Expect a big day from Dalton, who is being scooped up quickly in many leagues this week.
Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Tennessee Titans
Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has been very inconsistent this year; he's had a game with 350 yards and four touchdowns and then had a game with 126 yards and no touchdowns the very next week. However, he's a viable fill-in for Week 7 fantasy owners in need of a passer. Fitzpatrick is up against a Tennessee Titans defense that has allowed more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than any other team in the NFL except for the…Bills. So basically you should start any offensive player you have on either team this week.
Carson Palmer vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
The Jacksonville Jaguars aren't in the top 10 teams who have given up the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this year, but they've been reeling as of late, giving up almost 900 yards and six touchdowns in their last three games. That means the Oakland Raiders' Carson Palmer is in for a big game after his 353-yard performance wasn't enough to beat the Falcons in Week 6. Expect 300 yards and at least two touchdown from Palmer against Jacksonville.
Matt Hasselbeck vs. Buffalo Bills
With starter Jake Locker injured, Titans backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck showed he still had some gas left in the tank by leading the team to a primetime victory over the Steelers. Fantasy-wise, Hasselbeck threw for 290 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Not bad for a guy who hasn't played this year. Locker is out again for Week 7, so Hasselbeck is a great fill-in against a Bills team that has allowed more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than any other team in the league.
Josh Freeman vs. New Orleans Saints
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman finished third in scoring at his position in Week 6 and has an even easier matchup this week in the New Orleans Saints, who have given up the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing passers this year. Freeman is very likely in for another 300-yard, three-touchdown performance.
Week 7 of the NFL season is an awful one for fantasy owners as countless studs and other starters are off. Specifically, four quarterbacks who are starters in most leagues are off, including the Atlanta Falcons‘ Matt Ryan, the Denver Broncos‘ Peyton Manning, the Philadelphia Eagles‘ Michael Vick and the San Diego Chargers‘ Philip Rivers.
Fantasy owners of any of these passers are in desperate need of a fill-in for Week 7 whether they’re trying to keep a lead in their league or just trying to stay alive in the playoff race. If they got lucky with Ryan or Manning in the middle to late rounds, they’re slightly panicking this week with those two studs off, but never fear – there are six quarterbacks who aren’t typical starters, but have excellent matchups this week. All six of them should be considered as bye week fill-ins for Week 7.
The best thing about these six players is they’ll likely be more than just one-week wonders for fantasy owners needing a fill-in. All six of these guys could be great sell-high candidates after their Week 7 performances, so fantasy owners who pick them up and start them may get double value out of them. So whether you just need a quarterback fill-in for Week 7 or you’re in need for some juicy trade bait, RantSports.com has you covered. Be sure to check out all the other news and advice for Week 7 of the 2012 fantasy football season while you’re here and check back each week for up-to-date coverage of everything fantasy-related all year long.