You'll notice from my Week 7 fantasy quarterback rankings, that I am not very high on Sam Darnold.
I thought this year would be different. He got out of the dungeon that was the Jets. Carolina had an above-average OL, some nifty receivers in DJ Moore and Darnold's familiar target Robby Anderson, and a running game led by stud Christian McCaffrey.
Yes, McCaffrey got injured. But CMac going down is no excuse for Darnold having now thrown six interceptions in his last nine quarters. And it's pretty simple, he's "trying to do too much." In the clip below from this past week's game, he manages to evade the rush but forces the pass to a covered receiver.
And you just can't do that on the first play of the game! Throw it out of bounds if necessary or just tuck it and run. Even a three-yard loss means you still have the ball on the second play of the game. But Darnold forced it, giving the Vikings the ball.
I bet on Darnold to win the Comeback Player of the Year entering this season and it looked like he had a good shot after the first couple of weeks. But since then he has become an also-ran for that honor. I hope he can right the ship. But for him to even sniff QB1 territory, he has to cut down on the dumb INTs and the possibility is not looking positive.
Darnold does have an appealing matchup this week against the Giants, so maybe he can turn things around. But proceed with caution, even in a week where fantasy managers are having to make do without Josh Allen, Dak Prescott, Justin Herbert, Kirk Cousins, and even Ben Roethlisberger or Trevor Lawrence.
NFL Quarterback Rankings: Week 7
Teams on bye: Buffalo, Dallas, Jacksonville, Los Angeles Chargers, Minnesota, Pittsburgh
— Rankings by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.