Peyton Manning may have had more turnovers than touchdowns last week, but that's not nearly enough to remove him from the top spot on Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 7 quarterback rankings. For one, even with the slight hiccup against the Jaguars, he's still the leading fantasy scorer this season by a wide margin. And while he may not come out and say it, don't you think he will be more than ready for Sunday's game in Indianapolis? If anything, the Broncos' lackadaisical effort last week may have just stoked Manning's fire more. Or was it Jim Irsay's comments?
Elsewhere, a couple of top fantasy quarterback options will have to get the job done with injury-wracked wide receiving corps. No one has been stung more in this department than Matt Ryan. Atlanta was on bye last week, but yet it felt like the team still lost. Julio Jones was placed on injured reserve because of a foot injury and Roddy White added a hamstring issue to the high ankle sprain that has turned him into a shell of his former WR1 self this season. White may not even play this week against Tampa Bay, so Ryan and the 1-4 Falcons will have to get the job done in the passing game with tight end Tony Gonzalez, Harry Douglas and a player to be named later.
Aaron Rodgers is also feeling Ryan's pain, as the Packers saw not one, but two of their top wide receivers leave last week's game early because of injury. James Jones was the first to go down with a shin/leg injury, which could keep him out this week at home against Cleveland. Next was Randall Cobb who took a hit from Matt Elam's helmet on his leg. Following the game, the injury was revealed to be a fractured fibula and the Packers placed their most dynamic weapon on the injured reserve/designated for return list. Cobb will miss a minimum of eight weeks, meaning the earliest he will be able to return to the field is Week 15. For now, Rodgers will turn to Jordy Nelson to carry the load, at least until Jones is back to 100 percent, along with an assist from tight end Jermichael Finley. Jarret Boykin figures to get the first shot at significant playing time opposite Nelson or in the three-wide sets, but if he can't get the job done, the Packers will probably try someone else.
Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any website can give you.
2013 NFL Week 7 Fantasy Football Rankings — Quarterbacks
Teams on bye: New Orleans, Oakland
Jags first team to hold No. 18 in check (2 TDs, 3 TOs).
The return of Superman? 4 total TDs last week.
Another big game coming? Eagles last vs. pass.
Injuries taking bite out of Rodgers' receiving corps.
Colts' WRs didn't give Luck much help on MNF (4 drops).
Jags did respectable job vs. Peyton, Broncos last week.
Had 4 TDs last week despite a hobbled Megatron.
Robert Griffin III
Can RG3 take advantage of struggling Bears D?
Has at least 21 fantasy points in all but 1 game so far.
Who will step up w/ Jones out and White hurting?
Brady at his best in game-winning drive vs. Saints.
at ARI (Thurs.)
Solid in first start - 296-3-0 and a rushing TD.
vs. MIN (Mon.)
Up to 15 INTs after three (incl. pick-six) vs. Bears.
Still has more turnovers (9) than total TDs (8).
Had best numbers yet (337-3-1) vs. Bills last week.
Texans No. 1 vs. pass, Smith had 128 yards last week.
Panthers third in total defense, 2nd in scoring.
Had the yards (303) last week, but 0 TDs and 2 INTs.
at NYG (Mon.)
Former Buc to make Vikings debut on MNF.
Sixth in yards (1,702), but 7 TDs and 8 INTs.
Rookie gets shot at Falcons' porous pass D.
vs. SEA (Thurs.)
Seahawks will pounce if Palmer not on his game.
Threw 3 INTs in Week 2 loss to Patriots.
Tough stretch for Titans O - vs. KC, at SEA, now SF.
Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points
Additional Week 7 Positional Rankings