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Fantasy Football: Week 7 quarterback rankings

By Alex Butler
Fantasy Football: Week 7 quarterback rankings
Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) throws while under pressure from the Pittsburgh Steelers defense during the first half of play on October 14 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. Photo by John Sommers II/UPI | License Photo

Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Patrick Mahomes is my No. 1 quarterback for Week 7 of the 2018 fantasy football season. The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback tops my top five, which also includes Jared Goff, Matt Ryan, Tom Brady and Andy Dalton.

Cam Newton, Carson Wentz, Kirk Cousins, Andrew Luck and Jameis Winston are also included in the top 10 of my Week 7 quarterback rankings.

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Aaron Rodgers, Derek Carr, Ben Roethlisberger and Russell Wilson should be removed from Week 7 lineups as their teams are serving byes.

My rankings this week include some upward trending players and some guys to avoid, despite the pool being watered down.

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Here are my top 20 options at the position this week.

TOP 20 WEEK 7 RANKINGS BELOW

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TOP SHELF

Mahomes leads the league with 18 passing scores against just four interceptions. The MVP candidate has thrown for at least 300 yards in each of his last five games. He also averaged three touchdown passes per game and has two rushing scores. You don't need any more reasons to start Mahomes, but he has a great matchup in Week 7 against the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bengals are allowing the seventh-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. Mahomes could be a matchup winner in Week 7.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) is pressured by New England Patriots defensive end Adrian Clayborn (94) and defensive lineman Malcolm Butler (70) on a pass in the second quarter on October 14 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Photo by Matthew Healey/UPI

Goff and the Los Angeles Rams should roll over the San Francisco 49ers in Week 7. The Rams gunslinger did not throw a touchdown pass in Week 6 for the first time this season. He also completed just 14 passes against the Denver Broncos. I'm expecting a big rebound for my No. 2 quarterback for Week 7 against the 49ers, a unit allowing the sixth-most fantasy points to opposing passers.

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SNEAKY PLAYS

Dalton is my No. 5 quarterback for Week 7 with a matchup against the Chiefs, a unit that has allowed the most passing yards in the league. The Chiefs are also allowing the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. The Cincinnati Bengals gunslinger has thrown multiple touchdown passes in five of his six starts this season. He has also thrown at least 40 passes in four of his last five starts. I expect the Bengals to be airing it out in this matchup while trying to keep pace with Mahomes and the Chiefs' offense.

Cleveland Browns rookie Baker Mayfield lands at No. 13 in my weekly rankings, meaning he can be used as a streaming starter if you are in a pinch. Mayfield has at least 40 passing attempts in each of his last three games. I expect another similar performance in Week 7 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a unit allowing the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. The Buccaneers are also tied with the Atlanta Falcons for allowing a league-high 16 passing scores.

LONGSHOTS

Baltimore Ravens veteran Joe Flacco is another streaming candidate in deeper leagues. The Ravens quarterback has really been airing it out this season and has a Week 7 matchup against the New Orleans Saints, a unit allowing the third-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. Flacco lands at No. 14 in my weekly rankings.

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RANKNAMETEAMOPPONENT
1Patrick MahomesKansas City Chiefsvs. CIN
2Jared GoffLos Angeles Ramsat SF
3Matt RyanAtlanta Falconsvs. NYG
4Tom BradyNew England Patriotsat CHI
5Andy DaltonCincinnati Bengalsat KC
6Cam NewtonCarolina Panthersat PHI
7Carson WentzPhiladelphia Eagles vs. CAR
8Kirk CousinsMinnesota Vikingsat NYJ
9Andrew LuckIndianapolis Coltsvs. BUF
10Jameis WinstonTampa Bay Buccaneersvs. CLE
11Drew BreesNew Orleans Saintsat BAL
12Philip RiversLos Angeles Chargersvs. TEN
13Baker MayfieldCleveland Brownsat TB
14Joe FlaccoBaltimore Ravensvs. NO
15Deshaun WatsonHouston Texansat JAX
16Matthew StaffordDetroit Lionsat MIA
17Eli ManningNew York Giantsat ATL
18Mitchell TrubiskyChicago Bearsvs. NE
19C.J. BeathardSan Francisco 49ersvs. LAR
20Blake BortlesJacksonville Jaguarsvs. HOU

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is my No. 17 option for Week 7. Manning has a matchup against the Falcons, who are allowing the second-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. I expect multiple touchdown passes and at least 250 passing yards from Manning in this spot. He is a dart-throw streaming option in Week 7.

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