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Fantasy Football QB1 Primer: Week 7 (2021)

by Matt Barbato | @realmattbarbato | Featured Writer
Oct 22, 2021
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The QB1 Primer is back, taking you through the position to find the best plays each week. Week 6 is in the books, so before we begin the Week 7 primer, let’s take a look back at last week’s calls.

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Week 6 Recap

Mid-Range QB1 Picks 

Matthew Stafford : QB4 in Week 6

Jalen Hurts : QB5 in Week 6

Week 6 was a strong week for our mid-range QBs, as both of our calls finished in the top 5.

Streaming Options

Taylor Heinicke : QB24 in Week 6

Davis Mills : QB27 in Week 6

Trevor Lawrence : QB16 in Week 6

Mac Jones : QB17 in Week 6

Ben Roethlisberger : QB23 in Week 6

Funny enough, I wrote that the streaming options in Week 6 were more appealing than the mid-range options. This week was proof that quality is still better than quantity.

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Week 7 Mid-Range Passers with QB1 Upside

Aaron Rodgers vs. Washington 

Rodgers has a chance to finish as the QB1 overall this week. The Washington Football Team defense has taken a step back from last season’s performance. Washington has given up the most passing yards in the league and allows the most fantasy points to opposing QBs. The only concern is Rodgers, and the Packers could blow Washington out early, potentially reducing Rodgers’ upside.

Ryan Tannehill vs. Kansas City

We flopped with Heinicke last week, and we could flop again with Tannehill. But Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs will put up points, and I suspect Tannehill will have to throw effectively to keep up. Kansas City is giving up the second-most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs this week.

Matt Ryan at Miami

Matty Ice scares me here. The Falcons are coming off a bye, and the Dolphins are coming off a loss in London. Miami’s defense is allowing 21 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks this year. The Falcons’ offense seems to have some momentum, and Calvin Ridley will be back. There are no excuses for Ryan. He should finish as a QB1.

Streaming Options

Tua Tagovailoa vs. Atlanta 

Despite the speculation, Deshaun Watson is not coming to Miami. And rumors be damned, I liked what I saw from Tua in his return game against the Jaguars last week. Now, he’ll go up against a Falcons defense, allowing the third-most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs.

Justin Fields vs. Tampa Bay 

This is risky, and I’d only roll with Fields if you’re desperate. But the matchup against a banged-up Buccaneers secondary is a juicy one. I have no faith in Matt Nagy to trust his quarterback and let him try to take advantage. But if he does, he’ll go against the sixth-most generous defense for quarterbacks.

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