There are a few quarterback situations to keep an eye on as Week 7 approaches. Marcus Mariota got benched by the Tenessee Titans during Week 6 in favor of Ryan Tannehill, and coach Mike Vrabel says he will make a decision on the starter against the Los Angeles Chargers early in the week. Mitchell Trubisky (shoulder) is a candidate to return to the Chicago Bears for their matchup vs. the New Orleans Saints after getting injured in Week 4. Josh Rosen was benched by the Miami Dolphins in favor of Ryan Fitzpatrick during Week 6, but Miami says that Rosen will remain the starter heading into their matchup at the Buffalo Bills in Week 7.
Here are some QBs with under 50 percent ownership on mainstream ESPN traditional leagues that fantasy owners can consider picking up if they are in need of a QB.
Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills (50 percent)
Allen is coming off the bye week for an appealing home matchup against a foul Dolphins team that has been terrible across the board. The Dolphins have allowed the most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs while allowing the most points per game and ranking toward the bottom of the league in both passing yards allowed and rushing yards allowed. Miami has also allowed opposing QBs to generate a QB rating of 131.0, the highest in the NFL. Allen will be a threat in both the pass and run games against a defense that has been terrible at preventing fantasy points to QBs.
Daniel Jones, New York Giants (42 percent)
Jones performed poorly in a brutal matchup as the road team last Thursday against a New England pass defense that ranked as the best in the NFL, but has a much softer matchup this week against the Cardinals. While the Cardinals are set to get CB Patrick Peterson back from suspension this week, they have ranked very poorly against the pass, allowing the third most fantasy points per game, third most passing yards per game and second highest QB rating per game to opposing QBs. Jones could also potentially get some weapons back this week in TE Evan Engram (knee), WR Sterling Shepard (concussion) and pass catching RB Saquon Barkley (ankle).
Sam Darnold, New York Jets (8 percent)
Darnold has a terrible matchup this week against the Patriots, who have the best pass defense in the NFL, so his waiver appeal stems from more of a longer term look. Darnold returned from an illness last week and performed very well against the Cowboys, passing for 338 yards and two TDs, including a deep ball to Robby Anderson than went for a 92-yard TD. He also outperformed his expected completion percentage based on throw difficulty by one of the better margins among all Week 6 QBs based on the league’s player tracking data. The third overall pick in the 2018 draft, Darnold’s best days are ahead and could develop into a solid fantasy asset at QB in his second season in the league.
Gardner Minshew II, 49 percent
Minshew is coming off a poor Week 6, but is in good position to bounce back in Week 7 against a Bengals pass defense that ranks towards the bottom of the league. Cincinnati has allowed the fourth most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs while allowing the fifth highest passer rating and more passing yards than average. Minshew’s adjusted passer rating through five starts is better than average and represents a streaming option against the poor Bengals.
Joe Flacco, Denver Broncos (4 percent)
Flacco has been below average this season and is coming off a poor Week 6, but has a decent matchup as the home team on Thursday night against a high scoring Chiefs team that has allowed elevated fantasy points to opposing QBs. While Kansas City ranks well in QB rating allowed to opposing QBs, their explosive offense can increase passing volume for opposing QBs as teams try to keep pace with scoring. The Chiefs have allowed the eighth most passing attempts per game and eighth most fantasy points per game to opposing QBs. The game’s total points of 50 on DraftKings Sportsbook is also the highest for the Thursday night game this season, so the game could be higher scoring. Flacco is a streaming option as a bye week fill in.