We’re entering Week 7 of the 2020 NFL season and several key quarterbacks won’t be available because of byes. Lamar Jackson is the most notable quarterback who’ll be on break and the Miami Dolphins will begin transitioning Ryan Fitzpatrick to the bench for Tua Tagovailoa during the bye week. We’ve identified a couple quarterback options to consider starting and sitting for Week 7.
Ryan Tannehill, Tennessee Titans vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Tennessee depends on Derrick Henry to move the chains on the ground but will be up against one of the best run defenses in the NFL. Some could be low on Tannehill after seeing how Pittsburgh dismantled Baker Mayfield. While the Steelers haven’t given up many fantasy points to quarterbacks, Tannehill will have all his best targets available for the first time since Week 1 and has thrown for seven touchdowns and run for a score while completing 73.9 percent of his passes in his last two games.
Andy Dalton, Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Football Team
Dalton didn’t start off his tenure as the Cowboys’ starting quarterback on the right foot. He started to develop a rhythm toward the end of his Week 6 appearance and has all the talent in the world out wide. While he only tallied 266 passing yards against the Arizona Cardinals, he threw 54 passes and should have a very solid floor.
Jimmy Garoppolo, San Francisco 49ers vs. New England Patriots
New England doesn’t appear to have the dynamite secondary it used to but Garoppolo has performed like at below-average level so far this year. While he did throw for three touchdowns with no interceptions against the Los Angeles Rams his last time out, it’s hard to see him doing that without a consistent rushing attack. Raheem Mostert is doubtful to play because of an ankle injury so Garoppolo could have to go toe to toe with Stephon Gilmore and Jason McCourty more often than he’d like to.
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions vs. Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta buckled down on defense in Week 6 and picked Kirk Cousins off three times. While they allowed Kirk Cousins to tally 363 passing yards and three passing touchdowns, the Lions aren’t nearly as ambitious through the air. Stafford hasn’t lived up to expectations this season and has yet to record at least 300 yards in a game.