Fantasy football QB rankings, Week 7: Backup fantasy quarterbacks steal the spotlight
As we all know, anything can happen in fantasy football. This past week was a prime example, as we saw great performances from some backup quarterbacks. Even more surprising was that they were able to outperform many top ten fantasy quarterbacks.
Last season gave us a good look at Nick Foles. He started six games and passed for over three hundred yards in two of those starts. Many have thought that Foles in the new Eagles offense would be like oil and water, they wouldn't mix. Overlooked is the fact that Chip Kelly's offense is flexible and plays to the strengths of its quarterback. We were able to observe that against Tampa. Foles passed for close to three hundred yards, three touchdowns and ran for a score. He looked very comfortable running the offense and the Eagles running game opened up the play action pass. Right now it looks like he'll start again this week against the Cowboys. If he continues to play this well, the starting job may be his permanently.
Thaddeus Lewis was equally impressive. Lewis was able to take the Bills offense to the brink of victory against a strong Cincinnati defense. This was accomplished without the Bills best receiver, Stevie Johnson. Coming off the practice squad, Lewis passed for two touchdowns and ran for another. He didn't come out of the game unscathed. He suffered a sprained foot but looks like he'll be able to start against the Dolphins in Week 7. Unlike Foles, I have a feeling that Lewis will not score as many points in his second start. Steve Johnson may be out again and Buffalo may look to its running attack to take the pressure off of Lewis.
As my sleeper of the week, I have to go with Nick Foles. He has a legitimate chance to put up points comparable to a top ten quarterback in Week 7. Dallas has been allowing opposing quarterbacks to post some big numbers and they'll be without DeMarcus Ware. For those who are looking to replace Drew Brees or Terrelle Pryor because of the bye week, Foles is the best solution to the problem.
Listed below are the top five quarterbacks for passing touchdowns:
And the top five quarterbacks for passing yards:
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