Week 5 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings

Fantasy football owners got a surprise set of byes last week when the Steelers-Titans game was postponed, but this week the official byes kick in. Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford are omitted from our from our Week 5 fanntasy QB rankings as a result, but we wouldn’t exactly say we’re “missing” them. The usual top tier of stud quarterbacks seemingly all face weak opponents, and there’s a solid middle tier of high-quality sleepers who also have favorable matchups.

This tell us two things: There are a lot of bad defenses this year, and there’s no excuse for starting a shaky QB this week. Carson Wentz (@ Steelers) and Tom Brady (@ 49ers) are about the only “starting” QBs with bad matchups on paper, and while very few Wentz owners will need to be talked out of sitting him, Brady owners likely will want to ride with the GOAT after his five-TD game. Far be it from us to talk you out of that, but there are other worthwhile options if you’re leery of Brady on the road on short rest.

Our top 10 is probably as good as it’s going to be all year. You know these guys are must-starts, and you’re only problem is if you have two of them (or none of them). The toughest omission here is Drew Brees (vs. Chargers), who is usually better at home and could get Michael Thomas (ankle) back, but the matchups for Teddy Bridgewater (@ Falcons) and Kirk Cousins (@ Seahawks) are both better. If you have Brees and want to just stick with him, there’s nothing wrong with that. After all, the Chargers did just get lit up by Tom Brady and the Bucs passing attack to the tune of five passing touchdowns, but Brees has been even more up and down than Brady this year.

If you’re digging deeper for sleepers, Daniel Jones (@ Cowboys), Gardner Minshew (@ Texans), Philip Rivers (@ Browns), Justin Herbert (@ Saints), and Jimmy Garoppolo (vs. Dolphins) all look like legit options. Rivers has the lowest ceiling given his mediocre play since Week 1, but we know he can sling it in any given week. Jones presents his own set of risks, but Dallas’s defense has stopped anyone all year and Jones feels overdue for a breakout. 

Obviously, there’s no guarantee that all of these quarterbacks will come through — just look at how Jared Goff unexpectedly struggled against the Giants — but on paper, this shapes up to be another big quarterback week. Cross your fingers that you don’t have the surprise bust, and enjoy the production.

Note: Check back throughout the week, as we’ll continue to update our QB rankings up until kickoff based on the latest news and injury updates.

These rankings are for four-point passing TD leagues.

Ravens vs. Bengals

Seahawks vs. Vikings

Chiefs vs. Raiders

Cowboys vs. Giants

Cardinals @ Jets

Bills @ Titans

Texans vs. Jaguars

Falcons vs. Panthers

Steelers vs. Eagles

Panthers @ Falcons

Vikings @ Seahawks

Rams @ Washington

Saints vs. Chargers

Buccaneers @ Bears

Giants @ Cowboys

Jaguars @ Texans

Colts @ Browns

Chargers @ Saints

49ers vs. Dolphins

Browns vs. Colts

Raiders @ Chiefs

Bengals @ Ravens

Titans vs. Bills

Dolphins @ 49ers

Eagles @ Steelers

Jets vs. Cardinals

Bears vs. Buccaneers

Washington vs. Rams

Broncos @ Patriots

Patriots vs. Broncos

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