Week 6 Rankings (2016): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There are only two teams on byes this week (Vikings and Buccaneers), and they hardly have an impact on the rankings.  Instead the bigger issues are top performers facing difficult matchups (like Matt Ryan traveling to Seattle), those expected to produce who are consistently struggling (like Eli Manning) or injuries (like Cam Newton and Carson Palmer).  Trying to keep those things in mind, let’s take a look at the rankings for the coming week:

  1. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Cincinnati
  2. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Miami
  3. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Atlanta
  4. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Carolina
  5. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – at Houston
  6. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at New Orleans
  7. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Dallas
  8. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – vs. New York Jets
  9. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – vs. Kansas City
  10. Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans – vs. Cleveland
  11. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – at New England
  12. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Seattle
  13. Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Chicago
  14. Brian Hoyer – Chicago Bears – vs. Jacksonville
  15. Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – at Green Bay
  16. Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Washington
  17. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Los Angeles
  18. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – at New York Giants
  19. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – vs. Denver
  20. Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – vs. Philadelphia
  21. Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Baltimore
  22. Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – at Oakland
  23. Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – vs. San Francisco
  24. Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – vs. Pittsburgh
  25. Brock Osweiler – Houston Texans – vs. Indianapolis


  • Ben Roethlisberger leads the NFL with 15 TD passes, with 3+ TD throws in four of the five games the Steelers have played.  The Dolphins don’t have a particularly strong secondary, including 8 TD vs. 1 INT, so there’s a good chance that he lights it up once again.
  • It had been a slow start for Russell Wilson, but he’s coming off a big game against the Jets (309 yards, 3 TD, 0 INT) and will have had a bye week to get fully healthy.  Considering his matchup against the Falcons, who are allowing the most points per week to opposing quarterbacks, he’s an easy Top 5 option and could easily be the #1 producer in Week 6.
  • The numbers for the Houston Texans may look pretty good overall, but they just allowed Sam Bradford to throw for 271 yards and 2 TD.  Andrew Luck has already thrown for 320+ yards three times this season, could he make this #4?
  • It’s been a slow start for Carson Palmer, but he’s expected to be healthy and faces what has been an abysmal Jets’ secondary (12 TD vs. 2 INT).  Call him a “sleeper” if you want, but he’s going to be impossible not to trust.
  • Matt Ryan has been among the best quarterbacks in the league through five weeks (1,740 yards, 12 TD, 2 INT), but he draws the top rated Seahawks defense.  While it’s impossible to call Ryan a sit, it also is impossible to call him a must start.  Consider him a borderline QB1, but much better suited to be utilized as a QB2.
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  1. Chris says:

    Is it time to drop Eli? ROS: others available are Bortles, Tyrod, Dak. Non-Keeper league.

  2. Chris says:

    Hoyer is also available in my league

  3. Patriots says:

    Hello Professor, 12 team standard, I have Julio jones and Aj green with DeVante Parker on the bench. Donte moncrief is on waivers Would you drop parker for moncrief? Thank you

  4. haggy says:

    Prof. Jeremy Kerley or Cameron Brate for a WR stash.

  5. haggy says:

    Sorry Prof. Should of said Jeremy Kerley or Cameron Meredith.

  6. Stephen says:

    Hey Prof,

    What do you think of me trading Jordy to get M Gordon?
    3 WR league, and I have Demaryius, Landry, Cooks, Desean, Dorsett, John Brown. Only RBs I have are, Coleman, Sproles, and David Johnson.

  7. Jim says:

    Hey Professor,

    Who should I start this week?

    T. Gurley, L. McCoy, J. Charles, B. Marshall, M. Jones, G. Olson, J. Graham.

    I need 2 RB, 1 WR and 2 flex. Standard League.


  8. Haggy says:

    Hoyer or Dalton Rest of the year. Hoyer has been on fire.

  9. Chris – I wouldn’t drop him, though Bortles is the best option right now

    Patriots – Nah, I like Parker’s upside a little bit more

    haggy – I like Meredith in terms of upside, but Kerley is “safer”

    Stephen – I’m good with that

    Jim, I haven’t dug in to RB/WR yet and it’s still early but I’d guess Charles/Jones ar on the bench

    Haggy – Dalton, Hoyer has a habit of starting fast before fading

  10. John says:

    Prof, alshon or Marvin Jones ros? Also would you trade Travis kelce for either? I also have Zach miller. Thanks

  11. Kyle k says:

    2 qb league I have tannehill and Newton with no back up….got offered Kirk Cousins and d Jackson for Jordan howard and Micheal floyd….really don’t want to loose howard and Pretty sure I may be able to get Winston for mckinnon. Should I try the Winston trade?

  12. Pablo E says:

    Whats up prof… Kirk/Matt Ryan? And also would you stash either James Starks/james white? Lacy is questionable and Blount (who I have) was questionable last week.
    Thanks for the input

  13. Bms914 says:

    Drop Terrelle Pryor for Cam Meredith? Have Alshon and this would give me backup for him and his injuries…

  14. Kyle k – Yea, I’d definitely prefer the Mariota trade as opposed to giving up Howard

    Pablo E – Tough matchup, but I’d still go Ryan (he’s been too good). I’d definitely stash White, especially if it’s a PPR format

    Bms914 – I think Pryor has the higher upside. Meredith’s fumble issues are a bit of a cnocern…

  15. David says:


    I’m starting this week in a 16 team PPR League:

    QB – Ryan
    RB – Gurley and West
    WR – Nelson, Cooks and Baldwin
    K – Gano

    My bench is:

    QB – Flacco
    RB – Sproles and Derrick Henry
    WR – Hurns and Sanu
    TE – Henry and Eifert

    Do you see anything I need to do to improve my lineup from my bench?

    I also need to pickup a kicker this week so would you drop TE Henry or WR – Sanu.


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