Week 5 Rankings (2017): Top 25 Quarterbacks: Newton/Wilson Return To Top 5 & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We have our first week where we truly have to maneuver around bye weeks, and when coupled with a few injuries (Derek Carr and Marcus Mariota) Week 5 looks to be the most complicated we’ve had to date.  Let’s try to sort through all of the questions as we breakdown our rankings for the coming week:

  1. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Tampa Bay
  2. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Dallas
  3. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Los Angeles Rams
  4. Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. New England
  5. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Detroit
  6. Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Arizona
  7. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Carolina
  8. Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Green Bay
  9. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – at Philadelphia
  10. Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – at Houston
  11. Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
  12. Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers – at New York Giants
  13. Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans – vs. Kansas City
  14. Jacoby Brissett – Indianapolis Colts – vs. San Francisco
  15. Josh McCown – New York Jets – at Cleveland
  16. Jay Cutler – Miami Dolphins – vs. Tennessee
  17. Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – at Cincinnati
  18. Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans – at Miami
  19. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Jacksonville
  20. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Buffalo
  21. Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Seattle
  22. Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Pittsburgh
  23. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – at Oakland
  24. Deshone Kizer – Cleveland Browns – vs. New York Jets
  25. Brian Hoyer – San Francisco 49ers – at Indianapolis


  • We saw Cam Newton’s 2017 breakout come in Week 4 against the New England Patriots, so you have to love the upside of Jameis Winston in Week 5.  He has been impressive through his first three games, as he’s completing 63.0% of his passes (which would be his career best) to go along with 864 yards and 6 TD.  He’s exceeded 325 yards in each of the past two weeks, and he could be looking at a third straight.  Consider him a Top 5 option.
  • Speaking of Newton he threw for 316 yards, 3 TD and 1 INT in Week 4 and also rushed for another TD.  The Detroit Lions do represent a bit of a tougher matchup (fourth fewest points per week to opposing quarterbacks), but that’s solely because they’ve given up little on the ground as well as limited opposing QB to 4 TD vs. 7 INT.  They have allowed the ninth most passing yards (1,020) and Newton could easily help to drastically change their overall outlook.  Consider him a viable QB1.
  • Deshaun Watson is coming off a big day, throwing for 283 yards, 4 TD and 1 INT (while also adding a rushing TD).  He’s now thrown for 584 yards and 6 TD over the past two weeks, but a matchup with the Chiefs will not be an easy one.  He’s more of a high-end QB2, as opposed to a trustworthy QB1.
  • It would be easy to get behind Ben Roethlisberger, but the Jaguars are allowing the fewest points per week to opposing quarterbacks.  As the Jets helped to expose on Sunday where you can gash Jacksonville is on the ground, which points to another big day from Le’Veon Bell.
  • The change in offensive coordinator has obviously had a positive impact on Andy Dalton, who has now thrown for 6 TD vs. 0 INT over the past two weeks.  The Bills represent a tough matchup, having allowed 1 TD vs. 6 INT and giving up the second fewest points per week to opposing quarterbacks.  It’s easy to get excited, and there’s reason to believe, but he’s more of a QB2 for this one.

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Make sure to check out all of our Week 5 rankings:

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Week 5 Rankings (2017): Top 20 Tight Ends
Week 4 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Defenses


  1. Carmen says:

    Hey prof,
    Lookin between Alex Smith and Deshaun Watson this week because of Matt Ryan’s bye. Also of note, both seem to be overall playing better than Ryan so far… Opinion on who to pick up?

  2. tdogs says:

    Hello I have another question

    lost at qb

    i have Jared Goff as my QB
    who would you pick up and start
    Deshon Kizer
    Jacob Brissett
    Josh McCown
    EJ Manuel

    or would you leave Jared Goff in

    I will wait for your response thanks

  3. dd says:

    hello professor

    i have stafford and cousins as my quarterback in 1 quarter back league, im thinking of dropping stafford for carson wentz or carson palmer. is this a bad idea? i have very little faith as stafford as my quarterback?

  4. Jeff says:

    Hey professor

    Alex Smith or Eli Manning this week?

  5. Greg says:

    I have Carr and Mariota as my Qbs If you were going to stash one which would it be? Top Qbs available are Goff , Siemian , Palmer, Rivers , Bortles and Dalton

    • Prior to the injuries I would’ve said Carr, but I’m a little bit nervous about how long he’ll be sidelined and if it’s going to impact his play upon his return. At this point I’d go Mariota

  6. chris says:

    Wentz or Winston this week? hate Thursday night games

  7. Billy says:

    Hi Prof,
    Need a little advice at QB in a 13 team standard league.
    All of them have rather tough matchups but I have Newton, Watson, and Rivers.
    Between them do you think Cam has the highest upside?
    Thanks as always!

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