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:
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Tampa Bay
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Dallas
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Los Angeles Rams
- Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. New England
- Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Detroit
- Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Arizona
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Carolina
- Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Green Bay
- Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – at Philadelphia
- Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – at Houston
- Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
- Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers – at New York Giants
- Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans – vs. Kansas City
- Jacoby Brissett – Indianapolis Colts – vs. San Francisco
- Josh McCown – New York Jets – at Cleveland
- Jay Cutler – Miami Dolphins – vs. Tennessee
- Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – at Cincinnati
- Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans – at Miami
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Jacksonville
- Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Buffalo
- Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Seattle
- Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Pittsburgh
- Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – at Oakland
- Deshone Kizer – Cleveland Browns – vs. New York Jets
- 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: