Week 6 Rankings (2017): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It’s an interesting week for quarterbacks, as you have to try and value emerging young quarterbacks (Deshaun Watson) and struggling stars (like Matt Ryan).  Sprinkle in a few injuries and same impressive options early who offer some risk (Alex Smith) and it could prove to be a bit of a tricky week to maneuver.  Let’s take a look at how things currently shake out early in the week:

  1. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at New York Jets
  2. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Minnesota
  3. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. Philadelphia
  4. Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans – vs. Cleveland
  5. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Detroit
  6. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Miami
  7. Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – vs. San Francisco
  8. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Oakland
  9. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at New Orleans
  10. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Tampa Bay
  11. Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Arizona
  12. Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Pittsburgh
  13. Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Carolina
  14. Trevor Semien – Denver Broncos – vs. New York Giants
  15. Josh McCown – New York Jets – vs. New England
  16. Jacoby Brissett – Indianapolis Colts – at Tennessee
  17. Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Los Angeles Rams
  18. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – vs. San Diego
  19. Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – at Jacksonville
  20. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Kansas City
  21. Sam Bradford – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Green Bay
  22. Mitchell Trubisky – Chicago Bears – at Baltimore
  23. Chris Hogan – Cleveland Browns – at Houston
  24. Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Denver
  25. Jay Cutler – Miami Dolphins – at Atlanta


  • Over the past two weeks Deshaun Watson has thrown for 9 TD vs. 1 INT, and now draws a Cleveland defense that is in the bottom five in the league against opposing quarterbacks (11 TD vs. 3 INT on the season).  This almost feels like a “trap” situation, and with any young quarterback there is going to be some risk, but it’s impossible not to consider him one of the better options for the coming week.
  • Dating back to the end of ’16, Aaron Rodgers has thrown for 3+ TD in five of his past seven starts.  That includes a 4 TD performance against the Vikings, and while the matchup is tough on paper his receiving corps is getting healthy and it’s impossible to keep him from the top of the rankings.
  • If Marcus Mariota is healthy he’d be a borderline QB1, but it’s no guarantee.  Ian Rapoport had reported that his injury generally takes 2-4 weeks, so if he does manage to play there’s going to be the risk of reinjury or being limited.  For now we’ll keep him off the rankings, but monitor the news just in case.
  • Matt Ryan simply hasn’t been very good this season.  Heading into his Week 5 bye he had thrown 3 TD vs. 5 INT over a two-game span, though the hope is that the Falcons can use the extra week to get healthy and things on track.  He has a somewhat favorable matchup to do so, with the Dolphins having yet to pick up an INT over their first four games.
  • The total line for Philip Rivers is a bit deceiving, with 1,365 yards, 9 TD and 5 INT.  Of course if you take out his Week 3 performance against the Chiefs he’s thrown for 1,128 yards (282 yards/game), 9 TD and 2 INT.  In other words he’s been highly impressive and draws an Oakland defense that has allowed 6 TD without an INT on the year.  Fire Rivers up in all formats.
  • It’s been a surprisingly great season thus far for Alex Smith, though he draws a tough matchup in the Pittsburgh Steelers.  They’ve allowed just 820 passing yards to opposing QB, with 3 TD vs. 5 INT.  His performance thus far keeps him on the QB1 radar, but it’s impossible to trust him fully despite the numbers.
  • For as good as Jared Goff has been, taking on a Jacksonville team that has allowed 3 TD against a league best 10 INT is a scary proposition.  He’s a risky QB2 play, but it’s obviously impossible to trust him.

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Make sure to check out all of our Week 6 rankings:

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Dynasty Rankings: Top 50 Running Backs (Week 5 Fallout)
Week 5 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Kickers


  1. S says:

    You have to admit Pittsburgh D has had the easiest QB matchup so far: Browns, Vikings, Bears, Ravens, Jag—Not exactly murderers row.

    I think it might be time to give Alex Smith his due.

  2. Al says:

    16 team league, Dak on bye…. McCown (w/o Powell) or Brissett?

  3. Teri says:

    Help on RB2 -who would thought this would even have been asked during the FF season….

    RB2- Pick one from: Karmara vs Detroit or Ajayi @ Atlanta. Jay has been killing me but he has to go off soon, right??…and Karmara should be a lot of carries/passes I think .

  4. Too Tall says:

    Hi Professor,

    10 team standard. Rivers or Ryan this week? Ryan has not been that great compared to the other big QB1 names.

  5. James says:

    If Carr plays should I start him over Rivers?

  6. Brian says:

    Standard need 1
    Flex: Ellington Sneed or Mack?

    1 pt PPR
    Need 2
    Carlos Hyde, Demaryius Thomas, Adam Thielen, or Jerick Mckinnon

  7. Romo says:

    Hey roto! Ryan or newton??!! Newton’s been hot but Ryan is coming off a bye week….

  8. chris says:

    Jbo OR wentz ???

  9. Bms914 says:

    Smith, Winston, or Palmer?

  10. Trey says:

    T. Siemian or D. Carr

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