Week 5 Rankings (2018): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The NFL season always seems to fly by, doesn’t it?  It feels like the season just started, but we’ve already reached the quarter mark and we have enough data to alter our preseason assumptions.  Who has emerged as a must play option?  Which defense should we be exploiting and which should we shy away from?  Who is simply too good to sit, regardless of the matchup?  Those things, as well as injuries, all play a role as we set our rankings for Week 5:

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

Bye Week – Chicago Bears, Tampa Bay Buccaneers


  • For the third straight week Matt Ryan was a monster, throwing for 419 yards, 3 TD and 0 INT (he’s totaled 10 TD vs. 1 INT over this stream, including two games of 374 yards or more).  Taking on a Pittsburgh defense that has struggled to stop opposing quarterbacks (1,297 yards, 12 TD, 4 INT) it’s hard not to consider him the best option this week.  Obviously there are going to be questions if rookie Calvin Ridley can keep performing at this type of pace (5 TD over the past two games), but Ryan has more than enough weapons at his disposal that it shouldn’t be a concern.
  • While his Week 3 performance was solid, but unspectacular, Carson Wentz showed that he was healthy in Week 4 as he completed 33-50 attempts for 348 yards, 2 TD and 0 INT.  Drawing a Minnesota defense that has surprisingly struggled this season, and with the supporting cast also getting healthy (Alshon Jeffrey, Jay Ajayi), it’s impossible not to consider him among the better options in the league.
  • Both Patrick Mahomes and Drew Brees draw seemingly difficult matchups, knocking them down the rankings just slightly.  That said, especially with Brees returning home, would you consider benching either of them?  With they way they’ve produced they both still belong in lineups, just go in with your eyes open and know there’s a little bit of risk.
  • The New York Giants defense against opposing quarterbacks hasn’t been too bad, though they have allowed 150 rushing yards over the first few weeks.  That plays right into the hands of Cam Newton, who has rushed for 136 yards and 3 TD over his first four games of 2018.  There’s significant upside and don’t be surprised if he posts big numbers.
  • Derek Carr needs to cut down on the interceptions (7 INT on the season, including 2 INT in each of the past two games), and that’s going to keep him more as a QB2.  That’s despite throwing for at least 288 yards in each of his four games, including 437 with 4 TD against the Browns in Week 4.  There’s enough upside that he can’t be ignored, but there’s enough risk to also temper expectations.
  • Deshaun Watson has thrown for over 375 yards in back-to-back games, and after a poor start has 6 TD vs. 3 INT over the subsequent three games.  Throw in 36+ rushing yards in each game and it would appear that the upside is back, making him a strong QB1.
  • It was a surprisingly big Week 4 performance from Marcus Mariota, throwing for 344 yards, 2 TD and 1 INT against the Eagles.  Throw in 46 rushing yards and 1 TD, and also an upcoming favorable matchup against the Buffalo Bills, and there’s a lot to like moving forward.

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

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Week 5 Rankings (2018): Top 20 Tight Ends
Week 4 Rankings (2018): Top 15 Kickers


  1. Jess says:


    Should I trade Mccoy for Jordan reed, crowell?

    My te both out for season: walker, eifert
    My rb are gordon, kerryon,coleman, eckler,Mccoy

    Or pick one up from these guys?
    Te on waiver: Mcdonald, vannett,hurst, kroft, swaim

  2. HMartin says:

    What does Jared Goff have to do to be considered higher than #12? I sat him the last two weeks to start Wentz and I truly regret this.

  3. Tony says:

    Hi Professor,

    Is it time to drop R Wilson for Mariota? I have D Watson for my other QB.

    Seattle a bit of a mess, but wonder if Schottenheimer’s presence has an effect on Wilson as he seems to be running less, and probably throwing less as well, but then the WR corp isn’t much and Baldwin probably won’t be completely healthy.

    Thank you very much.


    • That’s a bit of a stretch. I still would prefer Wilson’s upsaide

      • Tony says:

        Hello Professor,

        Thank you for getting back to me and providing your feedback and will hold him. I need to be patient, but then looking at Watson’s bye and it is Wilson at LA. I generally don’t keep two QBs, but keeper league and wasn’t sure what to expect from either one (return from injury and Schottenheimer offense).

        Thanks very much again!


  4. Jon says:

    I have Mahomes and Luck. I’ve been rolling with Mahomes all season and haven’t been let down yet. Would you continue the course against the Jags Defense, or should I start Luck this week? Thankyou!

  5. Gail Uhl Jolly says:

    Flacco or Rivers this week? Rivers has been consistent so far.
    Thank You

  6. Cole says:

    Brees or Brady this week? It seems like every week I start one, the bench player has a better game.

  7. Romo says:

    Hey roto. I was offered a trade for my jordan Howard for either Ben or luck. My other qbs are Wilson and stafford. PPR. 1 qb league. My other rb is Barkley, Coleman, Lindsay, McCoy.

    Think it’s a good trade!?

  8. JJay says:

    Aaron Rodgers or Alex Smith?
    Rodgers health looks good but the receivers aren’t looking so hot. Smith has a “good” matchup with the Saints.

  9. DougieC says:

    6pts for TDs, I’m deciding between Mahomes and Rodgers. If it matters, I’m planning to start the Jaguars defense and also Tyreek Hill and Harrison Butker. Thank you!

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