Week 6 Rankings (2018): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

With five weeks in the books we now have a solid knowledge of the fantasy football landscape.  For the most part our preseason questions have been answered, and while there are always going to be questions (things in the NFL are always evolving) we have a good idea as to where the value lies.  Who are the quarterbacks we can trust?  What are the matchups we should be looking to exploit?  Let’s take a look at how things look as we head into Week 6:

  1. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Tampa Bay
  2. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Kansas City
  3. Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs – at New England
  4. Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans – vs. Buffalo
  5. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. San Francisco
  6. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – at New York Jets
  7. Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – at New York Giants
  8. Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers – at Cleveland
  9. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Cincinnati
  10. Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – at Denver
  11. Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Arizona
  12. Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Atlanta
  13. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Washington
  14. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Pittsburgh
  15. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Oakland
  16. Mitchell Trubisky – Chicago Bears – at Miami
  17. Alex Smith – Washington Redskins – vs. Carolina
  18. Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Philadelphia
  19. Baker Mayfield – Cleveland Browns – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
  20. Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Dallas
  21. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – at Tennessee
  22. C.J. Beathard – San Francisco 40ers – at Green Bay
  23. Sam Darnold – New York Jets – vs. Indianapolis
  24. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – vs. Seattle
  25. Case Keenum – Denver Broncos – vs. Los Angeles Rams

Thoughts:

  • Is anyone expecting anything but a shootout between the Patriots and Chiefs on Sunday night football?  While Mahomes has been the better performer overall, Brady showed what he’s capable of with his full compliment of weapons (the return of Julian Edelman and the growth in the role of Josh Gordon), throwing for 341 yards and 3 TD in Week 4 against the Colts.  He should be able to continue to grow on that performance against a Kansas City defense that’s allowed the most passing yards to opposing quarterbacks through five weeks (1,802).
  • Any concerns for Deshaun Watson have quickly dissipated.  After throwing for 375 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT in Week 5, while rushing for 40 yards, he’s now thrown for at least 375 yards and rushed for at least 36 yards in three straight games (he’s thrown for at least 310 yards in four straight and rushed for at least 36 yards in all five contests this season).  Forget the numbers, does anyone anticipate the Bills being able to slow him down?
  • The questions facing Jared Goff isn’t about the matchup, especially after Sam Darnold picked apart the Denver Broncos in Week 5.  The issue is about the health of his receiving corps, after both Cooper Kupp and Brandin Cooks were lost to concussions.  If either are healthy enough to return for Week 6 Goff will be bumped up a few spots on the rankings, but for now we have to be at least a little bit skeptical.
  • Cam Newton would seem like a player who deserves to be ranked a little bit higher, be he’s thrown for 237 yards or fewer in three of four games this season.  He does have the ability to save his day with his legs, but if he doesn’t find the end zone his day is going to be lost.  Keep that in mind before simply taking a set him and forget him approach.
  • In what will be his first start of 2018 Jameis Winston will step into a favorable matchup, taking on the Atlanta Falcons (12 TD vs. 4 INT, while also struggling a little bit against opposing quarterbacks who can run).  We’ve seen what the Tampa Bay offense can do with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center, and Winston should bring an even bigger upside.  Of course seeing what his backup can do could also lead to a quick hook, which is going to keep Winston’s value suppressed a little bit on the rankings.
  • Sam Darnold had a “big” day in Week 5, and he did throw for 3 TD, but he was more of a game manager throwing the football just 22 times and completing 10 passes for 198 yards.  He’s only passed for more than 200 yards once in five games, so while it would be easy to get excited don’t make the mistake of depending on him.  Take out a few big plays and it would’ve been another lost day.

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

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses
Week 6 Rankings (2018): Top 40 Running Backs
Week 5 Rankings (2018): Top 15 Kickers

23 comments

  1. J says:

    RB: Lynch, Howard, brieda, Lindsay, lewis
    WR: obj, Kennan Allen, Marvin Jones, John brown, Keke coutee
    TE: Ricky Seals Jones

    Would you go after Smallwood with Jay ajiya being out for the season? Do you think he has more potential than anyone else I currently have?

    Also I really need a TE and brate and Hooper on the waivers. Who would you prioritize and would you prioritize them over RB?

  2. trevor says:

    std. flex- shepard v. eagles secondary or a. jones v. san francisco defense

  3. OtisP says:

    Been offered two deals. Keeper league 1/2 point PPR. Would you consider either Corey Davis and JuJu for David Johnson and Randall Cobb, or Keenan Allen and Kenny Golladay for David Johnson and TY Hilton? I’m fairly strong at RB but very weak at WR.

    • How long do you keep for? Johnson is tough to deal, given the upside, but length of keeper and the rest of your roster plays a role

      • OtisP says:

        Sorry Prof for not providing more detail – we can keep a player indefinitely and we keep up to 7 players. I also have Barkley, Chris Thompson, and Mark Ingram. My WRs are TY Hilton, Golden Tate, and Allen Robinson. Thinking if I deal DJ for two solid WRs I will be better off.

  4. Max says:

    I’m considering grabbing Winston off waivers. I have Wilson this week and Stafford on bye. My question is, should I drop one of the QB’s or Ginn who is my only WR on the bench?

  5. Max says:

    So drop Wilson or Stafford for the rest of the season? I lean to dropping Winston because Staffords bye will be over and I have concerns for the Seattle offense.

  6. Pablo E says:

    Ive been offered James White and Allen Robinson for AP, Lat Murray, and Alfred Blue. The other owner has both Dalvin Cook and Lamar Miller. Standard 12 team league. What is your input on this trade? Im think ing this is a no brainer, and I accept ASAP.

  7. Curious says:

    Okay the Ben Watson experiment is over. I dropped him and picked up Hooper, but in wonderful what you think about Olsen. He’s on the waiver. I’m in a 12 team .5 PPR and Olsen’s the only other viable starting TE on waivers. Doyle is the next to give you an idea on the dearth of TE available.

  8. Brian says:

    Another owner offered me Bell for Gronkowski and another player ( Gio Bernard or Corey Davis). Worth it at this point with Bells unknown status? Other rbs are Johnson, Yeldon, and Lynch.

  9. chris says:

    Newton or Dalton?? Like the matchup for Dalton but can you ever trust a divisional game?

  10. Krysta says:

    14 team PPR, with Big Ben on the road, would you still play him over Baker Mayfield?

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