Week 6 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

With a significant number of injuries, including Aaron Rodgers suffering from a concussion, these rankings are very much in flux.  We’ll check back later in the week and make any necessary updates, but let’s take a look at how I currently have my rankings for the upcoming week:

  1. Peyton Manning – Indianapolis Colts – at Washington
  2. Matt Schaub – Houston Texans – vs. Kansas City
  3. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at St. Louis
  4. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Miami
  5. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – at Minnesota
  6. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Tampa Bay
  7. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – vs. Seattle
  8. Brett Favre – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Dallas
  9. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Baltimore
  10. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Cleveland
  11. Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Detroit
  12. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – at New England
  13. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Philadelphia
  14. Kevin Kolb – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Atlanta
  15. Mark Sanchez – New York Jets – at Denver
  16. Vince Young – Tennessee Titans – at Jacksonville
  17. Matt Cassel – Kansas City Chiefs – at Houston
  18. Donovan McNabb – Washington Redskins – vs. Indianapolis
  19. Kyle Orton – Denver Broncos – vs. New York Jets
  20. Josh Freeman – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. New Orleans
  21. Chad Henne – Miami Dolphins – at Green Bay
  22. Matt Hasselbeck – Seattle Seahawks – at Chicago
  23. David Garrard – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Tennessee
  24. Shaun Hill – Detroit Lions – at New York Giants
  25. Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams – vs. San Diego


  • With the Redskins continuing to give up nearly 300 passing yards per game (Aaron Rodgers got them for 293 in Week 5), it just seems like a perfect match for Peyton Manning to exploit.  With Reggie Wayne, Austin Collie, Pierre Garcon and Dallas Clark all in the lineup, there is little not to like.
  • At this point it is unknown if Rodgers will play in Week 6, having suffered a concussion in the Packers overtime loss to the Washington Redskins.  I am going to rank him as if he were healthy, but keep in mind that this could change dramatically towards the end of the week.  Make sure to check the news and be prepared, just in case.
  • Will Michael Vick play?  At this point I’m ranking Kevin Kolb, who looked good on Sunday night (21-31, 253 yards and 1 TD), but things could change dramatically by mid-week.
  • The Bears won with Todd Collins at QB, but if Jay Cutler is healthy there is no doubt that he is going to retake the reigns of the offense.  We’re ranking Cutler for now, and against Seattle, who has allowed 302 passing yards per game, he’s a great play.  If he doesn’t, Collins is only recommendable in two-quarterback formats.
  • Ben Roethlisberger finally makes his much anticipated 2010 debut against the Cleveland Browns.  Watch out NFL, he could put up some big numbers.  It’s hard to call him a must start, but I certainly would consider using him in any format.
  • The Chiefs get the Houston Texans this week, the team that is by far the worst at defending the pass through five weeks of the season.  Of course, the Chiefs offense is geared significantly more to the run, with both Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones.  Matt Cassel will be worth using in two-quarterback formats, but that’s about it.
  • Considering that the Vikings defensive strength is stuffing the run, it shouldn’t be a surprise to see the Cowboys go to the air.  Coming off a game where he tossed for 406 yards, you have to like Tony Romo’s chances to produce.
  • Eli Manning may have a positive matchup, but he has forced way too many balls and thrown way too many interceptions in the first five games.  After throwing two more against the Texans, he has three games with at least two INTs and eight overall for the season.  The Lions have seven picks, tied for third in the league, so there is at least some cause for concern.
  • Donovan McNabb is coming off a big game, but the Texans showed early on this season that the way to attack the Colts defense is on the ground.  The Redskins running attack is not spectacular, but look for them to try and play ball control, limiting McNabb’s potential value.
  • It doesn’t matter how good Kyle Orton has been this season, when you go against the New York Jets your potential value drops.  Consider him only usable in two-quarterback formats for the upcoming week.
  • Bruce Gradkowski suffered an injury in the Raiders game on Sunday, so we have to consider him questionable at this point.  If he plays, he may crack our Top 25, so time will tell.
  • Will it be Shaun Hill or Matthew Stafford this week against the Giants?  It’ll be interesting, but with the way Hill has been playing you have to think they will give Stafford the extra two weeks, with the bye week coming up.

What are your thoughts on these rankings?  Who’s too high?  Who’s too low?

Make sure to check out the rest of our Week 6 Rankings:

Week 6 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs
Week 5 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks (Updated)


  1. Jaymz says:

    Schaub is ranked really high against a KC defense that has looked prety good all year. Is that because you are expecting them to have to throw a lot against a good run defense? Or is KC’s secondary not as good as one may think.

  2. admin says:

    Jaymz, the Chiefs are actually in the bottom 10 in the league in pass defense (239.5 yards per game). That certainly played a role in his ranking.

  3. Tony says:

    WOW, really? You put Aaron Rodgers who may not play, Jay Cutler who can barely stay on his feet with that offensive line in Chicago & Brett Favre who is nursing a bad ankle and elbow and really has not proven to be a top 10 QB this year ahead of Eli Manning who is going against one of the worst pass defenses in Detroit.

    My top 10 QB picks for week 6

    1. Peyton Manning
    2. Phillip Rivers
    3. Tony Romo
    4. Drew Brees
    5. Eli Manning
    6. Matt Shaub
    7. Joe Flaco
    8. Tom Brady
    9. Kyle Orton
    10 Josh Freeman, Vince Young (tie)

  4. admin says:

    Tony, it’s looking like Rodgers will play, though I said in the notes that his status would be adjusted later in the week.

    The Bears had been playing well prior to the Giants game, so it’s tough to knock him down too much based on one poor performance. Against Seattle I would expect them to bounce back.

    Favre looked pretty good on Monday night and with his new toy, Randy Moss, it’s tough to argue against him, unless the injury does become a bigger issue. Like Rodgers, he’ll be adjusted accordingl based on the news this week.

    The problem with Eli has been the interceptions/poor decisions. He’s been prone to them all year long, against good passing defenses and bad ones. That certainly has to knock him down a few spots, because it’s going to cost you points.

  5. Jess says:

    I have Tom Brady as well as Ben Rothlesberger on my team. I’ve held out with Rothlesberger on injury anticipating trying to trade him off. However this week I am very tempted to start Big Ben over Tom Brady. Thoughts and opinions appreciated.

  6. admin says:

    I would probably still go Brady, but it is extremely tempting. Part of me feels like the Patriots will go out and try to prove that they can move the ball offensively (including in the air) without Moss, since a lot of people don’t believe it now.

    I like Big Ben and I think he is a good play, but I just couldn’t do it at the expense of Brady.

  7. Marc says:

    Would trading Moreno for Jennings be a good move? and Who’sa better start Scobee or Crosby for K?,Maclin or Amendola? Thanx

  8. admin says:

    Marc, it’s not a bad deal, but it depends on the rest of your roster and your needs. Do you need a WR? Who are your other RB?

    I have Amendola and Maclin back-to-back on the rankings, so it’s almost like a coinflip. Amendola is the best option in St. Louis now, so I’d lean towards him, but it’s real close.

    As for the kickers, a lot of it depends on if Aaron Rodgers plays or not. If he’s out, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them settle for more field goals, but at this point it appears like he’s going to play. I’d probably go Scobee.

  9. Matt says:

    I have Ray Rice, Ryan Torain, Steven Jackson, LeSean McCoy and Ben-Jarvis Green Ellis.

    Who should I start? I’ve read good things on all of them. Its a PPR league and I get 2 RB slots.


  10. admin says:

    Wow, you are quite loaded at the RB position, aren’t you? BenJarvus is the first one to cut, he’s just not up to the standards of the other four guys.

    Torain is the next one I’d cross off, not that I don’t like him this week (he certainly is a must start under normal circumstances), but you have three potentially elite players there, so he’s not going to see a chance here.

    Rice is the first lock to play. He had his coming out party, we all know he’s a threat for receptions and he could be in store for a big day.

    For the other spot, I’d go McCoy, but it’s close, especially if Kolb is starting at QB again (which is how it seems right now).

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