by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Can you believe that the season is already 25% of the way finished? As always things are flying by and fantasy owners need to simply try and keep up. Who should we be focusing on in Week 5? Who should we be ignoring? Let’s take a look at our rankings:
- Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – at Dallas
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Chicago
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Detroit
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Green Bay
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New York Jets
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Cincinnati
- Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Oakland
- Michael Vick – Philadelphia Eagles – at New York Giants
- Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Arizona
- Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Denver
- Terrelle Pryor – Oakland Raiders – vs. San Diego
- Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams – vs. Jacksonville
- Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Houston
- Brian Hoyer – Cleveland Browns – vs. Buffalo
- Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Philadelphia
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Indianapolis
- Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Seattle
- Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. New England
- Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – vs. New Orleans
- Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – vs. Baltimore
- Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – at Tennessee
- Matt Schaub – Houston Texans – at San Francisco
- Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Carolina
- E.J. Manuel – Buffalo Bills – at Cleveland
- Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – at Miami
- He’s baaaaaack… Tom Brady posted a big game on Sunday night, throwing for 316 yards and 2 TD. He suddenly appears to have a rapport with his young receivers, completing 45 of 67 passes over the past two weeks. With Danny Amendola and Rob Gronkowski also closing in on returns, there is nothing not to like. It is a tough matchup against the Bengals, but he’s well worth using in all formats.
- Prior to getting injured, the Jets watched Jake Locker throw for 149 yards and 3 TD on just 24 attempts. While their offense has looked good, they aren’t the Falcons. It may not be an ideal matchup, but there’s no reason to think that Matt Ryan won’t be a productive option or one of the best in the league.
- Despite remaining skeptical on Philip Rivers, he just continues to produce. He has thrown for 3 TD in three out of four games and now draws a Raiders defense that has allowed 7 TD vs. 0 INT this season. It’s hard to consider him anything but a viable QB1.
- After a monster Week 1, Russell Wilson has thrown for 202 yards or fewer in each of the past three weeks. Sure he rushed for 77 yards in Week 4, but he’s also fumbled in each of the four games this season (losing two), while having an INT in each of the past three. The Colts defense has allowed just 2 TD vs. 6 INT this season, so you have to consider him more of a QB2 at this point.
- Will Terrelle Pryor receive clearance to play in Week 5? Fantasy owners had better hope so, since the matchup against the Chargers is a good one. For now we are going to rank him as if he’s playing, but we’ll have to monitor the news all week before settling on him.
- Michael Vick is a threat on the ground and faces a Giants defense that has yielded 10 passing TD on the season (and a team that’s been embarrassed continually this season). He’s well worth using this week.
- Sam Bradford has had his issues, but they throw the ball a lot and he faces the Jaguars. What’s not to like? He’s a borderline QB1 for the coming week.
- Eli Manning has a good matchup against an Eagles defense that has been beaten up in the passing game (325.0 yards/game, 9 TD, 2 INT). Then again, the Giants have looked pathetic all season long. Can they finally come together? You would have to think that, eventually, they will find some sort of footing and start to produce. This could be the perfect week for them to do so, considering they still have the weapons. The risk keeps him as a QB2, but don’t completely ignore him.
- How can you not like Brian Hoyer at this point? In two starts he’s thrown for 590 yards, 5 TD and 3 INT, and you know the Browns are going to continue throwing the football early and often this week against the Bills. He’s a viable option in all 2 QB formats.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 5 rankings: