Week 5 Rankings (2013) – Top 25 Quarterbacks

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:

  1. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – at Dallas
  2. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Chicago
  3. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Detroit
  4. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Green Bay
  5. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New York Jets
  6. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Cincinnati
  7. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Oakland
  8. Michael Vick – Philadelphia Eagles – at New York Giants
  9. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Arizona
  10. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Denver
  11. Terrelle Pryor – Oakland Raiders – vs. San Diego
  12. Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams – vs. Jacksonville
  13. Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Houston
  14. Brian Hoyer – Cleveland Browns – vs. Buffalo
  15. Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Philadelphia
  16. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Indianapolis
  17. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Seattle
  18. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. New England
  19. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – vs. New Orleans
  20. Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – vs. Baltimore
  21. Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – at Tennessee
  22. Matt Schaub – Houston Texans – at San Francisco
  23. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Carolina
  24. E.J. Manuel – Buffalo Bills – at Cleveland
  25. 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:

Week 5 Rankings (2013) - Top 50 Wide Receivers
Week 4 Rankings (2013): Top 15 Defenses


  1. Steve says:

    Phillip Rivers or Matthew Stafford this week?

  2. Andrew H says:

    I’ve been rolling with luck. Do u think for this week I should pick up prior or Bradford for a fill in for lucks bad matchup

  3. James A. says:

    I have Rivers and Newton. I’m thinking of trying to move one of them for a quality RB or WR, but I’m not sure which one would be best long-term, or if I should trade one at all. The rest of my line-up:

    Eddie Lacy
    CJ Spiller
    Rashard Mendenhall
    Reggie Wayne
    Josh Gordon
    Vincent Jackson
    Deandre Hopkins (dropping him for Thompkins off waivers)
    Heath Miller

    I thought about throwing Spiller in to sweeten the deal and possibly get another RB1 like Lesean McCoy, but I really don’t to give up on Spiller yet. He was my 1st round pick since I had Peterson as a keeper, after all.

    • darin says:

      Don’t see the need to trade for a RB with AP, Forte, and Spiller. I’d drop Mendenhall instead of Hopkins. Trade Rivers for a WR while value still high, Carolina has much easier schedule.

  4. Andrew H – Depends who you have to drop, but yes

    James – I agree that going for a WR is worth it. Is there anyone on the waiver wire you can grab as an emergency backup? Either way I have my doubts Rivers can sustain this production, so sell high while you can.

  5. Mark says:

    I have Kaepernick and Roethlisberger. Sam Bradford & Alex Smith are on the waiver wire. Should I pick up Bradford to start, or roll with Kaepernick and pick up Smith as a better backup?

  6. James A says:

    There are a few decent QBs still available such as Alex Smith, Terrelle Pryor, Hoyer, Roethlisberger.

    The only team with “weak” QBs is a guy that has Cutler and Dalton, but Dez is their only true WR1. The rest are iffy at best: Garcon, Emmanuel Sanders, TY Hilton

  7. Mark – They are close enough that I’d stick with Kaepernick, and Smith doesn’t have enough upside. I’d prefer Roethlisberger or Bradford by a lot.

    James A – Nothing wrong with Garçon, the only risk is health. Obviously he won’t give up Dez, but I’d inquire on Garçon.

  8. Kyle says:

    Sam Bradford or Colin Kaepernick???

  9. Addison Moreno says:

    Okay. I have kaepernick, hoyer, and tannehill.. i know you have the rankings bu realistically what do you think?

  10. Sam I Am – I have never been a big fan of Smith, who is more of a game manager than play maker. Hoyer is going to be asked to throw the ball a lot, so I would lean towards him from this point forward,

    Mark – If he’s playing, I like Pryor this week, Kaepernick should be better over the full season, but I prefer Pryor to Smith for sure.

    Kyle – Flip a coin, but I would lean Bradford this week. He draws the awful Jaguars and he is being given ample opportunities to throw the football.

    Addison Moreno – For this week it’s a coinflip between Kaepernick and Hoyer. I would lean Kaepernick, but it really could go either way.

  11. emmanuel says:

    Who should I start this week Colin Kaepernick vs Houston or Alex Smith @ Tennessee???

  12. Nick Haddad says:

    Rivers or Newton?

  13. Matt says:

    I have Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson as my QBs. Which do I start for week 5? Also, Bradford is on the waiver, do I pick him up for this week’s matchup?

  14. Nick Haddad – Can’t believe I’m saying it, but I go Rivers this week.

    Matt – Depending on who you’d have to drop, I would grab Bradford. Otherwise, flip a coin as I don’t love either of them

  15. Mike says:

    Hoyer or Colin this week

  16. Brenden says:

    I have a hole at RB and have decided to trade Aaron Rodgers to fix it (1 qb, 2rb league)..so far my offers are Alfred Morris and Andrew Luck or Marshawn Lynch and Vick OR Cam Newton…I have rivers on the bench so Im really looking for a RB but I wouldnt mind someone better than rivers with it..Do you take Morris/Luck, CamVick/Lynch..or stay put. (Id include Fred Jackon in lynch deal, and only tavon austin in morris deal.

  17. chea says:

    2 QB league, cam pryor and stafford. which two do I roll with? Really liking pryors match up vs cams matchup against zona but end of the season I think cam will have more points.

    On the other hand, the raiders suck pretty bad so they almost always have to throw a ton because they are always behind.

  18. Mike – it’s really a coinflip, I’d probably lean Kaepernick, but could easily see Hoyer being the more valuable option this week.

    Brenden – I would go Cam over Vick, jus as much for help over anything. As far as Morris vs. Lynch, could really go either way. Both are top options. Is it PPR? Could skew thins slightly…

  19. dave says:

    take cam/lynch, lynch is a better running back than morris and cam is still elite and has a good schedule and probably wont get hurt

  20. Brenden – It’s always tough to give up Rodgers, but the Newton/Lynch package makes sense.

    chea – I’d go Stafford/Newton this week, but you have three Top 12 options. Can’t go wrong

  21. Double G says:

    you’re ranking Brady higher than Romo even though the numbers say Romo’s matchup better. Would you start Brady over Romo this week?

  22. Isaac says:

    2 qb league Kaep rivers and pryor. ive been relying on kaep the past few weeks but hes not producing do i bench him for pryor. and for TE bennet or witten

  23. Rico says:

    Flex week 5 Tavon Austin or Brain Hartline? Also should I run both backs Murray and Moreno from the same game or bench Moreno and play Woodhead? Thanks

  24. Len says:

    hoyer flacco luck – which two for week 5?

  25. Rico – For the RB, I’d have no issue using two from the same game on opposite teams. As for the FLEX, I would say Hartline is a little safer but Austin has the higher upside. I’d lean Austin, but it depends on your risk tolerance.

    Len – Hoyer & Luck

  26. Long says:

    Again feeling pressed to start Pryor but Brady killed it last week. Thoughts?

  27. Tom says:

    I have Rivers and Brady, who should I start this week?

  28. Double G says:

    Romo or Brady?

  29. Steve says:

    Have Luck, with Pryor and Eli available. Would you start either of them this week over Luck, and which one would you prefer?

  30. Michael James says:

    I have Daulton and Cutler, should I drop one or both of them for Hoyer, Shaub, or Big Ben??

  31. josh hanson says:

    I have cam newton and tony romo, all the projections I’ve looked at says they should be pretty close in point for week 5. Anyone got on oppion on who is better to start?

  32. Double G – I can’t sit Brady

    Steve – I actually prefer both over Luck this week, with Pryor being my first choice by Manning just behind (the Giants have to breakout sooner or later)

    Michael James – Over the full season I like the two you have best, but for this week only I would go with Hoyer

    Josh Hanson – I actually have it as a coinflip as well. I would lean Newton, but barely, so go with your gut.

  33. Rob says:

    Who should i start this week? Matt Ryan or Michael Vick? I like Vick’s match-up this week against the NY Giants. But i sat Ryan out last week in favor for Romo and ended up shooting myself in the foot. I drafted Ryan 4th and he is my #1. I just happened to get Vick in a 3-man trade last night. Any ideas anyone?

  34. AnthonyG says:

    Ok I’m in a slight debate, I have Rivers, Luck, and Tannehill…I’m starting Rivers & I’m indecisive as to start Luck against Seattles secondary or Tannehill against Baltimore….Any suggestions would be highly appreciated

  35. Matt Ryan or Terrelle Pryor this week? And Andre Ellington or Jason Snelling?

  36. steve says:

    Hey racking my brain between Romo or Pryor. Thanks

  37. Fitz..Torrey Smith…and Austin Pettis for WR2 and Flex?

  38. Kevin Rosenberg says:

    Start Tony Romo or Tom Brady?

  39. Rico says:

    I’m stuck on my flex should I start Tavon Austin, Brain Hartline or Danny Woodhead?

  40. zach says:

    Vick or Romo? Really tough one for me

  41. Kevin Rosenberg – I would go Brady. I just can’t sit him.

    Rico – Austin probably has the highest upside

  42. Rico says:

    Ok hartline, Andre Johnson or Ben Tate?

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