by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
The NFL season is quickly flying by, as we are already five weeks into the season. While we still have some questions, at this point we have a pretty good idea about what matchups are favorable and who we can trust (and who we can’t). Let’s use that knowledge to good use as we put together our Week 6 rankings:
- Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – vs. Jacksonville
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at New England
- Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Washington
- Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – at San Diego
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Baltimore
- Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Minnesota
- Robert Grifin III – Washington Redskins – at Dallas
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. New Orleans
- Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – vs. Indianapolis
- Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – vs. New York Giants
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Tennessee
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Cleveland
- Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Chicago
- Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Arizona
- Terrelle Pryor – Oakland Raiders – at Kansas City
- Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Green Bay
- Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – at Buffalo
- Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams – at Houston
- Matt Schaub – Houston Texans – vs. St. Louis
- Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Oakland
- Nick Foles – Philadelphia Eagles – at Tampa Bay
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at New York Jets
- Mike Glennon – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Philadelphia
- Brandon Weeden – Cleveland Browns – vs. Detroit
- Geno Smith – New York Jets – vs. Pittsburgh
- New England has actually had a pretty good passing defense this season (228.6 passing yards per game, 4 TD), but does anyone think they are going to be able to slow down Drew Brees and the Saints? Don’t count on it…
- Tony Romo is coming off a game where he threw for 506 yards, 5 TD and 1 INT, albeit in a shootout against Peyton Manning. That said, he walks into another favorable matchup with the Washington Redskins (9 passing TD allowed in just 4 games). Obviously he’s not going to match his Week 5 performance, but he should be viewed as a very good option in all formats.
- While Cam Newton threw 3 INT in his matchup with the Cardinals, he also was able to get 308 yards, the first time he has been over 230 yards this season. The matchup is favorable (Minnesota is allowing 326.0 passing yards per game and have allowed 10 passing TD), so consider Newton a viable option in all formats.
- We remain unsure if we can trust Philip Rivers, but he keeps producing and the Chargers’ running game is virtually non-existent this season. Look for them to continue using a short passing game in lieu of a running game, just helping to boost Rivers numbers. He’s played his way into being a viable QB1 in all formats.
- The 49ers had a big lead, and therefore Colin Kaepernick only threw the ball 15 times. Regardless, his 113 yards passing represent the fourth consecutive game he has been at 167 or fewer. While the matchup against the Cardinals isn’t a bad one, does anyone really believe that they can trust him at this point?
- The Giants allowed Nick Foles to come into a relief role and throw for 197 yards and 2 TD. Does anyone not believe in Jay Cutler? Yes, a short week has to play a role but he still has to be considered among the better options in the league.
- With Calvin Johnson’s status questionable at this point and drawing a Cleveland defense that has allowed just 2 passing TD on the season, Matthew Stafford is a borderline option for the coming week. Is he usable? Sure, but consider your other options.
- Eli Manning is an interception machine this season, but he’s still producing yards and TD as the running game has been non-existent. Don’t downgrade him in the least, as he should remain a solid QB2 in all formats.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 6 Rankings: