Week 6 Rankings (2013) – Top 25 Quarterbacks

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:

  1. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – vs. Jacksonville
  2. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at New England
  3. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Washington
  4. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – at San Diego
  5. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Baltimore
  6. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Minnesota
  7. Robert Grifin III – Washington Redskins – at Dallas
  8. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. New Orleans
  9. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – vs. Indianapolis
  10. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – vs. New York Giants
  11. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Tennessee
  12. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Cleveland
  13. Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Chicago
  14. Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Arizona
  15. Terrelle Pryor – Oakland Raiders – at Kansas City
  16. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Green Bay
  17. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – at Buffalo
  18. Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams – at Houston
  19. Matt Schaub – Houston Texans – vs. St. Louis
  20. Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Oakland
  21. Nick Foles – Philadelphia Eagles – at Tampa Bay
  22. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at New York Jets
  23. Mike Glennon – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Philadelphia
  24. Brandon Weeden – Cleveland Browns – vs. Detroit
  25. 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:

Week 6 Rankings (2013) - Top 40 Running Backs
Week 5 Rankings - Top 15 Kickers


  1. James A says:

    I have Tom Brady with Matt Ryan on bye. Even before his debacle against Cincy, I don’t trust him against the Saints this week. The poor guy just doesn’t have anyone to throw to. Cutler is available vs the Giants, but I would have to drop a RB or WR to make that happen. Stay with Brady or drop someone for Cutler?


    Tom Brady
    Arian Foster
    Deangelo Williams
    Torrey Smith
    Eric Decker
    Jordan Cameron
    Josh Gordon

    Matt Ryan
    Steven Jackson
    Bilal Powell
    Desean Jackson
    Mike Wallace
    Jason Witten

    Thanks for the help with yet another solid 4-0 weekend!

  2. Shawn says:

    Went with rivers over cam last week and it payed off. was thinking cam this week but rivers has been more consistent,what you think? Cam or Rivers. (4 points for Passing TDs)

  3. Dave says:

    I am in a 2 QB league, I have Colin Kaepernick, Mike Vick, and Terrel Pryor. I also have the number 1 waiver priority this week. Would you think using the waiver to pick up Foles is a must? I am concerned about Pryor vs KC Defense.

    • I don’t think Foles is a lock to produce at all, so I’d probably stay the course with Kaepernick/Pryor.

      If you want to grab Foles to stash him in a 2 QB league, that works, but I wouldn’t grab him to use him.

  4. Lambda says:

    Our waiver wire is pretty bare. Vick is my starter but I have Pryor as my backup. Is it worth dropping Pryor to pick up Foles?

  5. Christie says:

    I have Geno Smith and Kapernik to choose from this week. The experts are saying KP, but he has put up some pretty crappy numbers this year, with GS coming out ahead in total points. Who should I start this week?

  6. Keegan says:

    With Vick out I need a replacement. I had Pryor at back up, but Eli and Matt Schaub were just released. Which of the three should I play? Also, Hankerson, Hartline, or Thompkins?

  7. Whisper says:

    Been having a lot of upset on who I sit and who I play I need a comeback what you think about this weeks line up for me and which defense should I go with? Thanks for your input

    Line up starter

    Andrew luck
    Eric decker
    Brandon Marshall
    Le ‘Von bell
    Arian foster
    Vernon Davis
    Vincent Jackson

    Back up:

    Fred Jackson
    M jones drew
    Anquan boldin


  8. ben says:

    I have Drew Brees and Tom Brady. Any suggestions for week 6?

  9. Keegan – I actually like Eli best for this week

    Whisper – hard to argue with what you have set and I’d go Cincinnati

    Ben – I’m going Brees

  10. johnson says:

    I have Colin kaepernick, Terrelle Pryor, and Joe Flacco… who should I start week 6? ..

  11. jake says:

    I have Cam Newton and Jay Cutler. Any suggestions on who to start week 6?

  12. Double G says:

    I followed your advice and started Brady over Romo last week (UGH!). What about this week?

    • Ugh is right. I’d go Romo, though if Gronkowski is going to play it could change slightly.

    • James A says:

      I still say start Romo. I don’t think Brady is going to do much against the resurgent Saints defense. I mean, I hope he does because I have him in one of my leagues, but Romo definitely has the better supporting cast and matchup.

  13. Keegan says:

    Schaub, Foles, or Pryor?

  14. sammy says:

    start philip rivers vs colts or cam newton vs vikings?

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