by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
We are six weeks into the season and have gotten a good idea of who is worth using and who should be avoided most weeks. Obviously injuries (like in Atlanta) and matchups (like for Tom Brady this week) are going to downgrade some quarterbacks, so let’s take a look at how our rankings currently look:
- Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – at Indianapolis
- Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Denver
- Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – at Philadelphia
- Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – at Washington
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Cleveland
- Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. St. Louis
- Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Jacksonville
- Robert Griffin III – Washington Redskins – vs. Chicago
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Cincinnati
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at New York Jets
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Tampa Bay
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Arizona
- Nick Foles – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Dallas
- Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Minnesota
- Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers – at Tennessee
- Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – at Detroit
- Brandon Weeden – Cleveland Browns – at Green Bay
- Chad Henne – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. San Diego
- Mike Glennon – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Atlanta
- Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – vs. Buffalo
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Baltimore
- Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – at Pittsburgh
- Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams – at Carolina
- Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Houston
- Geno Smith – New York Jets – vs. New England
- Tony Romo has a favorable matchup, though he’s actually now been under 250 yards in three of the past four games (170 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT against the Redskins in Week 6). Is anyone not going to trust him, however? He has the weapons and the Eagles have allowed 314.5 passing yards per game, as well as 13 TD. With Demarco Murray banged up as well, Romo should be in line for a big day.
- With Green Bay’s receiving corps banged up there are going to be questions surrounding Aaron Rodgers this week. Of course, we all know that he can still make plays and generate plenty of fantasy points. Maybe he gets downgraded slightly depending on who plays and who sits, but he’s still going to be a Top 5 option.
- While Robert Griffin didn’t throw a touchdown in Week 6, he did run for 77 yards showing that he still can make things happen on the ground. That adds significant upside to his value and is a must use option in all formats.
- Cam Newton has 3 passing TD and 1 rushing TD in two of his past three games. With another favorable matchup (St. Louis has allowed 11 passing TD on the season), he’s well worth using in all formats.
- It has been a strong season for Jay Cutler (1,630 yards, 12 TD) and facing the Redskins should help him further improve those numbers. Washington is in the bottom ten in the league in passing defense, allowing 271.6 yards per game and 10 TD, while managing just 3 INT. That’s always the biggest question with Cutler, and if we aren’t scared of that there’s no reason to think that he won’t thrive.
- Tom Brady has one passing touchdown in the past two games. Really?!?!? With the Rob Gronkowski drama continuing to rage on, it’s hard to count on Brady as anything but a low-end option against a tougher Jets defense. Is he still a QB1? Absolutely, but not a must use one.
- Will it be Nick Foles or Michael Vick? Time will tell, but whoever it is has a favorable matchup and well worth considering, depending on your alternative, in all formats.
- Eli Manning has a favorable matchup and, despite being a turnover machine, has put up some decent numbers this season (1,721 passing yards). Is it hard to trust him? Absolutely, but it’s hard to consider him anything but a high-end QB2.
- Mike Glennon had a much better second game, throwing for 273 yards, 2 TD and 1 INT against the Eagles. With Atlanta being a favorable option (12 passing TD allowed), he’s well worth considering as a QB2.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 7 rankings: