Week 5 marks the beginning of the official bye weeks, though with only two teams scheduled to sit the options are still plentiful. With some intriguing options for low-end QB1, let’s take a look at who we should be starting and who should be left on your bench for the coming week:
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Minnesota
- Lamar Jackson – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cincinnati
- Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Las Vegas
- Josh Allen – Buffalo Bills – at Tennessee
- Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – vs. New York Giants
- Kyler Murray – Arizona Cardinals – at New York Jets
- Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans – vs. Jacksonville
- Drew Brees – New Orleans – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
- Teddy Bridgewater – Carolina Panthers – at Atlanta
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Carolina
- Justin Herbert – Los Angeles Chargers – at New Orleans
- Ryan Tannehill – Tennessee Titans – vs. Buffalo
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Philadelphia
- Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – at Washington
- Joe Burrow – Cincinnati Bengals – at Baltimore
- Gardner Minshew – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Houston
- Tom Brady – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Chicago
- Philip Rivers – Indianapolis Colts – at Cleveland
- Daniel Jones – New York Giants – at Dallas
- Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings – at Seattle
- Derek Carr – Las Vegas Raiders – at Kansas City
- Nick Mullens – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Miami
- Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Pittsburgh
- Ryan Fitzpatrick – Miami Dolphins – at San Francisco
- Nick Foles – Chicago Bears – vs. Tampa Bay
- Teddy Bridgewater is coming off a solid day against the Cardinals, throwing for 276 yards and 1 TD while adding an additional rushing TD. While he’s not typically a QB1, against the Falcons (who have allowed the most points per week to opposing QB) and with the bye weeks starting he’s going to be slotted in as a low-end option this week.
- With Michael Thomas potentially returning and taking on a Chargers’ defense that’s been among the worst in the league at stopping opposing QB (1,099 yards and 8 TD), what’s not to like about the upside of Drew Brees? He hasn’t been the dominant player we’ve come to expect, but fire him up as a low-end QB1.
- Don’t get overly excited about the matchup of Kirk Cousins against the Seahawks. Seattle’s struggled stopping QB on the ground (119 yards, 3 TD), and that’s not Cousins’ game. Throw in 6 TD vs. 6 INT for the veteran, and even with the bye weeks starting he’s more of a QB2.
- There were big things expected from Philip Rivers with the move to Indianapolis, but he hasn’t thrived thus far with just 4 TD over the first four weeks. Things get easier this week, with a matchup against the Browns, so don’t give up on him quite yet.
- If the Giants’ offense is ever going to get right, a matchup against the Cowboys should be the perfect spot to do it. Time will tell, but if you need a QB2 Daniel Jones is well worth the gamble.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 5 rankings: