Week 5 Rankings (2020): Top 25 Quarterbacks


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:

  1. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Minnesota
  2. Lamar Jackson – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cincinnati
  3. Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Las Vegas
  4. Josh Allen – Buffalo Bills – at Tennessee
  5. Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – vs. New York Giants
  6. Kyler Murray – Arizona Cardinals – at New York Jets
  7. Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans – vs. Jacksonville
  8. Drew Brees – New Orleans – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
  9. Teddy Bridgewater – Carolina Panthers – at Atlanta
  10. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Carolina
  11. Justin Herbert – Los Angeles Chargers – at New Orleans
  12. Ryan Tannehill – Tennessee Titans – vs. Buffalo
  13. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Philadelphia
  14. Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – at Washington
  15. Joe Burrow – Cincinnati Bengals – at Baltimore
  16. Gardner Minshew – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Houston
  17. Tom Brady – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Chicago
  18. Philip Rivers – Indianapolis Colts – at Cleveland
  19. Daniel Jones – New York Giants – at Dallas
  20. Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings – at Seattle
  21. Derek Carr – Las Vegas Raiders – at Kansas City
  22. Nick Mullens – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Miami
  23. Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Pittsburgh
  24. Ryan Fitzpatrick – Miami Dolphins – at San Francisco
  25. 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:

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends


  1. What’s up Professor? Would you feel comfortable starting CeeDee Lamb over DJ Moore for this week and maybe longer till Moore turns it around? League is PPR Thanks man.

  2. Hi Prof,
    I have burrow and brady. Last week with Godwin being out, I sat Brady and he had a monster game. This week, Godwin is out again and Evans is questionable. What I’m thinking is…if Evans starts, I roll with Brady. If Evans sits, I bench Brady and go with burrow.

    That make sense? Or is burrow’s matchup so much better that I should just roll with him?


  3. Full PPR Week 6 QB issue ( yes I am thinking ahead) Drop Brady vs GB for Herbert vs NYJ? Week 6 bye for Wilson need replacement. And ROS too?

  4. Prof, I need to pick up a QB off the waiver this week just in case Josh Allen does not play. My choices are Cousins, D. Jones, or Garoppolo. I am leaning Cousins because I think the three of them are all very similar for his week, but Cousins is the only one of the three with a different bye week than Allen, so I could roster him to cover week 11 as well. Thoughts?

    Second question, related to the first: Who would you drop to make room for my second QB? Thinking either Duke Johnson or Preston Williams. Its a full point PPR league. Both players are deep on my bench.

    Thanks Prof!

    • I’d probablt drop Johnson, but that depends on your depth there.

      As for the QB, I’d lean Jones but it’s a complete coinflip with Cousins so go with your gut

  5. Hey there Prof.

    How much of a difference between Burrow and Ryan in starting one of them?

    And as for RBs will you pick 3: Jacobs, D. Johnson, Mike Davis, J. Jackson, or Henry (do I even risk that)

    • RB – Davis / Jacobs / Henry (I don’t like the other two enough, tough it’s a huge risk obviously)

      As for the QB, I’d go Ryan but it’s not nuts to go Burrow

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