A mix of injuries and bye weeks create a little bit of a murky outlook to Week 6, especially when you throw in some poor starts to 2019 as well as some difficult matchups. After you get past the first six to eight names on the list, just how trustworthy is any quarterback? That’s not to say that they are unusable, but there are definitely some surprises. Let’s take a look at how things currently shake out:
- Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Houston
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Cleveland
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Arizona
- Lamar Jackson – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cincinnati
- Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans – at Kansas City
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. New York Giants
- Kyler Murray – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Atlanta
- Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – at New York Jets
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Detroit
- Gardner Minshew II – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. New Orleans
- Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Carolina
- Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Minnesota
- Phillip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Pittsburgh
- Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – vs. San Francisco
- Kyle Allen – Carolina Panthers – at Tampa Bay
- Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Philadelphia
- Jimmy Garoppolo – San Francisco 49ers – at Los Angeles Rams
- Baker Mayfield – Cleveland Browns – vs. Seattle
- Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – at Baltimore
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Green Bay
- Teddy Bridgewater – New Orleans Saints – at Jacksonville
- Sam Darnold – New York Jets – vs. Dallas
- Josh Rosen – Miami Dolphins – vs. Washington
- Colt McCoy – Washington Redskins – at Miami
- Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans – at Denver
- The only defense to quiet Tom Brady and the Patriots’ game has been the Buffalo Bills, as he’s thrown for 2+ TD in all four other games and has three games of 300+ yards. We all know the New York Giants are not the Bills, and Brady should keep things rolling on Thursday night. Everyone wanted to believe that he was going to slow down this season, but for now he remains one of the elite.
- Lamar Jackson has continued to make an impact with his legs, rushing for 136 yards over the past two games. Unfortunately he’s also thrown 5 INT over that span, bringing back the questions as to whether or not he can make an impact with his arm. The Bengals aren’t a poor matchup, especially after watching Kyler Murray take 10 carries for 93 yards and 1 TD. Jackson is still worth using as a QB1, but there is risk.
- It’s been a rather disappointing season for Aaron Rodgers, throwing for 238 yards or fewer in four of five games and only managing 6 TD. That doesn’t mean that we’d write him off as a potential QB1, but he’s not as highly rated of an option as we are used to seeing him. That said, would you bet against a breakout performance?
- Has there been a bigger surprise then Gardner Minshew II? He’s thrown 2 TD in four of five games this season and is coming off a monster performance against the Panthers (374 yards, 2 TD). Taking on a Saints defense that has allowed the third most points per week to opposing quarterbacks and what’s not to like? We’d be even higher on Minshew if he had shown more with his legs (the Saints have allowed 4 rushing TD to opposing quarterbacks), but he’s still a viable QB1.
- It’s been a bit of a mixed bag of late for Jared Goff, having thrown 6 INT over his past three games but also throwing for 912 yards in his past two. It’s not going to be easy for him to keep things rolling against the 49ers, who have only allowed 679 passing yards on the season. Plus do we really expect him to continue throwing the ball 50+ times per week? He’s a borderline QB1, but he’s not an ideal choice.
- Searching for an under-the-radar option this week? The Panthers’ Kyle Allen may be an ideal candidate, taking on a Tampa Bay defense that’s allowed the sixth most points per week to opposing quarterbacks. Allen hasn’t done much over the past two weeks (413 yards and 1 TD), but we saw what he could do against Arizona and that at least puts him on RB2 radars.
Make sure to check out all of our Week 6 rankings: