Week 5 QB Rankings: Quarterback Fantasy Stats & Projections

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Already through four weeks, we have seen many different quarterbacks. We got to see the first of Dwayne Haskins this week and the continued usage of Daniel Jones. Josh Rosen still appears to be the starter in Miami, but they will have a bye week to think that over. Teddy Bridgewater is still running the Saints’ offense without Drew Brees, and Kyle Allen is leading the Panthers while Cam Newton recovers. Looking forward to Week 5, here are the top 25 quarterbacks and their projections.

Week 5 QB Rankings

RankTierPlayerTeamOpponentWeek 5 Projection (PPR)
11Patrick MahomesKansas City ChiefsIndianapolis Colts27.98
21Lamar JacksonBaltimore RavensPittsburgh Steelers23.30
31Deshaun WatsonHouston TexansAtlanta Falcons22.91
42Russell WilsonSeattle SeahawksLos Angeles Rams20.63
52Carson WentzPhiladelphia EaglesNew York Jets20.10
62Dak PrescottDallas CowboysGreen Bay Packers19.80
73Jamies WinstonTampa Bay BuccaneersNew Orleans Saints19.43
83Aaron RodgersGreen Bay PackersDallas Cowboys18.87
93Tom BradyNew England PatriotsWashington Redskins18.80
103Matt RyanAtlanta FalconsHouston Texans18.65
113Philip RiversLos Angeles ChargersDenver Broncos18.35
124Jacoby BrissettIndianapolis ColtsKansas City Chiefs17.86
134Kyler MurrayArizona CardinalsCincinnati Bengals17.64
144Jared GoffLos Angeles RamsSeattle Seahawks17.55
154Baker MayfieldCleveland BrownsSan Francisco 49ers17.38
165Andy DaltonCincinnati BengalsArizona Cardinals16.73
175Josh AllenBuffalo BillsTennessee Titans16.69
185Mason RudolphPittsburgh SteelersBaltimore Ravens15.97
195Daniel JonesNew York GiantsMinnesota Vikings15.83
205Jimmy GaroppoloSan Francisco 49ersCleveland Browns15.66
216Teddy BridgewaterNew Orleans SaintsTampa Bay Buccaneers14.88
226Kirk CousinsMinnesota VikingsNew York Giants14.31
236Marcus MariotaTennessee TitansBuffalo Bills13.98
246Joe FlaccoDenver BroncosLos Angeles Chargers13.62
256Kyle AllenCarolina PanthersJacksonville Jaguars13.31

Player To Watch

My player to watch is Jamies Winston. Winston started out slow but has improved every single week this season. Last week he threw for 385 yards with three touchdowns against a very solid Rams defense. Before facing Winston, the Rams had allowed one total passing touchdown all season which only makes his performance that more impressive. Winston is only rostered in 44% of leagues which really shouldn’t be the case. If you are looking for a solid quarterback pickup for next week, he should be your top target as they are playing a Saints’ defense that specializes in their run defense but falters more in coverage. With Peyton Barber and Ronald Jones still both not solidifying their spot in the backfield yet, Winston should be throwing more which is what the Buccaneers have done the past three weeks.

Don’t Get Too Excited

Marcus Mariota showed a very strong performance last week against the Falcons with 227 yards and three touchdowns. He had a very similar performance in Week 1 against the Browns where he had 248 yards and three touchdowns. He followed that game with a 154 yard and one touchdown game against the Colts who have a very sub-par pass defense. The Titans take on the Bills next week who have the second-best pass coverage in the league according to Pro Football Focus rankings. Mariota still isn’t a viable fantasy football option unless the Titans are playing a struggling defense.

Good Matchups

Tom Brady is set to face the Redskins this week. The Redskins are tied with the Cardinals for the most passing touchdowns allowed this season at 10. Brady had a very sad performance against the Bills last week with only 150 yards and an interception. This shouldn’t scare anyone though because he still is (debatingly) the best quarterback who ever played. This week should turn out to be a big bounce-back week. Like I mentioned earlier, the Cardinals have allowed the same amount of passing touchdowns. Playing the Cardinals is Andy Dalton. Dalton has regressed every week from the Bengals’ opening game against the Seahawks. Last week, the Steelers had their way with him as they intercepted him and forced a fumble while holding him to only 171 yards. A.J. Green is still sitting out with his injury which has greatly affected Dalton’s production, but this is the kind of matchup that Dalton can turn things around. The Bengals have yet to win a game which should be a motivating factor for Dalton.

Bad Matchups

Dak Prescott had looked phenomenal through Week 3. He had multiple touchdowns in all three games until they faced the Saints last week where he failed to throw any. The Packers have averaged one passing touchdown per game which is one of the best in the league. While it would be very hard to sit someone like Prescott, you may want to consider other options for this week since he is coming off a bad week and is facing a much tougher defense. On the flip side of this game, Aaron Rodgers will have a tough time facing a very talented Cowboys’ defense. The Cowboys have allowed the 2nd least amount of passing touchdowns as well as the tenth least amount of passing yards. While they have played against some of the worst offenses, it should still be a challenge for Rodgers. Last week, he threw for 422 yards with two touchdowns against one of the worst pass defenses in the league, the Eagles. Like Prescott, this is not a very good reason to sit Rodgers, but if you find yourself with two elite quarterbacks, you may want to choose the other this week.

Injury Watch

Josh Allen is currently listed as questionable for the Bills game against the Titans this week. While having a rushing quarterback is extremely valuable in fantasy leagues, there is always the increased possibility of injury which is what happened against the Patriots when he took a major hit to the head which knocked him out of the game. He is currently going through concussion protocol, but if he is unable to pass the tests, Matt Barkley will take over. Derek Carr is likely to play this week but is listed as questionable with a lower leg injury. X-rays have come back which reveal nothing bad, so there is not much to be concerned over but it is something to watch. Sam Darnold is last on the list but he isn’t necessarily injured. He is recovering from mono and has missed the Jets’ last two games. They luckily had a bye week last week for him to regain his health. He recently got cleared to throw and participate in non-contact drills which is a good sign of his full recovery. He still has to be fully cleared to play so unless that happens, Luke Falk is the Jets’ starter.

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