Week 6 QB Rankings: Quarterback Fantasy Stats & Projections

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There has been a lot of changes made so far this season at the quarterback position. This has been due to injuries, but also poor performance. In fact, there are seven teams that are starting a quarterback this week that didn’t start the season as their starter. This is my list of the top 25 quarterbacks for Week 6 including a list of their projections.

Week 6 QB Rankings

RankTierPlayerTeamOpponentWeek 6 Projection
11Patrick MahomesKansas City ChiefsHouston Texans
21Lamar JacksonBaltimore RavensCincinnati Bengals
31Deshaun WatsonHouston TexansKansas City Chiefs
42Matt RyanAtlanta FalconsArizona Cardinals
52Russell WilsonSeattle SeahawksCleveland Browns
62Tom BradyNew England PatriotsNew York Giants
72Dak PrescottDallas CowboysNew York Jets
83Kyler MurrayArizona CardinalsAtlanta Falcons
93Aaron RodgersGreen Bay PackersDetriot Lions
103Jared GoffLos Angeles RamsSan Francisco 49ers
113Philip RiversLos Angeles ChargersPittsburgh Steelers
123Carson WentzPhiladelphia EaglesMinnesota Vikings
133Jamies WinstonTampa Bay BuccaneersCarolina Panthers
144Matthew StaffordDetroit LionsGreen Bay Packers
154Gardiner MinshewJacksonville JaguarsNew Orleans Saints
164Teddy BridgewaterNew Orleans SaintsJacksonville Jaguars
175Colt McCoyWashington RedskinsMiami Dolphins
185Andy DaltonCincinnati BengalsBaltimore Ravens
195Baker MayfieldCleveland BrownsSeattle Seahawks
205Jimmy GaroppoloSan Francisco 49ersLos Angeles Rams
216Kyle AllenCarolina PanthersTampa Bay Buccaneers
226Marcus MariotaTennessee TitansDenver Broncos
236Kirk CousinsMinnesota VikingsPhiladelphia Eagles
246Sam DarnoldNew York JetsDallas Cowboys
256Devlin HodgesPittsburgh SteelersLos Angeles Chargers

“New” Faces

He isn’t a new face, but this week should be the return of Sam Darnold for the Jets. Darnold has only played in their Week 1 game against the Bills and has been kept out due to mono. On Tuesday, Sam Darnold was fully cleared medically to play and should be receiving all of the first-team reps during practices. Luke Falk did what he could as the Jets’ third-string but now will sit as Darnold’s backup. Darnold will have a tougher matchup against a Cowboys’ pass defense that has allowed just 220.4 yards per game and only three total touchdowns through five games. You may want to give Darnold a week to settle in before counting on him again. Ben Roethlisberger had a season-ending injury Week 2 against the Seahawks which sent Mason Rudolph in as the Steelers’ quarterback. Rudolph had been doing just fine leading the Steelers for the next two weeks, including a big win on Monday night in Week 4, but last week he took a vicious hit to the head that knocked him unconscious. That forced the Steelers to play their recently signed undrafted free agent, Devlin Hodges. Hodges will be starting this week’s game against the Chargers. The Chargers have a much worse run defense than pass defense in terms of yards allowed, so James Conner might have to be a bit busier in the offense. They have allowed nine passing touchdowns which is a lot for the number of yards they allow, so Hodges might get more work in the red zone if they are able to make it down there. Lastly, we have Colt McCoy. McCoy has started before for the Browns and Redskins, so he isn’t a totally new face. The Redskins are now trying their third quarterback, trying to find something that works. Case Keenum wasn’t the first answer and Dwayne Haskins just did not look ready last week. Now it is McCoy’s turn to see what he can do. The Redskins face a very favorable matchup this week against the Dolphins. The Dolphins have allowed 40.8 points per game. McCoy is bound to find the endzone multiple times this week which gives a good reason to possibly start McCoy this week if you are in need of fixing your quarterback spot. He could provide a fresh restart for teams scrambling to find a new quarterback.

Good Matchups

Besides Colt McCoy having the best matchup of the week, Kyle Allen also has a very good matchup against a poor Buccaneers’ secondary. The Buccaneers have allowed 323.6 passing yards per game with nine touchdowns. They have also averaged the most pass attempts against them this season. Kyle Allen should be preparing for a busy day with a lot of throwing opportunities and plenty of room for success. Matt Ryan also faces a very favorable matchup this week against the Cardinals. The Cardinals have allowed the second-most total passing touchdowns this season which is great for a quarterback with tons of weapons to throw to. Ryan has a top receiver in Julio Jones as well as high tier receivers in Calvin Ridley and Mohamed Sanu. The Cardinals run an up-pace offense with a lot of plays which means the Falcons will be getting the ball a lot more. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ryan scores as the top fantasy quarterback this week.

Bad Matchups

I didn’t even include Daniel Jones in the top 25 because of how bad this matchup is for him. He has yet to face a strong defense, especially one as strong as the Patriots. The Patriots haven’t given up a single touchdown through the air this season through five whole games. The Giants will continue to be without their star running back, Saquon Barkley, and lost his backup, Wayne Gallman, to a concussion injury last week. If it was possible for the Giants’ offense to look worse, this is it, and the matchup this week makes everything ten times worse. Daniel Jones should not be started in any type of league. I would even rather start Josh Rosen in two-quarterback leagues. Another quarterback facing a touch matchup is Jared Goff. He will be facing a 49ers defense that made Baker Mayfield look like the worst quarterback in the league on Monday night. Mayfield went 8/22 with 100 yards, 2 picks, and a fumble. The 49ers defense is making more and more of a case for them being one of the top defenses in the league. Jared Goff is still a startable quarterback nonetheless because of his multitude of solid options to throw to. It will be hard for the 49ers to guard them all, but not impossible. This will be one of the Rams harder games in a tough NFC West divisional battle. It will be important for Goff and the Rams to take over this game to give them a chance in one of the hardest divisions to win, but it will take everything he has.

I am a student at the University of Michigan studying Sport Management. I have been involved in sports as long as I can remember, playing football, baseball, and basketball. I also love learning how to play songs on the piano and ukulele.

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