Week 5 Rankings – QB

Last week was a terrible week of bye’s for quarterbacks; the absence of Cam Newton or Aaron Rodgers is a tough blow to deal with for any team. This week is a little more kind, as Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Cassel, and Mike Glennon won’t be missed during their week off. Pretty standard rankings this week, with a few surprises towards the bottom. Without further ado…

Bye’s: Steelers, Vikings, Buccaneers, Redskins

QB (Opponent in Parenthesis)

1. Peyton Manning (@DAL) – 16-0. The touchdown to interception ratio that Manning has and the record his team is on pace for.

2. Drew Brees (@CHI) – He has over 30 fantasy points in the past games. He is the only player (any position) to have 30+ points in consecutive games in 2013.

If the Bears couldn't stop Stafford, how will they stop Brees?

If the Bears couldn’t stop Stafford, how will they stop Brees?

3. Cam Newton (@ARI) – Before the bye week, Newton steadily improved his play going from 12 to 16 to 28 fantasy points in his first 3 games. With an extra week to prepare for the Cardinals, I could see Newton continuing to improve.

4. Tom Brady (@CIN) – Brady put together his most complete game of the season last Sunday. Coming up against a Bengals defense that had trouble stopping the Browns, I foresee a big day for Tom.

5. Aaron Rodgers (DET) – Coming off a bye week, Rodgers is always a safe bet to have a solid game. However, don’t discount the Lions defense… the same unit that gave the Bears fits last week.

Rodgers and the rest of the Packers look to improve to .500 this week

Rodgers and the rest of the Packers look to improve to .500 this week

6. Matthew Stafford (@GB) – Kaepernick, Dalton, and RGIII all had their best games against the Packers defense this season.

7. Michael Vick (@NYG) – Theoretically, the Giants game is a great matchup for Vick. But with just 1 touchdown in his past 2 weeks, he’s getting hard to trust which is why he is outside my top 5.

8. Philip Rivers (@OAK) – 400 yards last week against a Dallas secondary that is much better than Oakland’s.

9. Terrelle Pryor (SD) – He has been cleared to play this week after sitting out last game with a concussion. Love the matchup here against the Chargers who have allowed the most fantasy points to opposing QB’s this year.

Matt Flynn is now 3rd string in Oakland. Think they are happy to have Pryor back?

Matt Flynn is now 3rd string in Oakland. Think they are happy to have Pryor back?

10. Matt Ryan (NYJ) – The Falcons QB has been very consistent this year. Even though the team isn’t winning as much as they hoped, Ryan will still get you fantasy numbers in the 18-22 range.

First five out: Colin Kaepernick, Tony Romo, Russell Wilson, Andrew Luck, Brian Hoyer

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