Week 5: Quarterbacks

Brady is back, so is Mariota and Luck’s Thursday night game could keep him out of action again.


1. Tom Brady

2. Aaron Rodgers

3. Matt Ryan

4. Peyton Manning

5. Sam Bradford

Brady and the Patriots come off a week of rest and are ready to go against Dallas.  Dallas is 19th against the pass.  New England could have the football quite a bit and will be in position to score a lot.  Aaron Rodgers is back home this week taking on St. Louis.  Matt Ryan is facing a tough Washington defense.  But Atlanta’s offense is hot and Ryan always finds a way to get the ball to Julio Jones.  Look out for Leonard Hankerson facing his old team also.  Manning heads to Oakland.  The Raiders defense is 31st against the pass and Manning should be in store for a 3+ TD day.  Each week Sam Bradford plays he’s settling in a little more into the offense. Coming off his best fantasy week, he’s a must play at home.  This may mark the start of what Bradford owners have been waiting for.

6. Carson Palmer

7. Andy Dalton

8. Philip Rivers

9. Eli Manning

10. Drew Brees

This second tier of QB’s may be a bit lower scoring this week.  Carson Palmer heads to Detroit and is giving up 271 yards per game.  Andy Dalton threw for a ton of yards and a score last week.  Seattle comes in on short rest and I think Dalton has numbers similar to last week.  If Stevie Johnson can play it will help Rivers.  But getting gates back is big for the offense.  Eli Manning welcomes a 49ers team giving up 27.5 points per game.  there should be plenty of chances for new York to score.

11. Marcus Mariota

12. Blake Bortles

13. Tyrod Taylor

14. Derek Car

15. Russell Wilson

Mariota coming off a bye gives him another week to get better.  The rookie faces a Buffalo defense at home that has been torched by a few QB’s this season.  I expect Mariota to be a good start. Blake Bortles has been a solid start for fantasy owners.  He’s throwing a lot and the offensive weapons are growing around him.  Bortles should have another solid day in Tampa.  Taylor and the Buffalo offense laid an egg last week at home.  If Watkins is able to play this week it really opens up the passing game.  Carr has a tough test against Denver.  Russell Wilson and the Seahawks haven’t been a strong offense this year.  After a controversial Monday night win, I don’t like them to do a whole lot on the road in Cincinnati.  Andrew Luck who isn’t listed here is questionable Thursday.  There’s not a lot of news on him right now but it sounds like he will play.  Thursday night games can be ugly and unpredictable.  If you don’t have a better option this week I’d start him.


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