Philip Rivers. No matter how skeptical you might feel, he has put up elite numbers this year and last. It’s time to trust the man. This week he gets an atrocious Jets’ secondary at home, and we don’t see a reason to rank almost anyone higher than him at the quarterback position. You can add in the fact that the Chargers have been unable to establish a run game and the fact that they play an elite run defense this week. Expect big numbers from Philip Rivers, and start him with confidence.
Hello there, Eli Manning. We told you last week that Eli Manning has a cakewalk of matchups over the next four weeks, and he made the most of the first of those matchups. Manning put up 300 yards and four passing touchdowns against the Redskins last week, and he gets another porous secondary in Atlanta in Week Five. We like Manning as a streaming QB2 option for the next several weeks. Buy if you can, but his price may have already spiked. Hope you were reading last week! (Oh, and, stop reading the same-old fantasy analysis sites talking about Eli Manning as a waiver wire pickup this week instead of last.)
Although we liked Aaron Rodgers last week against Chicago, this week he plays on Thursday against a tougher Vikings’ secondary. The Vikings are allowing the sixth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, and according to research done by Salvatore Stefanile, only one in three quarterbacks will put up QB1 numbers on Thursday Night Football. And Charles Murphy told us that we should expect a dip in passing numbers for quarterbacks playing on Thursdays. We’re giving Rodgers a slight downgrade this week, but you’re still starting him.
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Ben Roethlisberger makes for a sneaky play this week, up against a terrible Jaguars defense. Big Ben has completed more than 68 percent of his passes this year, and he has a respectable six touchdown to two interception ratio. Against one of the worst secondaries in the league, you can expect Roethlisberger to put up solid QB1 numbers this week.
As for injuries and backups, this article goes live first thing Wednesday morning so we don’t have any news on a few situations. Keep an eye on Arizona, St. Louis, and Minnesota. Arizona plays in Denver this week, but we don’t know yet whether Carson Palmer is healthy enough or whether we’ll see Drew Stanton again. We’d like Palmer (and the Cardinals’ skill position players) much better. For St. Louis, we could see either Shaun Hill or Austin Davis. For Minnesota, we should get news soon because it’s a Thursday game, but we’ll see if Teddy Bridgewater‘s ankle is healthy enough to play. For all of those players, their rankings could change dramatically with the week’s news. Keep your eyes out for word out of each city this week.
Check out the podcast for more 2QB/Superflex discussion: If you’d like to hear deeper thoughts on our rankings, as well as some disagreements we might have, check out this week’s podcast episode on Week 5 QB rankings, or check out the podcast over on iTunes.
That said, let’s get into our Week 5 Quarterback Rankings.