Week 4 of the NFL season was a wild one, meaning there were some crazy fantasy football performances for many players. Here’s this week’s edition of top five quarterbacks to start this week.
Last week’s edition of top five quarterbacks to start had three of the five players end up as top 10 scorers in ESPN PPR Standard scoring leagues. Deshaun Watson was sixth with 31.1 points, Matt Ryan was eighth with 29.3, and Andy Dalton came in behind Ryan with 24.8 points.
The point leader in Week 4 was Chicago Bears signal caller Mitchell Trubisky. He went off with six touchdown tosses, resulting in 43.5 points.
Jared Goff had himself a day as well, as he finished one spot behind Trubisky with 39.3. Will any of those guys make this week’s list? Check it out.
5. Jared Goff, Los Angeles Rams
Need a reason to start Jared Goff? Watch the replays from Week 4’s dominant performance against the Minnesota Vikings.
As mentioned before, Goff was the second highest scoring quarterback with 39.3 points. He threw for five touchdowns and 465 passing yards. You may be thinking “he must have played a bad team with an awful secondary”. Wrong. Goff dissected perhaps one of the toughest defenses in the NFL.
The Vikings were missing some of their pass rush help, but they still had most of their vaunted cornerback/safety players. Goff will look to replicate his Week 4 in Week 5 against the Seattle Seahawks.
Next: 4. Philip Rivers
4. Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Rams
Goff’s fellow LA gunslinger, Philip Rivers, comes in at number four. Rivers has been a familiar face to this weekly list, but he has yet to prove himself a must start.
Rivers has been consistent, scoring an average of 22.6 points-per-game. However, fantasy football owners have been waiting for one of those classic big games from him.
But, that wait may be coming to an end. Why? Because of the emergence of a couple of more weapons for Rivers. Running back Austin Ekeler and wide receiver Mike Williams have made a solid name for themselves the past couple of weeks.
Put those two with Keenan Allen and Melvin Gordon and Rivers has weapons scattered all over the field. Rivers will look to use all of them in Week 5 against the Oakland Raiders, the team that just gave up 42 points to the Cleveland Browns at home.
Next: 3. Ben Roethlisberger
3. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Big Ben and his Pittsburgh Steelers are in a very bad situation. There is a ton of off the field distractions going on, and they find themselves at the bottom of their division.
Ben Roethlisberger and his offense have been very inconsistent early on this season. One week they look great, the next week they look bad. This past week was one of those bad weeks.
So, Roethlisberger may be on track for a big day against the Atlanta Falcons. Of course, the Falcons have been hammered with injuries in their secondary.
However, the Steelers know they cannot afford to keep slipping. Therefore, we can probably expect a massive fantasy day from Big Ben in Week 5.
Next: 2. Tom Brady
2. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
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Remember when the New England Patriots lost in Detroit on national TV in Week 3? Neither do the Pats and Tom Brady.
Fans were sent into a frenzy after that loss, causing some people to actually think Brady and the Patriots were finally done. Well, wrong.
The Patriots throttled the division-leading Miami Dolphins in Week 4. Brady had himself a solid fantasy day as well with 19 points.
Brady gets set to play the Indianapolis Colts in Week 5, which means he is in for a big day. Oh, yeah, he will also have Julian Edelman back. Meaning, Brady will have Rob Gronkowski, Josh Gordon, Edelman, and company.
Next: 1. Matt Ryan
1. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Matt Ryan will face Roethlisberger and the Steelers on the road in Week 5. Ryan has been one of the best quarterbacks in the league over the past month.
After struggling a little bit in Week 1 and the first half of Week 2, Ryan has gone off for the Atlanta Falcons. Finding a new deep threat in Calvin Ridley hasn’t hurt.
Add Ridley to the already stacked offensive attack by the Falcons, and you get a recipe for a lot of fantasy points from Ryan. Yes, Devonta Freeman has been hurt, but Tevin Coleman has filled in well.
Ryan is this week’s number one QB to start in fantasy football. Get your hands on him if you can, because he may take a huge step for the rest of the season.