Fantasy Football Week 6: Top 5 quarterbacks to start
By William Schneiderhan
Here are the top 5 quarterbacks to start in fantasy football for Week 6 of the NFL season.
Five weeks down, 12 more weeks to go. The NFL season is in full swing. We have a soft idea of what teams and players are for real, and those that are pretenders. So, how’s your fantasy football team and season? Maybe you are undefeated, or you’re 1-4. Either way, there is still more than enough time to re-write the script and make some noise in your fantasy league.
Last week’s edition of top 5 quarterbacks to start in fantasy football saw three players finish as top 10 scorers in ESPN PPR Standard scoring leagues. However, the fifth and first signal callers on the list had themselves brutal games. Those players were Jared Goff at five and Matt Ryan at one.
Goff? Probably still too early to lock him in as a legit threat. He only mustered up 14.3 points. Ryan? One of the more inconsistent fantasy football QBs so far this season. He scored 14.4.
Tom Brady came away with 27.5, Ben Roethlisberger accumulated 21.6, and Philip Rivers racked up 21.4 points. Not bad, who makes this week’s list? Let’s breakdown the top five quarterbacks worth starting in Week 6.
5. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts have had their fingers crossed when it comes to the health of their franchise quarterback. Andrew Luck had missed a huge chunk of time due to injury, which led to a lot of uncertainty surrounding him.
Well, Luck is back, and he looks like he is finally getting himself back into shape. He started out slow, but he has gone for 20+ fantasy points the last two weeks.
Week 4 he dropped 35.7, and he followed up that performance with a 22.6 day against the New England Patriots in Week 5. Luck owners would be more optimistic and likely to start him if he didn’t fall victim to a ton of drops by his receivers.
Yes, T.Y. Hilton‘s health is up in the air for Week 6 when the Colts travel to the big apple to play the New York Jets. But, the Jets secondary has been handicapped by injuries, meaning Luck could be in for a big day.
Next: 4. Kirk Cousins
4. Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings
Kirk Cousins and his massive contract have been the talk of the town ever since the signal caller inked a deal to take his talents to Minnesota. How has he followed that up? By being one of the more inconsistent gunslingers in the league.
Like Luck, Cousins has had his big days and his down days. Based on that trend, he is due for a big week against the Arizona Cardinals.
Cousins has compiled 30+ fantasy points twice, but he has also gone for under 15 points twice as well. While the Cardinals have been a bad football team, they have done a good job limiting fantasy production from opposing QBs.
However, Cousins and the Vikings know they need to get on a roll here, especially at home. Look for Cousins and company to throw up some points, which is an easier task when you have Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs at your disposal.
Next: 3. Patrick Mahomes
3. Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City Chiefs
It may be time to label the Kansas City Chiefs as a “for real” football team. They withstood their toughest test yet, a Week 5 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Patrick Mahomes didn’t have his best game. Actually, one could say he had the worst game of his NFL career, which was only because he threw two picks.
The Chiefs finding a way to beat one of the league’s best teams while their budding star of a QB had a down day is a huge plus. But, don’t expect showtime Mahomes to do that in back-to-back weeks.
Week 6 marks another prime time, tough game as the Chiefs travel to New England to play Tom Brady and the Patriots. Mahomes will want to shred the Pats defense and put on another show in front of the whole nation.
Next: 2. Tom Brady
2. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
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Some fans and experts were crazy enough to deem the season dead for the New England Patriots after the team suffered a slow start to the season. All the Pats have done since? Win two games and average 38 points-per game in that time.
Part of that success is because Tom Brady is one of the best to ever do it, and another part is the fact Brady finally has play makers.
Yes, Brady had people to throw the ball to before. However, the addition of Josh Gordon and Julian Edelman coming back from suspension will help immensely.
Brady and his offensive weapons will look to shred one of the worst secondaries in the NFL. This game may become an old-fashioned shoot out.
Next: 1. Aaron Rodgers
1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Times are confusing in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Instead of having one of the best teams in the league, the Packers find themselves with a 2-2-1 record.
The Packers are struggling to find a true identity on the offensive side of the ball. They are struggling so much that quarterback Aaron Rodgers was very vocal about how frustrated he is.
Regardless, Rodgers is still the cream of the crop in reference to fantasy football quarterbacks. He led all signal callers with 28.7 points in Week 5.
Week 6 Rodgers and the Packers host the San Francisco 49ers. He will want to follow up Week 5’s abysmal loss with a big win at home.