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Week 5 QB Rankings and Streaming Options

QB rankings and streaming advice for Week 5 of the 2018 fantasy football season.

This past Thursday Night Football game gave us two quarterbacks with 400-plus passing yards in a thrilling shoot out – though the real story was Mitchell Trubisky on Sunday, who flashed brilliance and justification for his second-overall-draft-selection with five touchdown passes in the first half and six total on the day. He made the Fitzmagic come to an end, Jameis Winston’s return seemingly meaningless, and forced head coach Dirk Koetter to want to “fire every person that was on the field.”

Meanwhile, Josh Allen’s fantasy value came plummeting back to earth as Deshaun Watson and Andrew Luck seemed to shed the rust off, finishing QB6 and QB3 respectively on the day.

As for my picks, Joe Flacco sustained his fantasy productivity with over 350 passing yards and two touchdowns, his best performance so far this season, and Andy Dalton made a significant bounceback in a close win in Atlanta, landing him in the top 10 (QB9) for the week. Baker Mayfield showed his rookie stripes with four turnovers against the Raiders, three of which turned into Raider touchdowns in a wild overtime loss. However, with just under 300 yards passing and two touchdowns, his potential as the Browns’ franchise quarterback remains.

Pick QB ESPN Points QB Rank
TwoQB Baker Mayfield 12.8 22
Streamer Joe Flacco 22.2 12
Bounceback Andy Dalton 24.8 9

While I’d love to stream whichever team plays the Buccs for the foreseeable future, their bye week takes that option off the table (also enjoying their bye week, Chicago) which provides some interesting streaming options for Week 5.1

Week 5 Quarterback Rankings

Quarterback Matchup Ranking
Cam Newton vs NY Giants 1
Philip Rivers vs Oakland 2
Matt Ryan at Pittsburgh 3
Drew Brees vs Washington 4
Ben Roethlisberger vs Atlanta 5
Patrick Mahomes vs Jacksonville 6
Deshaun Watson vs Dallas 7
Jared Goff at Seattle 8
Matthew Stafford vs Green Bay 9
Blake Bortles at Kansas City 10
Andy Dalton vs Dolphins 11
Aaron Rodgers at Miam 12
Tom Brady vs Indianapolis 13
Andrew Luck at New England 14
Alex Smith at New Orleans 15
Kirk Cousins at Philadelphia 16
Ryan Tannehill at Cincinnati 17
Joe Flacco at Cleveland 18
Derek Carr at LA Chargers 19
Marcus Mariota at Buffalo 20
Case Keenum at NY Jets 21
Dak Prescott at Houston 22
Russell Wilson vs LA Rams 23
Eli Manning at Carolina 24
Carson Wentz vs Minnesota 25
Josh Rosen at San Francisco 26
Baker Mayfield vs Baltimore 27
CJ Beathard vs Arizona 28
Josh Allen vs Tennessee 29
Sam Darnold vs Denver 30

TwoQB Pick of the Week – Blake Bortles at Kansas City

Projected: 19.2
Ownership: 18.1%
GSLP: 20.3

While the story of the season has been Patrick Mahomes and his electrifying offense, the Kansas City defense has been bad. They rank among the lowest in the league in sack and turnover rates and are averaging 28 points allowed on the season. Should Mahomes continue to do his thing against the Jags defense, Blake Bortles will have to keep up.

Meanwhile, Leonard Fournette stuck on the sidelines has worked in Bortles’ (fantasy) favor. He’s averaging 33 yards per game on the ground and 274 in the air. While Bortles’ production hasn’t yet maintained QB1 potential, he’s a high-upside sleeper in QB2 or superflex leagues.

Favorite Streamer – Marcus Mariota at Buffalo

Projected: 14.0
Ownership: 20.4%
GSLP: 13.5

Marcus Mariota, who was reported to be too injured to be the starting quarterback the last couple weeks, was back in the starting spot in Week 4 due to back-up Blaine Gabbert’s own injury. Given his career-high performance — which included a near 70 percent completion rate, 344 passing yards, two passing and one rushing touchdown, and an additional 46 yards on the ground — he seemed to be plenty healthy.

While we don’t want to get caught up in the isolated Week 4 performance, it does help that it was Mariota’s first full game under offensive coordinator Matt LaFleur. Mariota has been largely boom-or-bust since being drafted number two overall in the 2015 NFL draft, but it’s not for lack of ability or lack of talent — as proven by Corey Davis’ game-winning touchdown and Week 4 breakout performance of his own.

With the Titans riding high after their win against the defending Super Bowl champions, they look to use that momentum into a victory over the Bills in a juicy matchup for Mariota. The Buffalo defense is 28th in the league in pressure rate and significantly lacking in pass rush. If Josh Allen continues to struggle, I expect Mariota to have plenty of chances on the field to give fantasy owners the returns they’ve been hoping for.

“Bounceback Candidate” – Ryan Tannehill at Cincinnati 

Projected: 16.7
Ownership: 32%
GSLP: 18.5

The roller coaster ride that is Ryan Tannehill did not show up to Gillette Stadium after a hot 3-0 start. After an interception, a fumble, and zero touchdowns, Tannehill was eventually pulled for Brock Osweiler in the second half when the game’s loss was seemingly inevitable. I can confidently say going into Week 5 that Tannehill should exceed his zero-point fantasy day last week.

With the need to recover from last week’s disaster, Tannehill faces a Bengals defense with the second-weakest pass rush in the league. Meanwhile, Andy Dalton has thrown for well over 300 yards each of the last two weeks and should encourage Tannehill to try to keep up.

He may not deliver a win for the Dolphins, but Tannehill should manage to bounce back to QB2 numbers in this Week 5 matchup.

  1. Ownership and projected are from from ESPN Fantasy. Rankings are based on GSLP, FPPG and matchup. GSLP models are run three times – 8 weeks back, 6 weeks back and 3 weeks back and averaging results. Therefore rookies that are trending well will be somewhat overstated when compared to second-year players that saw limited usage and their results looking back are weighed down by their bad games from last season.  (back)

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