Week 6 Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 30 Quarterbacks
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has thrown for 300-plus yards and multiple touchdowns in each of the team's past two games. Through five games, Cutler has now thrown for 1,368 yards and 10 touchdowns with six interceptions and has 72 rushing yards.
Those numbers are good enough to rank him 11th among quarterbacks in fantasy points this season and he has perhaps his best fantasy matchup of the season.
With the emergence of Alshon Jeffery, who set the franchise's single-game receiving mark last week, to go along with Brandon Marshall, the Bears have two legitimate weapons on the outside. Unlike last year, Cutler is spreading the ball around as the Bears have four players with at least 25 receptions through five games: Marshall (31), Jeffery (28), Matt Forte (27) and Martellus Bennett (25).
Hosting the Giants for Thursday Night Football, that trio will have an opportunity for another big game.
So far this season, only the Cowboys and Chargers have allowed more fantasy points to QBs than the Giants, who have allowed QBs to score 20-plus points in four consecutive games. In addition, they have allowed at least two passing touchdowns in all five games this season.
Coming off the torn ACL he suffered in the playoffs, Washington's Robert Griffin III has not had the same kind of fantasy success this season as he has had last season.
Through four games, RG3 has a total of 67 fantasy points, which puts him on pace for 268 on the year. Even though a missed a game (and half of another), he finished last season sixth overall among QBs with 304 fantasy points.
As he works himself back from the injury, Griffin III is averaging 300.5 passing yards per game, which is ninth in the NFL, but he has only six touchdowns and four interceptions. Even worse from a fantasy perspective, he has only 72 rushing yards through four games.
The good news is he's coming off a bye as he faces the league's friendliest fantasy defense for quarterbacks so far this season. The Cowboys have allowed three 400-yard passers in five games. Of the 13 400-yard games allowed this season in the NFL, the Cowboys are the only team to have allowed more than one.
Romo's matchup almost as favorable
If it weren't for a late interception, only his second in five games, the focus would be solely on Tony Romo's 506-yard, five-TD passing performance against the Broncos.
Only four other quarterbacks in NFL history have thrown for 500-plus yards and five-plus touchdowns in an NFL game.
On the season, Romo has the league's second-highest passer rating (114.3) behind only Peyton Manning (136.4). In addition, Romo is averaging 304.6 yards per game and has a 13:2 touchdown-to-interception ratio through five games.
The Cowboys will be in the national spotlight this week as they host the Redskins for Sunday Night Football and Romo gets another favorable matchup. Only three teams have allowed more fantasy points to opposing QBs this season than the Redskins, who also allowed Aaron Rodgers to throw for 480 yards in Week 2.
Shootout on MNF?
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is throwing the ball much less than he did last season. Luck is averaging only 31.2 pass attempts per game after throwing it 39.2 times per game last year.
Through five weeks, however, he is still the seventh in fantasy points among quarterbacks in part to his rushing stats. He has rushed 20 times for 135 yards and he is one of three quarterbacks to rush for two touchdowns.
Luck and Colts head west for Monday Night Football to face the Chargers, who have a fantasy-friendly defense. So far this season, only the Cowboys have allowed more fantasy points to opposing QBs.
Meanwhile, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has thrown for 400-plus yards in three of his five games this season. Oddly enough, he has less than 200 yards in his other two games.
Here are my Week 6 fantasy football quarterback rankings:
1. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos (vs. JAX)
2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (at NE)
3. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys (vs. WAS)
4. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (at BAL)
5. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts (at SD)
6. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins (at DAL)
7. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (at MIN)
8. Tom Brady, New England Patriots (vs. NO)
9. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (vs. TEN)
10. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers (vs. IND)
11. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears (vs. NYG)
12. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers (vs. ARI)
13. Matthew Stafford, Detriot Lions (at CLE)
14. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. OAK)
15. Eli Manning, New York Giants (at CHI)
16. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens (vs. GB)
17. Terrelle Pryor, Oakland Raiders (at KC)
18. Chad Henne, Jacksonville Jaguars (at DEN)
19. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (at BUF)
20. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (at NYJ)
21. Matt Schaub, Houston Texans (vs. STL)
22. Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams (at HOU)
23. Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns (vs. DET)
24. Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles (at TB)
25. Geno Smith, New York Jets (vs. PIT)
26. Mike Glennon, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. PHI)
27. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals (at SF)
28. Matt Cassel, Minnesota Vikings (vs. CAR)
29. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tennessee Titans (at SEA)
30. Thaddeus Lewis, Buffalo Bills (vs. CIN)
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