Bye weeks are here, folks. On the quarterback front, that means Jared Goff, Davis Mills, Derek Carr, and Ryan Tannehill are all out in Week 6. Be sure to make the necessary adjustments to your lineups. In addition to bye weeks, injuries have left their mark on the position. Baker Mayfield will miss a couple of weeks with a high-ankle sprain and PJ Walker will take over. The former XFL quarterback is not afraid to sling the ball and could breathe some much-needed life into the Panthers. Additionally, Teddy Bridgewater is in concussion protocol with fellow quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Skylar Thompson is the last man standing in Miami, so monitor the situation as the week progresses. There’s much to consider this week, so let’s get to those Week 6 quarterback rankings and notes.
Bye Weeks: DET, HOU, LVR, TEN
- After a sluggish start to the season, Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay offense are humming along. Now that his top receivers are healthy, Brady has thrown for over 350 yards in back-to-back games. That shouldn’t change in Week 6. Brady gets a tasty matchup against the Steelers, who are allowing 20.37 fantasy points to quarterbacks. Pittsburgh has been one of the best teams to exploit through the air — they’ve given up the second-most passing yards and passing touchdowns this season. Fire up Brady this week. Let’s Go!
- I was wrong about Geno Smith. Last week I said that despite Smith’s strong start to the season, he should only be considered in favorable matchups. But Smith proved otherwise. He went 16-for-25 for 268 yards and three scores against the Saints, who had only given up a total of three touchdowns on the season at that point. Smith gets a nice matchup this week against the Cardinals who have surrendered the eighth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Smith is the QB6 on the season, and will likely be a viable quarterback most weeks moving forward – especially if the Seahawks’ defense continues to bleed points each week.
- Kirk Cousins gets a plus matchup this week against Miami. The Dolphins are 31st against quarterbacks this season and have surrendered the fifth-most passing yards to the position. Cousins hasn’t thrown for multiple touchdowns in a game since Week 3, but that should change this week.
- Daniel Jones is quietly having a solid fantasy season due in large part to his mobility. His 230 rushing yards on the season trail only Lamar Jackson (374) and Jalen Hurts (266). He also has a couple of rushing touchdowns under his belt. Jones gets a favorable matchup this week against Baltimore. The Ravens are the fourth-best matchup for quarterbacks. They’ve allowed the most passing yards to the position, and have given up three rushing touchdowns to quarterbacks, tied for league-most. Jones – and his legs – should be able to take advantage.
- Russell Wilson and the Denver offense have struggled to get much going this season. The Broncos have scored the second-fewest points after five weeks of play (75), and Wilson’s 59.4% completion rate is the worst of his career. While the upcoming matchup against the Chargers is more favorable than not, Wilson is dealing with a partially torn lat in his throwing shoulder, and left tackle Garrett Bolles is out for the season with a broken leg. Wilson is more of a QB2 than a must-start option right now.
Week 6 Quarterback Rankings