Injuries are starting to pile up at the quarterback position. Anthony Richardson will miss several weeks with a Grade 3 AC joint sprain. Deshaun Watson is looking iffy to suit up in Week 6 due to a shoulder bruise, and Daniel Jones is questionable with a neck injury. Also, Jordan Love and Kenny Pickett are on the bye-week shelf, thinning out the position even more. But don’t sweat it. I’ve got you covered with my Week 6 quarterback rankings and notes. Let’s get to it! UPDATE: Both Watson and Jones have been ruled out for Week 6. P.J. Walker and Tyrod Taylor will get the respective starts. Both should be avoided against tough defenses this week, if possible.
Bye Weeks: GB, PIT
- Justin Fields has been unstoppable the last two weeks. He threw four touchdowns in back-to-back games after failing to throw more than one touchdown in each of his previous three games. Much of his success is due to Fields stepping up his passing game. He’s averaged 309 passing yards and 9.7 yards per attempt in his last two games — up from an average of 175 yards and 5.9 yards per attempt over his previous three weeks. Fields should keep his foot on the gas in Week 6. The Bears host a Vikings defense that has given up the seventh-most fantasy points to the position. They’ve also allowed all but one opposing quarterback to score multiple touchdowns through five weeks. Look for Fields to put up another electric stat line in Week 6.
- Trevor Lawrence is coming off a solid Week 5 performance. He completed 25-of-37 passes, throwing for a season-high 315 yards and a touchdown against the Bills. While Lawrence has yet to throw for multiple scores in four weeks, it was encouraging to see him be able to move the ball against a stout Buffalo defense. Lawrence should continue to be successful through the air in Week 6. He faces a beatable Colts secondary that is bottom-10 against quarterbacks and has allowed the second-most passing yards to the position this year. The last time Lawrence threw for multiple touchdowns this season was in Week 1 against the Colts. I like his chances for a repeat in Week 6.
- Matthew Stafford is coming off his best game of the season, fantasy-wise. He completed 21-of-37 pass attempts for 222 yards and two scores. It was the first time Stafford scored two touchdowns in a game this season. More multiple-touchdown weeks should be in store for Stafford, especially with Cooper Kupp back from injury. Stafford gets a favorable Week 6 matchup against a Cardinals defense that has allowed the fourth-most fantasy points and passing yards to quarterbacks this season. The Rams offense could explode this week, making Stafford a top-12 option for me in Week 6.
- Minshew Mania is back! With Anthony Richardson set to miss several weeks with a shoulder sprain, Gardner Minshew will be the Colts’ signal-caller. Minshew is worth a look if you’re scrambling for a quarterback this week. He gets a nice Week 6 matchup against a Jacksonville defense that has given up the fifth-most passing yards and eighth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks through five weeks. Also, if you’re into revenge game narratives, consider that an added bonus! Minshew doesn’t have Richardson’s rushing abilities, but he’s no slouch on the ground. As Jacksonville’s quarterback in 2019, Mishew racked up 344 rushing yards across 14 games — good for fifth-most among quarterbacks that year. I like Minshew as a mid-tier QB2 with upside in Week 6.
Week 6 Quarterback Rankings
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