Fantasy Football Week 5 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

Eric StashinSenior Writer IOctober 2, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 30:  Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons looks to the officials for a call against the Carolina Panthers at Georgia Dome on September 30, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Can you believe that the NFL season is already 25 percent behind us?  In other words, fantasy owner’s patience is likely quickly running out.  If you don’t make a move now, time could quickly run out on your season.  With that in mind, let’s kick off our Week 5 rankings by taking a look at the quarterbacks.

  1. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Washington
  2. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Denver
  3. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Indianapolis
  4. Robert Griffin III – Washington Redskins – vs. Atlanta
  5. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. San Diego
  6. Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Cleveland
  7. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. Seattle
  8. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – at New England
  9. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – at Kansas City
  10. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Miami
  11. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at New Orleans
  12. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Philadelphia
  13. Michael Vick – Philadelphia Eagles – at Pittsburgh
  14. Christian Ponder – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Tennessee
  15. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – at Jacksonville
  16. Matt Schaub – Houston Texans – at New York Jets
  17. Ryan Fitzpatrick – Buffalo Bills – at San Francisco
  18. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Green Bay
  19. Alex Smith – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Buffalo
  20. Matt Hasselbeck – Tennessee Titans – at Minnesota
  21. Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – at Cincinnati
  22. Matt Cassel – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Baltimore
  23. Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams – vs. Arizona
  24. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Carolina
  25. Brandon Weedon – Cleveland Browns – at New York Giants



  • Matt Ryan is coming off a big Week 4 (369 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT), has already thrown for 1,162 yards and 11 TD and is taking on a Washington defense that is among the worst in the league.  They are one of two teams allowing over 300 passing yards per game (along with Tampa Bay) and have allowed a league high 11 passing touchdowns.  It is impossible not to consider him the top quarterback in the league right now.
  • It was another good week for Eli Manning, who threw for 309 yards, two TD and one INT against a tough Eagles defense.  If Hakeem Nicks is healthy and back in the lineup (that’s a big question mark at this point), things would look that much better.  However, the Browns are in the bottom five in the league in passing yards allowed (286.0 yards) and have also yielded nine TD.  Look for Manning and company to continue to roll.
  • While the Kansas City Chiefs aren’t allowing many passing yards per game, they have allowed 10 TD vs. just two INT.  With that in mind, do we really think they can slow down Joe Flacco and company?  Flacco is currently third in the league in yards, with 1,269, to go along with seven TD.  He’s a must start option at this point and likely to put up another big week no matter who the defense is.
  • Andy Dalton has quickly emerged as a must-start fantasy option, as his rapport with A.J. Green gets better and better every week.  Against a Dolphins defense allowing just under 300 passing yards per game (297.8), don’t expect him to slow down.
  • You have to like what Christian Ponder has done this season, and he also has a very favorable matchup against the Tennessee Titans.  With that said, he is coming off a week where he threw for just 111 yards and zero TD, showing us how inconsistent he can be.  Consider him a high-level QB2, but it is still tough to trust him.
  • Matt Schaub should make plays against the Jets, especially without Darrelle Revis in the lineup.  However, they could just as easily stick to what they do best, which is running the football.  That makes him a questionable option.
  • I know Ryan Tannehill threw for 431 yards in Week 4, but does anyone really expect a repeat performance?  Don’t overvalue him based on one week.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 5 rankings: