1. Robert Griffin III (vs. Atlanta)
Griffin is simply outstanding. There’s no denying his talent at this point, and there’s no reason to ever leave him on your bench again (save Washington’s bye week). RG3 is a good passer, but his biggest asset for fantasy purposes is what he can do with his legs. Look for Griffin to rush for better than 50 yards and a score against the Falcons.
Production prediction: 22-of-34, 274 yards, 52 rushing yards, three total touchdowns
2. Aaron Rodgers (at Indianapolis)
Rodgers got off to an underwhelming start this season, but he was also facing three very tough matchups. There’s nothing scary about Indianapolis’ defense, and you can expect him to perform more like he did last week against the Saints. A four-touchdown day from Rodgers should shock no one this week.
Production prediction: 28-of-40, 326 yards, three touchdowns
3. Matt Ryan (at Washington)
Ryan has been making his case for elite quarterback status this season. He’s on pace to throw for 44 touchdowns, and with Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez at his disposal, expect Ryan to continue torching opposing defenses at will. Washington has allowed 326 passing yards per game this season, but Ryan could surpass that number this week and add a few touchdowns as well.
Production prediction: 26-of-39, 314 yards, three touchdowns
4. Cam Newton (vs. Seattle)
Newton has struggled at times this season, and the Panthers are off to a 1-3 start. That said, Newton is still a quality play every week. Even against Seattle’s stout defense, Newton should put up good numbers. The Seahawks like to bring a lot of pressure with their linebackers, which will give Newton a lot of opportunities to do some damage with his legs this week.
Production prediction: 19-of-27, 268 yards, 46 rushing yards, two total touchdowns
5. Drew Brees (vs. San Diego)
Brees had his best performance of the season last week against the Packers, and he’ll continue to get better as the season progresses. New Orleans’ defense is atrocious, and the Saints will have to air it out early and often to stay competitive against the Chargers. Look for Brees to deliver for your fantasy team in a big way this week.
Production prediction: 32-of-50, 380 yards, two touchdowns
6. Eli Manning (vs. Cleveland)
Cornerback Joe Haden’s suspension has been extremely detrimental to the Browns’ pass defense this season, and he’ll miss his final game this week against the Giants. Manning has been superb most of the season, and his success will continue this week against the Browns. Manning has a lot of weapons at his disposal and should have no problem disposing of the Browns at home this week.
Production prediction: 26-of-43, 279 yards, three touchdowns
7. Michael Vick (at Pittsburgh)
Vick turned the ball over at an alarming rate in his first few games, but he seemed to settle in last week against the Giants. Even with Troy Polamalu and James Harrison likely back with the Steelers this week, Vick will have his opportunities to make some big plays. The Steelers have only forced three turnovers this season, and if Vick can take care of the football, he’s in for a big day.
Production prediction: 20-33, 237 yards, 41 rushing yards, two total touchdowns
8. Joe Flacco (at Kansas City)
He isn’t an elite quarterback yet, but Joe Flacco is on the cusp, and he’s coming off a good performance against the Browns in Week 4. With Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin both finally involved in the action, Flacco should take full advantage this week against the Chiefs. If Ray Rice can establish the running game early, Kansas City will be in a lot of trouble.
Production prediction: 26-of-39, 331 yards, two touchdowns
9. Tom Brady (vs. Denver)
Brady isn’t putting up the same gaudy stats we’ve become accustomed to, but much of that stems from New England’s desire to run the ball this season. Even so, Brady is a good play this week against the Broncos. Wes Welker has re-established himself in the offense, and with Gronkowski and a slew of other weapons at his disposal, Brady should have no problem keeping New England’s momentum rolling this week.
Production prediction: 24-of-39, 332 yards, two touchdowns
10. Peyton Manning (at New England)
Manning was very, very good last week against the Raiders, and all the worry he stirred up with his performance against the Falcons went by the wayside. Although New England’s defense picked off Ryan Fitzpatrick four times last week, it also gave up four passing touchdowns. Expect Manning to throw a couple touchdowns of his own this week en route to a big performance for you fantasy team.
Production prediction: 28-of-38, 325 yards, two touchdowns
11. Philip Rivers (at New Orleans)
Rivers isn’t the same quarterback he used to be, but this week against New Orleans, he’ll look more like Philip Rivers circa 2009. The Saints defense has been historically bad through four weeks this year. With Antonio Gates healthy again and Ryan Mathews toting the rock for the Chargers, Rivers will put on a show this week—just as every other quarterback facing the Saints has done.
Production prediction: 23-of-40, 277 yards, two touchdowns
12. Matt Schaub (at NYJ)
Schaub has thrown seven touchdowns and only one interception this season while carrying a quarterback rating of 105.3. Schaub threw four touchdowns against the Broncos in Week 3, and he could have another big game this week against the Jets, who are without superstar cornerback Darrelle Revis for the rest of the season. Schaub should have no problem dismantling the Jets this week.
Production prediction: 22-32, 247 yards, two touchdowns