Week 6 of the NFL season is nearly upon us as the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans get set to square off Thursday night. It's now time where NFL fantasy players could potentially win themselves some separation in the leagues they play in.
It's also the time when your usual starting quarterback could be on a bye week. A fantasy player that is trying to get higher in the standings will need to find a capable replacement if they don't have one on the bench.
With Carolina, Chicago, Jacksonville and New Orleans on their bye weeks, that means Cam Newton, Jay Cutler, Blaine Gabbert and Drew Brees are of no use to you this week. Fantasy players that have Newton and Brees as their starters will definitely need a capable replacement.
Here are four quarterbacks that more than fit that description.
(All Availability and Projections are from fantasy.nfl.com)
Opponent: Buffalo Bills
Projected Points: 14.52
Kevin Kolb has had an up-and-down career so far, but it looks like things might be coming together for him in Arizona. After losing his starting job to John Skelton in the preseason, Kolb regained it in the fourth quarter of the Cardinals first game.
Leading the Cardinals to a 4-1 record, Kolb improved his fantasy score each week from Week 1 (6.54) to Week 4 (20.96). Last week was a disappointing game for Kolb, getting sacked nine times and only achieving a fantasy score of 9.76.
Against the Buffalo Bills, whose defense was clearly overrated going into the season, Kolb will be able to bounce back and should be able to do more than he is projected to.
Opponent: St. Louis Rams
Projected Points: 16.82
Through the first five weeks of the season, Ryan Tannehill's fantasy totals have been like a yo-yo.
Week 1: 2.66 Week 2: 19.40 Week 3: 6.14 Week 4: 17.24 Week 5: 8.52
As the projection shows, that yo-yo effect looks like it will continue this week. Even though Tannehill is going up against a defense that has only allowed two passing touchdowns, he has shown that he can pass for a large amount of yards even without lots of touchdowns.
Opponent: Washington Redskins
Projected Points: 19.46
The Minnesota Vikings have been one of the surprise teams of the NFL this season. With a 4-1 record, they are tied with the Chicago Bears for first in the NFC North. Christian Ponder has been a big part of that, throwing six touchdowns and 1,082 yards in the first five weeks.
Against a team like the Washington Redskins, who have allowed the second-most passing yards in the NFL, Ponder should be able to continue his climb up the fantasy charts. That will, of course, lead to another win for the Vikings.
Opponent: New York Jets
Projected Points: 8.02
While Andrew Luck is owned in most fantasy leagues, if he's still available in yours, you should definitely pick him up after last week's performance against Green Bay.
After a disappointing Week 1 game against Chicago, in which he threw three interceptions, Luck has done nothing but improve over his next three games. Coming off a 28.88 fantasy point outburst against Green Bay, I would expect him to once again get close to 20 points.
Disregard the projection here as Luck should be able to succeed against the New York Jets.