Fantasy Football Week Five Rankings: Quarterbacks

Michael WhooleySenior Writer IOctober 7, 2009

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 13:  Quarterback Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles signals celebrates after a touchdown in the first half of their NFL season opener against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on September 13, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

We’re now entering the second week with teams on byes, and there are big names at the quarterback position that won’t be playing in week five.

Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears, Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers, Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers, and Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints are all on byes this week.

There are some players that have favorable matchups this week, but with four of the top quarterbacks out, the projected point totals this week for the position aren’t as high as they have been in weeks past.

To find out where the rest rate and to identify potential spot starters in case you own one of the four players mentioned above, then continue reading the Bruno Boys Fantasy Football Week Five Quarterback Rankings.


1. Peyton Manning (Indianapolis Colts) @ Tennessee

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning has had an illustrious career thus far that has been marked by many record-setting performances across the years. But what Manning has done in the first quarter of the season has been quite amazing. Manning has gone over 300 yards in every game and has thrown nine touchdowns with just one interception.

This week he faces a Tennessee Titans defense that hasn’t stopped anything and ranks tied for last against the pass. Expect Manning to continue his dominant ways.

Point Projection: 24 points


2. Donovan McNabb (Philadelphia Eagles) vs. Tampa Bay

Donovan McNabb could’ve played a couple weeks ago had it been an important game, but with it being early in the season, the Philadelphia Eagles knew they had a bye week on the horizon and they decided to rest him. The move paid off as backup Kevin Kolb led the team to a 1-1 record in McNabb’s absence and gave them hope for the future.

McNabb returns to play against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who have a defense that is 31st in total yards allowed and 25th in points allowed. It will be a welcome return for McNabb and his fantasy football owners that have been waiting patiently to plug him into their lineup.

Point Projection: 20 points


3. Matt Schaub (Houston Texans) @ Arizona

We expected more out of Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub last week, though his stat line wasn’t bad. This week he finds himself in another favorable matchup against the Arizona Cardinals, and the results this time will be much more favorable.

The Cardinals have given up seven passing touchdowns and only had two interceptions before their Week Four bye. With wide receiver Kevin Walter giving Schaub another option in the passing game, it will be tough for a marginal Cardinals secondary to contain a surging Texans offense.

Point Projection: 19 points


4. Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers) @ Detroit

Are the Pittsburgh Steelers a running team or a passing team? Even though it was running back Rashard Mendenhall that helped lead the Steelers to a win over the San Diego Chargers last week, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger still made a mark through the passing game with 333 yards and two touchdowns.

This week the Steelers will travel to Detroit to take on the Lions, who have allowed a league-high 12 passing touchdowns. Expect Big Ben to put together another game of 300 passing yards and two touchdowns.

Point Projection: 18 points


5. Tony Romo (Dallas Cowboys) @ Kansas City

The Dallas Cowboys offense has been hit and miss this season, as they’ve played well against the bad teams and poorly against the good ones. It’s been a similar case for quarterback Tony Romo as well.

Luckily for Romo and the Cowboys, they travel to Kansas City this week to take on a Chiefs defense that is ranked 28th in the NFL in passing yards allowed and 29th in the league in points allowed. Thus, this should be the week we project Romo to get back on track. If he doesn’t, you are going to want to consider him a matchup play moving forward.

Point Projection: 17 points


6. Brett Favre (Minnesota Vikings) @ St. Louis

Coming off a huge win over the Green Bay Packers, Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre is off to a great start to the season. It certainly appears there’s no slowing down No. 4, and that’s perfectly fine with Vikings fans.

The St. Louis Rams enter this game ranked 27th in the league in points allowed, so expect Favre to throw two touchdowns in this game and reach double digits through just five games.

Point Projection: 17 points


7. Eli Manning (New York Giants) vs. Oakland   **CHECK INJURY STATUS**

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has had multiple-touchdown performances in each of the last three weeks, including throwing for three scores in a win over Kansas City last week. However, Manning will enter this game hobbled by what has been labeled as plantar fasciitis on his right foot, which caused him to leave the game last week.

Manning insisted in post-game interviews that he could’ve stayed in the game had it been necessary, which leads us to believe he will play this week against the Oakland Raiders. However, continue to monitor his status throughout the week because the Giants should have no problem handling the Chiefs with or without Manning’s presence.

If he plays expect another 200-plus passing yards and two touchdowns out of Manning.

Point Projection: 16 points


8. Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens) vs. Cincinnati

It was expected that Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco would play well this season, though even we admit we’re a little shocked by just how well he has performed this year.

Consider that the offensive coordinator in Baltimore, Cam Cameron, is an offensive genius who has also helped develop Philip Rivers of the San Diego Chargers, and it’s not too surprising to see why the Ravens have unleashed Flacco this year.

This week Flacco will play at home against the Cincinnati Bengals, a team that is ranked 26th against the pass.

Point Projection: 15 points


9. Tom Brady (New England Patriots) @ Denver

After a subpar performance in Week Two against the New York Jets, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has rebounded well. In each of the last two weeks he’s gone over 250 yards and thrown a touchdown without an interception. Wide receiver Wes Welker is back in the lineup as well, and that really helps open up the offense for the Patriots.

The Denver Broncos have been one of the best defenses in the league so far against the pass, but their run will end here as Brady will handle that aggressive defense with poise.

Point Projection: 15 points


10. Kurt Warner (Arizona Cardinals) vs. Houston

The Cardinals are hoping the bye week gave them time to shore up the issues they’ve been having along the offensive line. Quarterback Kurt Warner is a great player, but when he’s under intense pressure from a defense, he’s had the tendency to not secure the ball well.

This week he’ll face a Houston defense that doesn’t give up a lot of passing yards yet still ranks just 22nd in the league in points allowed. Warner may find a couple scores, but don’t expect him to have a typical 300-plus-yard game like many of his fantasy football owners have been accustomed to through the years.

Point Projection: 14 points


11. Carson Palmer (Cincinnati Bengals) @ Baltimore

The play of Cincinnati quarterback Carson Palmer, especially late in games, this season has been spectacular and is a big reason why the Bengals are 3-1 right now. However that play hasn’t always translated to a ton of fantasy football points.

Outside of a Week Three showdown with the Steelers, the Bengals and Palmer will face their toughest test yet this season by traveling to Baltimore, a team that has more interceptions (six) than passing touchdowns allowed (five). Should Palmer and the Bengals emerge victorious, then perhaps it’s time to officially declare them back to their 2005 form.

Consider him a low-end QB1 play this week.

Point Projection: 13 points


12. Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons) @ San Francisco

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan was spectacular in the first two weeks of the season before he struggled against the Patriots in week three. Even against a tough San Francisco 49ers defense, you can expect Ryan and the Falcons to execute in this football game.

Even if the Falcons take care of business on the road, you still have to limit your expectations of Ryan this week, as the 49ers rank 10th in passing yards allowed and second in points allowed.

Point Projection: 13 points