Fantasy Football Week 6 Rankings: Quarterbacks

Michael WhooleySenior Writer IOctober 17, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 11:  Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks for an open man in a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Lincoln Financial Field on October 11, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

In Week 5 there was some fantastic quarterback play to watch in the NFL, including Carson Palmer leading the Cincinnati Bengals on a come-from-behind win over the Baltimore Ravens in the last minute of the game, some beautiful touchdown passes by Donovan McNabb of the Philadelphia Eagles and all-around dominating play by the Seattle Seahawks Matt Hasselbeck, who had four touchdown passes. But on the other side there was also some atrocious quarterback play. No need to list stats because for those that saw these games they know how bad it was, but Derek Anderson of the Cleveland Browns, Trent Edwards of the Buffalo Bills and JaMarcus Russell of the Oakland Raiders were all downright terrible.

To make sure your starting quarterback doesn’t fall into the latter category this week continue on reading the Bruno Boys Fantasy Football Week 6 Quarterback Rankings.

1. Donovan McNabb (Philadelphia Eagles) @ Oakland

After a couple weeks out because of a rib injury and then a bye week, McNab triumphantly reintroduced himself to the league last week with a 264-yard, three-touchdown performance in a win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Two of his touchdowns came on passes over 40 yards, including a gorgeous 51-yard strike to wide receiver Jeremy Maclin in the first quarter. With or without McNabb at the helm the Eagles offense has been dominant so far this season and the getting the starter back at quarterback will only help. This week McNabb is matched up against an Oakland defense that is 27th in the league in points allowed.
Point Projection: 23 points

2. Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers) vs. Detroit

The offensive line was a mess for the Green Bay Packers in their loss to the Minnesota Vikings two weeks ago and it was a large part of the reason quarterback Aaron Rodgers struggled. The Packers had a bye last week and since then they resigned right tackle Mark Tauscher and have seen the health of left tackle Chad Clifton improve. Those are good signs for the Packers as they head into the game with the Detroit Lions. Even if those two offensive linemen don’t play this week you can still expect a big game out of Rodgers as the Lions are 27th in the league in passing yards allowed and last in points allowed.
Point Projection: 22 points

3. Brett Favre (Minnesota Vikings) vs. Baltimore

So much for the Minnesota Vikings being a running team. Opposing teams continue to stack the box with the hopes of stopping running back Adrian Peterson, and to a degree it has worked as Peterson’s only 100-yard game came in the regular-season opening win over the Cleveland Browns. But in the last four weeks since the opener Favre has thrown eight touchdowns against two interceptions. This week he faces a Baltimore Ravens defense that has suspect cornerbacks at best in guys like Fabian Washington and Frank Walker, who were routinely beat in the loss to the Bengals. Expect Baltimore to load up to stop Peterson, allowing plenty of passing lanes for Favre. This ranking could be a bold prediction from us but until Favre starts turning the football over he will continue to play at a high enough level to be considered a top fantasy quarterback.
Point Projection: 20 points

4. Matt Hasselbeck (Seattle Seahawks) vs. Arizona

It was believed that Seneca Wallace would start at quarterback for the Seahawks against the Jacksonville Jaguars but Matt Hasselbeck overcame his rib injury in time to play. And if the injury was still bothering him it didn’t show as Hasselbeck went off for the aforementioned 241 yards and four touchdowns in the win over the Jaguars. This week the Arizona Cardinals come to town and their aggressive pass defense has not played well this year. Arizona is last in the league in passing yards allowed.
Point Projection: 19 points

5. Tom Brady (New England Patriots) vs. Tennessee

Even with wide receiver Wes Welker healthy and back in the lineup something still isn’t right with the New England Patriots offense. Whether it’s quarterback Tom Brady’s throws that just aren’t quite on the money like they used to be or if opposing teams have finally figured out how to slown the Patriots down but something is up. But if there was one thing that could help Brady and New England get back on track this week it’s a home game against the struggling and winless Tennessee Titans. Tennessee had a terrific defense last year but this year they are among the last in the league in pass defense (31st), total defense (23rd) and points allowed (29th). To add insult to injury, Titans cornerback Nick Harper is out for at least six weeks with a broken right forearm.
Point Projection: 18 points

6. Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers) vs. Cleveland

It’s been the Ben Roethlisberger show for the Pittsburgh Steelers this season. The quarterback has been scoring more and more fantasy points each week, partially because his team has been involved in a lot of close games thus forcing the need to pass the ball. That trend does not appear to be going away either as the Steelers have given up the most fourth quarter points in the NFL this season. Suffice it to say that Roethlisberger will continue to rack up the fantasy football points. Oh yeah, the Steelers are playing the Cleveland Browns at home this week. This just in — the Browns stink.
Point Projection: 18 points

7. Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints) vs. New York Giants

It appears a little early to be holding the NFC Championship game but whatever, we’ll let it slide as long as we get to watch two great quarterbacks dual each other in the Superdome. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has been on fire this season but he hasn’t faced a defense as good as the Giants, and that’s the primary reason he’s not higher in our rankings this week. It could be argued that the Giants defense is the best out there this season as they are third in points allowed and first in total yards and passing yards allowed.
Point Projection: 17 points

8. Jay Cutler (Chicago Bears) @ Atlanta

Since his atrocious performance in week one Chicago Bears quarterback has played exceptional this season and is a large part of the reason the team was 3-1 entering their bye week last week. Running back Matt Forte has struggled running the ball and the defense is dealing with some key injuries but Cutler has been consistently good for the Bears and appears to be finding a good rhythm within the offense. This week the Bears will travel to Atlanta, which is not an easy place to play, but that shouldn’t affect Cutler too much. He thrives in conditions like this. And though the Falcons haven’t given up a ton of points this year, they do rank just 21st in pass defense.
Point Projection: 17 points

9. Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens) @ Minnesota

Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco was fairly mediocre in last week’s loss to the Bengals but one has to wonder if it was partially due to the uninspired playcalling of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron or the surprisingly good Cincinnati defense. Truth is, it was a combination of both that limited Flacco last week as he recorded his first single-digit fantasy football performance of the season. Expect a rebound this week from Flacco as he faces a team with defensive backs that can hit well but aren’t great in coverage.
Point Projection: 17 points

10. Philip Rivers (San Diego Chargers) vs. Denver

The running game has sputtered for the San Diego Chargers but quarterback Philip Rivers continues to roll. Rivers’ best games came over two of the AFC’s best defenses in Baltimore and Pittsburgh so there shouldn’t be too much concern about him facing the Denver Broncos this week. The Broncos are fifth in passing yards allowed, second in total yards allowed and first in points allowed, however this is the type of game Rivers thrives in. It’s also a boost that the Chargers will play this one at home where the weather should be much more favorable.
Point Projection: 16 points

11. Eli Manning (New York Giants) @ New Orleans  **CHECK INJURY STATUS**

Despite dealing with plantar fasciitis New York quarterback Eli Manning started the game last week and threw for 173 yards and two touchdowns before taking a seat on the bench as the Giants built a big lead early in the win over the Raiders. Plantar fasciitis is a serious injury so the fact that Manning played at all last week was impressive but then he went out and played really well. This week you should temper your expectations a little as the Saints are very good at creating turnovers.
Point Projection: 16 points

12. Matt Schaub (Houston Texans) @ Cincinnati

Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub has been putting up some awesome numbers since a disastrous week one performance, but that’s partially because of a lack of a good running game. Eventually that will catch up with the Texans offense but as long as Schaub has Andre Johnson and Kevin Walter to throw he should be OK. And OK is just what you should expect out of Schaub this week as he faces the Bengals in Cincinnati. The last three weeks the Bengals defense has four interceptions and allowed just two touchdowns.
Point Projection: 15 points