Fantasy Football: Our Initial Week 6 Quarterback Rankings
As expected, the Broncos announced today that Tim Tebow will be their starting quarterback after the team's bye.
Interestingly enough, that game will be played at Sun Life Stadium, the home of the Miami Dolphins and Miami Hurricanes. The Dolphins have dubbed the day "Gator Day," as they honor the 2009 Florida team that Tebow led to a BCS Championship.
Tebow, who was on our pickups list this morning, completed only four passes in relief of Kyle Orton, but he threw a touchdown pass to running back Knowshon Moreno and ran for a touchdown as well.
While Tebow may leave some (or a lot) to be desired when it comes to his ability as a pocket passer, Tebow has seven rushing touchdowns in 50 career rushing attempts. Last year, he ranked second among quarterbacks in rushing touchdowns (six) despite playing in only nine games and having 43 rushes.
In his three starts at the end of the 2010 season, Tebow completed less than half of his passes (40-of-81), but he threw for 651 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 199 yards and three scores. In those games, he scored more than 23 fantasy points every week and averaged more than 28 fantasy points per game.
But you'll have to wait for Gator Day to see his next start.
In addition to Denver (and Tebow), five other teams are on bye in Week 6: Tennessee (Matt Hasselbeck), Kansas City (Matt Cassel), Arizona (Kevin Kolb), San Diego (Philip Rivers) and Seattle (Tarvaris Jackson and Charlie Whitehurst).
Here are some more quarterback notes for Week 6:
- Speaking of goal-line quarterbacks, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton now has five rushing touchdowns. Only Minnesota's Adrian Peterson and Arizona's Beanie Wells have more rushing touchdowns (six). But Newton also ranks fourth in the NFL in passing yards (1,610).
- Eagles quarterback Michael Vick had more than 400 yards of offense (315 passing and 90 rushing) last week and became the NFL record holder for career rushing yards by a quarterback, surpassing former Eagles quarterback Randall Cunningham. However, Vick also threw four interceptions, one of which was returned by Nick Barnett for a touchdown. Through five games, Vick has more interceptions (seven) than he had in all of (or 12 games in Vick's case) last year (six).
- Curtis Painter has thrown 68 passes in three games this season and has no interceptions. He also has four touchdown passes, all of them caught by Pierre Garcon.
- Rams quarterback Sam Bradford has a passer rating of 70.8, second lowest among all qualified leaders ahead of only Kerry Collins. Bradford has thrown only one interception in 151 pass attempts, but he has also thrown only three touchdowns and has completed fewer than 50 percent of his passes. The Packers, who have the second-most interceptions (10), have allowed the third-most passing yards (299.8) this season.
- Playing with a sprained foot and a bad offensive line facing the league's top-ranked scoring defense going into last week was far from ideal. If you played Roethlisberger, however, you enjoyed his five-touchdown performance, which ties a career high set back in 2007 against the Ravens.
- Tampa quarterback Josh Freeman continues to struggle. Freeman threw no touchdowns and two interceptions in a 45-point blowout loss on Sunday. Through five games, Freeman has thrown twice as many interceptions (six) as he's thrown touchdowns (three). That's only three touchdowns in 178 pass attempts.
- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw for 321 yards, but had only one touchdown. The last regular-season game in which Brady threw for less than two touchdowns was in Week 7 last year. He also threw his first-ever redzone interception at home.
- For only the second time this season, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo should have a healthy (or healthier) Miles Austin and Dez Bryant at receiver in the same game. Romo, who ranks fifth in the NFL in passing yards per game (318.3), faces the Patriots, who have allowed a league-worst 326.6 passing yards per game.
Here are our top 25 fantasy quarterbacks for Week 6:
1. Aaron Rodgers, Packers (vs STL)
2. Tom Brady, Patriots (vs DAL)
3. Drew Brees, Saints (at TB)
4. Michael Vick, Eagles (at WAS)
5. Cam Newton, Panthers (at ATL)
6. Tony Romo, Cowboys (at NE)
7. Matthew Stafford, Lions (vs SF)
8. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers (vs JAC)
9. Eli Manning, Giants (vs BUF)
10. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bills (at NYG)
11. Matt Ryan, Falcons (vs CAR)
12. Matt Schaub, Texans (at BAL)
13. Joe Flacco, Ravens (vs HOU)
14. Josh Freeman, Buccaneers (vs NO)
15. Colt McCoy, Browns (at OAK)
16. Mark Sanchez, Jets (vs MIA)
17. Alex Smith, 49ers (at DET)
18. Jay Cutler, Bears (vs MIN)
19. Sam Bradford, Rams (at GB)
20. Rex Grossman, Redskins (vs PHI)
21. Jason Campbell, Raiders (vs CLE)
22. Andy Dalton, Bengals (vs IND)
23. Donovan McNabb, Vikings (at CHI)
24. Curtis Painter, Colts (at CIN)
25. Matt Moore, Dolphins (at NYJ)
Throughout the week, we will update our rankings, as necessary. In addition, our rankings for other positions will be available at TheTipDrill.com, our fantasy section, on Wednesday.
If interested, here is our free Week 6 fantasy football contest.
Good luck in Week 6!
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