2015 Fantasy Football Week 5 Rankings - QuarterbacksScoring: These rankings are based on standard-scoring formats -- one point per 25 passing yards and one point per 10 rushing yards plus four points per passing touchdown and six points per rushing touchdown.
[Note: These rankings are from Kevin Hanson and are for Week 5 only.]
Instead of missing the first four games due to league suspension, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is returning from a bye in Week 4.
And with extra motivation to stick it to the league (and all of his opponents), Brady has played as well as ever through the first three weeks of the season. In those games, Brady has averaged 370.67 passing yards and three touchdowns per game with no interceptions thrown.
Of course, his pace will slow, but that's a record-setting pace of 5,931 yards to go along with a 48:0 TD-to-INT ratio over 16 games.
With a minimum of 22.72 fantasy points in all three games, Brady is averaging a league-high 26.19 fantasy points per game. Just as impressive, Brady has finished as a top-six fantasy quarterback in all three games this season.
For what it's worth, the Cowboys have allowed the eighth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. That said, Brady is my top-ranked fantasy quarterback for the week.
Here are some more fantasy football notes on quarterbacks:
- Philadelphia's Sam Bradford entered Week 4 with three disappointing performances (QB19, QB30 and QB26, respectively) and more interceptions (four) than touchdowns (three) to begin the year. In those games, he averaged just 9.94 fantasy points per outing. From a fantasy perspective, things were much better for Bradford in Week 4 as he threw for 270 yards and three scores. With a matchup against the Saints, who allow the second-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, Bradford has an opportunity to build some momentum with strong back-to-back fantasy outings.
- Through one-quarter season, Denver's Peyton Manning has had two solid outings and two single-digit duds. Even so, he has only one weekly top-12 finish and that was exactly that, a QB12 finish. Manning is averaging an un-Peyton-like 242.0 passing yards per game with six touchdowns and five interceptions. Since becoming a Bronco, Manning has four 300-yard games and four three-TD games in six matchups against the Raiders. Perhaps this will be his first top-10 finish of the season, but my expectations for much more than that are tempered by his mediocre start (QB22).
- Giants quarterback Eli Manning is off to a better start than his brother. Although he threw his first interception of the season on Sunday, Eli has now thrown multiple touchdowns in three consecutive games with seven of them during that span. Eli has back-to-back top-10 finishes and now has the 11th-most fantasy points through four weeks.
- Sitting out on Sunday, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has thrown multiple interceptions in five consecutive games including the last season's playoffs. No quarterback has more turnovers since the start of the 2014 season and Luck has thrown more interceptions (seven) than touchdowns (five) so far this season. Although he has thrown for less than 200 yards in four of six matchups against the Texans, his Week 5 opponent, Luck has a career 14:3 TD-to-INT ratio in those six games.
- It was another strong outing for Cincinnati's Andy Dalton. With the team rushing for four touchdowns, Dalton threw only one touchdown, but he racked up 321 passing yards on 17-of-24 passing for his second consecutive 300-yard game. On the year, Dalton has thrown nine touchdowns to only one interception. Can he keep the positive momentum going with the Legion of Boom coming to town?
- For the first time this season, Arizona's Carson Palmer did not throw multiple touchdowns, but he threw for a season-high 352 yards against the Rams on Sunday. So far this season, only Aaron Rodgers, Andy Dalton and Cam Newton have scored more fantasy points. (Brady also has more on a per-game basis.) Meanawhile, the Lions have allowed the 10th-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks so far this season.
- San Diego's Philip Rivers is coming off his best fantasy performance -- 358 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Through four games, Rivers is averaging 312.25 passing yards per game with eight touchdowns and four interceptions. After allowing 623 yards and six touchdowns in Weeks 1 and 2, the Steelers secondary has held opposing quarterbacks to under 200 yards in back-to-back games and only one passing score in those two games.
- Tennessee rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota ranks seventh in fantasy points per game going into Week 5. In fact, he became only the third quarterback in the modern era to begin his career with multiple touchdown passes in each of his first three NFL games. With an 8:2 TD-to-INT ratio, Mariota has only five rush attempts for 25 yards so far, but his dual-threat abilities give him lots of upside in any given week. This week, Mariota will face the Bills, who have allowed the fourth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.
- Oakland's Derek Carr had a disappointing outing (QB23) against the Bears -- 196 yards, two scores and one pick. While he has a pair of top-eight weekly finishes this season, Carr faces the league's stingiest pass defense in terms of fantasy points allowed this week. Carr will be better left on your bench this week.
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