Can anyone stop Tom Brady and the New England Patriots? That question has yet to be answered, and there’s a good chance it will remain unanswered when the Patriots face a banged-up Dallas Cowboys squad Sunday.
So who’s next on our Week 5 quarterback rankings after Brady? Check out our top 10 below.
1. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Week 5 Opponent: Dallas Cowboys
2015 Stats: 1,112 yards, 9 TDs, 0 INTs
The NFL’s leader in passing yards per game has had an extra week to prepare for the hurting Cowboys. Getting Sean Lee back would be a major boost for Dallas, but nobody has slowed Brady down yet, and until they do, he remains the best QB in fantasy.
2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Week 5 Opponent: St. Louis Rams
2015 Stats: 995 yards, 11 TDs, 0 INTs
The case easily could be made for Rodgers at No. 1, as he’s been absolutely unstoppable at home. A stingy Rams defense that’s been very tough on opposing QBs this season could put that to the test, but we’ve learned never to bet against Rodgers at Lambeau Field.
3. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Week 5 Opponent: Washington Redskins
2015 Stats: 1,202 yards, 6 TDs, 2 INTs
Ryan and the Falcons’ offense are firing on all cylinders, and the Boston College product should see even more opportunities to air it out against a Redskins defense that’s stout against the run but more vulnerable in the passing game.
4. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Week 5 Opponent: Houston Texans
2015 Stats: 753 yards, 5 TDs, 7 INTs
Luck has been one of the biggest fantasy disappointments to date, but it looks like he’ll play Thursday night, and the matchup is good against a vulnerable Texans secondary. Don’t give up hope just yet.
5. Eli Manning, New York Giants
Week 5 Opponent: San Francisco 49ers
2015 Stats: 976 yards, 7 TDs, 1 INT
Yup, we’re putting Eli ahead of his brother. Manning now has thrown multiple touchdown passes in three consecutive games, and he has a home matchup against a 49ers defense that’s allowed 40 or more points in both of its road games this season.
6. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
Week 5 Opponent: Pittsburgh Steelers
2015 Stats: 1,248 yards, 8 TDs, 4 INTs
Your total passing yards leader through Week 4, Rivers welcomes back favorite target Antonio Gates at home against a less-than-stellar Steelers secondary on “Monday Night Football.”
7. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Week 5 Opponent: Philadelphia Eagles
2015 Stats: 969 yards, 4 TDs, 2 INTs
Brees proved last weekend he still can get the job done when healthy, throwing for 359 yards and two scores. While the 36-year-old is much better at home, an away game against the Eagles’ mediocre secondary doesn’t scare us too much.
8. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
Week 5 Opponent: Detroit Lions
2015 Stats: 1,155 yards, 10 TDs, 3 INTs
Palmer’s fantasy numbers have dipped every week since his monster Week 1. That said, he’s still playing at a relatively high level compared to other NFL QBs, and he has a great opportunity to give his numbers a boost against the 0-4 Detroit Lions.
9. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Week 5 Opponent: Oakland Raiders
2015 Stats: 968 yards, 6 TDs, 5 INTs
Manning had an underwhelming performance last Sunday, but he’s managed to get it done for fantasy owners so far. He hung five touchdowns on the Raiders in his last visit to Oakland in 2014, so he’s back on the QB1 radar this week.
10. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Week 5 Opponent: Cincinnati Bengals
2015 Stats: 979 yards, 5 TDs, 2 INTs
Wilson’s numbers won’t blow you away, but his consistent production in the ground game and ability to limit turnovers gives him a very high floor. A road date with the Bengals isn’t great, but Wilson is a top-10 quarterback every week regardless of matchup.
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Thumbnail photo via New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) looks to pass in the first quarter against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium. New England defeated Jacksonville 51-17.