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Each week, on Tuesdays, the “So-Called” staff’s Week 5 Rankings are posted, compiling the individual rankings of five different Fantasy Football writers, including myself, Chris Meyers, Jack Delaney, Joe Bond, Sarah Lewis and Graham Briggs. This article is my reaction to the entire group’s Week 5 quarterbacks rankings.

I usually point out a couple quarterbacks I think are undervalued in my opinion, and a couple more that are overvalued.

Several members of our staff do the same “Rankings Reactions” articles, but with deeper looks into the group rankings at the other positions. We think you get the overall perspective, mixed with a personal touch for each position.

There were EIGHT games that eclipsed that 50-point mark, just like there were EIGHT games that totaled over 48 points last week. In Week 3, we even saw FOUR games total over 65 points! When scores are that high, it’s generally a very, very good thing for Fantasy quarterbacks.

Once again, for the second week in a row, Vegas is telling us we’re going to see just two games that will total 48 points or more, but they were short in Week 1, Week 2, Week 3 and Week 4, so we’re betting defenses don’t catch up for Week 5 either. Here are the games with the highest over/under totals, which usually means plenty of passing yards and touchdowns:

  • New England at Dallas (49.5 o/u)
  • New Orleans at Philadelphia (49)
  • Washington at Atlanta (48)

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Week 5 Quarterbacks Rankings Reaction

This is where I look at some of the interesting spots some players ended up getting ranked, with an explanation as to why I like or dislike that player compared to my ranking ranking.

Who I Like More

Eli Manning, N.Y. Giants

What’s not to love about this matchup!?! The 49ers are giving up 1.50 passing touchdowns per game, but only a few teams are giving up more passing yards. Eli , meanwhile, has thrown at least two touchdown passes in each of the past three games, including a three-TD effort against the Bills.


Jay Cutler, Chicago at Kansas City

No team is giving up more Fantasy points to quarterbacks than the Chiefs, including allowing 2.75 passing touchdowns per game. Cutler does have a semi-hobbled Alshon Jeffery (hamstring), but TE Martellus Bennett and Eddie Royal are picking up the slack. And don’t forget that Matt Forte is one of the best pass-catching RBs in the game.

Cutler is also dealing with a hamstring injury, but he played in Week 4 with no issues.


Who I Like Less

Sam Bradford, Philadelphia vs. New Orleans

Sure, Bradford finally put together a game we had all hoped for since he joined the Eagles this past winter. Despite the Saints being not-so-great against the pass, I just don’t trust Bradford if I have a decent option to use instead.


Derek Carr, Oakland vs. Denver

Carr, like Eli Manning, has thrown seven touchdown passes in his past three games. But this Denver pass defense is no joke, as they have allowed just two passing touchdowns all season, compared to six interceptions.

Don’t forget to check out our other position rankings reactions:

Good luck in your second Fantasy Football game of the season! Hopefully, our Week 5 Quarterbacks Rankings Reaction article helped you make some good decisions for your lineups!

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David Gonos

David Gonos has been writing about Fantasy Sports online since 2000 – and playing Fantasy Sports since 1989. He has drafted both Curt Warner and Kurt Warner, along with Big Unit and Big Papi. A veteran of hundreds of drafts in the past 15 years alone, Gonos is closely acquainted with sleepers, breakouts and busts – as he has drafted many of all three. He was a Senior Fantasy Writer for for five years, and he has been columnist on and, while also getting published on,, and
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