Matt Ryan, Falcons vs. Buccaneers. The Buccaneers have been the worst fantasy defense against QBs this season and prior to their bye week, they allowed Mitchell Trubisky to score 55.46 points on them. With Matty Ice and the Falcons in desperate need of a win, expect him to bring his A-game. He should be able to put up a few TDs and establish himself as the top QB this week.
Patrick Mahomes II, Chiefs @ Patriots. Mahomes is coming off his worst outing so far, but he still passed for 313 yards and added a TD on the ground against one of the league’s best defenses. This matchup with the Patriots should be an excellent Sunday night battle, but the Patriots will have a lot more trouble containing him than the Jaguars did.
Tom Brady, Patriots vs. Chiefs
Jared Goff, Rams @ Broncos. Goff is basically matchup-proof, and the Denver defense hasn’t lived up to expectations anyway. The only glitch for Goff is that he might be without Brandin Cooks and Cooper Kupp as they deal with concussions. Even still, Goff should be able to put up solid numbers thanks to his other weaponry and he’s posted at least 20 fantasy points in 4-of-5 games.
Kirk Cousins, Vikings vs. Cardinals. The Cardinals just allowed C.J. Beathard to throw for 349 yards and two TDs, so Goff should establish himself as a top option even with a makeshift receiving corps. Just imagine what Kirk Cousins, averaging 338 yards and 2.2 TDs per game, will be able to do against them.
Aaron Rodgers, Packers vs. 49ers. Rodgers just had a massive 442-yard, three TD outburst against the Lions, but a lot of that came in garbage time. He just hasn’t been himself this season as he continues to deal with the knee injury he suffered in Week 1. Realistically, you can never sit Rodgers, so he stays in the top-six with a favorable home matchup against the 49ers, who have allowed the seventh-most FPPG to QBs this year.
Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers @ Bengals. Starting Big Ben on the road is always a bit of a risk, but he should be able to put up quality numbers again. The Bengals give up the fifth-most FPPG to QBs and the Steelers defense is still bad, which means that Roethlisberger will need to continue to throw the ball. That’s a recipe for success and makes him a top option for Week 6.
Carson Wentz, Eagles @ Giants. The Giants matchup may look favorable on paper, but with Wentz still not 100 percent and the Eagles on a short week on the road, he gets downgraded a bit. Also, it’s worth noting that the Giants have held all but one QB to under 20.38 points this season, so Wentz may end up being a bit of a disappointment to his fantasy owners this week.
Deshaun Watson, Texans vs. Bills. Watson has posted at least 375 passing yards in three-straight games, and he’s also been getting the job done with his legs this season (at least 36 rushing yards in every game this season). The biggest issue with him is that he hasn’t scored a lot of TDs so far (just nine in five games). That may change against the Bills, who have allowed the 12th-most FPPG to QBs this season — though they have done well to limit Kirk Cousins, Aaron Rodgers, and Marcus Mariota in consecutive weeks. Still, Watson has the weaponry and athletic ability needed to challenge the Bills defense, so he’s a solid play.
Philip Rivers, Chargers @ Browns. Rivers continues to be remarkably consistent, recording at least 226 yards and multiple TDs in every game this year. The Browns have been up-and-down against QBs this season, but they recently allowed Derek Carr to post nearly 40 points against them. Rivers could find similar success and post one of his better outings of the year even on the road.
Russell Wilson, Seahawks vs. Raiders (in London). Wilson hasn’t been asked to do as much this season because of the Seahawks resurgent ground game, but he posted three TDs last week against the Rams and their strong defense. The Raiders have a weak stop-unit and have allowed QBs to account for 10 TDs this season. Wilson is one of the best they are facing so far this year, and with both teams playing in an unfamiliar setting, it could end up being an offensive showdown between the two west-coast teams.
Andy Dalton, Bengals vs. Steelers. Dalton is easily the best streaming matchup this week against a Steelers defense that allows the second-most FPPG to QBs. They have allowed Tyrod Taylor (25.58) and Ryan Fitzpatrick (31.14) to shred them, so Dalton figures to have a good chance to put up a few scores and continue building on his solid start to the season.