Fantasy Football: Week 5 QB rankings

October 5, 2018

It’s pretty tough to follow up perfection, so forgive us if we grappled with where exactly to slot the NFC Offensive Player of Week 4, Jared Goff, for Sunday at the Seattle Seahawks.

All Goff did vs. the once-vaunted Minnesota Vikings last Thursday night was compile 5 TDs, 465 passing yards and a perfect passer rating. He completed 78.8 percent of his throws, averaging 14.1 yards on his 33 attempts. Somehow, a perfect passer rating doesn’t even do his performance justice.

Now, Goff heads to Seattle, where his Rams dropped 42 on the Seahawks last December when Pete Carroll still had Earl Thomas, Michael Bennett and Sheldon Richardson. Goff, QB4 overall and MVP 1B (more on 1A in a moment) through four games, threw a pair of touchdowns but managed a season-low 120 passing yards in that Rams rout.

Of course, this is a very different Seattle ‘D,’ and somehow the Rams have picked up their point pace from last year’s No. 1 scoring offense. The Seahawks defense has permitted seven of its eight touchdowns (should’ve been a ninth last week) through the air. Are we underselling Goff as QB11 this week? Quite possibly.

We also might be overselling Patrick Mahomes, our QB4 overall, vs. the Jaguars, but even if we’re wrong, when was the last time being wrong was this much fun? Seriously. He’s passed every test — going on the road and eviscerating the Bolts and Steelers, then overcoming a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit at hostile Mile High last week. The guy makes plays with his left hand that most can’t make with their right. And the Jacksonville Jaguars, just terrific defensively, hit the road for the first time in nearly a month. They haven’t seen an offense like this one (who has?), just as Mahomes hasn’t faced a ‘D’ of their caliber. Until Mahomes finally fails, we’ll be overaggressive in slotting him.

1. Cam Newton, Panthers vs. Giants

2. Deshaun Watson, Texans vs. Cowboys

3. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers vs. Falcons

4. Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs vs. Jaguars

5. Tom Brady, Patriots vs. Colts

6. Matt Ryan, Falcons at Steelers

7. Drew Brees, Saints vs. Washington

8. Aaron Rodgers, Packers at Lions

9. Philip Rivers, Chargers vs.Raiders

10. Matthew Stafford, Lions vs. Packers

11. Jared Goff, Rams at Seahawks

12. Kirk Cousins, Vikings at Eagles

13. Andy Dalton, Bengals vs. Dolphins

14. Carson Wentz, Eagles vs. Vikings

15. Alex Smith, Washington at Saints

16. Andrew Luck, Colts at Patriots

17. Russell Wilson, Seahawks vs. Rams

18. Marcus Mariota, Titans at Bills

19. Joe Flacco, Ravens at Browns

20. Blake Bortles, Jaguars at Chiefs

21. Josh Rosen, Cardinals at 49ers

22. Baker Mayfield, Browns vs. Ravens

23. Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins at Bengals

24. Derek Carr, Raiders at Chargers

25. Dak Prescott, Cowboys at Texans

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