Geno Smith – SEA
Week 5 stats: 268 YDS, 3 TD – 24.02 PPR points
Week 6 matchup: vs AZ
Geno Smith has looked stellar for the Seahawks, who have been relatively surprising this year. While their defense has looked putrid to say the least, Smith has managed to enjoy a breakout season through five weeks. With a matchup against the rival Cardinals on tap, the Seahawks will once again be facing long odds to capture victory. Nevertheless, as Smith has proven before he can still produce efficiently and effectively when he is the underdog.
Daniel Jones – NYG
Week 5 stats: 217 YDS, 0 TDs, 10 CAR, 37 YDS – 12.38 PPR points
Week 6 matchup: vs BAL
The Giants are shockingly 4-1 in head coach Brian Daboll’s debut season. Do not let the stats fool you, Daniel Jones was terrific in London on Sunday. With injuries leaving him a makeshift WR core, and an ankle injury hobbling him, Jones was gritty in the upset win. Jones carried the ball 10 times, despite the ankle issue, and has looked less turnover prone this year as well. The Ravens might pose a difficult matchup, but Jones can be trusted to provide a solid floor for fantasy managers looking to stream a quarterback this week.
Joe Burrow – CIN
Week 5 stats: 217 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT, 1 RUSH TD – 17.28 PPR points
Week 6 matchup: @ NO
Last week, Geno Smith managed to dice up the Saints secondary, which boasts impressive players like Marshon Lattimore, Tyrann Mathieu, and Marcus Maye. The Saints defense will be looking to rebound, but I expect Burrow to be locked in when the Bengals matchup with the Saints on Sunday. Burrow will be making his return to the Big Easy, where he won a national championship in 2019. Burrow might be an Ohio kid at heart, but he will feel right at home in New Orleans. With Tee Higgins possibly returning from injury, and a rocky offensive showing last week, Burrow can be counted on to have a big outing this week.
BYE WEEKS: Derek Carr, Jared Goff, Ryan Tannehil, Davis Mills
Russell Wilson – DEN
Week 5 stats: 274 YDS, 0 TDs, 2 INT, 4 CAR, 22 YDS – 9.16 PPR points
Week 6 matchup: @ LAC
The Broncos offense has been a massive disappointment, and it is time to stop making excuses for them. Russell Wilson and Nathaniel Hackett have had time to develop an effective offensive game plan. Wilson has had plenty of time to develop a rapport with his receivers, yet none of it has worked through five weeks. The Broncos have been letting Russ cook, and he has been starting grease fires in the kitchen. If the Broncos offense were a restaurant, they would receive a D upon health inspection. If Russell Wilson were a chef on Hell’s Kitchen, Gordon Ramsay would probably call him a donkey. Russell Wilson puts pineapple on his pizza and should be benched this week.
Matthew Stafford – LAR
Week 5 stats: 308 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT, 2 FUM – 10.32 PPR points
Week 6 matchup: vs CAR
The Panthers recently fired their head coach Matt Rhule, and promoted Steve Wilks to the role of interim coach. They have looked like the worst team in football, and have struggled to compete all year. Now with a matchup against the defending Super Bowl champions, one would expect Stafford to be a lock in lineups at this point.
But alas, Stafford has looked dreadful this year. Last year’s league leader in interceptions has unlocked his inner Jameis Winston, throwing picks and costing the Rams games left and right. The Super Bowl hangover is real, as Stafford’s offensive line has been equally dreadful, and the Panthers defense is nothing to scoff at. Fantasy managers should send Stafford to the bench or the waiver wire, if they have not already.