This week’s choose or lose features some quarterbacks that are making our list for the first time but will they be able to come through in the clutch for your fantasy teams? Let’s analyze the fantasy prospects for quarterbacks in Week 5.
SAM BRADFORD VS. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Sam Bradford was brilliant in a loss last week to the Washington Redskins. Bradford threw for 3 TDs and none of them were to number one receiver Jordan Matthews.
He hit Riley Cooper with a 62 yard bomb.
Bradford also connected with former Cowboys receiver Miles Austin.
A Sam Bradford to Miles Austin TD happened today! pic.twitter.com/IDLja1tNy1
— BuzzFeed NFL (@BuzzFeedNFL) October 4, 2015
With the former Heisman winner throwing dimes like those, the Eagles will become more dangerous as the season goes along.
This week is another great matchup for the Eagles against the Saints who are 31st against opposing quarterbacks this season. Sam Bradford should have a big day since the Saints have allowed a passing touchdown every single week this season.
JAY CUTLER VS. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Jay Cutler and the Bears came back in a a big way against the Oakland Raiders and avoided an 0-4 start. Cutler had his best game of the season and threw for 2 TDs. One went to Eddie Royal and the other went to Martellus Bennett.
The Bears face the Kansas City Chiefs this week who are last in the NFL against opposing quarterbacks. The Chiefs have given up at least 250 passing yards or more in every game this season and with Alshon Jeffery likely making his return, Cutler should have a big day.
ELI MANNING VS. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
Eli Manning might not be throwing for as many yards as fantasy owners would like but he’s been a lot better in the TD/INT department. Manning threw for 3 TDs against a solid Bills defense, and he only threw his first interception of the season last week.
If he continues to take care of the ball and show command of the offense, Manning will be as consistent as they come. This week Eli and the Giants host the 49ers who are 22nd against opposing quarterbacks and have allowed six touchdown passes the last three weeks. It might not be a bad idea to keep starting Eli Manning.
RUSSELL WILSON VS. CINCINNATI BENGALS
Russell Wilson has been one of the more consistent fantasy quarterbacks all season. Wilson has scored at least 15 fantasy points every single week but has yet to eclipse the 300 yard plateau. Wilson has only thrown 2 TDs in a game just once this season and now he goes up against the tough Bengals secondary.
The Bengals are 12th against opposing quarterbacks and while they don’t force a lot of sacks, they might be able to force a fumble or two. If you want to play it safe then stick with Wilson but there are other options like Tyrod Taylor and Sam Bradford who could still be on the wire.
MICHAEL VICK VS. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
ESPN has Michael Vick as one of top 11 quarterbacks this week in terms of projections but don’t buy that at all. Vick having to throw left-handed as opposed to Big Ben throwing limits the throws that Vick can complete in the offense.
Luke McCown might have had a good week against the Chargers but they are still 10th against fantasy quarterbacks. Mike Vick won’t play well in this one, Todd Haley’s offense is just too difficult to pick up 5 weeks into the season.
ON THE BUBBLE
ALEX SMITH VS. CHICAGO BEARS
Alex Smith actually threw for 386 yards last week but somehow didn’t throw a touchdown pass. The Chiefs were so anemic in the red zone that their kicker Cairo Santos had to kick seven field goals in a loss.
The Bears are better against the run than people think, which may require Alex Smith to air the ball out a bit more. If he does, he has the chance to do well against a defense that is 21st against opposing quarterbacks. But then again, it’s Alex Smith and he’s always had trouble completing passes longer than 20 yards. It’ll always be hit or miss with the former number one overall pick.
COLIN KAEPERNICK VS. NEW YORK GIANTS
Colin Kaepernick has been bad since his 355 yard performance against the Steelers. However, if there’s a time to turn things around, it’s against the team that has allowed the most passing yards in the league.
The Giants are also 20th against opposing quarterbacks so far this season. “Kaeptain America” has a chance to things around this week but if he continues to slump and isn’t accurate with his passes then he’ll obviously struggle.