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Week 6 Fantasy QB Rankings: Patrick Mahomes still No. 1 despite ankle injury, Aaron Rodgers falling

Sporting News — (Matt Lutovsky)

Patrick Mahomes has looked human the past two weeks, Lamar Jackson and Dak Prescott are slowing down after hot starts, and Aaron Rodgers continues to disappoint fantasy football owners. These things factored into our Week 6 fantasy QB rankings, but ultimately, it was Rodgers's slow start that mattered most, as he dropped all the way to 16 despite a decent home matchup against the Lions. Ahead of him are such sleepers as Gardner Minshew and Kyle Allen, but the fact is, they've either performed better (or just as well) for fantasy purposes and/or have better matchups this week.

Jackson and Prescott definitely took advantage of favorable matchups in the first couple weeks, but guess what? They have favorable matchups again in Week 6. Jackson faces the Bengals at home and Prescott gets the Jets on the road. Both should bounce back in those get-right spots. 

WEEK 6 NON-PPR RANKINGS:
Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Starting at around No. 10 in our rankings, things get murky. Philip Rivers (vs. Steelers), Jared Goff (vs. 49ers), and Carson Wentz (@ Vikings) should be reliable, high-floor options, but like Rodgers (vs. Lions), all have had their ups and downs this year. With neutral, at best, matchups this week, none stand out as must-starts, but with guys like Minshew, Allen, Jameis Winston (vs. Panthers in UK), and Jimmy Garoppolo (@ Rams) presenting similar risks, most fantasy owners will side with the more proven options. 

WEEK 6 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiverTight end

For the real daring, you could try to take advantage of the Redskins-Dolphins matchup, as both defenses have struggled to stop anyone all season. We can't recommend Josh Rosen or whoever is starting for Washington, but they'll be there if you're desperate.

WEEK 6 DFS LINEUPS:
Y! cash | Y! GPP | FD cash | FD GPPDK cash | DK GPP

Josh Allen, Jacoby Brissett, Derek Carr, and Mitchell Trubisky/Chase Daniel are on bye this week, so a few owners might be in the market for a new starter. Minshew, Allen, and even Teddy Bridgewater (@ Jaguars) are in play as waiver pickups. Sam Darnold's likely return from mono also makes him intriguing, but with a tough matchup against the Cowboys on top, he should probably remain on waiver wires at least one more week.

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Week 6 Fantasy QB Rankings

These rankings are for standard leagues with 4-point passing TDs.

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1Patrick Mahomes II, KC vs. HOU. Just one TD the past two weeks? Talk about due. Mahomes will go off against a Texans defense allowing just a shade under 20 fantasy points per game (FPPG) to QBs.
2Tom Brady, NE vs. NYG
3Matt Ryan, ATL @ ARZ
4Deshaun Watson, HOU @ KC
5Russell Wilson, SEA @ CLE
6Lamar Jackson, BAL vs. CIN
7Dak Prescott, DAL @ NYJ. The Jets actually have solid numbers against QBs (15.4 FPPG), but Prescott has shown his high ceiling against bad defenses. Even if Dallas feeds Zeke, Dak can get his.
8Kyler Murray, ARZ vs. ATL
9Jared Goff, LAR vs. SF. No team has thrown more than the Rams, so even against a tough 49ers defense, Goff has upside. San Francisco's pass rush has made life miserable for QBs this year, but LA has allowed just eight sacks this year, so Goff should have enough time to hit one of his many talented weapons.
10Philip Rivers, LAC vs. PIT.  Rivers had been a steady, high-floor producer prior to last week, never throwing for below 293 yards in his first four games. Pittsburgh has tightened up against QBs since a rocky start, but Rivers has a lot of talented weapons to throw to -- and he might be getting TE Hunter Henry (knee) back.
11Kirk Cousins, MIN vs. PHI. Cousins finally broke through last week in a favorable matchup against the Giants. This week, he gets a similar matchup against an Eagles defense that's allowed the fifth-most passing yards this year. Even more notable is that Philadelphia has the top-ranked run defense, so expect Cousins to have to throw more often.
12Carson Wentz, PHI @ MIN. Prior to last week's blowout of the Jets that saw two Philadelphia D/ST scores, Wentz had produced at least two TDs in every game. Despite seemingly putting up mediocre passing numbers, been a fairly steady fantasy producer. Minnesota allows just 14.3 FPPG to QBs, but Wentz put up solid numbers against Green Bay (160 passing yards, three TDs), who rank even better than the Vikings.
13Gardner Minshew II, JAX vs. NO. Minshew continues to impress, throwing for at least two TDs in all but one game this year. He also has added over 40 rushing yards twice this year, which is a nice bonus in a matchup like this. New Orleans allows the third-most FPPG to QBs (23.3), so Minshew has a higher ceiling than usual to go with his steady floor.
14Kyle Allen, CAR vs. TB (in UK). After a four-TD season debut in Week 3, Allen has mostly been a spectator to the "Christian McCaffrey Show" the past two weeks. Still, we know he can produce when pressed into action, and Tampa's defense allowing the sixth-most FPPG to QBs (21.2). There's real upside here this week.
15Aaron Rodgers, GB vs. DET. Rodgers has huge career numbers against the Lions (over 4,200 yards, 40 total TDs in 18 games), but he's not the same Rodgers this year. Moreover, Detroit's defense looks much improved. There's still reason to think the Packers' TD dispersement will balance out this week, but Rodgers still should be viewed as a lower-ceiling guy who can get you 250 yards and two TDs most weeks. We saw in Week 4 when he topped 400 yards than he can still let it loose, but expect Green Bay to attack a Detroit defense allowing 4.8 yards per carry more often.
16Jameis Winston, TB vs. CAR (in UK). Winston can put up numbers in a hurry, but has limited QBs to just 14.6 FPPG. That includes holding Winston to 208 yards and a TD back in Week 2. 
17Jimmy Garoppolo, SF @ LAR
18Matthew Stafford, DET @ GB
19Baker Mayfield, CLE vs. SEA. Until we see Mayfield start producing consistently again, he should be on your bench against even mediocre defenses. Seattle gives up 17.3 FPPG to QBs, so that qualifies as slightly better than mediocre. 
20Teddy Bridgewater, NO @ JAX
21Josh Rosen, MIA vs. WAS
22Case Keenum, WAS @ MIA
23Daniel Jones, NYG @ NE
24Marcus Mariota, TEN @ DEN
25Andy Dalton, CIN @ BAL
26Sam Darnold, NYJ vs. DAL
27Joe Flacco, DEN vs. TEN
28Devlin Hodges, PIT @ LAC