Week Five QB rankings

Pat Fitzmaurice
Week Five QB rankings

Updated Saturday, Oct. 6 at 11:38 a.m. ET

Byes: Dallas, Detroit, Oakland, Tampa Bay.

Here are PFW's Week Five QB rankings:

  1. Matt Ryan, Falcons at Redskins
  2. Aaron Rodgers, Packers at Colts
  3. Robert Griffin III, Redskins vs. Falcons
  4. Tom Brady, Patriots vs. Broncos
  5. Drew Brees, Saints vs. Chargers
  6. Cam Newton, Panthers vs. Seahawks
  7. Joe Flacco, Ravens at Chiefs
  8. Eli Manning, Giants vs. Browns
  9. Andy Dalton, Bengals vs. Dolphins
  10. Peyton Manning, Broncos at Patriots
  11. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers vs. Eagles
  12. Andrew Luck, Colts vs. Packers
  13. Philip Rivers, Chargers at Saints
  14. Michael Vick, Eagles at Steelers
  15. Christian Ponder, Vikings vs. Titans
  16. Jay Cutler, Bears at Jaguars
  17. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bills at 49ers
  18. Matt Schaub, Texans at Jets
  19. Matt Hasselbeck, Titans at Vikings
  20. Alex Smith, 49ers vs. Bills
  21. Russell Wilson, Seahawks at Panthers
  22. Kevin Kolb, Cardinals at Rams
  23. Sam Bradford, Rams vs. Cardinals
  24. Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins at Bengals
  25. Brandon Weeden, Browns at Giants
  26. Blaine Gabbert, Jaguars vs. Bears
  27. Matt Cassel, Chiefs vs. Ravens
  28. Mark Sanchez, Jets vs. Texans

Not listed: Jake Locker, Titans

The above player rankings are based on expectations for this week only, not for the entire season, taking into account this week's specific matchups and injuries. The initial rankings are compiled before the release of the NFL's early injury report and are updated Thursday to reflect the status of each player.

We base our rankings on the following scoring system: For skill-position players, one point for every 10 rushing/receiving yards, one point for every 30 passing yards, six points for a TD run or catch, four points for a TD pass, two points for a two-point conversion run or catch, two points for a two-point conversion pass. For kickers, three points for FGs of 18-39 yards, four points for FGs of 40-49 yards, and five points for FGs of 50-plus yards. Defensive rankings are based primarily on points allowed, yardage allowed and sack potential.

Glossary of notations

INJ — player has an injury that may affect productivity or availability.
ILL — player has an illness that may affect productivity or availability.
UP — player was moved up on draft board after original posting.
DOWN — player was moved down on draft board after original posting.
Not listed — player is temporarily sidelined due to injury or suspension but otherwise would be ranked.
ACTIVE — on game day, player has been designated active (posted shortly before kickoff, when available).
INACTIVE — on game day, player has been designated inactive (posted shortly before kickoff, when available).

Players and/or notations added after the original posting are shown in boldface.

Note: Remember to check back for late-week and weekend updates, as well as game inactives (when available) in the 90 minutes preceding the 1 p.m. Sunday kickoffs.

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