Koerner’s Week 5 Fantasy Football Tiers: Does Jared Goff Rank Among Elite QBs?


Credit: USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Odell Beckham Jr., Marshawn Lynch and Jared Goff.

Oct 05, 2018, 12:00 AM EDT
  • Sean Koerner -- the No. 1 in-season fantasy football ranker in 2015, 2016 and 2017 -- takes a detailed look at his Week 5 tiers for every position: quarterback, running back, wide receiver, tight end, defense and kicker.
  • Use the strategies outlined below to build the most optimal starting lineup for your fantasy football team.

Below you’ll find my tiers for Week 5 fantasy football. These are based on standard scoring and cover every position.

As a reminder, these tiers are not updated after publication. If you want my most up-to-date rankings for PPR, Standard and Half-Point PPR leagues, check out this post.

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Tier 1
Cam Newton (vs. NYG)
Ben Roethlisberger (vs. ATL)
Aaron Rodgers (@ DET)

With Patrick Mahomes facing the stingy Jaguars defense this week, he opens up the door for others to rent out Tier 1 for the week. Newton, Big Ben and Rodgers are all in great spots this week, and I expect all three to have big games.

Tier 2
Tom Brady (vs. IND)
Deshaun Watson (vs. DAL)
Drew Brees (vs. WAS)
Patrick Mahomes (vs. JAX)
Matt Ryan (@ PIT)
Philip Rivers (vs. OAK)

Figuring out where to rank Mahomes this week is tricky. Since I base my rankings on the projections I meticulously create for each player in the Fantasy Labs Models it helps take at least some of the guess work out of it. Right now he’s coming in as my QB7, which seems about right.

The Jaguars have a stranglehold on opposing quarterbacks this year and should give Mahomes some issues. I fully expect Mahomes to throw his first interception of the season this week, but I’m still starting him with confidence as a mid-range QB1 this week.

His skill set and weapons make him matchup-proof.

The rest of the tier are shoo-in QB1s.

I love Matt Ryan this week in what should be a shootout in Pittsburgh. We have seen Deshaun Watson reach his ceiling much more often when Will Fuller is in the lineup.

It’s worth monitoring Fuller’s status this week, but with the emergence of rookie Keke Coutee last week with an 11-catch debut, it’s comforting to know Watson may have another weapon behind DeAndre Hopkins if Fuller were to ever miss a game.

Tier 3

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