I think it is probably mandatory that any fantasy football writer talking about his/her Week 5 quarterback rankings mention at least one of the rookie quarterbacks this week. Unfortunately, I have these visions of Rob Schneider's Richmeister i.e. "copy machine guy" having a field day with the potential news that Trey Lance will be starting this week. I can see him all too easily chanting, "The Trey-ster," "Sir Lance-a-lot," "The Lance-anator," and so on.
Well, the Richmeister is not going to be a big fan of my rankings because I have Lance barely cracking the top 20 this week and there's a good chance I lower that ranking before the games get started on Sunday. I feel like I've said this at least 50 times already: Lance will be good, but let's not get too excited.
First off, there's this:
Secondly, let's assume for the sake of argument that Garoppolo can't go and Lance is the starter. He's completing just 52 percent of his passes and remember that many of those passes have been a short distance. His aDOT (Average Depth of Target) before the NFL draft was better than fellow draftees Justin Fields, Zach Wilson, Trevor Lawrence, and Mac Jones. However, his accuracy on throws over 20 yards was an alarming 36 percent. But let's even assume his accuracy is better and he's just as good as any other rookie QB this year.
There is still the matter of his matchup. Arizona is allowing the 10th-fewest fantasy points to the QB position. And remember, the Arizona offense is forcing teams to abandon the run game early. They have yet to allow a 300-yard passer this season. I don't see Lance doing much better than the 202 passing yards Arizona allowed Lance's fellow draft classmate Trevor Lawrence in Week 3.
If you can pluck him out of free agency or off the waiver wire for some reason, grab him. But stash him on your bench. There are far better options than Lance this week.
NFL Quarterback Rankings: Week 5
— Rankings by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.