Gardner Minshew has earned his QB1 status for this week
In looking at the Week 6 fantasy quarterback pool, it caught my eye that Gardner Minshew and Baker Mayfield were some of the bigger differences when it comes to my rankings vs. the industry consensus. Minshew has the greatest deviation, but I think he's a great play this week. He's coming off his best game yet, with 374 yards, two touchdowns and 42 rushing yards. He did lose three fumbles, which hurt his overall production, but the rushing yards help offset that. He now has thrown at least two TD passes in three straight games. Furthermore, Minshew's opponent this week, New Orleans, has given up the fifth-most fantasy points to QBs this season. He is definitely a QB1 for me this week.
On the flip side is Mayfield, who needs to show me something before I put him back into the QB1 ranks. The 49ers defense is legit, but only 100 passing yards with three turnovers is just downright horrible. Even Redskins rookie Dwayne Haskins in his limited appearance in Week 4 passed for more than 100 yards. Mayfield also has cooked up just four touchdowns in the last five games. Head coach Freddie Kitchens is certainly starting to feel the heat, especially with Mayfield having burned the Brownies with eight interceptions so far! I think Mayfield can right the ship, but until he does, I'm staying away.
Speaking of staying away, be aware that the Bills, Bears, Colts, and Raiders are all on bye this week. Mason Rudolph might have made for a great bye-week fill-in, but he's currently in the concussion protocol. We will find out his status later in the week, but don't count on him being available.
Teams on bye: Buffalo, Chicago, Indianapolis, Oakland
NFL QB Rankings: Week 6
— 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.
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