Tom Brady sure didn’t seem rusty after missing the first four games of the season, which is why he once again leads off the Week 6 fantasy quarterback rankings. Brady led the position with 406 yards and added in three touchdown passes in New England’s dismantling of Cleveland last week. He gets his first home game this week against a Cincinnati defense that is in the top 10 in terms of most fantasy points allowed to opposing QBs.
Cam Newton also should be back after sitting out the Monday night game because of a concussion. It was clear Carolina missed the reigning MVP and if he plays, he’ll face a New Orleans defense that ranks at or near the bottom of the NFL in all four major statistical categories (total, scoring, rushing, passing defense).
With just two teams on bye (Minnesota, Tampa Bay), most fantasy owners are not going to need a fill-in, especially with Russell Wilson, Drew Brees, Blake Bortles and Alex Smith also returning to action. But there could still be some decisions to make as to which quarterback(s) to start, based on matchups and recent results.
Teams on bye: Minnesota, Tampa Bay
— Rankings by Sarah Lewis, who is part of the Athlon Contributor network and lives, eats, and breathes fantasy football. She also writes for SoCalledFantasyExperts.com among other sites. Have a fantasy football question? Send it to her on Twitter @Sarah_Lewis32.