Originally written on PPR Fantasy Football  |  Last updated 11/18/14

INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 16: Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens throws the ball in the first half against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Lucas Oli Stadium on January 16, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)


Ravens QB Joe Flacco is a top ten fantasy option this week.

Here we are folks, it is already week five of the NFL season and before we know it the fantasy football regular season is going to be half over. Most leagues play a 13 or 14 game regular season, with the playoffs finishing in week 16, so if you are not playing with a sense of urgency yet, you should be.

Hopefully your team is not a hole at 1-3 or god forbid 0-4 but if you are, rest assured there is still hope. Regardless of whether your team is dominating or yet to find the win column, the key to continued success this season is the same, you need to have depth and need to navigate successfully through the bye weeks.

This week at the quarterback position, we have a few normal starters on bye such as Tony Romo, Matt Stafford, Carson Palmer and Josh Freeman. Thus, if you have one of those players you need to find someone else to be in your lineup this week.

There are a number of great options at quarterback this week and two guys I really like this week that are near the bottom of the top ten are Phillip Rivers and Joe Flacco.

Entering the season, Rivers was thought to be a low end QB1 but has not yet played up to that potential, averaging just 13.9 fantasy points per game according to four-downs.com. Flacco on the other hand was thought to be a QB2 to start the season but in my opinion has worked his way into a solid starting fantasy quarterback. The emergence of Torrey Smith and Dennis Pitta, as well as a shift to more a pass oriented offense in Baltimore has really helped Flacco’s development and I now believe he is good enough to roll with as your starting quarterback on a weekly basis.

This week especially though both Flacco and Rivers should go off. Flacco has the Chiefs on the schedule and they have been giving up fantasy numbers to everyone, so expect another 250 plus passing day from Flacco with two or three touchdown passes to boot. Rivers on the other hand gets a dream matchup against New Orleans.

Ben Roethlisberger has also been playing extremely well so far this season and is averaging over 22 fantasy points per game in his first three starts. This week, he will face a difficult test against a talented Eagles secondary, which is why he is ranked no.12 but if he can continue to make big plays down the field, Big Ben may prove to be a solid starter for the rest of the season.

These rankings should help you determine who to play if you have any conflicts and if you need any lineup help please hit us on twitter @ThePPRExperts.



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