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Rookie QB Power Rankings Heading Into Week 5

Max Staley
Zach Wilson has moved up our rookie QB rankings heading into Week 5.
Zach Wilson has moved up our rookie QB rankings heading into Week 5. / Grant Halverson/Getty Images
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The rookie quarterbacks finally had a good week. All five first-round picks played at least one half of action this weekend. You can make a pretty a pretty solid case that each passer just had the best game of their young career.

That, obviously, led to some pretty significant shakeups in our 2021 rookie QB power rankings. As a reminder, we'll be ranking these five each week based solely on how they've played thus far – not how well we think they might play in the future.

Rookie QB Rankings Week 5

1. Mac Jones, New England Patriots (Last Week: 1)

Mac Jones looked as solid as ever in Week 4. That's impressive considering the magnitude of the game he just played – no one could've really blamed him for looking rattled in Tom Brady's homecoming. But Jones delivered a 31-of-40 performance while throwing for 275 yards and 2 touchdowns to 1 interception. Still, we'll need to start seeing some more downfield passes from the Patriots' QB.

2. Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars (Last Week: 3)

Trevor Lawrence's first three weeks with the Jacksonville Jaguars taught us one thing: Gardner Minshew is underrated. Lawrence's 7 interceptions through three weeks were more than Minshew had his entire rookie season. Thankfully, Lawrence finally showed us something this week. He completed 17-of-24 passes for 204 yards, also adding 36 yards and a TD on the ground. Most importantly, however, it was his first professional game without a turnover.

3. Justin Fields, Chicago Bears (Last Week: 4)

Justin Fields was neck-and-neck with the next name on this list. But we're giving him a slight edge over Zach Wilson. Fields was terrific in Week 4, carving up the Detroit Lions downfield for 209 yards on just 17 attempts (12.3 yards per attempt). It was also his first start with Bill Lazor calling the plays instead of Matt Nagy. That seems like a big deal. Let's see what the Fields-Lazor combination can do in Week 5.

4. Zach Wilson, New York Jets (Last Week: 5)

Zach Wilson just played his best game as a pro. Or more accurately, Zach Wilson just played his best half as a pro. Both of Wilson's 2 passing TDs came in the second half. He also threw for 232 yards in the second half with an average depth of target (aDOT) of 12.9. That's a stark contrast to the 65 yards and 7.8 aDOT we saw in the first half. If Wilson can string together a full game that looks like that second half, he could grab the top spot on this sooner than many fans might expect.

5. Trey Lance, San Francisco 49ers (Last Week: 2)

Trey Lance was our No. 2 QB last week, but that was entirely due to the poor performances of the other QBs. Now that they've put some solid tape on film, we're moving Lance down to five. He just hasn't played enough. His first real test will likely come this week assuming he starts against the Arizona Cardinals.


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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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