Week 6 vs. Minnesota Vikings
Sam Darnold came crashing back to earth last week against the Eagles, throwing for just 177 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions. After putting up borderline top-five numbers through the first four weeks – heavily aided by five rushing touchdowns – it seemed inevitable Darnold’s numbers would normalize. The real Darnold is likely somewhere in between the dreadful showing we saw last week, and the four previous games.
This week, Darnold faces a hot-and-cold Vikings defense that ranks ninth in aFPA to opposing quarterbacks. The Vikings shut down Jared Goff last week, but that was Jared Goff and the Lions, so it’s hard to figure out exactly how good they are. Likewise, with a shaky Baker Mayfield in Week 4. Expect Darnold to bounce back a bit, but to normalize into a fringe, matchup-based starter. We have him ranked just outside of QB1 territory this week, making him a viable streaming option against Minnesota.