Week 17 Rankings (2015): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Week 17 is always a difficult week, which is why most leagues end in Week 16.  However, if you are still battling for a championship let’s take a look at who the best options are:

  1. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. Tampa Bay
  2. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Miami
  3. Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Houston
  4. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Arizona
  5. Ryan Fitzpatrick – New York Jets – at Buffalo
  6. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Seattle
  7. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Cleveland
  8. Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Philadelphia
  9. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Chicago
  10. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Atlanta
  11. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – at Kansas City
  12. Sam Bradford – Philadelphia Eagles – at New York Giants
  13. Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – vs. New York Jets
  14. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New Orleans
  15. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Minnesota
  16. Johnny Manziel – Cleveland Browns – vs. Pittsburgh
  17. A.J. McCarron – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Baltimore
  18. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Denver
  19. Teddy Bridgewater – Minnesota Vikings – at Green Bay
  20. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – vs. Detroit
  21. Blaine Gabbert – San Francisco 49ers – vs. St. Louis
  22. Zach Mettenberger – Tennessee Titans – at Indianapolis
  23. Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Carolina
  24. Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Oakland
  25. Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – vs. New England


  • Even in a “poor” showing Russell Wilson threw for 289 yards, 2 TD and 1 INT.  It was his first INT since November 15, which ironically came against the Cardinals, but he’s now thrown for 2+ TD in six straight games (21 TD).  At this point it simply doesn’t matter who the opponent is, Wilson is going to be among the elite options in the game.
  • The Houston Texans have been playing well recently, but so has Blake Bortles.  He torched them for 331 yards, 3 TD and 3 INT earlier in the year and he’s thrown for 3+ TD in three of his past four games.  He has been prone to the INT from time to time, but he’s actually been a better player on the road this season (289.0 yards per game, 16 TD, 5 INT) and the passing game has been clicking on all cylinders.
  • Eli Manning is going to have a highly motivated Odell Beckham back at his disposal and he also has an extremely favorable matchup against one of the worst secondary in the leagues.  Fire him up as a viable QB1 in all formats.
  • Sure Carson Palmer smoked the Seahawks last time the squared off (363 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT), but he’s now thrown for 2 TD or fewer in five consecutive games.  Arizona needs a win to have a chance at the #1 seed, so it’s not likely that they take their foot off the gas, but there’s still real risk that he doesn’t produce such gaudy numbers.
  • Aaron Rodgers has a big name, but he’s thrown for 218 yards or fewer in each of the past three games while totaling 4 TD and 2 INT.  If you took away the name, is that a QB you’d be willing to trust?
  • We’re including Kirk Cousins, but fantasy owners need to be careful (which helps to suppress him on the rankings).  The Redskins have nothing to really play for, and with numerous players banged up they could look to limit/sit key players.  There’s really no reason to risk an injury, sabotaging any playoff opportunity.
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  1. Eric says:

    Hey Prof– I’m torn on Palmer too– I have Eli and Palmer — who would you go with? Also for the flex I need your opinion on who to start– Baldwin, Lacy or James White?

  2. Andy says:

    I have Blake Bortles and Eli Manning; cannot decide who will I play on my final game. Look like I go with Blake B . Thanks.

  3. Jim Smith says:

    I had Russell Wilson and dropped him after week 8 because he was not throwing. It turned out to be the decision that won me a championship because I picked up Kirk Cousins and his huge week 16 made up for my lack of TE points plus the poor showing by Antonio Brown.

  4. Eric – I’d go Palmer, but it’s closer than you’d think. As for the FLEX, I’d lean Lacy at this point but sitting Baldwin is tough.

    Andy – Bortles for me!

    Jim Smith – Nice! Thugh Wilson would’ve carried you for a few weeks there himself!

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