Week 15 Rankings (2016): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Week 14 was a disastrous one for quarterbacks around the league, partly due to weather, though that can’t be used as the only excuse.  How do some ugly performances, like the 5 INT game from Russell Wilson or Drew Brees’ second straight 0 TD/3 INT day, impact our thinking?  Let’s take a look at how things sit for Week 15:

  1. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. San Francisco
  2. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Chicago
  3. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Denver
  4. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Cincinnati
  5. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – at Minnesota
  6. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – vs. New Orleans
  7. Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – vs. Carolina
  8. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – vs. Oakland
  9. Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Dallas
  10. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – at San Diego
  11. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Los Angeles
  12. Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans – at Kansas City
  13. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Washington
  14. Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Detroit
  15. Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Tennessee
  16. Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – vs. Cleveland
  17. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at New York Giants
  18. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Arizona
  19. Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Tampa Bay
  20. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Philadelphia
  21. Sam Bradford – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Indianapolis
  22. Bryce Petty – New York Jets – vs. Miami
  23. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Pittsburgh
  24. Matt Barkley – Chicago Bears – vs. Green Bay
  25. Trevor Siemian – Denver Broncos – vs. New England

Thoughts:

  • Aaron Rodgers is a health risk, so keep that in mind early on this week.  That said, if he’s somewhat healthy it’s impossible not to have him at the top of these rankings.  Over the past four games he’s thrown 10 TD vs. 0 INT and the last time he failed to throw at least 2 TD in a game was October 16 (eight straight games).  He’s also taking on a Chicago defense that he shredded for 326 yards, 3 TD and 0 INT earlier in the season.
  • We all know that the matchup for Tom Brady against the Broncos is not an easy one, but is anyone really ready to bet against him?  Utilize him as a Top 5 option.
  • Kirk Cousins is coming off his lowest yardage day since October 2, throwing for 234 yards, 2 TD and 1 INT.  Of course he was also asked to throw the ball just 21 times, the first time he was below 30 attempts since the 10/2 matchup with the Browns.  He should get more opportunities this week against the Panthers, and with the way he’s been performing he has to be considered a trustworthy option.
  • Needless to say Carson Palmer has been exceptionally better at home (11 TD/3 INT) than he has on the road (9 TD/10 INT).  As it is New Orleans has just 7 INT on the season, making Palmer a surprisingly good play.
  • Russell Wilson is coming off a disastrous performance, as we already noted, but it wasn’t played in good weather so we have to give him a little bit of a pass.  Prior to Week 14 it had finally appeared like he was getting healthy and he will play in the comforts of his home stadium (6 TD/2 INT on the season).  It’s hard to bank on him, but the matchup is good enough to keep him on QB1 radars.
  • Cam Newton is coming off back-to-back poor performances (less than 200 yards in each, with a total of 2 TD and 1 INT).  The Redskins do represent a favorable matchup, however, so it’s impossible to just ignore him completely.
  • Drew Brees has thrown 6 INT without a touchdown over the past two weeks and now is going to be asked to travel to Arizona…  Seems like an impossible situation to trust, which is saying a lot.
  • You can argue that Dak Prescott was exposed a bit by the Giants, and now the Cowboys’ rookie quarterback will square off against a Tampa Bay defense that has been surging in recent weeks.  The 11 game winning streak could skew your thought process, but don’t make the mistake of planning to utilize him.

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Make sure to check out all of our Week 15 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defense
Week 15 Rankings (2016): Top 20 Tight Ends
Week 14 Rankings (2016): Top 15 Kickers

39 comments

  1. David says:

    16 Team PPR League

    I’ve made it to the Semi Finals and need some advice

    My QB will be Matt “Matty Ice” Ryan

    Problem #1-Running Backs

    I have Gurley, West, Sproles and Henry. Would you drop Sproles for Kenneth Farrow, SD,RB. I’m thinking start Gurley and Farrow. What say you?

    Problem #2 – Which three Wide Receivers to start?

    Nelson, Cooks, Baldwin, Eifert Ladarius Green

    Kicker – Novak or Gano they both put up nice numbers last week.

    Thanks

  2. LK says:

    Hey Prof,
    Not crazy about my Den D this week vs NE. Our league is based on pts allowed not yards allowed (plus sacks, turnovers, etc), and our waivers are tonight. Who do you like from NYG vs Det, Mia @ NYJ, Hou vs Jax, or GB @ Chi?
    Thanks.

  3. Eric B says:

    Hey prof usual starter questions
    Cousins or Rivers
    2 RBs; Howard, Miller, Murray, Ingram or Rawls
    Tyreek Hill or Marvin Jones (I think Mike Thomas is out for NO)

  4. C.J. says:

    Need help with qb this week would you play Wilson or Mariota? I could also pick up Palmer

    Thank you,

  5. Barney says:

    I got Eli and zak and mariota. All not good choices, u like and I have ware Jeremy hill and Dixon. Need a rb 2 and a flex. I also got Sammy Watkins.what do I do. Thank you

  6. johnson says:

    Brees and Kaep?

  7. Barney says:

    Also rank these defenses. K.c. Atl buffalo and Houston and g.b. Thanks

  8. Haggy says:

    Ok After ending the season top seed I am now playing for 3rd place. Went with Brees over Dalton and Diggs over Watkins. Only bright side was played Hill. Lost by 3 points. Now again… Dalton or Brees. Never starting Diggs so don’t need that one.

  9. Jay says:

    Need 2 WR from: Dez, S.Watkins, or Inman. 2 RB-Ajayi, Howard, Ware, Powell or Stewart… Than need flex from this group.

  10. Mikein Macon says:

    What are you hearing about Tyrod Taylor maybe losing his job? First I heard on it was from ESPN Week 15 assessment. I had him as my starter over Winston due to the matchup but I see you like Winston better anyway. Playing for the Championship so don’t need a QB who could be yanked during the game…..

  11. Jenni says:

    In FF finals this week. My QB situation is Roethlesberger or Winston, with a third option of picking up Palmer on the waiver wire. Any advice would be helpful… 🙂

  12. David – Not sure if I’d roll Farrow or not, but it’s well worth dropping Sproles for him. As for who to start, it’s too early in the week to make definitive decisions. Way too much can change, but I guess Nelson/Baldwin/Eifert.

    LK – I’m leaning Houston given the matchup

    Eric B – Cousins // Murray & Miller // Hill

    C.J. – I’m going Palmer, though I’m in the minority

    Barney – Mariota // Ware/Hill, sitting Watkins // Houston for defense

    johnson – I guess Brees, but don’t like it

    Haggy – Brees, but I don’t really like it

    Jay – Bryant & Watkins // Ajayi & Howard // Ware as FLEX

    Mikein Macon – Yea, who knows what Buffalo does but can’t trust him

    Jenni – I’m rolling Roethlisberger! Good luck!!

  13. BWAY says:

    Week 15
    Cousins, Dak, or Russel Wilson?

    DST
    Rams or Titans?

    QB
    Dak or Luck?

  14. Eric says:

    Hey prof— PPC/PPR league – need help with RB’s/WR’s (2rb’s/2wr/1 flex)
    RB- B. Powell, Ware, Blount, Ingram,Forte
    WR- Beckham,Fitzgerald, Baldwin, Smith Sr., Britt,Tate, and M. Mitchell (pats)
    What say you? Thanks for a great year!

  15. James says:

    Cousins or rivers?

  16. Westie says:

    BWAY and James: I’m pretty sure your QB questions are answered in this post
    He literally took the time to rank QB’s for this week, just look toward the top of the page and read
    I’ll do it for you
    BWAY – Cousins (he ranked Cousins 7, Wilson 11 , and Dak 19)
    James – Cousins is 7, Rivers is 8…should be self explanatory. It’s a close call but he suggests Cousins

    Thanks

    • Trevor says:

      Lighten up. If people want to visit the site and ask questions there’s nothing wrong with it. And from what I’ve seen the prof is more than happy to answer questions and we enjoy asking. That’s the fun of it.

  17. Joel says:

    Big Ben or Kirk Cousins

    Need 1
    Tyreek Hill- M. Mitchell or Ty Montgomery

  18. Smidge says:

    12 team PPR
    Is it worth dropping Booker and picking up Montgomery to play over Pryor Sr. in my flex spot this week?
    Other RB’s I have are Ingram Stewart and Ware

  19. haggy says:

    Ware or kelly at RB.

  20. Mugtana says:

    Hey Prof,

    Tough decision this week Brady or Phillips any words of advice?

  21. Bryan says:

    Andy dalton or Russell Wilson in week 15.
    I’m leaning towards Dalton. Wilson has been so inconsistent. What do you think?

  22. BWAY – Cousins // I guess Arizona // Luck for sure

    Eric – Ware & Powell (assuming no Forte) // Beckham & Baldwin // Blount

    Joel – Tough to sit Cousins, but I’d lean Roethlisberger // Hill’s floor may not be there, but ceiling far too high to sit

    Smidge – I’m not sure I’d use Montgomery over those 3 RB, but it is worth making the swap

    haggy – Ware

    Mugtana – I know Brady has a tough matchup, but he always seems capable of producing regardless of the matchup. He’s a must play.

    Bryan – I know Wilson hasn’t been good, but I don’t like Dalton at all this week. Gotta go Wilson

  23. Wash says:

    QB:Ben or Cousins?
    Flex:Tate,Stills,Lafell, Lockett, S.Roberts,Delanie Walker or JJ Nelson?

  24. JL says:

    STD
    QB Mariota or Wilson
    RB zeke ,jon stewart, farrow (need 2)
    WR TY hilton, tyrell williams, t gabriel, d thomas (need 2)
    NE or MIN def

    Thank you!

  25. Barney says:

    Mariota or winston

  26. Billy says:

    I know their saying Carson Palmer vs New Orleans is a good start this week but it’s a bit hard to trust him with that offensive line that’s doing a horrible job protecting him. With that being said should I start Carson Palmer vs New Orleans or Marcus Mariotta vs Kansas City?

  27. Patrick says:

    I worried about Mariota and his match up should I drop Farrow for either Flacco or Siemian and play one of the them instead of Marcus?

    If Forte is active would you still play Powell or go with Stewart or Ware?

    Thank you.

  28. Haggy says:

    Got Brees and Dalton. Going nuts to think I might have to go with brees on the road.. Can not have another 7 point QB outing. Think 15 or so from Dalton is safer. You still like Brees in Arizona.

  29. Barney – I’d roll Winston

    Billy – I know I’m in the minority, but I’m going Palmer

    Patrick – I’d go Mariota over the two you mentioned first, but I’d grab Palmer and use him. As for the RB, I’d still go Powell ovver Stewart

    Haggy – I don’t like any of them honestly, but I guess I’d go Brees if I had to

  30. Andrew says:

    Hey roto cam or Carr.

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