Week 16 Rankings (2016): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The football season goes by in the blink of an eye, doesn’t it?  It feels like things just got started and now this week marks the championship game for most leagues.  If you are still standing you likely have a steady quarterback, or maybe you have more than one.  Who should you start with your season on the line?  Let’s take a look at our rankings for the week:

  1. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. New York Jets
  2. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Carolina
  3. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Minnesota
  4. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – at Oakland
  5. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Tampa Bay
  6. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Cleveland
  7. Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at New Orleans
  8. Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – at Chicago
  9. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Baltimore
  10. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. Atlanta
  11. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Arizona
  12. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – at Houston
  13. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – at Pittsburgh
  14. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Dallas
  15. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – vs. Indianapolis
  16. Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Philadelphia
  17. Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – vs. Miami
  18. Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans – at Jacksonville
  19. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – at Seattle
  20. Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Detroit
  21. Trevor Siemian – Denver Broncos – at Kansas City
  22. Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers – at Los Angeles
  23. Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Tennessee
  24. Matt Barkley – Chicago Bears – vs. Washington
  25. Robert Griffin III – Cleveland Browns – vs. San Diego

Thoughts:

  • The last time Matt Ryan faced the Panthers “all” he did was put up 503 yards, 4 TD and 1 INT.  On the season he has 32 TD vs. 7 INT and, while he would look that much better assuming Julio Jones is back in action, there is no reason to consider Ryan anything but one of the best options in the league.
  • After back-to-back miserable performances Drew Brees rebounded strong, against a tough Arizona defense on the road, putting up 389 yards, 4 TD and 0 INT.  While his matchup with Tampa Bay isn’t necessarily an easy one, his strong play at home and the questions hovering over the running game will buoy his upside.  Slide him back into the top options with your season on the line.
  • You may want to push Matthew Stafford up the rankings, especially against Dallas, but where have the TD gone?  Over his past eight games he’s failed to top 2 TD in a game, and has only reached that many twice in this stretch (in other words he has 6 games of 1 or 0 TD).  That’s simply not a lot of upside to bank on.
  • Despite back-to-back less than stellar performances (including 3 INT against the Cowboys on Sunday), there’s reason to believe in a bounce back from Jameis Winston.  The running game is questionable and he’s going to be asked to guide the offense in a likely shootout with the New Orleans Saints (who have just 7 INT on the season).
  • Interesting how bad Andy Dalton has been over the past two games, without A.J. Green (a total of 337 yards, 2 TD and 1 INT).  He does have a favorable matchup this week, though, and there’s also a chance that Green returns.  Consider his spot on these rankings dependent on Green being active, so if he’s out be prepared to send him down into QB2 territory.
  • Eli Manning hasn’t topped 257 yards in his past eight games, including four straight of 201 yards or fewer.  Granted, he’s always a threat to post a monster game with Odell Beckham Jr. at this disposal, but at this point it’s impossible to consider him anything more than a QB2.
  • Sure Dak Prescott was better (279 yards), but he failed to find the end zone.  He now has 3 TD over his past four games, draws a difficult Detroit defense (fewest points per week to opposing QB over the past four games) and could easily watch the offense run through Ezekiel Elliott.  In other words, don’t consider him a great option.

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12 comments

  1. Krysta says:

    And for the trophy…Blake or Tyrod??

  2. LK says:

    In a 2-QB league .5 PPR and waivers are tonight. Not sure if I can trust Jordan Reed this week so would you claim any of these guys, Hunter Henry, Witten (might be playing against Prescott), Clay (might be playing against Tyrod), Fiedorowicz/Griffin?

    Also, should I worry about Cousins? Been playing him over Cam last few weeks but starting to question that this week, seems like a different QB when Reed isn’t effective.

  3. Krysta – Taylor!

    LK – It’s what I’m here for 🙂 For the QB, I’d still go Cousins but it’s close. For the TE, Reed is my top choice still, but Henry would be my second choice

  4. James says:

    Rivers or cousins?

  5. LaDuke says:

    I’ve made it to week 16. And Palmer helped me last week but now with him playing the Seahawks D I feel I should switch over to dalton against Houston. With or without green. But the stress has me going back and forth ! Any insight for me?

  6. chris says:

    Brady or Jbo?? Brady has a great matchup but scared he might not play the whole game since the pats have locked up a bye week.

    Please help!!!!!

  7. James – I’m rolling Rivers

    LaDuke – I agree with you on Dalton over Palmer, but that’s not a ringing endorsement for Dalton (especially if Green is out). Is there anyone on the wire you can grab?

    chris – They aren’t backing off this early, I’m rolling Brady

  8. Too Tall says:

    Hi Professor,

    Standard.

    I have Derek Carr starting. I am very concerned about Carr having to stay in the shot gun with his banged up finger. He appears much more limited and predictable in the shot gun. Indy playing better against QB’s now? He was not great his last two games.

    I have C. Kaepernick on the bench. Waiver wire has Bortles, Flacco, Trevor Siemian, Matt Barkley, Matt Moore, Tom Savage, Alex Smith, etc. Not a lot to get excited about. The only one I thought might be startable is Barkley. So what are your thoughts with D. Carr’s health versus Kaepernick versus the other waiver group.

    Thank you.

  9. Brent says:

    Qb Wilson or tyrod
    Rb. David Johnson or McCoy
    Wr. Edelman, Tate, Olsen or cooper. Need 2

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