Week 14 Rankings (2017): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The time is now for many as the fantasy playoffs kick off.  It’s an interesting week as well, with a few of the top quarterbacks drawing difficult matchups (though that doesn’t mean we could imagine sitting them down).  That’s not to say that all of the matchups are concerning, as there are some quarterbacks who appear to be heating up and walking into favorable matchups.  Throw in the “names”, who are never easy to value, and there are many landmines to maneuver through.  Let’s take a look at who we should be trusting:

  1. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Miami
  2. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Jacksonville
  3. Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – at Los Angeles Rams
  4. Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Oakland
  5. Josh McCown – New York Jets – at Denver
  6. Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Washington
  7. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New Orleans
  8. Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – vs. Philadelphia
  9. Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Detroit
  10. Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – at Los Angeles Chargers
  11. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Atlanta
  12. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Baltimore
  13. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. Minnesota
  14. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Tampa Bay
  15. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – at Kansas City
  16. Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Dallas
  17. Case Keenum – Minnesota Vikings – at Carolina
  18. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Chicago
  19. Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – at New York Giants
  20. Blaine Gabbert – Arizona Cardinals – vs. Tennessee
  21. Brett Hundley – Green Bay Packers – at Cleveland
  22. Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans – at Arizona
  23. Tom Savage – Houston Texans – vs. San Francisco
  24. Jimmy Garappolo – San Francisco 49ers – at Houston
  25. Jay Cutler – Miami Dolphins – vs. New England

Thoughts:

  • After we were all ready to give up on Alex Smith, he popped off a monster day at the right time.  Going up against the New York Jets in Week 13 as he threw for 366 yards and 4 TD.  Taking on the Oakland Raiders, who he torched for 342 yards and 3 TD in Week 7, it’s easy to slot him back in the Top 5.
  • After a few weeks on the sidelines Jameis Winston returned in Week 13 and it looked like he didn’t miss a beat as he threw for 270 yards, 2 TD and 0 INT.  Over the past few weeks the Detroit Lions haven’t been playing well against opposing QB, including Joe Flacco (269 yards, 2 TD) and Case Keenum (282 yards, 2 TD) over the past two weeks.  That would seem to make this a perfect matchup and return Winston into as a potential QB1.
  • Russell Wilson has been tremendous recently (seven consecutive games with 2+ TD), though he hasn’t put up big yardage (under 260 yards in four straight) and draws one of the toughest defenses.  It’s impossible to sit him down, but slotting him right at the top of the rankings is difficult as well.  As of late he’s been a TD dependent option, and there’s a chance that he comes up empty in that regard in Week 14.  (Note: We can make almost the same statement for Carson Wentz, who had a solid but unspectacular day against the Seahawks due to just 1 TD in Week 13 and now draws the Los Angeles Rams)
  • While Drew Brees has a positive matchup, he’s thrown for 1 TD in each of the past two weeks as the Saints continue to get back to their focus on their running back duo.  That is going to drag him down, though he’s a borderline QB1 due to the potential upside.
  • Jimmy Garoppolo put up some strong numbers in his first start, throwing for 293 yards, 0 TD and 1 INT, and he also has a strong matchup.  However considering his receiving corps is it really possible to trust him?  The downside risk far outweighs the potential reward, making him more of a QB2 than a player to trust.
  • The situation for the New York Giants has been poorly handled, but it makes for an intriguing situation in Week 14.  After being benched last week all signs point towards Eli Manning making the start, in what may be a “send off” type outing at home against a struggling division rival (Dallas has allowed the fifth most points to opposing quarterbacks over the past four weeks).  It’s easy to envision a big day, isn’t it?

** PRE-SALE **
Pre-order Rotoprofessor’s 2018 Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide for just $6.25!!  Click here for the details, but don’t miss out on the best bargain in fantasy baseball preparation.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 14 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses
Week 14 Rankings (2017): Top 20 Tight Ends
Week 13 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Defenses

31 comments

  1. C says:

    How’s it going professor,

    I’m 10-3 and locked in for the playoffs.
    Is there really any point in keeping Brees on my roster for the final stretch?
    Been starting Ben the past couple of weeks, and plan on doing so going forward. QBs like McCown, Bortles, Dalton, Keenum etc. are on the wire in case Ben gets hurt.
    I might have to make a move if Ertz misses this week, and I would like to get one of Davis or Barber to reinforce my RBs. My other options to drop are Doug Martin and Chris Hogan.
    What would you do?
    Appreciate your advice!

  2. I’m not a big Brews supporter so if you aren’t going to use him move on

  3. James says:

    Russell or McCown?

    I have Jax dst too

  4. Haggy says:

    So….You would play McCown over Keenum this week…. Or is it close..

  5. Chu says:

    Threshold league would you be more worried about R Wilson getting stumped on the road against the Jags? My only option is Mariota but I need points to catch leader (total points wins championship through week 17) He has Brady. Obviously not much love in the rankings. . . Which I get, But . . . help

  6. C says:

    Another question..
    Would you drop Hogan for Tion Green? Lacking strong plays at RB, and still no news on Hogan. My other WRs are AJ Green, Baldwin and Goodwin.
    Tion looked good versus the Ravens, and I guess he could be the new starter after that?
    Thanks a lot!

  7. Stephen says:

    IS there any conceivable way I sit Russell this week for Jameis or McCown (vomit emoji)???

  8. Matt Harrington says:

    For this week at QB – would you go with Big Ben vs. the Ravens…or Cam Newton vs. Vikings? Both defenses have been solid against QB’s this year.

  9. haggy says:

    Seattle D looked good last week so did Tennessee D..Which one would you start week 14.

  10. Andy says:

    QB: Drew Brees
    WR: Adam Thielen, Golden Tate
    RB: Alvin Kamara, Chirstian McCaffrey
    TE: Zach Ertz
    Flex: Doug Baldwin
    BN: Kirk Cousin, Davante Adam, Robert Woods
    K: Wil Lutz
    Def: Pitts
    Should I pick up
    Def: Greennay @Cleveland
    or Def: Buffalo Vs Indy
    Go with Brees or Kurt Cousin or drop Cousin or Brees for Josh McCown ?

  11. Matt says:

    I have Keenum, Stafford, and Roethlisberger (Gabbert is best waiver option), need to start 2. I’m torn, advice?

  12. reggie says:

    kickoff approaching still flipping coin on Ryan or McCown

    Lattimore is starting – last minute thoughts?

    thanks Professor!

  13. Kermit says:

    Hey Prof – I posted this earlier in a “not about QB’s” arena. I’m leaning toward starting J. McCown over J. Goff and J. Winston over R. Wilson. 10 team PPR leagues. I know if I lean too much – I’ll fall over. Any advise? Thanks!

  14. Colby says:

    McKinnon or lee at flex 1 point ppr

  15. Gail says:

    My quarterback Wentz is done (obviously) I need to win week 15 to get into our playoff that start week 16 PPR league. I was kinda leaning towards picking up Foles vs Giants. But there still is Dalton vs Minn, Flacco vs Clev. And Winston on McCown (don’t trust being healthy).

    What’s your input on my QB situation?

    Thanks so much!

Leave a Reply to Rotoprofessor Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>