Week 15 Rankings (2017): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Obviously the big news coming out of Week 14 was the loss of Carson Wentz, though Josh McCown was also lost for the season.  The potential return of Aaron Rodgers helps, but with many leagues moving into their semifinals the injuries are a significant blow.  Who are the actual good plays?  Is there a solid streaming option to target?  Let’s take a look at the rankings heading into Week 15:

  1. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Pittsburgh
  2. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Los Angeles Rams
  3. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. New England
  4. Philip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers – at Kansas City
  5. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. Green Bay
  6. Kirk Cousins – Washington Redskins – vs. Arizona
  7. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. New York Jets
  8. Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars – vs. Houston
  9. Case Keenum – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Cincinnati
  10. Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Atlanta
  11. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at Tampa Bay
  12. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – at Cleveland
  13. Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – at Seattle
  14. Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – at Oakland
  15. Jimmy Garoppolo – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Tennessee
  16. Derek Carr – Oakland Raiders – vs. Dallas
  17. Alex Smith – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Los Angeles Chargers
  18. Nick Foles – Philadelphia Eagles – at New York Giants
  19. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Chicago
  20. Brett Hundley – Green Bay Packers – at Carolina
  21. Mitchell Trubisky – Chicago Bears – at Detroit
  22. Tyrod Taylor – Buffalo Bills – vs. Miami
  23. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – at Minnesota
  24. Marcus Mariota – Tennessee Titans – at San Francisco
  25. Jacoby Brissett – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Denver

Thoughts:

  • Many went into Week 14 skeptical about Russell Wilson due to a seemingly difficult matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Instead of struggling Wilson continued his stellar run, even with 3 INT, as he threw for 271 yards and 3 TD (while also rushing for 50 yards).  He now has eight straight games with at least 2 TD and he obviously also brings the potential to make plays with his feet.  Is he completely matchup proof?  Maybe not, but he’s a must play in all formats.
  • Obviously no one is going to expect Ben Roethlisberger to throw the ball 66 times once again (44 completions, 506 yards, 2 TD), but the game against New England could easily devolve into a shootout.  That plays into Roethlisberger’s current run, as he’s thrown for 290+ yards in four straight games and 2+ TD in five straight.
  • Phillip Rivers has thrown for at least 319 yards in three straight games, and over his past four games he has 8 TD vs. 0 INT (23 TD vs. 7 INT on the season).  Kansas City has been among the worst defenses defending the pass this season (seventh most points per week to opposing quarterbacks), meaning there’s every reason to believe in Rivers continuing his strong run.
  • We all know that the Saints have developed into a RB-centric offense, led by Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram.  However Kamara did suffer a concussion on Thursday night and is no guarantee to be cleared ahead of the Saints matchup against the Jets.  If he’s out the outlook for Drew Breese increases significantly, but even if he plays the matchup makes him intriguing.  The Jets have been among the worst in the league at stopping opposing quarterbacks (third most points per week to opposing quarterbacks overall, most over the last four weeks), though what is the chance that Brees and company get out to a big lead early?  He’s on the QB1 spectrum, but not a must play.
  •  Blake Bortles is a viable option with our fantasy seasons on the line?!  Really?!?!  He’s been very good over the past two weeks, with 577 yards, 4 TD and 0 INT, which alone gives up.  Taking on the Houston Texans, who is allowing the fourth most points per week to opposing quarterbacks on the season, just adds to the appeal.  He’s a borderline QB1, and that’s shocking.
  • We are all going to want to dial in Aaron Rodgers as a can’t miss QB1 in his first game back (assuming he does return) and it makes sense.  However you have to be cautious, given the length of absence.  He’s a borderline QB1, but not a must play depending on your alternatives (think of him as around the #10-12 QB if he plays, though for now he’s been left off the rankings).
  • Finally Dak Prescott woke up and delivered a truly strong performance against the New York Giants, delivering 332 yards and 3 TD.  The matchup doesn’t get much harder in Week 15, as the team travels to Oakland (20 TD vs. 2 INT on the season).  He was so bad for so long that he’s still hard to trust, but he’s at least worth consideration.

Sources – NFL.com, ESPN, CBS Sports

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

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses
Week 15 Rankings (2017): Top 40 Running Backs
Week 14 Rankings (2017): Top 15 Kickers

46 comments

  1. darrick says:

    hey professor, which qb would you start in the playoffs carr or mariota or should i pick up either bortles, keenum or Garpp

  2. Pwyll says:

    Prof,
    Assuming he plays, how much should I trust Rodgers this week? In a 2 QB league, I also have Brady (an obvious start) and Prescott.

  3. Krysta says:

    With the loss of Carson Wentz, my playoffs success is looking bleak. I have Andy Dalton on the bench. Roll w/the “other” redhead QB or pick up Jameis Winson, Jimmy Garoppolo, Blake Bortles? I guess Foles could be an option but I never want to play any back-up or freshly “healthy” player on their 1st week.

  4. Shawn S says:

    Yeah, Professor – I’m struggling with choosing QB Rivers over Rodgers.
    Also, what do you think about my Flex pos in Half PPR – RB M Davis or WR Westbrook (I’m sitting Diggs)? I feel Westbrook has the higher ceiling, but either could break out. Opinion?

    RB Fournette
    RB Collins
    WR Brown
    WR Gordon
    TE Witten
    D Ravens

  5. Richard A says:

    Prof.,

    I have both Big Ben and Brady at QB. I’ve started Brady every week but the bye. My opponent has Antonio Brown. Is there any reason I should start Big Ben over Brady this week? Possibly to cancel out Brown’s production. Brady had me a little worried after the Monday night game and Big Ben has been hot lately, especially at home. Thoughts?

  6. Mac G. says:

    Matt Ryan or Brady for QB
    RB 2:
    Perine
    Cohen or should I pick someone else up
    WR: Jones Jr. or Stills

  7. OtisP says:

    I know you are supportive of Bortles this week, but would you start him over Goff?

  8. Joe says:

    Hi Prof,

    I can’t believe I’m asking this- but if Rodgers plays start him vs Bortles? Lime most on here play offs time. Standard league. Do you trust him to be the “old” Rodgers in fist start vs tough Panthers in
    NC.

  9. Chrtistopher says:

    Help ! Have tried to be faithful to Ryan thinking eventually this offence will wake up. Seeded #1 in my league and grabbed both Bortles and Foles. Does Bortles start over Ryan this week ?? Help !!

  10. Jay says:

    Standard. Need the QB with the most upside, because stupid me started Cooper(0)over Williams(23),I’m 14 down.Choice is Brees or Rivers. Computer says Brees but Chargers hot playing for 1st. What do you think?

  11. Larry says:

    I have Brees in my lineup and Bortles on the bench….any reason to consider a swap (or wait to see if Kamara plays)? Brees has been my starter all year, but it is do or die this week. Also, who out these three WR’s would be the best WR3 (Sanu, Woods, or Westbrook).

    • I’d be going Brees, though I could see Bortles having a higher ceiling for this week (but he always carries a lower floor).

      As for the WR, I’d lean Sanu only because Woods carries significant risk in his first game back

  12. Eric says:

    PPR/PPC league— Rodgers or Cousins?

  13. Cara Stewart says:

    Rodgers??
    My only other option is Alex Smith, Bortles or Garoppolo
    This is playoffs for me
    Thanks!!

  14. Shawn says:

    QB: Rivers or Garoppolo – Pick 1
    RB: Bell, Fournette, Drake, Hunt, Perine – Pick 3
    WR: Fitzgerald, Goodwin, Westbrook, Agholor – Pick 2
    TE: Rudolph, Ebron – Pick 1

    Your help will be greatly appreciated! I am mostly confused between the RB’s.

  15. Shawn says:

    PPR League

    QB: Rivers or Garoppolo – Pick 1
    RB: Bell, Fournette, Drake, Hunt, Perine – Pick 3
    WR: Fitzgerald, Goodwin, Westbrook, Agholor – Pick 2
    TE: Rudolph, Ebron – Pick 1

    Your help will be greatly appreciated! I am mostly confused between the RB’s.

  16. Too Tall says:

    Hi Professor,

    I made it into the playoffs. Thank you for your help this season.

    Standard league. Rivers, Ryan, or Bortles on waiver wire? Was leaning Rivers as Ryan has been poor lately. But concerned with Rivers difficulties at Arrowhead in the past and he did not do well earlier in the season against KC. Then there is Bortles.

  17. haggy says:

    You never seem to go with Keenum when I ask but…this week you like Bortles better.. Help me understand why you like him on the road better than Case K at home…. Keenum sat on bench for me last week while I played McCown….

    • The two are pretty interchangeable honestly, I just prefer Bortes with a favorable matchup and he’s been playing better of late

      • haggy says:

        Ok.Then I will roll with Bottles. I need points anyway…Kennum I think has the highest floor and about the same ceiling but I can see the Vikings running and Bortles throwing a couple deep ones.

  18. reggie says:

    Hi Professor – it’s been a great season with your insight!

    standard scoring

    QB: Ryan, Bortles, or Garrappolo ?

    RB if Fournette can’t go would you consider Yeldon or Ivory or Mike Davis?

    WR: Josh or Jordy?

    thanks you sir!

  19. Jay says:

    Standard scoring. Down 15 points Rivers or Brees?

  20. Billy says:

    Hey Prof. Standard scoring & 2 questions.
    QB: Rivers or Newton (safer play or higher potential?)
    WR: K. Allen, J. Nelson, & AJ Green (pick 2)

  21. Chris says:

    Hey roto. Tough choice for me giving that Rodgers tears up Carolina in the past…. Rodgers or cam…thanks

  22. Jason says:

    Going back and forth I this one – Cam Newton or Big Ben this week?

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