Week 16 Rankings (2017): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

If you are still standing you are likely preparing for your championship game.  The toughest decision is going to be if you stick with the guy that got you here (even if they face some risk) or do you go to the hot hand with the favorable matchup?  All bets are off at this point and you generally simply do what you need to do.  How does that leave our rankings?  Let’s take a look:

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

Thoughts:

  • It has been a stellar run for Blake Bortles, who has thrown for 903 yards, 7 TD and 0 INT over his past three games.  With another seemingly favorable matchup, this time against a San Francisco defense that has struggled overall this season, there’s a good chance that he continues producing.  Granted the 49ers have been significantly better of late, though over the past three weeks the matchups have helped to skew things (Chicago, Houston and Tennessee).  Bortles should surprisingly be viewed as a QB1 for your Championship Week.
  • The Seattle offense had an abysmal Week 15, with Russell Wilson throwing for just 142 yards, 1 TD and 0 INT.  It would be easy to completely lose faith in him, if you even survived the poor performance, but Wilson steps into a favorable matchup against the Cowboys (26 TD vs. 9 INT on the season) in Week 16.  Considering how good he’s been all season long, now isn’t the time to look in another direction.
  • Are we really prepared to sit Tom Brady with our fantasy title hanging in the balance?  That’s going to be a hard sell, but over the past three weeks he has 2 TD vs. 4 INT (including a matchup with the Bills where he had 258 yards, 0 TD and 1 INT).  Over the past four weeks he’s averaged a mere 254 yards per game, and with the Bills being among the better passing defenses in the league (third fewest points per week against opposing QB) the outlook actually isn’t very good.  Would we start him?  Most likely, but this is a rare instance that he’s going to fall outside the Top 5.  You could actually argue both Blake Bortles and Case Keenum deserve to be ranked ahead of him this week, that’s just a tough sell.
  • Everyone wanted to jump on the Aaron Rodgers bandwagon, but he unsurprisingly struggled in his first game back as he threw 3 INT.  Of course he showed signs of the old Rodgers, including 290 yards and 3 TD, though a difficult matchup is going to help to limit the upside (Minnesota has allowed just 12 passing TD on the season).  Could you justify using him as a backend QB1?  Absolutely, as long as he’s playing (which isn’t actually a guarantee), but he’s hardly a given unfortunately.
  • While it was against the lowly New York Giants, Nick Foles seamless stepped into the Philadelphia offense and flourished (237 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT).  Look for the Eagles to keep the pedal down, especially as they want to make sure that Foles has a good rapport with the skill players around him, and against the Raiders that should mean another strong performance.

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40 comments

  1. Joe says:

    Standard league-Richardson Bortles @ SF or Foles vs. Oakland. Both good match ups. JAX traveling across the country scares me a little. Bortles plays at home, but they have clinched a playoff spot. Your thoughts on my concerns? Who would you play. I’m in the “Super Bowl” . Last game of the year.

    Thank you for all of your help this year, you rock

    • Joe says:

      Don’t know why Richardsons name is b4 Bortles. Lol

      • Joe says:

        I guess I should not type this b4 I had my coffee.Bortles plays IN SF . Foles plays at home. Philly and Jax both are in the playoffs, but concern is JAX traveling
        Vs Philly at home . Your advice Bortles @SF or Foles vs Oakland? Thank you

    • I understand the concern about Bortles traveling, and it does give me a little pause, but he’s been playing too well and has a favorable matchup still. I’d roll with him

  2. Haggy says:

    Bortles or Keenum.. Leaning Keenum..Green Bay has been getting lit up….

  3. reggie says:

    great call on Bortles last week Professor – big thanks!

  4. Kermit says:

    Would you start Bortles over Wilson this week? I did survive week 15, despite starting Wilson, but here we go again.
    Thanks

  5. Eric says:

    I have Cousins, Garrapolo, and Flacco for the championship— am I nuts to start Flacco against the putrid Colts D? I don’t trust the other two against good D’s— what say you prof?

  6. Jason says:

    Professor I survived the fournette injury & I’m playing for the title. I’m prepared to bench brady for foles. 1 game. 3 games less than 20pts for brady. I can’t afford that this week.
    RB1 Fournette
    RB2 Kamara
    Flex L Murray
    WR1 Tyreek Hill
    WR2 keelan cole or crowder?
    K Gould or Prater?
    Def Jax
    QB brady or foles?

  7. House of Pain says:

    Hello Professor;
    Full point PPR;

    I also survived the Fournette’s injury, Russel Wilson’s meltdown, but I’m in the hole with Antonio Brown being out…I’m playing in the championship game this week and need advice with my Flex. Best play out of this group:
    Marquise Woodwin, Kendall Wright, Randall Cobb, and Mike Davis…
    Thank you in advance. Your advices have been extremely helpful this, and previous seasons. Keep up the good work…

    • First, thanks for the continued support!

      I’d say Davis has the highest ceiling, Goodwin the highest floor.

      If you want the safe play, go Goodwin. If you need to swing for the fences, go Davis

  8. OtisP says:

    I need a QB with the highest ceiling……Bortles, Goff, or Foles?

  9. Jay says:

    Standard. One league, Bortles or Foles? Other Rivers or Foles? Has Williams value got up with Rogers now on IR? I’ve made the championship game in all 4 leagues that I’m in thanks for the advice. Can’t wait to use your site come Baseball season.

  10. Vanessa says:

    Professor, should i start Bortles over Rivers if Fournette is out? Also, who do you like between K. Cole and Agholor in PPR league this week? Thank you!

  11. Nonie says:

    Hi Prof.

    Need some advice on wrs. I’ve got Robert Woods, Michael Crabtree, Adam Thielen and Juju. Need to pick two and possibly a flex for standard. Im a little weary of using Thielen because now that Rodgers is out, game script might limit the amount of throwing the vikings will have to do with Brett under center.

    • I couldn’t consider sitting Thielen with the way he’s played. The upside is far too high, even if they are only throwing half the game.

      As for the #2, I’d lean Crabtree (but Woods’ upside is the highest, just the lowest floor)

  12. Bob says:

    I survived losing Wentz, now I head into the playoffs with the option of Bortles or Alex Smith. Both seem to have good matchups, but I feel the pressure to lean towards Bortles. What do ya think? Thanks for the advice all season!

  13. Too Tall says:

    Hi professor,

    Rivers or Bortles this week? I survived Rivers play in KC last week fortunately to make it to the final round. Thanks for all your help this season. Rivers and Bortles both on the road. Fournette is playing.

  14. Jim says:

    Thanks for all you help this season! Would not be in the finals without your help!
    PPR

    RB-Davis, Hyde or J Williams. Leaning towards Davis

    Flex play- Agholor or Westbrook could also pick up Cole . Like Agholor

    TE- Doyle or Watson (Flacco q.v. this weekend, go for double points)
    Thanks again for all your help! Best site out there!

  15. Matt says:

    2 QB league, have Ben Roethlisberger, Case Keenum, and Matthew Stafford. My thought is Big Ben and Keenum, unless the weather is bad at Lambeau, then swap in Stafford for Keenum. Thoughts?

    Need 2 flexes, have Martavis Bryant, Jerick McKinnon, Keelan Cole, and Rishard Matthews. My thought is Bryant and McKinnon. Thoughts?

  16. Dave says:

    I’m having a tough time settling on a QB for the championship round. Would you go Dak, Foles, or Carr? Why?

    My thought are Foles had a good team with a soft matchup.

    Dak could have less action with Ezekiel back, but the Seahawks have been descimated with injuries.

    What are your thoughts?

  17. darrick says:

    hey professor, who should i start bortles or foles

  18. Chicka says:

    PPR league- Alex Smith or Nick Foles?
    Westbrook or Mickens?
    Thanks for the help.

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