Week 17 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

Let’s take a look at how I rank the Top 25 quarterbacks for the final week of the regular season:

  1. Michael Vick – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Dallas
  2. Peyton Manning – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Tennessee
  3. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Denver
  4. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Chicago
  5. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Tampa Bay
  6. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Cleveland
  7. David Garrard – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Houston
  8. Matt Schaub – Houston Texans – vs. Jacksonville
  9. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cincinnati
  10. Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Washington
  11. Matt Cassel – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Oakland
  12. Josh Freeman – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at New Orleans
  13. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – at Green Bay
  14. Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams – at Seattle
  15. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Carolina
  16. Kerry Collins – Tennessee Titans – at Indianapolis
  17. Shaun Hill – Detroit Lions – vs. Minnesota
  18. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Miami
  19. Tim Tebow – Denver Broncos – vs. San Diego
  20. Chad Henne – Miami Dolphins – at New England
  21. John Skelton – Arizona Cardinals – at San Francisco
  22. Ryan Fitzpatrick – Buffalo Bills – at New York Jets
  23. Stephen McGee – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Philadelphia
  24. Carson Palmer – Cincinnati Bengals – at Baltimore
  25. Jason Campbell – Oakland Raiders – at Kansas City


  • The Eagles are locked into the playoffs and will be working on a significantly abbreviated week thanks to their Week 16 game being moved to Tuesday night.  Will the Eagles rest Vick entirely?  Probably not, but I wouldn’t expect him to play the entire game either.  How they fair tonight and if they have a first round bye clinched could change Vick’s ranking dramatically.
  • Not only have the Patriots clinched a playoff spot, but they are locked in to the #1 seed in the AFC.  You have to believe that the Patriots are going to take it easy and not keep their foot on the pedal for the entire game.  With your title on the line it is tough to depend on him.  However, if we get a better idea of his playing time, his ranking could change dramatically.
  • After watching Tim Tebow rip apart the Houston Texans secondary in Week 16, David Garrard becomes a lock as a QB1 this week.
  • Jon Kitna appears to be out for Week 17, with Stephen McGee likely getting the start in his place.  He only has potential value in two-quarterback formats.
  • The Jets have nothing to play for, so while Mark Sanchez looked good in Week 16 it is hard to imagine him playing the entire game, if at all.  Monitor the news, but at this point I wouldn’t plan on using him in any format.

What are your thoughts on these rankings?  Whose too high?  Whose too low?
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Make sure to check out the rest of our rankings for Week 17:

Week 17 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs
Week 16 Rankings: Top 15 Defenses


  1. Triz says:

    I was thinking about picking up David Garrard and playing him instead of Rivers, not just because Rivers has nothing to play for, but since he’ll be missing Gates and Tolbert. What do you think, is that stupid?

  2. Ramblin' Wreck says:

    I’m also considering Garrard for this week in place of Flacco. I’m gonna be behind trying to win the championship and need all the points available. Garrard is available but is this move really worth the effort?

  3. Triz says:

    Well, at least you know Flacco won’t be having a nap on the sidelines since they play at the same time as the Steelers!

  4. Triz – If I had Brees, I wouldn’t do it. Brees has proven all year long that he can produce no matter who is healthy. Plus, it’s not the “norm” for a team to rest their stars in the final week when they have already been eliminated from the playoffs. I would expect him to have a solid day, as normal.

    Ramblin – In your case, I actually like Garrard better than Flacco this week, so I definitely would play him!

  5. Triz says:

    I have Rivers, lol (though Brees is lovely), but the advice is even better then. Right? :)

    Otherwise I think I am clearing out all the Chargers, and everyone who is not on a team fighting for something or fighting for themselves. So that would be at this moment:

    QB: Rivers (hmm), Freeman, or Garrard
    RB: Ray Rice and Green-Ellis (because he wants his 1000 yards)
    WR: Reggie Wayne, Mike Wallace, Garcon
    D: Atlanta
    TE: Tamme
    K: Bryant

    I’d like MORE Falcons if possible, as I am sure they are enraged, but I think that is as many as I can get who are functional.

    So, what do you think? Is this a plan?

  6. TD54 says:

    Hey Professor – Just wanted to thank you for helping me win my championship game!

  7. Triz, the only think I need to look at is the D. Otherwise looks good. And sorry about the typo!! I’d still go with Rivers over Garrard…lol

    TD54 – Great News!! Congrats!

  8. FYI, Garrard is having finger surgery and is out for Week 17. Go with your alternatives!

  9. Triz says:

    Yikes, thanks for the warning about Garrard!

    Just looking at the WR rankings … I do still have V Jackson. Should I play him instead of Garcon? Oh, and I’m wavering again between Torain and Green-Ellis … I guess after being out Jackson and Torain might still count as having something to prove? Thanks!

  10. Triz says:

    PS (ha!) Mathews IS available, and he’s ranked higher than Torain and Green-Ellis, but isn’t that a lot of SD when they are out of it, what with Rivers and Jackson already?

  11. That is an awful lot of SD. I am high on Mathews and Green-Ellis is a real wild card. Are the Patriots going to play their starters enough to use them? I’m not sure I would trust him. That’s really the problem. If you want to limit your SD exposure, I’d go Torain.

  12. Triz says:

    Hmmmm interesting. Okay so …

    QB: Rivers
    RB: Ray Rice and Torain
    WR: Reggie Wayne and Mike Wallace
    RB/WR: V Jackson or Mathews (probably Jackson, right?)
    D: Atlanta
    K: Bryant

    And I’ll try to pick up Mathews but go to add the Atlanta D as my first priority in waivers tonight? (Subtle hint about the missing D/ST rankings :) ). Mathews and Jackson are both predicted to get so many points, but as you said, so much SD is just nervous-making …

    I’m tied (!) with the boyfriend (!!) after the first week of the final round, so the Chargers deciding to start their vacation early would NOT be good! (screw romance; I want the title! :) )

  13. Triz says:

    PS Yikes, I just agreed to take a Bills player in the first round next year if the guys would let the other girlfriends play. !!! I did proviso that they could look for advice, so, given that I am planning on winning this week …

    Rest up, professor. Unless I lose, you are going to be busy.

  14. Triz says:

    PSS I am pretty sure A would think this is an excellent idea! Actually A is welcome to be part of this league (if I win).

  15. Triz says:

    Because PSSS if I do win, some of these guys, despite being quite pretty, don’t have girlfriends, so A could step up … IF I win (given still that A is taken of course)

  16. frank says:

    Hello Mr Prof,

    Just wanted to thank you for helping me win my championship..-Thanks!!!!!!
    Now i need some help with my keepers :)
    if thats possible ??

  17. Triz – Sorry I didn’t get to you last night. How’d your waivers play our?

    I will also let her know and don’t worry about me, I can handle all the questions :-p (The big question is if someone will beat your PSSSSSS :-p)

    frank – Congrats! And absolutely, I’m not going anywhere. Fire away!

  18. frank says:

    iam in keepers leage
    3 keepers+rookie
    rivers(i can trade for vick and 1 r pick )i woud do it wat do you think
    grant (gb)
    rookies, blount,ford,web

    my keepers Vick,Hillis,Grant,Blount
    wat shoud i change


  19. There are no prices or anything attached, right?

    • Frank Versteeg says:

      no prices, just the trade and a 1 round pick

    • I would definitely make that trade, but I don’t love any of the running backs (outside of maybe Blount).

      Hillis has really struggled the past few weeks and could be in line for a platoon in 2011. He could probably be great trade bait also, so I’d shop him around and see if you can get a more stable (ie elite) top back.

      I’d also consider keeping White or Jackson, as they are two of the elite WR in the league.

      • Frank Versteeg says:

        ok wat means ” in line for a platoon ” remember iam dutch :|)
        witch RB do you mean?
        in our leage Hillis is a top 3 RB avg 27 f.points per game this year

        • Frank Versteeg says:


          Happy new year !!!

        • I mean that he could easily share carries.

          Has Hillis been meaintaining that number of points towards the end of the season?

          • Frank Versteeg says:

            no, week 15 and 16 avg 11 fs
            i dit not play him in my champ.game week 16 i playd r.jennings,hillis got only 8 fp in that game against the ravens.
            who do you think are elite R?
            in our leage top 5 RB
            1.Foster 501 fp
            2.Hillis 400 fp
            3.Johnson 397 fp
            4.Peterson 394 fp
            5.McFadden 388 fp
            F.Gore before he went out was top 3

          • I’d love using Hillis to get Foster, Johnson or AP. Gore also would be a great pickup.

            Any one of those four would set you up so much better. Foster is probably a stretch given the point differential, but you could certainly use Hillis to get one of those other three.

            Throw is out there and see if anyone has interest.

  20. Ramblin' Wreck says:

    Hey professor, where would Kolb be ranked now that Vick is out. I have Flacco and my opponent has Vick. Should I pick Kolb up to block and is he a better start at QB1 than Flacco.

    • I wouldn’t consider him a better start then Flacco, because you really have no clue how he’s going to produce and how many players the Eagles will rest.

      As far as blocking your opponent, if there are few options on the waiver wire it certainly couldn’t hurt!

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