Week 15 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

With fantasy playoffs likely underway in all leagues this week the decisions you make have a tremendous impact.  Should we trust Michael Vick?  Has Philip Rivers re-emerged as a must use option?  Where does Tim Tebow fall on the rankings?  Let’s take a look at these questions and all the rest for the coming week:

  1. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Kansas City
  2. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Minnesota
  3. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Denver
  4. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at Houston
  5. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – at Tampa Bay
  6. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Oakland
  7. Eli Manning – New York Giants – vs. Washington
  8. Tim Tebow – Denver Broncos – vs. New England
  9. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Jacksonville
  10. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – vs. Baltimore
  11. Michael Vick – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. New York Jets
  12. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at San Francisco
  13. Rex Grossman – Washington Redskins – at New York Giants
  14. Mark Sanchez – New York Jets – at Philadelphia
  15. Carson Palmer – Oakland Raiders – vs. Detroit
  16. Ryan Fitzpatrick – Buffalo Bills – vs. Miami
  17. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – at San Diego
  18. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – at St. Louis
  19. Matt Moore – Miami Dolphins – at Buffalo
  20. Jake Locker – Tennessee Titans – at Indianapolis
  21. T.J. Yates – Houston Texans – vs. Carolina
  22. Josh Freeman – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Dallas
  23. Christian Ponder – Minnesota Vikings – vs. New Orleans
  24. Dan Orlovsky – Indianapolis Colts – vs. Tennessee
  25. Tarvaris Jackson – Seattle Seahawks – at Chicago

Thoughts:

  • In his last three games against the Washington Redskins Eli Manning has thrown just 1 TD.  At the same time, has the Giants passing game ever been firing on all cylinders like it currently is?  It’s impossible to consider him anything but a must use option this week, though maybe not quite as highly given his recent history against Washington.
  • Philip Rivers gets downgraded due to a difficult matchup with the Baltimore Ravens, who have allowed nine receiving touchdowns all season long (and only two to wide receivers in the past six games).  Lucky for Rivers he has Antonio Gates at his disposal, but Rivers is more of a mid-to-low level QB1 at this point.  It’s hard to bench him with your fantasy title on the line, but the matchup makes him a risky play.
  • After Rex Grossman torched the New England Patriots for 463 total yards, is anyone shying away from Tim Tebow this week?  All Tebow does is get the job done and should be in store for another productive week.
  • Michael Vick was not all that impressive in his first game back in the lineup, going 15-30 for 208 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT while also adding two rushes for 9 yards.  Things will not get any easier against the New York Jets this week, but he also have to think that he will be significantly more comfortable.  Consider him a viable QB1, though a low-end one, for this week.
  • It has been a good stretch for Mark Sanchez, throwing for 7 TD vs. just 1 INT over his past three games.  He’s never going to be a consistent 300 yard passer, considering the Jets’ propensity to run first, but he has proven that he can be more than usable as a QB2 at this point in the season.
  • Rex Grossman has thrown for 250 yards or more in three of his past four games (the only time he hasn’t was against the New York Jets).  Over that span he also has thrown for 6 TD.  With the struggles the Giants have had defending the pass and Grossman throwing for 305 yards and 2 TD against them in Week 1, he is looking like a good QB2 for the coming week.
  • Jake Locker looked good again after taking over for Matt Hasselbeck, throwing for 282 yards and 1 TD.  You have to think that the time has come to see what he can do starting a game, don’t you?  Assuming he’s playing he’s a solid QB2 against the Colts.
  • You have to think Colt McCoy is going to miss this week’s game, don’t you?  If he plays he’ll have value, but we are leaving him off the rankings for now.
  • We all expect Ben Roethlisberger to play this week, though the threat of him further injuring his ankle is great.  With your fantasy title hanging in the balance it is hard to put your faith in him, though every time we say that he seems to come up big.  It all depends on your other options at this point.

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

Week 15 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs
Week 14: Top 15 Defenses

26 comments

  1. Josh says:

    Texans or Steelers on defense this weekend? And my WR are dec bryant, jordy nelson, victor cruz, and antonio brown. I’ve been sitting antonio brown the last few weeks, but he’s been putting up good points. Just don’t know with these 4 WR’s seems as if anyone of them can score big. What do you think?

  2. Roll Tide says:

    Roto,

    w/Jennings out I still need to play 3 WR – Antonio Brown, Colston, Cruz, Nicks and Tory Smith. Brown has been phenom but with big Ben’s injury… do I go C, C & N?

    TIA

  3. John Hamper says:

    i kinda screwed my self and im left with Rex Grossman and Mark Sanchez at my QB. Who should i start?

  4. John Hamper says:

    also if Andre Johnson is health do i start him over Julio Jones?

  5. Roll Tide – Yep, that’s exactly how I would roll this week. Colston, Cruz & Nicks and hope for the best!

    John Hamper – It’s a coin flip on the QB, but I’d probably go with Grossman considering how bad the Giants D has been. As for the WR, I would say yes, but it all depends on the news and what type of shape he is in.

  6. amir says:

    I know Im syarting to sound repetitive..but again I must ask..Cam or Eli?

  7. Gary says:

    I got lucky enough to grab a playoff spot but my QBs are definitely going to stunt my chances of getting further. With Fitzpatrick and Freeman, I’ve been playing matchups all year. Would it be wise to drop Freeman for either Yates or Locker? need help ASAP

  8. Roll Tide says:

    Hey Prof -

    i forgot to tell you it is a PPR league. Does that make a difference or still go with Nicks, Cruz and Colston?

  9. amir – it’s close as always, but I’m sticking with Cam

    Gary – It couldn’t hurt, though I’d probably go Fitzpatrick this week regardless.

    Roll Tide – Nope, I’d still go those three!

  10. Jason says:

    I have Rivers… I also have Locker…and Yates is available as well…both have better matchups than Rivers…what to do?! One game from the Super Bowl!…Help!..

  11. Brainpimp says:

    OK, first time asking but here goes.

    Matt Ryan or Tim Tebow. I have been playing matchups and I was leaning towards Tebow this week but I just read where JAC is down to their 3rd string CB’s/ If that is the case ATL make throw at will.

    What are you thoughts?

  12. Jason – Better matchups, but under those circumstances I’d still find it hard to sit Rivers. It’s not like Yates or Locker are a guarantee to produce much.

    Brainpimp – Welcome to the party! It’s really close, but I think I would still go Tebow. I could see Atlanta really focusing on getting their running game going in time for the playoffs, something they are going to need.

  13. Rob says:

    RP – I’ve got quite the QB dilemma and yes, you guessed it, it revolves around Roethlisberger.

    I’ve got Fitzpatrick on my bench and Dalton, Locker and Grossman available.

    Who do you roll with in this situation? Thanks ahead of time!

    • It all depends on Roethlisberger and the news over the next few days, but I’d probably pick up Grossman. He has been playing well of late and has a favorable matchup. If it turns out you need to replace Roethlisberger, Grossman is the candidate I’d go with.

  14. Aaron says:

    Stafford or Eli

  15. Montes says:

    L robinson v Cruz percy or DThomas (denver wr )who do it start 2 wide receiver league

  16. vettemcb says:

    Who to play? Newton vs top 3 defense, houston, or Tebow vs bottom 3 defense, new england? Please help! both have solid running attributes to help with fantasy points.

  17. Montes – You are lucky to have that type of stacked WR corps. Harvin is a must, then it’s close between Robinson & Cruz. Right now I’d probably say Robinson, though.

    vettemcb – I still go Newton, only because of Tebow’s constant struggles early in games. While he’s a good play, Newton has shown us more.

  18. Seismico says:

    phillip rivers or andy dalton? come on prof i need some magic juu juu

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