Week 16 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

The end is near for fantasy owners and if you are still competing that means your fantasy title is within reach.  Which quarterback should you trust in Week 16?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Atlanta
  2. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. Tampa Bay
  3. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Miami
  4. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – vs. Chicago
  5. Michael Vick – Philadelphia Eagles – at Dallas
  6. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Philadelphia
  7. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at New Orleans
  8. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. San Diego
  9. Tim Tebow – Denver Broncos – at Buffalo
  10. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – at Detroit
  11. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. St. Louis
  12. Eli Manning – New York Giants – at New York Jets
  13. Rex Grossman – Washington Redskins – vs. Minnesota
  14. Matt Moore – Miami Dolphins – at New England
  15. Ryan Fitzpatrick – Buffalo Bills – vs. Denver
  16. Kyle Orton – Kansas City Chiefs – vs. Oakland
  17. Carson Palmer – Oakland Raiders – at Kansas City
  18. Mark Sanchez – New York Jets – vs. New York Giants
  19. Josh Freeman – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at Carolina
  20. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – vs. Arizona
  21. T.J. Yates – Houston Texans – at Indianapolis
  22. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Cleveland
  23. Christian Ponder – Minnesota Vikings – at Washington
  24. Alex Smith – San Francisco 49ers – at Seattle
  25. Matt Hasselbeck – Tennessee Titans – vs. Jacksonville

Thoughts:

  • Aaron Rodgers was not his typical impressive self in Week 15, throwing for just 235 yards and 1 TD.  With everything wrapped up and a loss now under their belts, could the Packers limit him and the rest of the regulars this week?  It’s possible, even against the Bears, dropping Rodgers down the rankings a little bit (but keeping him among the best options in the league).  Earlier this season Rodgers went for 297 yards, 3 TD and 1 INT against Chicago, so monitor the news and see if the Packers tip their hand.  If they are going to rest Rodgers then he falls a little bit more.  If they are going full throttle it is hard not to shoot him up to the top of these rankings.
  • It was the first week of the season when Tom Brady torched the Miami Dolphins for 517 yards, 4 TD and 1 INT.  Granted, the Dolphins are not the same team they were back then, but it is hard not to like Brady.  Consider him among the best options in the league.
  • Will the Saints-Falcons game breakdown into a shootout?  It wouldn’t be surprising, and you know Matt Ryan will be ready for the challenge.  Over the past two weeks he has thrown 7 TD vs. 0 INT.  The good times will likely continue in what should be a wide open contest.
  • Yes the Giants have a tough matchup with the Jets, but it is hard to not consider him a low-end QB1 this week with the way he’s played.  I know he had 0 TD and 3 INT in Week 15, but his wide receivers also didn’t do him any favors.  Look for him to come back strong this week and put up some very usable numbers.
  • Matt Moore has a positive matchup with the New England Patriots, but Moore has been fairly inconsistent in recent weeks.  He’s thrown for 162 yards or less in three of his previous five games, which has to limit his upside to a QB2.  Yes, he’s done a good job of controlling the football with only 6 INT, but that’s not enough.
  • While Carson Palmer had a huge game against the Detroit Lions, can anyone say for sure that he’s going to be able to replicate that performance this week?  The Kansas City Chiefs were able to stifle Aaron Rodgers, something no one else was able to do all season long.  Try to temper your expectations.
  • Will it be Jake Locker or Matt Hasselbeck this week for Tennessee?  It’s definitely something that fantasy owners need to be monitoring closely.

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Make sure to check out all of our Week 16 articles:

Week 16 Rankings: Top 40 Running Backs
Week 15 Rankings: Top 15 Kickers

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