Week 16 Rankings (2019): Top 25 Quarterbacks

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We’ve played all season to get to this point, so now we have to ask if we continue to ride what’s gotten us here or if there’s a better option available. Do you sit your star with a difficult matchup? Do you ride the hot hand? It’s a fine line, but let’s try to answer those questions by digging into this weeks rankings:

  1. Lamar Jackson – Baltimore Ravens – at Cleveland
  2. Jameis Winston – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – vs. Houston
  3. Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans – at Tampa Bay
  4. Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs – at Chicago
  5. Ryan Tannehill – Tennessee Titans – vs. New Orleans
  6. Dak Prescott – Dallas Cowboys – at Philadelphia
  7. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – at Tennessee
  8. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – vs. Arizona
  9. Carson Wentz – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Dallas
  10. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. Jacksonville
  11. Jimmy Garoppolo – San Francisco 49ers – vs. Los Angeles Rams
  12. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Minnesota
  13. Phillip Rivers – Los Angeles Chargers – vs. Oakland
  14. Ryan Fitzpatrick – Miami Dolphins – vs. Cincinnati
  15. Kirk Cousins – Minnesota Vikings – vs. Green Bay
  16. Jared Goff – Los Angeles Rams – at San Francisco
  17. Mitchell Trubisky – Chicago Bears – vs. Kansas City
  18. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – at Miami
  19. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. Buffalo
  20. Josh Allen – Buffalo Bills – at New England
  21. Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Washington
  22. Sam Darnold – New York Jets – vs. Pittsburgh
  23. Kyler Murray – Arizona Cardinals – at Seattle
  24. Baker Mayfield – Cleveland Browns – vs. Baltimore
  25. Gardner Minshew – Jacksonville Jaguars – at Atlanta

Thoughts:

  • Even while throwing a few too many interceptions and dealing with injuries to his top wide receivers, Jameis Winston continues to roll.  Over the past four weeks he’s thrown for the most yards (1,495) to go along with 11 TD vs. 6 INT, and he’s now thrown for 450+ yards and 4 TD in back-to-back games.  Taking on a Houston defense that’s allowed the third most points to quarterbacks overall, he’s a Top 3 option.
  • Ryan Tannehill has thrown 2+ TD in five straight games and has been at 279+ yards in back-to-back weeks.  In a matchup where the Titans may need to go pass heavy to keep up with the New Orleans Saints, fire him up in all formats.
  • Playing the past two weeks at home, including one favorable matchup with the Redskins, Aaron Rodgers has thrown for 203 yards or fewer with 2 TD and 0 INT.  In fact he has 243 yards or fewer in six straight games and has thrown for more than 1 TD just once over this stretch (4 TD against the Giants).  Taking on a tough Minnesota Vikings defense, suddenly Rodgers is a risky play with your fantasy title hanging in the balance.
  • The Dallas Cowboys have allowed the ninth most points per week to opposing quarterbacks over the past four weeks, so they haven’t been as dominant as they had been.  That alone helps the outlook for Carson Wentz, who also has been playing well (1,157 yards and 9 TD over the past four weeks). 
  • While Phillip Rivers has had some interception issues of late, he’s also thrown for at least 265 yards in four straight (including three weeks of 300+ yards) and has thrown 6 TD over his past three games.  He’s taking on an Oakland defense that’s allowed 8 TD vs. 1 INT over the past four weeks, and even though he struggled against them in their first matchup (207 yards, 2 TD, 3 INT) he’s worth considering as a borderline QB1.
  • Generally we always avoid the San Francisco 49ers, but over the past four weeks they’ve allowed 9 TD vs. 0 INT (7 TD over the past two weeks).  Of course they completely silenced Goff the first time these two teams played (78 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT), so while he isn’t unusable there’s too much risk to consider him anything but a mid-level QB2.
  • Will it be Eli Manning or Daniel Jones under center for the Giants?  Things appear to be trending towards Jones returning, and while you might argue Manning is a better option Jones would also be a viable QB2.

Sources – NFL.com, ESPN

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

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses



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