Week 15 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings
It comes as no surprise that the top-five fantasy quarterbacks in any given week generally consist of Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees. The other two spots can include just about anyone, ranging from Cam Newton to Philip Rivers to Tony Romo. But you can usually safely bet that Rodgers, Brady, and Brees, three guys chasing down Dan Marino’s 5,084 single-season yardage record, will be somewhere at the very top.
Clearly, you’re not picking between these guys every week. You might have one of them, and if you do, you’re not second-guessing a thing. They’re your stud, your “boy, blue), and you’re not ever going to sit them. But beyond them, there really are major questions from week-to-week, depending on the matchup.
That’s where our weekly fantasy rankings come in. Here’s a look at our Week 15 Quarterback Rankings:
1. Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints)
Brees is a machine and he faces a woeful Vikings pass defense this week. Combine the pace he’s on and the matchup, and he could put up 400+ yards and 3-4 scores. Heck, he could do that, anyways.
2. Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers)
Rodgers has to go on the road this week, but the Chiefs lack spirit and a competent quarterback. Rodgers will play well by himself, but the defense creating turnovers will only make his day even better.
3. Tom Brady (New England Patriots)
Denver’s defense has been pretty solid overall, but they haven’t faced a quarterback on Brady’s level. He could struggle a bit, but you know he’s going to get you big numbers when it’s all said and done.
4. Matthew Stafford (Detroit Lions)
We saw what Rodgers did to the Raiders last week, and he wasn’t even on top of his game. Oakland can’t stop anyone, and Stafford can go off no matter what the matchup is. Expect a big day.
5. Eli Manning (New York Giants)
Manning is red-hot right now, and he draws a Redskins defense that really isn’t striking fear into it’s opponents. He shouldn’t have much trouble putting up top-5 production this week.
6. Tony Romo (Dallas Cowboys)
The Buccaneers get beat on the ground more than through the air, but this is still a good matchup for Romo. His ensemble is fully healthy (outside of DeMarco Murray), so there’s little reason to expect an off week when the Cowboys need a win.
7. Philip Rivers (San Diego Chargers)
Rivers has been a machine lately, throwing six touchdowns to no picks in his past two games. The Ravens won’t make it easy, but I think Rivers is a new man and should continue to put up elite numbers.
8. Tim Tebow (Denver Broncos)
I am a believe in Tebow, both in reality and in the fantasy realm. If Rex Grossman can pick apart the Patriots pass defense, what do you think the versatile Tebow will do? A 300+ yard passing day isn’t out of the question.
9. Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers)
The Texans have a good defense, but they’ll likely focus on stopping the run. That means a lot of passing for Newton, and probably some running, too. Like usual, he’s at worst a top-10 play.
10. Michael Vick (Philadelphia Eagles)
Vick is not the same guy he was last year. At the very minimum, not in terms of fantasy production. The Jets aren’t an easy matchup, and Vick hasn’t really been killing it this year. Still, I find it very difficult to have him ever slip outside of my top-10.
11. Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons)
Ryan went from goat to beast in the last two weeks, which just continues to show his inconsistent nature as a fantasy passer. He can get it done in any given week, but he can also come up lame. He should be solid this week against the Jaguars, though.
12. Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers)
Big Ben has been a yardage beast for most of the year, but he’s dealing with an ankle injury and has a tough test on the road against the 49ers. It just isn’t coming out to be the best week to use him.
13. Rex Grossman (Washington Redskins)
Grossman continues to prove his worth as a decent fantasy option, as he’s thrown for two touchdowns in three of his past four contests. He should continue that trend against a weak Giants pass defense.
14. Josh Freeman (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Freeman is one of the most consistent fantasy quarterbacks out there, but this may not be the week to mince words, as he gets a Dallas defense that isn’t stopping anyone.
15. Andy Dalton (Cincinnati Bengals)
Dalton has been shaky in recent weeks, but the Rams cure all ails. He may not be elite, but he’s worth a look with this matchup.
16. Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens)
Flacco can go off at any time, but the Chargers are no easy task. Especially at home with their season on the line.
17. Mark Sanchez (New York Jets)
Sanchez has been playing very well in fantasy terms lately, but he’s still not the easiest guy to trust. He gets an erratic Eagles defense this week – one that can be torched or shut you down at any time.
18. Carson Palmer (Oakland Raiders)
Palmer can put up yardage and he can be a very solid option when things are going well. Unfortunately, he faces a Lions defense that gets Ndamukong Suh back, and he still doesn’t have a healthy offensive cast.
19. Christian Ponder (Minnesota Vikings)
Ponder is still dealing with a sore hip and got benched last week, but the kid slings it and he carries solid value. He’ll continue to throw picks as he learns on the job, but he is also a threat to hit 300 yards and 2-3 scores in any given week.
20. Jake Locker (Tennessee Titans)
With Matt Hasselbeck ailing (calf), Locker could make his first NFL start. It could be a doozy against a bad Colts team, so if you’re hurting at quarterback he could be an interesting play.
21. Ryan Fitzpatrick (Buffalo Bills)
Fitzpatrick continues to be pretty hit or miss, but he may have a better chance than usual against a dispirited Dolphins team that just lost their head coach.
22. T.J. Yates (Houston Texans)
Yates showed me a lot with a solid fantasy day last week, and even came through in the clutch with the game-winning touchdown. That doesn’t mean he’s about to become a fantasy stud, though. The Matchup with the Panthers is golden, but expect Houston to run a lot in this one.
23. Matt Moore (Miami Dolphins)
Moore is dealing with a concussion and is hit or miss in any given week. You can’t ignore a tasty matchup with a bad Bills defense, however.
24. Alex Smith (San Francisco 49ers)
Smith isn’t an elite option with the best matchups, and this week he gets a tough Steelers squad. Not the week to use him.
25. John Skelton (Arizona Cardinals)
Skelton is winning games and Kevin Kolb is hurt again, which means there’s a good chance he draws the start this week. However, he faces the Browns, who actually stop the pass pretty well most weeks.
Any quarterbacks not listed are either injured, unlikely to play, or not worth even considering for week 15 over the options above. Check back on the site for more rankings and other fantasy advice articles throughout the week!