Week 15 Fantasy Football Rankings: Updated Top 25 Quarterbacks
Here are my Week 15 fantasy quarterback rankings for the remaining quarterbacks to play:
1. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (vs. NYJ): Although he has only one 300-yard game and a total of 2,776 passing yards this season, Newton has the potential to have a big week every week due to his rushing ability. On the year, he has 495 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Over the past four games, he has 229 rushing yards and two TDs.
The Jets have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season and multiple touchdown passes in six of their past seven games.
2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (at STL): Brees has turned the once-rare 5,000-yard season into something commonplace — or, at least, for Brees. If he maintains his current pace of 5,054 yards, it would be his third consecutive 5,000-yard season and fourth of his career. (Currently, he has as many as the rest of NFL quarterbacks in history: three.)
3. Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles (at MIN): Foles threw his first interception of the season last week, but he has scored 19 fantasy points or more in five consecutive games. He has a pair of rushing touchdowns in his past three games and a total of 32 rush attempts in his past four games.
The Vikings have allowed the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season and no team has allowed more passing touchdowns.
4. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears (at CLE): Although Josh McCown has a 13:1 TD-to-INT ratio, 109.8 passer rating and 66.8-percent completion rate this season, it will be Cutler under center this week now that he's healthy enough to play again. The Bears are loaded with talented pass-catchers — Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall on the outside and Matt Forte out of the backfield.
While one of Marshall and Jeffery will have to contend with shutdown corner Joe Haden, the other won't. After allowing only two passing touchdowns in their first five games this season, the Browns have allowed multiple passing touchdowns in eight consecutive games.
5. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (vs. BAL): Last week's dud performance can be (at least partly) chalked up to the conditions at The Linc. Stafford ranks fourth in passing yards (3,976) and touchdowns (27) and is tied for second in pass attempts (525). At home this season, Stafford has averaged 345.2 passing yards per game.
In terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks, the Ravens are middle of the road, but they have allowed only three 300-yard passers this year and none of them over their past seven games.
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6. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts (vs. HOU): Heading into last week's game, Luck had thrown more interceptions (five) than touchdowns (two) in his previous four games. Despite a relatively difficult matchup against the Bengals on Sunday, Luck threw for 326 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions and scored more than 30 fantasy points for the first time this season.
Will the good times continue for Luck? If his first matchup against the Texans is any indication, they will. The first time around, Luck had 271 yards, three touchdowns and no picks.
7. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (vs. WAS): Ryan has seven straight games with 15 or less fantasy points, but he gets a favorable matchup against the Redskins and he typically plays better at home. At home, Ryan has a 10:1 TD-to-INT ratio and 72.4-percent completion rate compared to road numbers of 11:12 and 59.9 percent.
Only five teams have allowed more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season than the Redskins.
8. Tom Brady, New England Patriots (at MIA): Losing Rob Gronkowski (torn ACL) obviously hurts a lot. And Brady threw for a season-low 116 yards against the Dolphins in Week 8. Since then, however, Brady has two 400-yard games and has averaged 372.2 passing yards per game over his past five games. He also has a 12:3 TD-to-INT ratio during that span.
The Dolphins have allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season and Brady struggled in their first matchup as noted above. That said, they allowed 349 yards and three touchdowns to Big Ben last week (albeit in the snow).
9. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (at NYG): In the first six games, Wilson had 50 rush attempts and only two games with multiple touchdown passes. In his next six games, Wilson rushed less (30 times), but he threw multiple touchdown passes in each of those six games. Last week, he did neither: 199 passing yards, one passing touchdown and only one rush attempt.
10. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (vs. CIN): In his first seven games of the season, Big Ben threw more than one touchdown in a game only once. Since then, he has thrown less than two of them only once. During that six-game stretch, Roethlisberger has 16 touchdowns and only three interceptions (and no picks in his past four games).
The first time against the Bengals (Week 2), Roethlisberger had 251 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
- See the rest of my top 25 fantasy quarterback rankings here.
* Note: I have removed Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers from these rankings since they have already played this week.
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