2015 Fantasy Football: Week 14 Fantasy Quarterback Rankings

It was a slow start to the season for the Seattle Seahawks and Russell Wilson.

In his first nine games this season, Wilson finished as a top-12 fantasy quarterback only twice: QB9 (Week 2) and QB11 (Week 10). During that nine-game span, Wilson averaged a very mediocre 15.8 fantasy points per game and threw multiple touchdowns only once.

Since then, however, Wilson has been a different, and dominant, fantasy quarterback.

Against the 49ers, Steelers and Vikings, Wilson has scored a minimum of 25 fantasy points in each game and has finished as the QB3, QB1 and QB3, respectively.

During that three-game span, Wilson has an 11:0 TD-to-INT ratio and he threw more touchdowns than than he had in the first nine games combined. And while Wilson has had success running the ball (450 rushing yards), he scored his first rushing touchdown of the season on Sunday.

Wilson may not extend his streak of top-three weekly finishes, but he's set up for success in Week 14 with a favorable matchup. The Ravens have allowed the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season.

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Owned in just 43 percent of Yahoo! leagues as of Wednesday afternoon, Winston, recommended in my waiver-wire post, is certainly a viable starter in Week 14.

Over his past five games, Winston threw five touchdowns against the Eagles in Week 11, but a total of only two touchdowns in his other four games combined. And while he isn't the most mobile of quarterbacks, Winston has five rushing scores this year including four in his past six games.

Winston has averaged 17.26 fantasy points per game on the season and has scored at least 12 fantasy points in all 12 games this season. Yet to throw for 300 yards in any game this season, Winston has thrown at least 200 yards in all but one game this season, which has given him a solid floor to his level of production.

Not only have the Saints allowed the most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season, but they have allowed nearly five points per game more than the team that has allowed the second-most (Eagles).

In their past eight games, the Saints have allowed 317.75 passing yards and 3.5 touchdowns per game. Over their past six games, they have allowed 29.06 fantasy points per game.

With four of the past five quarterbacks finishing as the weekly QB1 or QB2 in their matchup against the Saints, Winston has legitimate QB1 overall upside against the league's worst defense.

Here are some more fantasy football notes on quarterbacks:

  • Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has thrown for a minimum of 334 yards in each of his past four games. Even though he left one of those games early and came off the bench in another, he has averaged 383.25 yards and thrown a total of 10 touchdowns during that span. The matchup is difficult as the Bengals have allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to the position, but if Roethlisberger throws for at least 334 yards once again, he'll become only the second quarterback in NFL history to do so in five straight games.

  • There are only eight quarterbacks in NFL history that have thrown for 334-plus yards in four consecutive games. Big Ben isn't the only to do so this season; San Diego's Philip Rivers has as well. Earlier in the season, Rivers finished as a top-10 weekly quarterback in five consecutive games. Since then, however, he has finished as the QB19, QB27, QB4 and QB29, respectively. And in two of his past three games, he has scored 6.08 fantasy points or less. The QB27 game was against the Chiefs, this week's opponent.

  • Vastly exceeding preseason expectations, Jacksonville's second-year quarterback Blake Bortles has scored the seventh-most fantasy points this season and he's coming off his best performance of the season. On Sunday, Bortles threw for 322 yards and five touchdowns and scored 32.78 fantasy points. It was his seventh top-10 weekly finish this season and he gets a top-10 matchup this weekend against the Colts, against whom Bortles threw for 298 yards in Week 4. [No quarterback has a more favorable fantasy strength of schedule in the fantasy playoffs.]

  • Despite missing no games, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has scored only the 20th-most fantasy points this season. The yardage has been there as he ranks fifth in the NFL in passing yards (3,481), but he is tied with Kirk Cousins with the fewest passing touchdowns (17) among 3,000-yard passers so far this season. In addition, he's tied with Bortles for the most interceptions thrown (13) within that same group. Making matters worse, Ryan has to face the Panthers this week (and in Week 16 as well).

  • Cincinnati's Andy Dalton has been more consistent than he's been in the past with nine top-12 weekly performances in his 12 games played this season. On the year, he has scored the fifth-most fantasy points with 28 touchdowns -- 25 passing and three rushing -- to only six interceptions. One of the three games in which he finished outside of the top-12 weekly quarterbacks, however, was against the Steelers, this week's opponent. Two of Dalton's six picks happened that week, but the Steelers have allowed 300-plus yards in three of their four games since that first matchup.

Below you find my Week 14 Fantasy Football QB Rankings:

1. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (vs. ATL)
2. Tom Brady, New England Patriots (at HOU)
3. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (vs. DAL)
4. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (at BAL)
5. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (at CIN)
6. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals (vs. MIN)
7. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (at TB)
8. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. PIT)
9. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars (vs. IND)
10. Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills (at PHI)
11. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (vs. NO)
12. Eli Manning, New York Giants (at MIA)
13. Ryan Fitzpatrick, New York Jets (vs. TEN)
14. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (at STL)
15. Marcus Mariota, Tennessee Titans (at NYJ)
16. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (vs. SD)
17. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (vs. NYG)
18. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers (at KC)
19. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears (vs. WAS)
20. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders (at DEN)
21. Brian Hoyer, Houston Texans (vs. NE)
22. Johnny Manziel, Cleveland Browns (vs. SF)
23. Brock Osweiler, Denver Broncos (vs. OAK)
24. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (at CAR)
25. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins (at CHI)

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