Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings for Wild Card Round of Playoffs

It's a weekend of a potentially low-scoring games -- no game has a higher over/under than 46.0. And two of the four games have over/unders set a 40.0 (or less).

Of the teams playing this weekend, only Washington and Pittsburgh rank in the top half of the league in most fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks. On the other hand, five of the eight defenses playing this weekend ranked among the 10 stingiest defenses to fantasy quarterbacks.

With that said, here are my fantasy quarterback rankings for the Wild Card Round of the playoffs:

1. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (at CIN)

Since returning from injury in Week 8, Big Ben has scored 21-plus fantasy points in six of nine games. During that nine-game span, Roethlisberger has averaged 335.67 passing yards per game with a total of 17 touchdowns. In addition, he has 334-plus yards in six of his past eight games.

Two of Roethlisberger's worst games during that stretch have come against the Bengals: 8.48 and 9.88 fantasy points. In those two games, he threw only one touchdown and four interceptions. It's certainly possible that Roethlisberger has another dud against the Bengals, but I would expect the Steelers to be more pass-happy than usual with DeAngelo Williams sidelined for this week's game.

2. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins (vs. GB)

Full of confidence heading into the postseason, Cousins has the team's offense firing on all cylinders at the right time. Even with Cousins sitting in the second half of last week, he has thrown 11 touchdowns and no interceptions in his past three games.

Dating back to Week 7, he has posted an impressive 23:3 TD-to-INT ratio and he actually has more rushing scores (four) than interceptions thrown over that stretch. During that 10-game span, Cousins has finished as fantasy's QB1 three times and QB2 once. Moreover, he has finished as a top-10 fantasy quarterback in seven of those 10 weeks including each of his past four games.

Like the team itself, Cousins has been even better at home than on the road. Excluding Week 1, Cousins has accounted for 19 touchdowns -- 15 passing and four rushing -- with no interceptions at FedEx Field. It feels weird to write, but I have much more confidence in Cousins than the other quarterback in this game.

3. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (at MIN)

With multiple touchdowns in only one of his first nine games this season, Wilson has thrown multiple touchdowns in seven consecutive games going into the postseason. During that seven-game span, he has thrown at least three touchdowns six times and has averaged 3.43 touchdowns per contest.

Even though the Vikings were middle of the road in terms of fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks, five of the other seven teams playing this weekend have allowed fewer fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. In his first matchup against the Vikings, Wilson threw for 274 yards and three touchdowns.

4. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (at WAS)

Especially on offense, the Packers haven't looked like the Packers this season. Even though he played a full 16-game season, Rodgers scored the seventh-most fantasy points in 2015. The other six times that he played a full season (15 or 16 games), Rodgers finished as fantasy's QB1 or QB2. In his tenure as the team's starting quarterback, Rodgers set career lows in completion percentage (60.7), Y/A (6.7) and QB rating (92.7) and his TD% (5.4) was his lowest since his first year (2008) as a starter.

It is a favorable matchup for Rodgers, however, as Washington has allowed the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. And among playoff teams, no team has allowed more. That said, Rodgers has no 300-yard games in his past seven games, a span during which he has averaged only 221.6 passing yards per game.

5. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs (at HOU)

Steady, but with little upside, Smith has thrown for less than 200 yards in five consecutive games. In addition, he has thrown for under 200 yards in half of his games this season. That said, he has multiple touchdown passes in four of his last six games and he threw for a season-high three touchdowns against the Texans in Week 1. Most of Smith's upside comes from his rushing ability as he ran for 498 yards this season.

6. Brian Hoyer, Houston Texans (vs. KC)

It's been a crazy season for the Texans as four different starting quarterbacks have won games for them this season. It's been an up-and-down season for Hoyer, who was benched in Week 1 against the Chiefs. Among teams playing this weekend, no team threw it more than the Texans (619 attempts). Since Week 5, however, the Chiefs have allowed just one weekly top-12 fantasy quarterback (Tyrod Taylor, QB5 in Week 12).

7. AJ McCarron, Cincinnati Bengals (vs. PIT)

For at least one more week, McCarron will get the start over Andy Dalton (thumb). With modest production, McCarron has thrown for 200 yards or less in his final three regular-season games. He did, however, throw for a season-high 280 yards in his first start, which was against the Steelers. In his four starts, McCarron has compiled a 6:2 TD-to-INT ratio.

8. Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota Vikings (vs. SEA)

Coming off a 99-yard performance against the Packers, Bridgewater has barely averaged 200 passing yards this season (201.94/G). In addition, he has thrown multiple touchdowns in only two of 16 games. Due to Seattle allowing the second-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season and the Minnesota's run-heavy play calling, his upside is limited. In fact, he threw for 118 yards, no touchdowns and one interception against the Seahawks in Week 13 for 2.92 fantasy points even though they were blown out.

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