Two Quarterback Rankings: Championship Week
December 24, 2015 | Chet
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Kellen Moore, AJ McCarron, Case Keenum, Zach Mettenberger, Blaine Gabbert, Brandon Weeden. If you’re still playing in a game that matters this week and have to start any of these players, this is why you’re in a 2QB league. May god have mercy on your soul and good luck!
This week, I like Jameis Winston as a QB2. He’s been solid for the most part in every game and after the shellacking the Bears just received from Teddy Bridgewater, and last week’s solid performance against the Rams, I think he can give you a multi score game. He’s currently the QB14 on the year and has had at least one score in each of his last five games. Going against the 12th most quarterback friendly defense, Winston is a good bet to deliver the floor you need in a QB2 with the ceiling of a QB1 in the most important spot of the year.
- Ben Roethlisberger (@ BAL) – The no brainer number one play this week.
- Blake Bortles (@ NO) – Currently your QB4 heading into the virtual Super Bowl, Bortles has the makings of a 2QB MVP with a matchup against the Saints who are allowing nearly three passing scores per game.
- Cam Newton (@ ATL) – Had three touchdown passes against them two weeks ago and has been virtually matchup proof.
- Carson Palmer (vs GB) – Palmer no doubt “flopped” in the fantasy semis with his worst performance of the year, but expect him to rebound strongly in a matchup where he will be relied upon much more than last week.
- Russell Wilson (vs STL) – Another candidate for fantasy QB MVP as he’s been nothing short of phenomenal down the stretch, averaging four passing scores a game over his last five. Let it ride.
- Tom Brady (@ NYJ) – If back to back “down weeks” consist of two touchdown games, I’ll take it. This is tough matchup for sure on the road without his top weapons, but his floor is still pretty nice here.
- Matthew Stafford (vs SF) – Even if it was against the Saints, it was encouraging to see him play well without relying on Calvin Johnson. The 49ers have played well on defense as of late, but I still like his chances here.
- Aaron Rodgers (@ ARI) – Hasn’t thrown for over 300 yards in his last five games and figures to get another tough draw here against the feisty Cardinals, but the loss of the Honey Badger is one the Packers will look to exploit.
- Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs NE) – His recent string of success came to a slight skid last week, but he still has a very high floor. Last time they faced the Pats he threw for just under 300 yards and a pair of scores.
- Derek Carr (vs SD) – He threw three touchdowns in his last start against them, but the Chargers have given up only 11 points per game over their last three.
- Kirk Cousins (@ PHI) – He’s fed off of underwhelming pass defenses (50 more passing yards and 4 more fantasy points per game) this season, and the Eagles are giving up the third most fantasy points to quarterbacks.
- Jameis Winston (vs CHI) – It took him 50 passes, but he threw for a season high 363 yards last week. I think he’s a sneaky good play this week against a Bears defense that just made Teddy Bridgewater look like Tom Brady.
- Philip Rivers (@ OAK) – Last week’s three touchdown performance was encouraging, and he hung three touchdowns and over 300 yards on them last time they faced. The Raiders haven’t improved much since then either.
- Tyrod Taylor (vs DAL) – He was aided by garbage time last week, and Dallas stymied a red hot Jets offense last week. With McCoy lost for the year, however, look for the Bills to throw the ball more and have more designed runs for TyGod.
- Alex Smith (vs CLE) – He underachieved in last week’s matchup, but he gets another good shot at redemption this week. When we’re ready to write him off, he always comes back with a solid game, and I expect that to be the case this week.
- Jay Cutler (@ TB) – If Alshon sits, bump him down a few spots. This ranking is a reflection of how bad QB has gotten due to all of the injuries.
- Eli Manning (@MIN) – The thought of this offense without Odell Beckham Jr. is legitimately terrifying.
- Ryan Tannehill (vs IND) – He’s been below average at best as of late, but at this point the pickings get pretty slim. The good news is this is at least a favorable matchup.
- Teddy Bridgewater (vs NYG) – He was really buoyed last week by the fluky 4 touchdowns. Against the 2nd worst fantasy defense for quarterbacks, he can come close to those numbers. More may be asked of him if AP is out, but in his case volume doesn’t necessarily bring success.
Low End QB2s:
- Sam Bradford (vs WAS) – Last week was one of his best efforts of the season, and his best game all season came against the Redskins. Inconsistency and turnovers, however, kill his floor.
- Drew Brees (vs JAC) – As of now, he’s too much of a wild card with his foot injury. In such a crucial week, I’d avoid him if I could.
- Johnny Manziel (@ KC) – Facing another tough draw on the road in KC, Manziel has yet to show the ceiling you want to start in the virtual Super Bowl.
- Brock Osweiler (vs CIN) – After a fast start, he fell flat on his face last week. Although it’s a brutal matchup, he’s shown the upside you want once you get to this tier of QBs.
- Matt Ryan (@ CAR) – If he couldn’t rebound against the Jaguars’ defense, you’re doing nothing more than praying for a miracle by starting him. Last time they played he didn’t even top six points.
- Matt Hasselbeck (@ MIA) – If he can make it through the game, it’s a nice matchup for sure, but it seems like every week the bottom is about to fall out.
- Jimmy Clausen (vs PIT) – Managed a respectable 281/2/2 stat line last week, but you’re praying for garbage time here.
- Blaine Gabbert (@ DET) – He’s turning back into a pumpkin, but I’ll take him in a heartbeat over the list below.
- Brandon Weeden (@ TEN) – He’s great coming off the bench, but he’s failed to deliver once he gets the start. The good news is that this is definitely an exploitable matchup.
- AJ McCarron (@ DEN) – Has played decent so far, but this is an absolutely brutal matchup, especially if he is without Tyler Eifert and possibly AJ Green.
- Zach Mettenberger (vs HOU) – Played terribly against Houston earlier in the year. They seem to have his number.
- Case Keenum (@ SEA) – Even Jimmy Clausen had a nice half against them two weeks ago.