Here are my top 30 quarterbacks for playoff Week 15.
This countdown doesn't lean on a particular stat. It's merely an educated early guess of which signal-callers will have the best combination of total yards (passing/rushing) and total touchdowns this weekend.
Regardless of how these rankings shake out every week, it shouldn't supersede two important factors that go into regular lineup consideration:
1. Always play your healthy superstars
2. Always ride your gut instinct over a certain guru's analysis
On the injury front, Robert Griffin III (knee) shall remain off the board for now.
Top 30 QBs For Week 15
1. Drew Brees vs. Tampa Bay
2. Cam Newton @ San Diego
3. Tom Brady vs. San Francisco
4. Eli Manning @ Atlanta
5. Matthew Stafford @ Arizona
6. Matt Ryan vs. N.Y. Giants
7. Aaron Rodgers @ Chicago
8. Peyton Manning @ Baltimore
9. Andrew Luck @ Houston
10. Andy Dalton @ Philadelphia
11. Matt Schaub vs. Indianapolis
12. Josh Freeman @ New Orleans
13. Tony Romo vs. Pittsburgh
14. Carson Palmer vs. Kansas City
15. Brandon Weeden vs. Washington
16. Ben Roethlisberger @ Dallas
17. Colin Kaepernick @ New England
18. Philip Rivers vs. Carolina
19. Jay Cutler vs. Green Bay
20. Nick Foles vs. Cincinnati
21. Joe Flacco vs. Denver
22. Jake Locker vs. N.Y. Jets
23. Chad Henne @ Miami
24. Russell Wilson @ Buffalo
25. Ryan Tannehill vs. Jacksonville
26. Sam Bradford vs. Minnesota
27. Ryan Fitzpatrick vs. Seattle
28. Mark Sanchez @ Tennessee
29. Christian Ponder @ St. Louis
30. Brady Quinn @ Oakland
30a. Kirk Cousins @ Cleveland
30b. Ryan Lindley/John Skelton vs. Detroit
1. Drew Brees (695 yards passing for Weeks 13/14) makes good sense at No. 1. In his last three outings against the Bucs, he boasts averages of 337 yards passing and 2.3 touchdowns. And for the season, Brees has accounted for either 300 yards passing and/or multiple TDs in all 13 games.
2. Here are two sizable reasons to believe in Cam Newton for Week 15: He has notched either 300 total yards or multiple TDs in all six road outings. And since Week 9, Newton claims a supreme average of 29.5 fantasy points per game.
3. Against the NFC West this season, Tom Brady has a three-game average of 338 yards passing and 2.3 touchdowns.
4. Detroit's Matthew Stafford (4,006 yards passing, 21 total TDs) is currently on pace for 4,931 yards, falling short of becoming the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 5,000 yards in back-to-back campaigns. (Brees and Brady are vying for that honor, as well.)
Jay Clemons can be reached on Twitter, day or night, at @ATL_JayClemons.
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