Fantasy Football 2012 Week 15 Rankings: Top 25 Quarterbacks

Eric StashinSenior Writer IDecember 13, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 09: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers reacts after running for a first down against the Atlanta Falcons during play at Bank of America Stadium on December 9, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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The end of the road is quickly approaching.  For those battling for fantasy titles, who do you trust this week?  Who is too risky?  How do injuries and matchups play into decisions?  Let’s take a look at how it all comes together for Week 15:

  1. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – at San Diego
  2. Robert Griffin III – Washington Redskins – at Cleveland
  3. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at Chicago
  4. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Tampa Bay
  5. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – at Baltimore
  6. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – vs. San Francisco
  7. Josh Freeman – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at New Orleans
  8. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – vs. New York Giants
  9. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – at Arizona
  10. Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Atlanta
  11. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – at Dallas
  12. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – at Philadelphia
  13. Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers – at New England
  14. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – at Houston
  15. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – vs. Pittsburgh
  16. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Buffalo
  17. Matt Schaub – Houston Texans – vs. Indianapolis
  18. Brandon Weeden – Cleveland Browns – vs. Washington
  19. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – vs. Carolina
  20. Carson Palmer – Oakland Raiders – vs. Kansas City
  21. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – vs. Green Bay
  22. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – vs. Denver
  23. Nick Foles – Philadelphia Eagles – vs. Cincinnati
  24. Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams – vs. Minnesota
  25. Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – vs. Jacksonville


  • We all want to think that Drew Brees is among the best options this week, and he should be.  However, he is on one of the worst stretches of his career.  After throwing one touchdown and two interceptions in Week 14, he has nine interceptions in his past three games.  Of course, he also takes on a Tampa Bay defense that has allowed 311.6 yards per game, as well as 23 TDs.  He also torched them in Week 7 throwing for 377 yards, four touchdowns and an interception.  While his recent interception struggles has to pull him down a few spots (he likely would’ve sat atop the charts), he’s still going to be among the better options in the league.
  • For now we are going to have to wait and see Robert Griffin III’s status for Week 15, though the news thus far has been positive.  If he plays, he’s going to be among the best options in the league (as always).  Just have a secondary plan, just in case.
  • The Chicago Bears offer a tough matchup, though Aaron Rodgers did throw for 219 yards, one touchdown and one interception against them back in Week 2.  Additionally, in two matchups in 2011 he had eight touchdowns and just one interception.  There’s no reason to down grade him due to the matchup.
  • Andy Dalton doesn’t always throw for a lot of yards, but he has been producing overall and draws the recently inept Philadelphia defense.  He’s not going to be a must use option, but a borderline QB No. 1.
  • The Atlanta Falcons are no easy task, and a struggling Eli Manning may have certainly fallen out of QB No. 1 status.  However, the Giants’ dismantling of the Saints in Week 14 keeps him up on the rankings.  He threw for 259 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions, and should be considered a low-end option in all formats.
  • The Saints’ defense seems to be getting worse and worse.  Given how potent Josh Freeman and company have proven to be, it’s impossible not to trust him this week.
  • Andrew Luck is showing some rookie inconsistencies, with nine interceptions over his past four games.  He’s played extremely well overall and obviously is worth considering, but it’s hard to depend on him with the problems he’s had of late (196 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT in Week 14).
  • Nick Foles is coming off a monster week, throwing for 381 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.  While the matchup may not be ideal against the Bengals, he’s a viable QB No. 2 in all formats.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 15 rankings: