Fantasy Football 2012: Week 15 Rankings for the Top 32 Quarterbacks

Jeremy Alpert@@pyroman1acSenior Analyst IIDecember 15, 2012

Figuring out who the top fantasy football quarterbacks will be from week to week is a little easier than doing so for running backs and wide receivers, but by no means is it simple—especially in Week 15 with the fantasy playoffs upon us and injuries galore throughout the league.

That's why those of us in the fantasy industry put together these lists for you—to give you a gauge of what to expect from your players on any given Sunday.

With that, here are the weekend's quarterback rankings, along with some detailed analysis of the 10 best plays for the week:

32. Brady Quinn (at Oak)

31. Ryan Lindley (vs. Det)

30. Christian Ponder (at StL)

29. Mark Sanchez (at Ten, Monday night)

28. Nick Foles (vs. Cin, Thursday night) – FINAL STATISTICS:  16-for-33 – 182 yards – 1 TD – 1 INT  //  2 rushes - 5 yards - 0 TDs

27. Ryan Fitzpatrick (vs. Sea)

26. Ryan Tannehill (vs. Jax)

25. Jake Locker (vs. NYJ, Monday night)

24. Joe Flacco (vs. Den)

23. Sam Bradford (vs. Min)

22. Jay Cutler (vs. GB)

21. Brandon Weeden (vs. Was)

20. Russell Wilson (at Buf)

19. Chad Henne (at Mia)

 18. Colin Kaepernick (at NE, Sunday night)

17. Matt Schaub (vs. Ind)

16. Andrew Luck (at Hou)

15. Tony Romo (vs. Pit)

14. Philip Rivers (vs. Car)

13. Ben Roethlisberger (at Dal)

12. Matthew Stafford (at Ari)

11. Carson Palmer (vs. KC)

The Top 10 QB Plays for Week 15 

10. Aaron Rodgers (at Chi)

It’s becoming more and more obvious how much Aaron Rodgers struggles without a full complement of receivers to throw to.

It may have been snowy and slushy against the Detroit Lions last week, but weather has never stopped his super-fantasy abilities before, so his second game without a TD pass this season obviously has more to do the absence of Jordy Nelson than anything else.

The bad news is that Rodgers is going up against the Chicago Bears, a team he not only has problems with, but who also happen to be one of the best in the league at shutting down the passing game.

That being said, Aaron usually finds a way to overcome the odds, so even though this may not be his finest game of the season, I still believe he’ll come through with low-end QB1 numbers. 

9. Eli Manning (at Atl)

It looks like Eli is back playing with the big boys now after putting up three high-quality fantasy games in a row.

Last week against the Saints was one of his best this season, as he threw for 259 yards and four touchdowns in the Giants victory.

Week 15 looks like it will be more of the same for Eli as he travels down to Atlanta to face yet another high-flying offensive team.

If the Giants are going to keep up in this one, they’ll have to do so through the air, so look for Manning to be slinging it around quite a bit this Sunday. 

8. Robert Griffin III (at Cle)

Despite leaving the game in the fourth quarter last weekend, Griffin was still able to put up top ten fantasy numbers for the week and continues to lead all quarterbacks in fantasy points per game.

The word at this point is that Griffin’s sprained right knee isn’t that bad and that he definitely plans to play this Sunday against the Cleveland Browns, but you'll have to check before game-time (1:00pm ET) to be sure.

Personally, I have no doubt that he will.

There should be no worries with him being on the road, either, as he’s actually averaged more points away from home so far this year.

Cleveland’s defense has improved mightily over the course of the season, but they still allow some big games here and there and should do so this weekend as they won’t be able to contain the talent of RGIII. 

7. Andy Dalton (at Phi, Thursday night)

Andy Dalton hasn't been very effective the last couple of games, but this prime-time matchup against a weak Eagles defense may be just what he needs to get his confidence and playoff hopes back on track.

Over his last five games, Dalton has failed to throw for more than 230 yards, but he does have 11 touchdowns compared to three interceptions during that time. However, all three of those INTs and just two of the TDs came in past two games.

That being said, the Eagles have been very generous to opposing quarterbacks this year allowing two or more TD passes in 10 of their last 11 games, so this is a good opportunity for Dalton to get his mojo back up and running.

FINAL STATISTICS:  13-for-27 – 127 yards – 1 TD – 0 INTs  //  8 rushes - 18 yards - 1 TD 

6. Peyton Manning (at Bal)

 It wasn’t quite the performance fantasy owners were looking for last Thursday night against the lowly Oakland Raiders, but Peyton Manning still threw for a touchdown and an NFL record 70th 300-yard game of his career.

This week he’ll take on a Baltimore Ravens defense that might get Ray Lewis back for the game, but his return will hardly make a difference in what Manning can do to this injury-depleted secondary.

I’m not expecting the world here, as the Ravens have only allowed three QBs to throw for more than one TD this season and none to throw for three.

However, they HAVE allowed four 300-yard games—three of them coming in Baltimore—so with Peyton and the Broncos still aiming for a first-round bye in the playoffs, I’m expecting Manning to take control and have a nice game. 

5. Matt Ryan (vs. NYG)

It certainly wasn’t his finest performance of the season, but Matty Ice was able to put up top-ten numbers last week throwing for two touchdowns, one interception and his seventh 300-yard game of 2012 in the Falcons loss to the Panthers.

This week doesn’t look like it will be much easier for Ryan going up against a hard-nosed New York Giants defense, but if you want to beat the defending champs; you’ll likely have to do it through the air, so fantasy owners have that going for them.

Being indoors at this time of year is certainly a plus, as is the revenge factor seeing how the Giants knocked the Falcons out of the playoffs last season. 

4. Josh Freeman (at NO)

Big Josh has come back down to Earth a bit lately tossing up just four TDs, one INT and an average of 229 yards in the last three weeks.

His completion percentage has been awful as well throwing at just a 49.5 percent clip in that time, but he’s never been known for his accuracy anyway.

This week, none of that will matter.

Freeman had his best game of the season against the Saints back in Week 7, and though I don’t believe he’ll be able to match 420 yards and three touchdowns, he should be able to have a QB1 type of day anyway. 

3. Tom Brady (vs. SF, Sunday night)

It’s that time of the season here, folks. The time when Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and the rest of the New England Patriots team turn up the juice in order to be in high-gear for the playoffs.

Fantasy owners who know the Patriots knew this would be coming and made sure to draft at least a player or two on this team back in August. Those who didn’t, I’ll bet they won’t forget come draft day next season.

What I’m trying to say here is that even though the Texans have a stout as hell defense—as the San Francisco 49ers do—there was no doubt in my mind that Brady would pick Houston apart last Monday night.

Even if the ‘Niners are better than the Texans, it only means Brady and Belichick will push their offense that much harder. 

2. Drew Brees (vs. TB)

Drew Brees hasn’t been the same fantasy stud that he was last year, but would you believe that even though he looks merely average this season, he’s still put up a career second-best fantasy points per game?

Whether you’ve been unsatisfied with his performance or not, this will NOT be a game in which he disappoints.

He continues to be an absolute monster at home this season averaging 292.2 yards, three touchdowns and 20.9 fantasy points per game (standard scoring).

Considering how he shredded this Tampa Bay pass defense for 377 yards and four TDs earlier in the year, you have to believe a high-end QB1 type of day is on its way. 

1. Cam Newton (at SD)

There’s nothing like finding yourself in the fantasy playoffs with a running quarterback on a roll.

Cam Newton has put up the most fantasy points in the league over the last six weeks as well as the top point-getter in each of the last three.

In that time, he’s thrown for 11 touchdowns and only two interceptions while also rushing for 330 yards and another four TDs.

He’s averaged a massive 34.5 fantasy points (standard scoring) in his last three games and has all the confidence in the world right now.

San Diego has allowed the sixth-most fantasy points to quarterbacks over the last five weeks, so there’s no reason to believe Newton won’t be able to keep up his torrid pace.

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