Week 16 Fantasy Football Rankings: Projecting Top Quarterbacks for Title Games

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Week 16 Fantasy Football Rankings: Projecting Top Quarterbacks for Title Games
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If you have made it to your fantasy football championship game, congratulations. However, the real challenge starts here for those who still have decisions to make.

Many of the top projected quarterbacks to start the year have failed to produce high numbers, whether due to injuries to themselves or players around them or simply poor performances. Heading into Week 16, there are few sure things at what is usually the safest position in fantasy football.

This has caused plenty of fantasy owners to scramble to find the best possible options to put in their lineups.

Fortunately, there are a few sleepers available who can help your team if you are truly in a bind. Here are full rankings for Week 16, along with a look at a few players who can likely be added off waivers to help you this week.

Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings - Week 16
Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Peyton Manning Denver Broncos at Houston Texans
2 Philip Rivers San Diego Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders
3 Nick Foles Philadelphia Eagles vs. Chicago Bears
4 Cam Newton Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints
5 Drew Brees New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers
6 Matthew Stafford Detroit Lions vs. New York Giants
7 Tony Romo Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins
8 Andy Dalton Cincinnati Bengals vs. Minnesota Vikings
9 Kirk Cousins Washington Redskins vs. Dallas Cowboys
10 Tom Brady New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens
11 Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals
12 Colin Kaepernick San Francisco 49ers vs. Atlanta Falcons
13 Ryan Tannehill Miami Dolphins at Buffalo Bills
14 Jay Cutler Chicago Bears at Philadelphia Eagles
15 Andrew Luck Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs
16 Ryan Fitzpatrick Tennessee Titans at Jacksonville Jaguars
17 Alex Smith Kansas City Chiefs vs. Indianapolis Colts
18 Jason Campbell Cleveland Browns at New York Jets
19 Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers at Green Bay Packers
20 Joe Flacco Baltimore Ravens vs. New England Patriots

 

Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins

The Redskins want to see what they have in Kirk Cousins, so they will let him throw the ball. The second-year quarterback had 45 pass attempts in his first start of the year, totaling 381 yards and three touchdowns.

According to Brian McNally of The Washington Times, Cousins also admitted that he is playing for a "better opportunity" in saying:

I’m in a position right now where I’m not fighting to keep my job as much as my perspective is trying to fight to earn an even better opportunity. I think that’s a good spot to be in. You certainly do feel the pressure and it’s not so much whether or not you feel it, because I think we all feel it. But how are you going to perform under it?

With a strong performance in the final two games, he will likely get a chance to play for a starting job somewhere in the NFL. The odds are certainly in his favor against the Dallas Cowboys and their worst pass defense in the league.

 

Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins

The latest come-from-behind win over the New England Patriots was enough to impress the majority of NFL analysts. Phil Simms was the latest to praise the former first-round pick, calling him a legitimate franchise quarterback:

Additionally, he has excelled as a fantasy option as well, with over 20 points in each of the last three weeks. After a mediocre start, he has scored at least 14 fantasy points in standard leagues in seven straight games. 

This week, he faces the Buffalo Bills, who have slowed down opposing passing attacks but have been unable to keep them out of the end zone. Only four teams have allowed more touchdowns through the air.

Tannehill should be able to continue his recent hot streak to help lead his team to the playoffs and yours to a fantasy championship.

 

Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Tennessee Titans

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If you are looking for a safe option, you should look in another direction. However, Ryan Fitzpatrick has a good chance of posting big numbers on Sunday.

In six games since taking over for the injured Jake Locker, the veteran quarterback has averaged 18.7 fantasy points per game. Of course, this takes into account both the bad (eight points in Week 14) and the good (30 points in Week 15).

Scott Kacsmar of Football Outsiders does not think much about Fitzpatrick's ability to win:

The good news is you do not need him to win, just to put up big numbers, and he can certainly do that against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Expect more touchdowns than turnovers to equal a quality fantasy performance. 

 

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