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

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 08:  Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers looks for an open receiver against the New York Giants in the second half at Qualcomm Stadium on December 8, 2013 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Giants 37-14.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 19, 2013

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
RankPlayerTeamOpponent
1Peyton ManningDenver Broncosat Houston Texans
2Philip RiversSan Diego Chargersvs. Oakland Raiders
3Nick FolesPhiladelphia Eaglesvs. Chicago Bears
4Cam NewtonCarolina Panthersvs. New Orleans Saints
5Drew BreesNew Orleans Saintsat Carolina Panthers
6Matthew StaffordDetroit Lionsvs. New York Giants
7Tony RomoDallas Cowboysat Washington Redskins
8Andy DaltonCincinnati Bengalsvs. Minnesota Vikings
9Kirk CousinsWashington Redskinsvs. Dallas Cowboys
10Tom BradyNew England Patriotsat Baltimore Ravens
11Russell WilsonSeattle Seahawksvs. Arizona Cardinals
12Colin KaepernickSan Francisco 49ersvs. Atlanta Falcons
13Ryan TannehillMiami Dolphinsat Buffalo Bills
14Jay CutlerChicago Bearsat Philadelphia Eagles
15Andrew LuckIndianapolis Coltsat Kansas City Chiefs
16Ryan FitzpatrickTennessee Titansat Jacksonville Jaguars
17Alex SmithKansas City Chiefsvs. Indianapolis Colts
18Jason CampbellCleveland Brownsat New York Jets
19Ben RoethlisbergerPittsburgh Steelersat Green Bay Packers
20Joe FlaccoBaltimore Ravensvs. 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

NASHVILLE, TN - DECEMBER 15:  Ryan Fitzpatrick #4 of the Tennessee Titans throws a pass against the Arizona Cardinals at LP Field on December 15, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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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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