Week 16 QB Player Rankings
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1. Michael Vick (vs Min)
The guy is simply beyond description and comprehension. He has the same number of 100-yard rushing games this year as Ray Rice, Matt Forte and the entire New York Jets backfield while also leading the Eagles in rushing touchdowns. Vick has all that plus one of the best arms in the game?! My lord! It doesn’t matter who he plays anymore. He’s simply the surest fantasy bet there is.
2. Drew Brees (@ Atl)
Brees is on a freaky tear right now and has multiple touchdown passes in nine of his last 10 games. Make no mistake about it—Cool Brees is running rampant right now, and there’s no telling how many TDs he’ll throw for against the division-rival Falcons this Monday night. In their first game against each other, Drew went off for 365 yards and three TDs. The numbers can easily be had again with Atlanta’s pass D being mediocre at best.
3. Tom Brady (@ Buf)
Brady’s streak of multi-TD, zero-INT games continued last weekend against the Packers, though it was his weakest fantasy performance since the streak first started back in Week 9 against the Browns. Green Bay has a real tough pass D, so there’s no reason to jump ship, especially against a middling Bills secondary that allowed him to throw for 252 yards and three TDs back in Week 3.
4. Matt Schaub (@ Den)
Just start him for goodness sakes. He’s averaging over 50 pass attempts per game in each of the last three games, along with over 350 yards and 2.3 TDs. With him going against the Broncos, I’ve got to have my head examined for not making Schaub the No. one QB this week.
5. Peyton Manning (@ Oak)
Despite his troubles with turning the ball over this season, Manning still leads the league in passing yards and sits in the top-four in fantasy points. Maybe this is a bit of a down year for him in real life, but fantasy-wise, he’s doing just fine. The Colts need to win out to be secured of a playoff berth, and you know exactly who will get them there…
6. Philip Rivers (@ Cin)
You gotta love yourself some Philip Rivers—at least when it comes to fantasy. He’s easily one of the more despised players in the league, but you have to give him his props as a competitor, as a fantasy player and as a genuine NFL quarterback. With Cincy basically throwing in the towel, expect a nice little showing out of Big Mouth this weekend.
7. Aaron Rodgers (vs NYG)
He’s not Michael Jordan, so I’m not going to say “He’s Baaaack,” but WOW do the Packers need him right now. The Giants have a tough enough defense as is, so without Rodgers, they wouldn’t stand a chance. However, Aaron could have himself a nice game here in an inspirational effort to keep Green Bay in the hunt for a playoff berth.
8. Jon Kitna (@ Ari)
Kitna has been amazing in relief of Tony Romo, leading the Cowboys to a 4-2 record over the past six weeks while averaging 250.2 yards passing and putting up 11 TDs during that span. Against the lowly Cardinals on Christmas Day, expect at least another 250-yard, two-TD effort.
9. David Garrard (vs Was)
With the Jaguars fighting for their playoff lives, you can bet they’ll be doing everything they can to get the win in this one. MJD will shoulder a nice workload, but Garrard will have to do his part as well. Expect two TDs at least, whether they be through the air, on the ground, or a combination of both.
10. Matt Ryan (vs NO)
Ryan has quietly turned in a top-10 fantasy season while leading the Falcons to the best record in the NFL (tied with the Patriots). His 25 TDs rank sixth in the league while his four separate three-TD games have his fantasy owners ecstatic. What’s even better is that three of those four came in the comfort of the Falcons' home dome (where he plays much better statistically). In what could be a old-fashioned shootout, play this kid with confidence.