2011 NFL Fantasy Football Week 15: Quarterbacks (QB) Rankings and Projections

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIIDecember 12, 2011

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 8:   Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts after throwing a touchdown pass to  Antonio Brown #84 (not pictured) during the game on December 8, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  The Steelers won 14-3.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Ben Roethlisberger @ 49ers -

If you were to ask me if Pittsburg Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger could be trusted against the 49ers before Sunday, I would have told you to look for other options.

That still may be a good idea, as Big Ben’s ankle is clearly hurting and, unlike his acting performance against the Titans, he was in pain as he led his team to victory against the Browns.

What changes my mind about Roethlisberger as an option this week has to do with Arizona Cardinals quarterback John Skelton's performance against this secondary last week.

While it hasn’t been much of a problem since their week-two loss to Dallas, the 49ers have been susceptible to giving up big plays in the passing game throughout recent years.

With big-play receivers like Antonio Brown and Mike Wallace on the field, if Roethlisberger should get time to throw, he should find opportunities to convert down the field.

If Roethlisberger has been your starter throughout the season, then you should stick with him this week, as it appears the 49ers are starting to show some cracks in their armor.

Joe Flacco @ Chargers -

This should be a sneaky play for those of you who are looking for a possible shout-out for help at quarterback, as the Ravens will head out to San Diego.

After another horrible losing steak for the Chargers, they are now showing life and explosion on offense, which should lead to some problems for the Baltimore Ravens' defense.


In recent weeks, Ravens quarterback Flacco has had defense to exploit, but the problem for his overall numbers was that the Browns and Colts have bad offenses, so Baltimore could play a conservative brand of offense.

With San Diego still clinging to hopes of playoff life, they will likely come out gunning in this game, and Flacco should be good for over 300 yards passing and two or three scores.

More WK 15 Rankings – RB | WR | TE | K/D | Flex | Waivers | Start/Sit |

1 Drew Brees @ Vikings
2 Aaron Rodgers @ Chiefs
3 Cam Newton @ Texans
4 Eli Manning Redskins
5 Tom Brady @ Broncos
6 Tim Tebow Patriots
7 Tony Romo @ Buccaneers
8 Matthew Stafford @ Raiders
9 Philip Rivers Ravens
10 Matt Ryan Jaguars
11 Michael Vick (I) Jets
12 Ben Roethlisberger (I) @ 49ers
13 Joe Flacco @ Chargers
14 Joe Webb Saints
15 Carson Palmer Lions
16 Mark Sanchez @ Eagles
17 T.J. Yates Panthers
18 John Skelton Browns
19 Andy Dalton @ Rams
20 Josh Freeman Cowboys
21 Alex Smith Steelers