Fantasy Football Week 15 Rankings: Top 30 Quarterbacks

Kevin Hanson@EDSFootballAnalyst IIIDecember 15, 2011

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 11:  Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers scrambles with the ball into the endzone against the rush of Alex Carrington #92 of the Buffalo Bills during their NFL Game on December 11, 2011 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The fumble resulted in the touchdown for the Bills. Rivers touchdown was called back on a holding penalty. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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When it comes to AFC West signal-callers, Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow is garnering the majority of the attention with his late-game heroics.

Last week, Tebow and the Broncos got off to a slow start, but he finished strong as usual, and led the Broncos to their third overtime victory of the season. Tebow threw 40 passes for 236 yards, both season highs, and led the team in rushing with 49 yards last week.

While Tebow has not had any 20-point fantasy performances since Week Nine, he has at least 12 fantasy points every week.

Meanwhile, San Diego's Philip Rivers has historically dominated the month of December the way Tebow dominates the fourth quarter. This month is no exception.

For a second straight game, Rivers has thrown three touchdowns. In his past three games (counting his last game in November), Rivers has thrown 97 pass attempts and has a 7:0 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

With a healthy group of offensive skill players, Rivers could be poised for a nice run down the stretch to help fantasy owners the way they had expected from him. Rivers has two of his three highest points totals in the past two weeks.

Rivers has thrown two or more touchdowns seven times this season. Five of those seven performances have come in the past six weeks. Take our poll on how many he will throw this week.

This weekend, the Chargers face the Ravens, who have allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season and have yet to allow more than one passing touchdown in any game this season.

That said, they haven't exactly faced the league's elite quarterbacks. After Ben Roethlisberger and Matt Schaub, the best quarterback they have faced has been either Mark Sanchez or Andy Dalton.

Here are some more quarterback notes for Week 15:

- Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw for 320 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions last week. In his past six games, Ryan has three 300-yard games and a 14:4 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

- Carolina quarterback Cam Newton threw for two touchdowns and two interceptions in Week 14, but he did not rush for a touchdown for the first time in three games. On the season, he now has 15 passing touchdowns, 16 interceptions and 13 rushing touchdowns.

- Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert threw for 217 yards and two touchdowns last week. It was only four yards shy of Gabbert's career high set in Week Five, and only the second time he threw for two touchdowns (although that has happened in back-to-back games).

- Texans quarterback T.J. Yates, their fifth-round pick this year, threw his first-ever 300-yard game last week, with two touchdowns and one interception as the Texans clinched the AFC South title in the process. Yates added 36 rushing yards on five carries as well. The Panthers have allowed five 300-yard passers this season, but it's unlikely that Yates reaches that mark again this week, especially considering how poor the Panthers run defense is.

- Bengals rookie quarterback Andy Dalton threw for less than 200 yards for the second straight game and for only one touchdown in his fourth straight game. After this five-game stretch against the league's best pass defenses however, Dalton gets two easier matchups this week (St. Louis) and next week (Arizona).

- After benching Christian Ponder (who was/is dealing with a hip pointer), the Vikings put in Joe Webb, who threw for a score and ran for another. Webb was 12-of-23 for only 84 yards, but he ran seven times for 109 yards including his 65-yard touchdown. That said, Ponder, if healthy, is still the team's starting quarterback.

- Although he rushed for a touchdown, Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman threw for only 181 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. He now has only 12 (passing) touchdowns and 18 interceptions on the season.

- Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez completed only three of his 13 completions to receivers, but Sanchez scored four touchdowns last week. He threw for two scores and ran for two more. Sanchez now has five rushing touchdowns on the season, and has had at least three in each of his three seasons in the league.

- Saints quarterback Drew Brees extended his streak of games with touchdowns to 40 games. He is only the second player in NFL history to throw a touchdown in at least 40 games. Brees extended his streak of 300-yard games to four, and now has 10 of them on the season.

- Since not throwing a touchdown in Week 17 of the 2009 season, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has thrown at least one touchdown in every game since then. This season, he has thrown two or more touchdowns in 12 of 13 games.

- Quarterback Carson Palmer threw for 245 yards and one touchdown but also threw four interceptions last week. In his past five games, Palmer had a 6:7 touchdown-to-interception ratio.

- Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick completed only 13 of 34 passes for 176 yards, no touchdowns and two interceptions. Fitzpatrick now has a career-high 16 interceptions.

- Although Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck sat out of practice on Wednesday, coach Mike Munchak expects him to start this week.

Here are our fantasy quarterback rankings for Week 15:

1. Drew Brees, Saints (at MIN)
2. Aaron Rodgers, Packers (at KC)
3. Tom Brady, Patriots (at DEN)
4. Tony Romo, Cowboys (at TB)
5. Eli Manning, Giants (vs WAS)
6. Matthew Stafford, Lions (at OAK)
7. Cam Newton, Panthers (at HOU)
8. Philip Rivers, Chargers (vs BAL)
9. Matt Ryan, Falcons (vs JAX)
10. Tim Tebow, Broncos (vs NE)
11. Michael Vick, Eagles (vs NYJ)
12. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers (at SF)
13. Rex Grossman, Redskins (at NYG)
14. Andy Dalton, Bengals (at STL)
15. Mark Sanchez, Jets (at PHI)
16. Carson Palmer, Raiders (vs DET)
17. Joe Flacco, Ravens (at SD)
18. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bills (vs MIA)
19. Josh Freeman, Buccaneers (vs DAL)
20. T.J. Yates, Texans (vs CAR)
21. Matt Moore, Dolphins (at BUF)
22. Matt Hasselbeck, Titans (at IND)
23. Jake Locker, Titans (at IND)
24. Alex Smith, 49ers (vs PIT)
25. Christian Ponder, Vikings (vs NO)
26. Dan Orlovsky, Colts (vs TEN)
27. Tarvaris Jackson, Seahawks (at CHI)
28. Blaine Gabbert, Jaguars (at ATL)
29. John Skelton, Cardinals (vs CLE)
30. Sam Bradford, Rams (vs CIN)

Note: Our quarterback rankings will be updated before the Thursday Night game and again before the Sunday games. To view those updates, visit our quarterback rankings page.

Check out our rankings for other positions and/or flex rankings at, our fantasy section.

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Good luck in Week 15!


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