QB Rankings, Projections and Analysis for the Fantasy Playoffs
Fantasy Post-Season Quarterback Sleepers
Start N' Sit for the Fantasy Playoffs
Fantasy Post-Season Waiver Wire Tips





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Packers QB Aaron Rodgers
By Greg Buchphoto of journalist Greg Buch
Greg develops and updates FFSwami's website. He's played in various fantasy football leagues the last 15 years and is a life-long Cincinnati Bengals fan.
This is how we rank the top 25 QBs for the fantasy playoffs. Our rankings aren't just based on name value or past performance - we take a comprehensive look at the match-ups and each QBs past performance before slotting them into our projections. The ratings are based on a standard league where 25 passing yards equal 1 point, passing and rushing TDs equal 6 pts. and INTs or fumbles deduct 2 points.



QB Rankings
  1. Aaron Rodgers
  2. Drew Brees
  3. Andrew Luck
  4. Tom Brady
  5. Peyton Manning
  6. Matt Ryan
  7. Philip Rivers
  8. Tony Romo
  9. Ryan Tannehill
  10. Matt Stafford
  11. Jay Cutler
  12. Ben Roethlisberger
  13. Russell Wilson
  14. Mark Sanchez
  15. Ryan Fitzpatrick
  16. Kyle Orton
  17. Zach Mettenberger
  18. Eli Manning
  19. Joe Flacco
  20. Colt McCoy
  21. Cam Newton
  22. Josh McCown
  23. Colin Kaepernick
  24. Alex Smith
  25. Andy Dalton
Falcons QB Matt Ryan
By Greg Buchphoto of journalist Greg Buch
Greg develops and updates FFSwami's website. He's played in various fantasy football leagues the last 15 years and is a life-long Cincinnati Bengals fan.
Paying attention to the match-ups each week can help you identify less heralded players with the upside to surprise and help you avoid some potential land mines. This is our list of players we expect to surpass expectations, along with a few stud QBs who may fail to deliver during the fantasy post-season:



Start
Matt Ryan
Falcons QB Matt Ryan
Ryan delivered decent fantasy stats the last two weeks against tough opponents, throwing for 273 yards and 2 TDs against the Browns and racking up an impressive 361 yards against the Cardinals. The good news is if you start him during your fantasy playoffs, his schedule just keeps on getting easier. He plays a tough MNF game on the road in Green Bay this week, then follows that up with more favorable games against the Steelers (17.6 fantasy points a game to QBs) and Saints (18.5 points a game). I would sit him this week (unless the weather forecast is showing +40 degree temperatures) but wouldn't hesitate starting him in Weeks 15 and 16.

Matt Stafford
Lions QB Matt Stafford
I advised you to stick with Stafford and start him against a weak Bears pass defense that would be missing starting CB Kyle Fuller. If you took my advice, you were rewarded with 21.6 fantasy points as the Detroit quarterback exploited a clueless Bears defense for 390 yards and 2 TDs. I like him again this week, although not quite as much since Megatron should be matched up with CB Alterraun Verner and I'm expecting OLB Lavonte David back. Stafford's still worth a start against a Bucs defense allowing the 11th-most passing yards per game in the league. His remaining match-ups during the fantasy playoffs are a mixed bag. He faces the Vikings in Week 15, who've allowed just over 15 fantasy points a game to opposing QBs, and the Bears in Week 16. Definitely start him in Chicago but I'd look for other options in Week 15.

Tony Romo
Cowboys QB Tony Romo
I suggested you start the brittle Romo against an Eagles defense that's been very generous to opposing quarterbacks. However, he delivered a Thanksgiving turkey as he was constantly harassed by the Eagles pass rush and threw for just 199 yards and 2 INTs. I figured the Cowboys would rack up a lot of passing yards keeping apace with the high-flying Eagles but I clearly forgot that turkeys don't fly! Romo has one of the best remaining schedules of any quarterback during the fantasy post-season, with games against 3 weak pass defenses: the Bears (allowing 20.0 fantasy points a game), the Eagles (18.9 points a game), and the Colts (17.2 points a game). He's a risky pick due to the weather in Chicago and the health of his back, which may be affecting his performance but one that could pay dividends for you. I think he plays much better this week as the Cowboys now have their backs against the wall and are in a must-win situation.


Sit
Cam Newton
Panthers QB Cam Newton
I advised you to sit Newton last week since he'd be playing in arctic conditions against a tough Vikings pass defense. He managed to deliver a mediocre performance even though he threw for just 194 yards as he was able to accumulate 49 yards on the ground. However with the fantasy playoffs looming now is not the time to count on a quarterback who's scored more than 15 points just once since Week 6. This week's match-up against the Saints may look enticing on paper but Newton has yet to perform well on the road in New Orleans. Over his career there he's averaged just 189 passing yards a game with 2 TDs and 2 picks in 3 games. He's marginably startable in Week 15 at home against Tampa Bay but I'd keep him on the bench in Week 16 against the Browns.

Russell Wilson
Seahawks QB Russell Wilson
"Dangeruss" has been a pleasant surprise this year, ranking 5th in fantasy scoring among quarterbacks. He has a nice match-up this week against a porous Eagles pass defense that's allowing almost 19 fantasy points a game to opposing QBs. However, after that the road gets more difficult, with match-ups against two stingy divisional rivals. The 49ers are allowing just 13 fantasy points a game to quarterbacks, third-lowest in the league, while the Cardinals allow 15.3 (and that game will be in Arizona). Don't be afraid to bench him those two weeks in favor of a QB with a better match-up.

Ben Roethlisberger
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger
After cooling down his last two games, Big Ben was your best friend last week, throwing for 435 yards and 2 TDs. The Steelers trailed most of the game and were forced to play catch-up, enabling Roethlisberger to rack up plenty of cheap passing yards in garbage time. However, you may not be as lucky if you start him during your fantasy playoffs. He faces two of the tougher pass defenses in the league when the Steelers play Cincinnati this week and Kansas City in Week 16. The one remaining game where he's a decent start is in Week 15 when he faces the Falcons, who are allowing 16.3 fantasy points a game to opposing quarterbacks.


Ryan Fitzpatrick
Texans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick
Fitzpatrick received a wake up call when he lost his starting job to Ryan Mallett in Week 11. He responded by throwing for 358 yards and 6 touchdowns against a normally solid Titans pass defense. I think there are more good performances in store for him as he auditions for a starting job next year even if I don't see him duplicating last Sunday's feat. He also has a favorable schedule throughout the post-season with games against the Jaguars, Colts, and Ravens, who all rank in the bottom third of the league when it comes to pass defense.

Kyle Orton
Bills QB Kyle Orton
Orton, who's primarily been a career back-up, has escaped notice in most fantasy leagues. He has quietly put up some decent fantasy stats, averaging just over 15 points a game in his 8 starts. He's struggled a little bit lately but I chalk that up to the caliber of opponents he's faced and the fact that his top receiver, Sammy Watkins, has been dealing with a hip issue. Orton has some favorable match-ups during the fantasy playoffs, with games against the Broncos, Packers, and Raiders. He's worth starting in some of those contests if you're in need of help at the quarterback position. However, Watkins return to health would greatly help his cause.

Zach Mettenberger
Titans QB Zach Mettenberger
Mettenberger was briefly replaced by Jake Locker in last week's game as he suffered an AC joint sprain in his throwing shoulder. However, the Titans are saying the injury isn't serious so he's expected to suit up against the Giants. How he performs this week may depend on any impact the injury has on his range-of-motion so I'd be inclined to sit him. He does have a favorable schedule throughout the fantasy playoffs, with games against two sub-par pass defenses in Weeks 15 and 16 so is worth starting if you don't like the match-up your QB1 has. The Jaguars are allowing the 9th-most passing yards in the NFL, while the Jets give up a whopping 19.5 fantasy points a game to quarterbacks.


photo of Johnny Manziel
By Greg Buchphoto of journalist Greg Buch
Greg develops and updates FFSwami's website. He's played in various fantasy football leagues the last 15 years and is a life-long Cincinnati Bengals fan.
Depending on the league you play in, the playoffs either begin this week or in Week 15. We've got a few hot tips on some quarterbacks who can get you over the hump en route to that coveted fantasy championship. And the best news is most of them are sitting as lonely as wallflowers on your waiver wire!

Must Adds

Johnny Manziel
Manziel was called upon to replace a struggling Brian Hoyer in the fourth quarter of last week's game and responded with 76 total yards and a beautiful scramble into the end zone. Hoyer's thrown 5 INTs with no touchdowns over his last 2 games, so I won't be surprised, with the season on the line, if Manziel hears his number called next week against the Colts. This is a nice match-up to start him as the Colts are allowing over 17 points a game to opposing quarterbacks. His match-up in Week 15 is not as favorable, going against a solid Bengals pass defense that's been stingy toward opposing signal-callers, but it's possible he can do some damage in that one by using his legs to exploit their weak run defense.

Ryan Fitzpatrick
Fitzpatrick briefly lost his job when the Texans acquired Ryan Mallett from the Patriots. However with Mallett out for the year with a torn pectoral muscle "Fitzie" responded in a big way, throwing for 358 yards and 6 TDs against the Titans. I've got to believe the Texans QB realizes he's probably not in the Texans' future plans so the remainder of the season should serve as an audition for another starting job. He should be motivated to play his best football and has some very good match-ups over the next three weeks, starting this coming Sunday against the Jaguars, whose defense has allowed the ninth-most passing yards to quarterbacks.

Colt McCoy
After getting off to a slow start, McCoy threw for 392 yards and 3 TDs against the Colts. Before you get yourself in a tizzy though and rush to put a claim in, you should know he also fumbled the ball four times, although he was fortunate enough to only lose one of them. He's been anointed the starter for next week's contest against the Rams, which is just a so-so match-up to start him in. St. Louis is allowing just 16.4 fantasy points a game to quarterbacks but ranks just 22nd in pass defense. I'd keep him on the bench for that one and see how he performs since he's got more favorable match-ups in Weeks 15 and 16 against the Giants and Eagles.

Drops

Colin Kaepernick
Kaep has really struggled since a big game against the Rams way back in Week 6 and has failed to take advantage of some great match-ups. If your options are thin at quarterback, he's worth giving one last shot this Sunday when the Niners travel to Oakland. However, he has tough match-ups in Weeks 15 and 16 against the Seahawks, who boast the league's stingiest secondary, and the Chargers, so if he doesn't light up the scoreboard this week, I'd drop him in favor of one of the names above.

Josh McCown
If you picked up McCown, hoping to ride the hot streak he started after coming back from injury, it's time to give up on that experiment. The Bucs' QB failed to capitalize on an excellent match-up against his former employer in Chicago and had a miserable game at home against Cincinnati. With upcoming contests against the Lions and Browns, two of the better pass defenses in the league, he's a very risky option to rely on.

Brian Hoyer
If you're so thin at quarterback that you picked up Brian Hoyer, it's time to drop him. Even if he gets the nod over Johnny Football, it's doubtful he delivers the point production you need from your quarterback position during the playoffs. Five interceptions in the last two games is hardly grounds for optimism.