Welcome to the Week 16 Quarterback Rankings!
Congrats to all on making it this far! The big game! It’s equal parts mind-bending and exciting, especially with all of the injuries over the last few weeks.
The quarterbacks are exceedingly strong at the top, with four or five elite plays depending on your point of view. The back end QB1 options are not strong and there are some abominable options in the last tier as always. Most of you are playing Lamar or another good option, but I’ve done my best to rank these plays, just in case you are streaming.
I’d be ok with all options up to and even including Trubisky. The other options up until about 20 are playable, inclusing Goff. If your QB is listed in the 20s or later, I wish you good luck, because you may need it.
This article will be updated minimally on Saturday and perhaps again on Sunday if anything breaks.
I’ll be back soon with the wide receivers. The RBs and TEs will go up later this afternoon or evening.
Good luck to all this week!
I’ll be doing a podcast with Jimmy Hackett over at WEEI later today. It’ll post late night or early Saturday morning. We’ll get into the 3-game Saturday slate for DFS and we’ll talk some Week 16.
On Saturday, I’ll post my Starts article over at WEEI and there will be a podcast for the main slate too, though I’m still trying to figure out when I will have to time to record it. Worst case scenario, it’ll go up early Sunday, but I am aiming for Saturday afternoon if I can swing it.
WEEK 16 RANKINGS
All pricing was sourced from DraftKings
|1||Lamar Jackson||BAL||8.000||BAL@CLE 12/22/2019 01:00PM ET||I’m not paying 8K for him for the most part but you’d be certifiable to take him out of a seasonal lineup. ***UPDATE*** I AM paying 8K. #FlipFlop|
|2||Patrick Mahomes||KC||6.800||KC@CHI 12/22/2019 08:20PM ET||I fear no defense in the face of Patrick Mahomes. Well. Not this one anyway. Fire up the Kraken!|
|3||Russell Wilson||SEA||7.000||ARI@SEA 12/22/2019 04:25PM ET||There are five elite starters this week on my board, and Russ is one of them. They’ll run Carson a ton but they’ll still need to pass 30 or more times as Arizona ups the pace. Both Lockett and Hollister have plus matchups if you are looking to stack.|
|4||Drew Brees||NO||6.900||NO@TEN 12/22/2019 01:00PM ET||The Titans are a good road matchup though Brees has some bad history on the road and on grass in particular. Still, with the problems the Titans have at cornerback, this matchup is still pretty sweet.|
|5||Ryan Tannehill||TEN||6.600||NO@TEN 12/22/2019 01:00PM ET||The Saints are a tough matchup but not a lock-down unit right now. I’m very comfortable playing Tannehill at home in this matchup. Stack him with the scorching hot AJ Brown.|
|6||Matt Ryan||ATL||6.200||JAX@ATL 12/22/2019 01:00PM ET||Finally a nice soft matchup for Ryan and company so use him if you need him and fire Julio up everywhere.|
|7||Dak Prescott||DAL||6.400||DAL@PHI 12/22/2019 04:25PM ET||Dak’s health (AC joint) is the only question here. As long as he is locked in, you are getting a solid shot a good output. The Eagles are obviously a beatable matchup for fantasy QBs.|
|8||Kyler Murray||ARI||6.100||ARI@SEA 12/22/2019 04:25PM ET||His first game against them was not great but he saved himself with some foot points. That could be how this game goes as well and Kyler looked spry last week. If they continue to have a ground game, maybe Murray can mix in more runs. Seattle is not great in coverage so there’s some hope here.|
|9||Aaron Rodgers||GB||6.200||GB@MIN 12/23/2019 08:15PM ET||Tough road matchup for passing production. Rodgers is viable on a talent level so use him if you need to.|
|10||Kirk Cousins||MIN||5.800||GB@MIN 12/23/2019 08:15PM ET||I would have no problem at all playing Cousins here. Good solid option with all of his weapons healthy save for Cook.|
|11||Ryan Fitzpatrick||MIA||6.000||CIN@MIA 12/22/2019 01:00PM ET||Viable here with enough healthy weapons and a pass-first offense. Just keep tabs on the weather. Rain don’t scare me none, but if the sustained winds are going to be north of 20, we might have to take notice.|
|12||Carson Wentz||PHI||5.800||DAL@PHI 12/22/2019 04:25PM ET||He’s playable and I will be starting him this weekend myself, but obviously we’re praying for some ceiling. Dallas is struggling and Philly is grinding. I think a solid grinding win is probably a good outcome here. If we get a big day, we got lucky.|
|13||Philip Rivers||LAC||5.700||OAK@LAC 12/22/2019 04:05PM ET||The plus matchup makes him playable but the end may be near for Rivers.|
|14||Mitchell Trubisky||CHI||5.800||KC@CHI 12/22/2019 08:20PM ET||Obviously there are problems here. Chicago will try to run for obvious reasons. The good news, if you play Trubisky, is they will probably fail for equally obvious reasons. That should get them into chase mode at some point and Trubisky could do some good things in that type of game script. He’s been racking up plenty of attempts in games where they trail. The best scenario has Chicago throwing early because it’s their best chance at getting the offense right, but I doubt we get that lucky. The matchup says “try to run first.” What the Bears ought to do is use Tarik Cohen more and throw the ball all day while counter-punching with Cohen and Trubisky on the ground. Still, what we’ll probably get is a solid dose of Montgomery early.|
|15||Daniel Jones||NYG||5.900||NYG@WAS 12/22/2019 01:00PM ET||I hope he’s actually healthy because Manning is playing ok and why get your future QB hurt? The good news is that Jones is more aggressive than the vet and that could lead to more offense if he has his wheels healthy. The matchup is obviously choice.|
|16||Gardner Minshew II||JAX||5.500||JAX@ATL 12/22/2019 01:00PM ET||He's playable, but less than desirable. If Chark returns, which appears likely, that obviously helps.|
|17||Andy Dalton||CIN||5.200||CIN@MIA 12/22/2019 01:00PM ET||Hey, you never know. At least the matchup is good. Keep your eye on the wind in the game though. Could be bad weather.|
|18||Baker Mayfield||CLE||5.400||BAL@CLE 12/22/2019 01:00PM ET||Brutal matchup for an offense going in the wrong direction. No interest.|
|19||Derek Carr||OAK||5.300||OAK@LAC 12/22/2019 04:05PM ET||Nope. Now way I’m playing Carr unless I have to.|
|20||Dwayne Haskins Jr.||WAS||4.700||NYG@WAS 12/22/2019 01:00PM ET||The rookie completed 19 of 28 passes for 261 yards and two TDs in Week 15 against Philly and that makes him viable in Superflex this week. I like this kid a lot.|
|21||Sam Darnold||NYJ||5.300||PIT@NYJ 12/22/2019 01:00PM ET||He can grind out some points but there are floor concerns and a big day feels very, very unlikely.|
|22||Drew Lock||DEN||5.600||DET@DEN 12/22/2019 04:05PM ET||No way I am trusting this kid this week—unless I have to.|
|23||Jacoby Brissett||IND||5.900||CAR@IND 12/22/2019 01:00PM ET||Brissett hasn’t been the same since he got hurt but this matchup does offer some reason for optimism. Not a ton, but some. You can run on the Panthers, obviously, so we’re hoping for the ground game to get them into scoring position and then hoping Hilton’s return can lead to a few big plays.|
|24||Will Grier||CAR||4.300||CAR@IND 12/22/2019 01:00PM ET||No way I’d play him, and as you may recall, I was a medium fan of Grier’s during our rookie process last year. Still, he’s a guy who can throw if he gets in rhythm. He could end up being an upgrade over Allen in terms of feeding the receivers.|
|25||Devlin Hodges||PIT||5.100||PIT@NYJ 12/22/2019 01:00PM ET||Nope. No way. The Jets bring heat—poorly at times, but they are aggressive. Not a good situation for Hodges. Do. Not. Play. Him.|
|26||David Blough||DET||4.900||DET@DEN 12/22/2019 04:05PM ET||He has almost nobody to throw to now and he is not very good. Meanwhile Denver can be tough at home in the altitude.|
|27||Deshaun Watson||HOU||7.000||HOU@TB 12/21/2019 01:00PM ET||(ALREADY PLAYED) A pass-first matchup at just the right time. Jameis will keep passing into this plus matchup on the other side and we could have some game script synergy in this one.|
|28||Jameis Winston||TB||6.900||HOU@TB 12/21/2019 01:00PM ET||(ALREADY PLAYED) Great matchup but I’m hesitant. The reality of no Godwin and no Evans is going to matter at some point. They need to integrate their other weapons and they need to do it well.|
|29||Jimmy Garoppolo||SF||5.500||LAR@SF 12/21/2019 08:15PM ET||(ALREADY PLAYED) He has weapons and some protection plus a ground game to rely on. Not a ton of ceiling unless things really break right but he’s solid.|
|30||Jared Goff||LAR||5.800||LAR@SF 12/21/2019 08:15PM ET||(ALREADY PLAYED) Playable but mostly because the 49ers are beat up. Not loving Goff right now if I can avoid him.|
|31||Josh Allen||BUF||5.300||BUF@NE 12/21/2019 04:30PM ET||(ALREADY PLAYED) Brutal road matchup.|
|32||Tom Brady||NE||5.200||BUF@NE 12/21/2019 04:30PM ET||(ALREADY PLAYED) Ideally, you can start somebody else as even the good weapons in NE are beat up. The Pats can win this game but Brady is not likely to help you win your league this week.|