Week 15 Fantasy QB Rankings

As most fantasy football leagues begin their playoffs this week, the decision of who to start at quarterback takes even more importance. All teams are in play with bye weeks finished, so while streaming might not be as crucial for some, there are still plenty of fantasy football owners without a weekly “must-start.” Our Week 15 fantasy QB rankings dive into the studs, sleepers, and potential busts ahead of the first “win-or-go-home” matchup of the season.

Again, no teams are on bye, so if you have Patrick Mahomes, Kyler Murray, Jalen Hurts, Josh Allen, etc., you probably aren’t checking out the rankings anyway. It is worth noting Allen (vs. Panthers) has a tough matchup and is dealing with an ankle injury, but unless you have another stud, you’re likely sticking with Allen. However, Russell Wilson (@ Rams) could be reasonably sat depending on your other options.

Running back | Wide Receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Most people are here to see the players in the 10-18 range, so let’s get to the top streamers. Tua Tagovailoa (vs. Jets), Taysom Hill (@ Buccaneers), Jimmy Garoppolo (vs. Falcons), and Taylor Heinicke (@ Eagles) are the ones you want leading your team in the initial round of the playoffs if you’re without one of the consistent studs.

Running back | Wide Receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

Tua, Jimmy G, and Heinicke all play teams that are below average at containing fantasy QBs, and all those signal-callers have proven to be productive when the matchups are favorable. Tampa Bay’s numbers against QBs have improved, but we’ve seen Hill have two 20-plus-point performances in two starts thanks to his rushing upside. That said, this will be the trickiest matchup to date since the Bucs’ front-seven is one of the best in football. Ben Roethlisberger (vs. Titans) might be a decent play, too, given the matchup, his recent play, and his expected number of pass attempts.

It’s also worth noting Mac Jones (@ Colts), Baker Mayfield (vs. Raiders), Justin Fields (vs. Vikings), and Trevor Lawrence (@ Texans) have favorable matchups, but their floors have proven to be too low to trust in the first round of the fantasy playoffs. However, as we saw Sunday night, Fields clearly has a high ceiling, so he’s in play in deep leagues.ย 

On the other side of the start-or-sit bubble, Carson Wentz (vs. Patriots), Teddy Bridgewater (vs. Bengals), Matt Ryan (@ 49ers), and Ryan Tannehill (@ Steelers) are more than likely to bust in their respective matchups. Wentz has been a top streamer many times, but we’re not ready to fire him up against the Patriots’ elite defense. Bridgewater is clearly matchup-dependent, and Ryan and Tannehill have been busts more often than not, so we’re not expecting a turnaround against elite pass-rushes. It doesn’t help that both are without their No. 1 WRs either.

It’s easy to overthink the QB position, but generally, it’s best to trust the studs if you have one. Chances are, if you made the playoffs, you do have one, but if you’re playing the streaming game, there is no shortage of options. Trust the matchups and recent trends, and enjoy the production.

Note: We’ll be updating these QB rankings throughout the week, so check back for the latest player movement and analysis.

Fantasy QB Rankings Week 15: Who to start at quarterback

Rankings are based on standard, four-point passing TD formats.

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