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Week 15 QB Rankings and Streaming for the Postseason

QB rankings and streaming advice for Week 15 of the 2018 fantasy football season.

If you needed a win in Week 14 to secure a playoff berth, I hope the odds were in your favor. We witnessed a Miracle in Miami, Amari Christmas and the fourth man under center for Washington — Josh Johnson, who was signed to the team on Wednesday and hadn’t thrown a NFL pass since 2011 — lead a pair of touchdown drives in the second half to put up QB3 numbers for the week. Johnson has been confirmed as the Week 15 starter in place of a benched Mark Sanchez.

In other deep bench victories, third-string quarterback Nick Mullens has a 93.5 passer rating in his five starts with the 49ers, faring better than 2018 first-overall pick Baker Mayfield and 2017 second-overall pick Mitchell Trubisky.

The Patrick Mahomes tracker keeps on ticking, as the Mahomes-led Chiefs pulled out a win in overtime against the Ravens to clinch a playoff spot thanks to Mahomes’ 377 passing yards and two touchdowns. And there was also that no-look pass. Mahomes is now on pace for 52 touchdown passes in his first year as a starter. Who else has thrown more than 50 touchdowns passes ever in a single season? One person — Peyton Manning.

My picks should have helped move teams into the playoffs. Though his first three quarters were difficult to watch, Dak Prescott delivered when it counted with 243 passing yards, three touchdowns and a 91.3 QBR in the fourth quarter and OT alone. His total passing yards — 455 — gave him the QB2 spot on the week. Meanwhile, Josh Allen continued to deliver — at least on the ground. He had 101 rushing yards on the day and his 95-plus rushing yards in three consecutive games join Fred JacksonThurman Thomas and O.J. Simpson as the only Bills to ever do so (except Allen is a quarterback). Finally, Baker Mayfield didn’t do enough to be worthy of the “bounce back” fantasy title but it was enough of a recovery to secure a win against the Panthers and make ProFootballFocus’ Team of the Week.

Pick QB ESPN Points QB Rank
TwoQB Dak Prescott 24.4 2
Streamer Josh Allen 18.3 15
Bounceback Baker Mayfield 13.7 20

It’s a lot to take in — but the excitement isn’t over just yet. The playoffs are here and so are your Week 15 QB rankings and streaming options. When your top 5 fantasy QBs include Josh Johnson and Ryan Tannehill — and Carson Wentz is suddenly (potentially) out for the rest of the season — it really is any streamer’s week.1

Week 15 Quarterback Rankings

Quarterback Matchup Ranking
Patrick Mahomes vs LA Chargers 1
Drew Brees at Carolina 2
Philip Rivers at Kansas City 3
Russell Wilson at San Francisco 4
Ben Roethlisberger vs New England 5
Jared Goff vs Philadelphia 6
Tom Brady at Pittsburgh 7
Andrew Luck vs Dallas 8
Josh Allen vs Detroit 9
Baker Mayfield at Denver 10
Dak Prescott at Indianapolis 11
Lamar Jackson vs Tampa Bay 12
Deshaun Watson at NY Jets 13
Cam Newton vs New Orleans 14
Jameis Winston at Baltimore 15
Matt Ryan vs Arizona 16
Mitchell Trubisky vs Green Bay 17
Marcus Mariota at NY Giants 18
Kirk Cousins vs Miami 19
Aaron Rodgers at Chicago 20
Derek Carr at Cincinnati 21
Eli Manning vs Tennessee 22
Nick Foles at LA Rams 23
Nick Mullens vs Seattle 24
Ryan Tannehill at Minnesota 25
Jeff Driskel vs Oakland 26
Case Keenum vs Cleveland 27
Josh Rosen at Atlanta 28
Matthew Stafford at Buffalo 29
Josh Johnson at Jacksonville 30
Sam Darnold vs Houston 31
Cody Kessler vs Washington 32

TwoQB Pick of the Week – Lamar Jackson vs Tampa Bay

Projected: 18.5
Ownership: 48.8%
GSLP: 12.3

Lamar Jackson delivered his first game with multiple touchdowns in his fourth start under center. Though he didn’t pull out a win against the Chiefs — which could be blamed on the fact that he was sidelined on the last drive with an ankle injury — Jackson should provide sufficient QB2 numbers if he’s healthy enough.

While his ability to put up numbers in the air is still questionable, Jackson has compensated with more than 70 rushing yards in each of his starts. And given this week’s matchup, he has high upside against a Buccaneers defense that has allowed the third-most fantasy points to the quarterback position. Jackson has averaged 18 fantasy points per game in his last four starts, providing a sufficient QB2 option when it counts most.

Favorite Streamer – Nick Foles at LA Rams

Projected: 15.4
Ownership: 0.4%

Is Nick Foles what the Eagles need to take them to the postseason? Probably not, but if he’s able to come close to his performance in last year’s NFL playoffs, fantasy owners may be able to reap the benefits.

The Super Bowl Champions are embarrassed right now. They’re coming off an overtime loss to their divisional rival Dallas Cowboys only to head to LA to face the daunting Rams. To make matters worse, if they want a chance at either the NFC East or a wild card spot, this is a must win game. Yet the Eagles haven’t felt like much of a winning team this year. The last time they were really winning, Foles was under center taking them all the way.

Foles was their starting quarterback to start the season and seemed like the Foles we all knew from way back when. In his two starts, he had one total touchdown. But Foles has been here before and has proven he can perform well under pressure. The Eagles defense is extremely depleted, so Foles should get plenty of opportunities on the field. And with the Rams high-powered offense, he’ll need to air it out to stay in the game.

Most (all) of this is speculation. There are no stats to back up Nick Foles as a top streamer this week — except the fact that he is unowned in practically every league. But if you’ve found yourself streaming Josh Allen or Nick Mullens the last few weeks and are second guessing their stamina, why not throw a hail mary with the 2017 Super Bowl MVP?

 

“Bounceback Candidate” – Derek Carr at Cincinnati

Projected: 15.4
Ownership: 11.4%
GSLP: 12.1

I haven’t mentioned Derek Carr in this series this season — and with good reason. Yes, the playoffs aren’t the best time to take a risk. But we didn’t think Nick Foles, Josh Johnson and Cody Kessler would be starting in Week 15 either so, here we are.

And here is Carr — throwing for 600-plus yards and notching five touchdowns in his last two games (versus Kansas City and Pittsburgh). He hasn’t thrown an interception since Week 5 and he’s averaging 17 fantasy points in his last four starts. The Raiders don’t have much to play for at this stage of the season, but Carr’s job is on the line.

Carr will get to prove his worth against a Bengals defense that has given up the most fantasy points to the quarterback position making him a high-risk, high-reward bounce back candidate.

 

  1. Ownership and projected points are from ESPN Fantasy. Rankings are based on GSLP, FPPG and matchup. GSLP models were run three times – six weeks back, four weeks back and three weeks back, averaging results.  (back)

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