Week 15 Fantasy QB Rankings: Must-starts, sleepers, potential busts at quarterback
If you’re still going strong in your fantasy football playoffs, you can’t afford to have a question mark at quarterback. Fortunately, there are plenty of worthwhile options throughout our Week 15 fantasy QB rankings, including the usual studs and several reliable sleepers and streamers.
Let’s start with the bad news: Patrick Mahomes (@ Saints), Deshuan Watson (@ Colts), Russell Wilson (@ Washington), Josh Allen (@ Broncos), and Kyler Murray (vs. Eagles) have statistically difficult matchups. However, all have proven they can put up big numbers against any opponents, so it’s unlikely you’ll bench any even in a must-win week. Murray is on the start ’em, sit ’em bubble given some of his recent struggles, but we know how high his ceiling still is.
If you don’t trust any of those QBs — or if you have an even less reliable regular starter — there are plenty of borderline QBs with highly favorable matchups this week. Jared Goff (vs. Jets), Matthew Stafford (@ Titans), Ben Roethlisberger (@ Bengals), Ryan Tannehill (vs. Lions), Philip Rivers (vs. Texans), and Derek Carr (vs. Chargers) are all in play. Kirk Cousins (vs. Bears) is also possibility against a defense that had been struggling prior to last week, and Taysom Hill (vs. Chiefs), assuming Drew Brees (ribs) is still out, is always a solid-floor option in a game that could see a lot of offense. Ditto for Jalen Hurts (@ Cardinals), who is basically Hill with a better arm and fewer receiving weapons.
Going deeper, Nick Mullens (@ Cowboys), Mitchell Trubisky (@ Vikings), and whoever starts for Washington (vs. Seahawks) also have great matchups, but you’d have to be pretty desperate — or in a two-QB/superflex league — to use any of those guys with your season on the line.
With so many viable QB options this week, fantasy owners might have a tough time making their start ’em, sit ’em decisions. If you’re a heavy favorite, it makes sense to play it safe with a high-floor QB, even if they’re in a tough matchup. If you’re an underdog, then you might want to take a chance with one of the guys in more favorable matchup. However, it’s not exactly fair to say that Derek Carr in a good matchup has a “higher ceiling” than Murray or Russell Wilson in bad matchups, so this might come down to a gut feeling or whether you can live with yourself if you lose after benching someone who’s started for you all year.
Note: Check back throughout the week, as we’ll continue to update our QB rankings up until kickoff based on the latest news and injury updates.
Week 15 Fantasy QB Rankings
These rankings are for four-point passing TD leagues.