Week 17 Player Fantasy Rankings - Quarterbacks
By Thomas J. Harrigan, Fantasy Sports Writer
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Nine weeks ago, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles completed just 11 of his 29 passes for 80 yards against the Dallas Cowboys in a loss.
But that was 19 touchdowns and 2,006 passing yards ago.
Foles is now one of the most reliable quarterbacks in fantasy football, having put up at least 18 fantasy points in each of his seven starts since that Dallas game with an average of 25.9 per game during that stretch.
Foles will get another shot at the Cowboys in Week 17 with the NFC East title on the line.
Fantasy owners who play leagues that go until Week 17 should know by now that playoff standings can play a big part.
But this year the only team that is locked into a seed going into the final week of the season is Kansas City at No. 5 in the AFC. That means Alex Smith will probably play only a series or two against San Diego.
All four NFC divisions are still up for grabs, as are home field advantage in both conferences and seeds No. 2 and 6 in the AFC.
Denver's Peyton Manning should play against the Raiders even after setting the single-season touchdown mark and clinching the AFC West in Week 16. The Broncos can still lose home field advantage if they lose and the Patriots beat Buffalo.
Week 16 was disastrous for quarterbacks, as only Manning, Andy Dalton, Geno Smith, Ben Roethlisberger and Foles exceeded 15 fantasy points. Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Cam Newton, Russell Wilson, Matthew Stafford, Philip Rivers, Kirk Cousins, Alex Smith, Matt Flynn, Ryan Tannehill, Carson Palmer, Matt Cassel and Ryan Fitzpatrick all had 10 points or less.
Dalton finished second with 31 fantasy points against Minnesota, giving him 80 over the last three games. The Bengals have scored at least 41 points in each of their last four home games and have another one in Week 17 against the Ravens.
However, in five career games against Baltimore, Dalton is 1-4 with a 4-7 TD- INT ratio, 1,178 yards, a .531 completion percentage and 63.7 quarterback rating, and the Ravens have shut down Brady and Stafford in their last two games. Don't expect another bonanza from the Cincinnati signal-caller in Week 17.
Top-25 Quarterback Rankings
1) Peyton Manning, Denver
2) Nick Foles, Philadelphia
3) Drew Brees, New Orleans
4) Tom Brady, New England
5) Cam Newton, Carolina
6) Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh
7) Philip Rivers, San Diego
8) Andrew Luck, Indianapolis
9) Russell Wilson, Seattle
10) Kirk Cousins, Washington
11) Matthew Stafford, Detroit
12) Andy Dalton, Cincinnati
13) Jay Cutler, Chicago
14) Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tennessee
15) Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco
16) Ryan Tannehill, Miami
17) Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay
18) Matt Ryan, Atlanta
19) Matt Cassel, Minnesota
20) Chad Henne, Jacksonville
21) Kyle Orton, Dallas
22) Carson Palmer, Arizona
23) Geno Smith, New York Jets
24) Joe Flacco, Baltimore
25) Eli Manning, New York Giants
12/26 21:26:49 ET