Week 15 Player Fantasy Rankings - Quarterbacks
By Steve Schwarz, Fantasy Sports Editor
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Only a crazy man would bet against Peyton Manning Thursday night.
The 37-year old Manning is putting together a career year. That's saying a lot for a guy who in 2004 threw for 4,557 yards and 49 touchdowns in 16 games. But in just 13 games this season, Manning has already passed for a league- leading 4,522 yards and 45 touchdowns.
On Thursday, he'll face a San Diego Chargers' pass defense which is ranked 28th in passing yards allowed (266.7 ypg), 24th in interceptions and 20th in sacks. Manning faced them in Week 10 and burned them for 330 yards and four touchdowns on the road in San Diego.
We expect more of the same from Manning because even without Wes Welker in the lineup the Broncos are well-stocked with pass catchers. Think Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Julius Thomas and Jacob Tamme.
It's never a bad idea to let Drew Brees carry your offense when he's playing indoors. He's played under a dome eight times this season and he's 8-0, averaging 341 ypg passing with 25 touchdowns and just three interceptions.
Despite the possibility of a "Sports Illustrated jinx" we have still installed Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles in our top-five. And why not? The young Eagles signal caller leads the league in quarterback rating (120.0) and yards-per-attempt (9.0). Foles is 6-1 as a starter, with 17 touchdown passes against just one interception over that span. He'll face a struggling Minnesota Vikings' pass defense yielding 282.5 ypg and won't have to fight the snow and wind of last week as they will play indoors in Minnesota.
Rounding out the top-five is Matthew Stafford and Tony Romo.
We've dropped Tom Brady to No. 10 this weekend despite the fact he's thrown for 344, 371 and 418 yards over his past three games. Obviously, it's because he'll be without All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski.
Although the Patriots won five of six games without their star tight end earlier this season, it wasn't pretty for Brady in those games. He threw for 300 yards just one time while averaging 246.6 ypg.
The other big change at quarterback is the decision to bench Robert Griffin III for Kirk Cousins in Washington. Cousins has thrown just 25 passes this season, but in his only start last season he looked quite capable as he threw for 329 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He'll have a nice matchup against a Falcons defense that is No. 26 in yards allowed and No. 29 in points allowed. Consider him a low-end starter.
Top-25 Quarterback Rankings
1) Peyton Manning, Denver
2) Drew Brees, New Orleans
3) Nick Foles, Philadelphia
4) Matthew Stafford, Detroit
5) Tony Romo, Dallas
6) Josh McCown/Jay Cutler, Chicago
7) Russell Wilson, Seattle
8) Cam Newton, Carolina
9) Philip Rivers, San Diego
10) Tom Brady, New England
11) Carson Palmer, Arizona
12) Kirk Cousins, Washington
13) Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh
14) Andrew Luck, Indianapolis
15) Matt Ryan, Atlanta
16) Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco
17) Jason Campbell, Cleveland
18) Alex Smith, Kansas City
19) Ryan Tannehill, Miami
20) Andy Dalton, Cincinnati
21) Matt Cassel, Minnesota
22) Case Keenum, Houston
23) Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tennessee
24) Joe Flacco, Baltimore
25) Eli Manning, New York Giants
12/12 11:24:03 ET