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Drew Brees bounced back from his worst game of the season to throw for 313 yard and four touchdowns against a tough Carolina defense
Peyton Manning and Drew Brees lead Athlon Sports' fantasy football Week 15 quarterback rankings, but it's some other names near the top that have opened the most eyes this season.
Josh McCown led all fantasy scorers with 47.52 fantasy points (Athlon scoring) last week after throwing for 348 yards and four touchdowns in the Monday night win over Dallas. McCown also added a rushing score for good measure and has been quite productive in relief of an injured Jay Cutler. In five starts, McCown is averaging 27.32 points per outing as he has thrown 13 total touchdown passes and just one interception on the season. McCown is a clear-cut, top-10 option this week against Cleveland, provided he starts. Cutler is getting closer to returning from his ankle injury, and head coach Marc Trestman has already said that McCown would cede the starting gig back to Cutler when he's cleared to play. Will that happen this week? For now, we are inclined to believe the Bears will stick with McCown.
As remarkable as McCown's run has been, Nick Foles has been putting up impressive numbers for a longer stretch of games. Taking advantage of Michael Vick's injury-prone nature, Foles has emerged as one of fantasy's most productive quarterbacks. On the season, Foles has accounted for 23 total touchdowns (20 pass, 3 rush) and has turned the ball over twice (INT, fumble). He's a borderline top-15 fantasy quarterback, which is impressive considering he's played in just 10 games. As a starter, Foles is averaging 25.76 fantasy points. The only two quarterbacks averaging more per start are Manning and Brees. Foles is assured of getting the start on Sunday and he in checks in at No. 4 on Athlon's rankings because of his matchup against a Minnesota defense that has given up the second-most fantasy points to quarterbacks. This Eagle could help many owners win a fantasy championship in 2013.
One quarterback who won't be leading anyone to a fantasy title is Robert Griffin III. RG3's disappointing sophomore season will end with him on the bench, as Washington head coach Mike Shanahan has decided to sit RG3 for Kirk Cousins. Whether it's driven by a desire to protect RG3 or the latest indicator that the Redskins are one dysfunctional mess of an organization right now, the end result is the same — RG3 was one of the season's biggest disappointments.
Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any website can give you.
2013 NFL Week 15 Fantasy Football Rankings — Quarterbacks
|1||Peyton Manning||DEN||vs. SD (Thurs.)|
|2||Drew Brees||NO||at STL|
|3||Cam Newton||CAR||vs. NYJ|
|4||Nick Foles||PHI||at MIN|
|5||Matthew Stafford||DET||vs. BAL (Mon.)|
|6||Russell Wilson||SEA||at NYG|
|7||Josh McCown||CHI||at CLE|
|8||Tony Romo||DAL||vs. GB|
|9||Andrew Luck||IND||vs. HOU|
|10||Tom Brady||NE||at MIA|
|11||Philip Rivers||SD||at DEN (Thurs.)|
|12||Ben Roethlisberger||PIT||vs. CIN|
|13||Alex Smith||KC||at OAK|
|14||Matt Ryan||ATL||vs. WAS|
|15||Colin Kaepernick||SF||at TB|
|16||Ryan Tannehill||MIA||vs. NE|
|17||Joe Flacco||BAL||at DET (Mon.)|
|18||Andy Dalton||CIN||at PIT|
|19||Kirk Cousins||WAS||at ATL|
|20||Jason Campbell||CLE||vs. CHI|
|21||Carson Palmer||ARI||at TEN|
|22||Ryan Fitzpatrick||TEN||vs. ARI|
|23||Case Keenum||HOU||at IND|
|24||Matt Cassel||MIN||vs. PHI|
|25||Matt Flynn||GB||at DAL|
Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points
Additional Week 15 Positional Rankings