I'd like to discuss two different quarterbacks from my Week 15 fantasy quarterback rankings for entirely different reasons: Cam Newton and Taysom Hill.
Let's start with Newton. I have him at 30 and part of me thinks that is still too generous. The ECR (Expert Consensus Rankings) actually have him as a viable option in 2-QB leagues this week. Don't do it.
I was willing to overlook Newton's TD-less day against Miami. Against Atlanta? No. No way. Nah-uh. Forget it. Maybe if he hadn't thrown for fewer than 200 yards. Maybe if he hadn't thrown his third interception in even fewer games. Or perhaps the straw that broke the camel's back was him getting benched... again. He looked good his first week back but since then his production "stings the nostrils" more than cologne made from actual panthers.
And then you're going to put him up against Buffalo, who has allowed the fewest opposing fantasy points to quarterbacks this season? Don't even think about it. If you want a quarterback who can run, grab Hill.
I waffled on Hill a lot as I was making my rankings this week. At one point I had him closer to QB20, but the more I examined things, I decided he was a borderline starter in a standard league. In six career starts, he's never finished worse than QB11 for that fantasy week. Hill's opponent this week, Tampa Bay, is giving up the third-most fantasy points to quarterbacks this year. There are at least 10 quarterbacks I'd still start over Hill. Yet given the choice between him and say other mobile quarterbacks like Justin Fields or even (gasp!) Russell Wilson this week, I'd go Hill.
NFL Quarterback Rankings: Week 15
— Rankings by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.