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Chris Thomas’ Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings for Week 15

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This year more than ever it has been difficult to make decisions about fantasy football lineups because of injuries, byes, and Covid-19 concerns. During this week playoffs may start in some fantasy leagues and owners may have two quarterbacks on their roster that they have been flipping between all season. Deciding between the two could be the difference between winning and losing this week. For owners who have to stream a quarterback this week, it may be difficult to choose who to put into the lineup.

Every game that’s left is vital for a team to advance have success in the fantasy playoffs Here are quarterback rankings for Week 15 of the 2020 NFL Season.

*Ratings are subject to change due to injury reports or possible move to reserve/COVID-19 list*

(Check out the section below for details on players already rumored to possibly miss this week and how their replacement options rank for the week)

Must Start- a player who is in your lineup regardless of the matchup or most circumstances. They Will likely finish near the top of the league in points that week and in most weeks.
Starter- a player who makes fantasy owners comfortable starting week after week. Regardless of the matchup, this player has a high floor.
Low-End Starter- a player who should be started in most lineups but can possibly bottom out and finish below average on a given week.
Streamer- a player who could be a perfect replacement for a starter for a week or two. Starting this player may not win you your lineup but they will make sure that your production out of that position will not lose you your matchup either.
Deep League Streamer- a player who could fill a void at a position in a deeper league. Their ceiling may be close to average point production at the position but their floor is enough to get through the week.
Leave on the Bench- a player who should be avoided in all lineups that week. Many times this player could even be left on waivers.
Must StartPatrick Mahomesvs New Orleans SaintsQB1
Must StartAaron Rodgersvs Carolina PanthersQB2
Must StartJosh Allenvs Denver BroncosQB3
StarterRussell Wilsonvs Washington Football TeamQB4
StarterKyler Murrayvs Philadelphia EaglesQB5
StarterLamar Jackson*vs Jacksonville JaguarsQB6
StarterRyan Tannehillvs Detroit LionsQB7
StarterTom Bradyvs Atlanta FalconsQB8
Low-End StarterDeshaun Watsonvs Indianapolis ColtsQB9
Low-End StarterJustin Herbert*vs Las Vegas RaidersQB10
Low-End StarterBen Roethlisbergervs Cincinnati BengalsQB11
StreamerPhilip Riversvs Houston TexansQB12
StreamerJared Goffvs New York JetsQB13
StreamerMatthew Stafford*vs Tennessee TitansQB14
StreamerJalen Hurtsvs Arizona CardinalsQB15
StreamerDerek Carrvs Los Angeles ChargersQB16
StreamerBaker Mayfieldvs New York GiantsQB17
Low-End StarterDrew Brees*vs Kansas City ChiefsQB18
Deep League StreamerMatt Ryanvs Tampa Bay BuccaneersQB19
Deep League StreamerMitch Trubiskyvs Minnesota VikingsQB20
Deep League StreamerNick Mullensvs Dallas CowboysQB21
Deep League StreamerTaysom Hillvs Kansas City CheifsQB22
Leave on the BenchKirk Cousinsvs Chicago BearsQB23
Leave on the BenchDrew Lockvs Buffalo BillsQB24
Leave on the BenchAlex Smith*vs Seattle SeahawksQB25
Leave on the BenchAndy Daltonvs San Fransisco 49ersQB26
Leave on the BenchTeddy Bridgewatervs Green Bay PackersQB27
Leave on the BenchDaniel Jones*vs Cleveland BrownsQB28
Leave on the BenchGardner Minshewvs Baltimore RavensQB29
Leave on the BenchTua Tagovailoavs New England PatriotsQB30
Leave on the BenchSam Darnoldvs Los Angeles RamsQB31
Leave on the BenchCam Newtonvs Miami DolphinsQB32
Leave on the BenchBrandon Allen*vs Pittsburgh SteelersQB33

Possible Changes that can occur before Sunday

QB6 Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens

On Wednesday three of the Baltimore Ravens top receivers Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, Miles Boykin, and James Porche were added to the Reserve/Covid-19 list. None of them tested positive but were close contacts to someone who did test positive. This leaves Willie Snead, Devin Duvernay, and Dez Bryant as the next receivers up if they were ineligible to play this weekend. If all three are inactive, Lamar Jackson would move down to QB8 on the week between Tom Brady and Justin Herbert.

QB10 Justin Herbert, Los Angeles Chargers

Justin Herbert has been trending down in recent weeks. But this week against the Las Vegas Raiders Herbert may be without Mike Williams and Keenan Allen. If he is without Williams, his ranking will not change because he has shown an ability in the past to play well when Williams has been a nonfactor. However, if Allen is out he would be bumped down to QB15 against Jalen Hurts and Derek Carr.

QB14 Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

At the end of last week’s game, Matthew Stafford was taken out because of a rib injury. The injury is to the cartilage in-between his ribs. At this point, the Lions feel it is unlikely that Stafford places. If Chase Daniels starts for the Lions he would be QB25 Alex Smith and Andy Dalton.

QB18 Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees has missed the past four weeks with 13 broken ribs and a punctured lung. Despite how gruesome the injury sounds, his goal was to return this week. Since the Saints have had success with Taysom Hill starting at quarterback, they now have the option to split their quarterback reps more down the middle and could afford to give Brees another week off. This matchup against Kansas City will be exciting if Brees is healthy or not. If Brees cannot play, Hill will bump up to QB14 between Jared Goff and Matthew Stafford.

QB25 Alex Smith, Washington Football Team

Despite leading Washington to an impressive win last week, Alex Smith suffered an injury to his surgically reconstructed right leg last week. He missed Thursday’s practice because of the mid-calf strain. If Smith cannot go Dwayne Haskins will become the QB28 on the week between Daniel Jones and Gardner Minshew.

QB28 Daniel Jones, New York Giants

Last week it was obvious that Daniel Jones was not ready to return. It seems this week Jones had regressed and is still dealing with his hamstring issue on top of an ankle issue. Jones could very well miss this week’s game against the Browns. If so, Colt McCoy would become the QB29 on the week between Gardner Minshew and Tua Tagovailoa.

QB33 Brandon Allen, Cincinnati Bengals

Brandon Allen missed the end of the Bengals game against Dallas last week because of a knee injury. If Allen cannot play Ryan Finley will take over as the QB33 on the week against the tough Pittsburgh Steelers.

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