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Week 15 Quarterback Rankings

Some fantasy teams may have been burned after depending on their elite quarterbacks last week. Looking ahead to the semi-final round, can you feel comfortable starting Manning - who managed to outscore only Brian Hoyer, an injured Zach Mettenberger, and a late injury replacement in Robert Griffin? Or can you trust a Drew Brees that had a great matchup against Carolina at home and only scored half the points that Derek Carr posted against the 49ers' defense?

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If you entered the playoffs fantasy playoffs starting top options in good matchups like Drew Brees vs CAR, Ryan Tannehill vs BAL, Eli Manning @ TEN, or Colin Kaepernick @ OAK, or forced to play Peyton Manning vs BUF or Phillip Rivers vs NE, chances are you may be gearing up for the consolation bracket.

If you somehow made it through, will you be able to trust these quarterbacks moving forward into the semi-finals and championship weeks?

I would have no problem with Peyton Manning in my lineup. Heading to San Diego with a banged up C.J. Anderson against a good Charger run defense, this game script should involve a lot of passing for Manning. The likely return of his red zone target, Julius Thomas, should help to improve those passing numbers as well.

With the Saints on the verge of a total implosion, Drew Brees is an option that makes me a little more nervous. You look at the schedule with the Bears and Falcons in the next two weeks and should love those matchups with any quarterback. However, Brees and the Saints have been maddeningly inconsistent. You better have a great option to play if you want to bench Brees, though. It will be very difficult to tolerate a loss this week if Brees has a monster game on your bench.

Eli Manning will be an enticing option this week at home against a confused Redskins' secondary. Washington is having all kinds of problems in coverage. Manning should have a good game targeting his new favorite weapon, Odell Beckham early and often.

As for Tannehill and Kaepernick, I would not trust them for the final weeks of the fantasy playoffs and would consider dropping them for a better options. Both have a difficult schedule ahead and have not been performing well recently even against good matchups.

This week offers up some interesting decisions as elite options like Rodgers and Brady have difficult matchups and yet we finally get Johnny Football as the starter in Cleveland. Week 15 is a very tough time to set him in your roster to see what happens. But if you don't have one of the top options at quarterback, you can do a lot worse than going with the upside of Johnny Manziel.

Here is how I see the quarterback position playing out for this week. Good luck to everyone still involved.

RANK

PLAYER

TEAM

OPPONENT

1 Andrew Luck Indianapolis Colts vs Texans
2 Peyton Manning Denver Broncos @ Chargers
3 Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers @ Falcons
4 Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers @ Bills
5 Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons vs Steelers
6 Tony Romo Dallas Cowboys @ Eagles
7 Drew Brees New Orleans Saints @ Bears
8 Mark Sanchez Philadelphia Eagles vs Cowboys
9 Jay Cutler Chicago Bears vs Saints
10 Eli Manning New York Giants vs Redskins
11 Phillip Rivers San Diego Chargers vs Broncos
12 Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks vs 49ers
13 Kyle Orton Buffalo Bills vs Packers
14 Johnny Manziel Cleveland Browns vs Bengals
15 Tom Brady New England Patriots vs Dolphins
16 Matthew Stafford Detroit Lions vs Vikings
17 Joe Flacco Baltimore Ravens vs Jaguars
18 Ryan Tannehill Miami Dolphins @ Patriots
19 Ryan Fitzpatrick Houston Texans @ Colts
20 Jake Locker Tennessee Titans vs Jets
21

Alex Smith

Kansas City Chiefs vs Raiders
22 Andy Dalton Cincinnati Bengals @ Browns
23 Josh McCown Tampa Bay Buccaneers @ Panthers
24 Robert Griffin Washington Redskins @ Giants
25 Derek Anderson Carolina Panthers vs Buccaneers
26 Blake Bortles Jacksonville Jaguars @ Ravens
27 Derek Carr Oakland Raiders @ Chiefs
28 Shaun Hill St. Louis Rams vs Cardinals
29 Geno Smith New York Jets @ Titans
30 Colin Kaepernick San Francisco 49ers @ Seahawks
31 Teddy Bridgewater Minnesota Vikings @ Lions
32 Drew Stanton Arizona Cardinals @ Rams