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Week 14 QB Rankings

Need a streamer? Deciding between two quarterbacks? Jacob Adler breaks down this week's passers to consider starting.

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Thanks to Alex Sonty for filling in for me last week.

Only two quarterbacks are must-plays to me for this week: Cam Newton and Drew Brees. There are a lot of good options, a lot of okay options, and a few bad ones (looking at you, Teddy). Let's move on to this week's streamers.

Jameis Winston versus New Orleans Saints

The allure of a matchup with the Saints may be slightly diminished after Brian Hoyer's clunker two weeks back, but Cam Newton's stellar performance indicates this is the same Saints defense worth targeting. Jameis Winston has been mediocre in games against the Colts and Falcons after his five-touchdown game in Philadelphia, but should be in for a bounce-back here.

Alex Smith versus San Diego Chargers

While he hasn't achieved fantasy success through the air the past two weeks, Alex Smith could be in for a big game against the Chargers if game script develops well. Last week, Brock Osweiler joined Teddy Bridegwater as the only quarterbacks to tank against the Chargers, but that shouldn't take anything away from Smith being an excellent floor play. The Chargers have allowed three passing touchdowns only twice along with only three 300-yard passers this season.

Johnny Manziel versus San Francisco 49ers

While I'm not sure if Johnny Manziel will finish this game, he should be all set to start it. Last week, Jay Cutler joined ... you guessed it, Teddy Bridgewater, as the only quarterbacks to score single-digit fantasy points against the Niners. As the 49ers are weaker on the road, Manziel is a (likely) boom-or- (probably) bust play this week.

Blaine Gabbert at Cleveland Browns

I'm trying to be careful as to not extrapolate Blaine Gabbert's rushing touchdown, which provided a healthy boost to his point total in Week 13. There's definitely a chance of a letdown game here, but the matchup with Cleveland is keeping me interested. I can easily see a long Torrey Smith touchdown occurring.

Brock Osweiler versus Oakland Raiders

He's been a disappointment from a fantasy standpoint, but I'm not giving up on Brock Osweiler yet. Oakland's secondary is nothing to be afraid of, as the Raiders lack anyone who can stop Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.

Rank Player Team Opponent
1 Cam Newton Carolina Panthers Atlanta Falcons
2 Drew Brees New Orleans Saints Tampa Bay Buccaneers
3 Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers Cincinnati Bengals
4 Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers Dallas Cowboys
5 Tom Brady New England Patriots Houston Texans
6 Andy Dalton Cincinnati Bengals Pittsburgh Steelers
7 Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks Baltimore Ravens
8 Jameis Winston Tampa Bay Buccaneers New Orleans Saints
9 Tyrod Taylor Buffalo Bills Philadelphia Eagles
10 Blake Bortles Jacksonville Jaguars Indianapolis Colts
11 Carson Palmer Arizona Cardinals Minnesota Vikings
12 Eli Manning New York Giants Miami Dolphins
13 Alex Smith Kansas City Chiefs San Diego Chargers
14 Ryan Tannehill Miami Dolphins New York Giants
15 Johnny Manziel Cleveland Browns San Francisco 49ers
16 Blaine Gabbert San Francisco 49ers Cleveland Browns
17 Ryan Fitzpatrick New York Jets Tennessee Titans
18 Brock Osweiler Denver Broncos Oakland Raiders
19 Brian Hoyer Houston Texans New England Patriots
20 Marcus Mariota Tennessee Titans New York Jets
21 Jay Cutler Chicago Bears Washington Redskins
22 Kirk Cousins Washington Redskins Chicago Bears
23 Philip Rivers San Diego Chargers Kansas City Chiefs
24 Matt Hasselbeck Indianapolis Colts Jacksonville Jaguars
25 Matthew Stafford Detroit Lions St. Louis Rams
26 Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons Carolina Panthers
27 Derek Carr Oakland Raiders Denver Broncos
28 Sam Bradford Philadelphia Eagles Buffalo Bills
29 Matt Schaub Baltimore Ravens Seattle Seahawks
30 Matt Cassel Dallas Cowboys Green Bay Packers
31 Nick Foles St. Louis Rams Detroit Lions
32 Teddy Bridgewater Minnesota Vikings Arizona Cardinals