Congratulations, if you are reading this story, then you have likely advanced to the next round of the fantasy football playoffs. At this stage of the season, the matchups do not get any easier and the lineup decisions are more critical. One of those decisions that you may or may not be deciding on is who to start at quarterback.
Last week, we saw Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers dominate for another week. And in Philadelphia, we saw rookie quarterback Jalen Hurts make his introduction to the NFL world. Should you start these games in Week 15? Or are there other quarterbacks to keep an eye on?
It would be easy to say start Aaron Rodgers, which is a no-brainer. However, for Week 15, if you need a streaming option at QB1 or play in a two-quarterback league, Ryan Tannehill is a tremendous pick this week.
In Tennessee’s last three games, Tannehill is completing 67 percent of his passes for 822 yards, six touchdowns, and an interception. Last week against Jacksonville, the 32-year-old quarterback was 19-of-24 for 212 yards and two touchdowns. He scored 16.5 fantasy points, which wasn’t bad after his 27-point performance the previous week against the Cleveland Browns.
On Sunday, Tannehill will be facing a Detroit Lions’ defense that is leaking oil in the secondary and got picked up a part by Rodgers last week. This season, the Lions are giving up 20.2 points per game to opposing quarterbacks. They’ve also allowed two 30-plus point performances in the last three games.
The third-year star quarterback had an amazing performance against the Browns, which included an improbable touchdown pass to Marquise Brown on fourth down in the fourth quarter. The Ravens will need another out of this world performance from Jackson this week as they saw receivers Miles Boykin, James Proche, and Brown all end up on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
If those three wideouts can’t play, then Jackson would be left with Dez Bryant, Willie Snead, and Devin Duvernay. Then there’s tight end Mark Andrews, who could see his targets increase. The Ravens will likely need Jackson to make plays in the running game, which will only make his value go up in fantasy.
This season, the Jaguars’ defense is allowing 21.6 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks, third-worst behind the New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons. Furthermore, they’ve allowed only three rushing touchdowns to quarterbacks. But give up a league-worst 28 passing touchdowns.
I highly doubt Sam Darnold is starting in anybody's fantasy football lineup, but just to make sure, this is not the week to consider playing him. He’ll be going up against a Rams’ defense that is only allowing 13.2 fantasy points per game this season to opposing quarterbacks, which is the best in the NFL.
Not only that, but we saw this Jets’ offense struggle against the league’s worst pass defense in Seattle last week. Darnold might go a second-straight week with throwing a touchdown pass.
The rookie quarterback did not look bad last week against the Kansas City Chiefs, despite the Dolphins losing 33-27. Tagovailoa completed 28-of-48 passes for 316 yards, two touchdowns, and interceptions. It was the first time he threw for over 300-passing yards and, for the third time this season, he threw at least two touchdowns in a game.
Week 14 was also Tagovailoa’s best fantasy football performance with 27 points. That being said, should he get a spot in your lineup this week? No not at all because he’s going against the New England Patriots, who are only giving up 15.2 fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks.
Along those same lines, we just saw what head coach Bill Belicheck just did to Justin Herbert a couple of weeks ago in Los Angeles. Rookie quarterbacks do not fare well against the hoodies, so stay ahead from Tua in Week 15.