If you go back to the preseason, there’s one constant in our quarterback coverage — talking about how deep the position is. And sure enough, here we are in the first round of the fantasy playoffs, and our Week 14 fantasy QB rankings are so deep that Dak Prescott, Jameis Winston, and Drew Brees (among several other notable names) are not in the top 12. Instead, we have potential sleepers and waiver wire pickups like Sam Darnold, Jacoby Brissett, Ryan Tannehill, and Jimmy Garoppolo.
It’s definitely a weird week for QBs. Not only do you have the guys mentioned above falling in the rankings, but you also have bona fide studs Lamar Jackson (@ Bills), Patrick Mahomes (@ Patriots), and Deshaun Watson (vs. Broncos) in difficult spots. All three players have more or less proven to be matchup-proof (despite a stinker or two from each), so we’re not too worried about them, but clearly a lot of fantasy owners will enter this must-win week with questions.
Part of the problem is that many of the top matchups go to even more unreliable QBs than the sleepers mentioned above. Devlin Hodges (@ Cardinals) gets the best matchup for any QB, while Kyle Allen (@ Falcons) also gets a top-five matchup. Drew Lock (@ Texans) and Andy Dalton (@ Browns) also face highly favorable opponents. You’ll notice all four are on the road, and with the exception of Dalton, there’s no track record we can lean on and feel good about. Playing any in a do-or-die matchup is too much of a risk when there are so many other viable options. Save Hodges, Allen, Lock, and Dalton for DFS tournaments.
That said, you probably don’t want to play Brees (vs. 49ers) either. Prescott (@ Bears) and Josh Allen (vs. Ravens) are more palatable, as they have better matchups and can get points on the ground. Winston (vs. Colts) is Winston and could just as easily go off as struggle, and his matchup is merely middle-of-the-road, so you can take your chances with him.
A lot can happen between now and Sunday, be it in the form of receiver injuries, defensive injuries, or weather worries. All affect QBs, and in a week where the rankings are already tight, those factors could make the difference in your start ’em, sit ’em decisions.
Note: These rankings will be updated throughout the week, so check back for player movement and individual analysis.
WEEK 14 DFS: Lineup Builder
Week 14 Fantasy QB Rankings
These rankings are for standard leagues with 4-point passing TDs.
|1||Lamar Jackson, BAL @ BUF|
|2||Russell Wilson, SEA @ LAR|
|3||Patrick Mahomes II, KC @ NE|
|4||Aaron Rodgers, GB vs. WAS|
|5||Kirk Cousins, MIN vs. DET|
|6||Matt Ryan, ATL vs. CAR|
|7||Deshaun Watson, HOU vs. DEN|
|8||Baker Mayfield, CLE vs. CIN|
|9||Ryan Tannehill, TEN @ OAK|
|10||Carson Wentz, PHI vs. NYG|
|11||Sam Darnold, NYJ vs. MIA|
|12||Jacoby Brissett, IND @ TB|
|13||Tom Brady, NE vs. KC|
|14||Jimmy Garoppolo, SF @ NO|
|15||Dak Prescott, DAL @ CHI|
|16||Jameis Winston, TB vs. IND|
|17||Josh Allen, BUF vs. BAL|
|18||Drew Brees, NO vs. SF|
|19||Ryan Fitzpatrick, MIA @ NYJ|
|20||Philip Rivers, LAC @ JAX|
|21||Jared Goff, LAR vs. SEA|
|22||Devlin Hodges, PIT @ ARZ|
|23||Andy Dalton, CIN @ CLE|
|24||Derek Carr, OAK vs. TEN|
|25||Kyle Allen, CAR @ ATL|
|26||Drew Lock, DEN @ HOU|
|27||Daniel Jones, NYG @ PHI|
|28||Kyler Murray, ARZ vs. PIT|
|29||Nick Foles, JAX vs. LAC|
|30||Dwayne Haskins, WAS @ GB|
|31||Mitchell Trubisky, CHI vs. DAL|
|32||David Blough, DET @ MIN|