Johnny Manziel will become the 49th quarterback to make at least one start in 2014. Oh boy. We haven’t updated the quarterback starts tracker in a while, but 49 is quite the number. That’s 17 quarterbacks not expected to start heading into the season that have been asked to lead a team’s offense.
The turnover is immense in 2-QB leagues, as it can really shape a 2-QB roster. Be it your QB1 going down, or adding to your QB2 streaming options. With the playoffs currently underway, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see an out-of-nowhere quarterback like Derek Anderson or Shaun Hill on a championship team.
Hopefully you’ve been following the trends and have been able to keep up with the turnover and used it to your 2-QB advantage. Below are my Week 15 quarterback rankings followed by my weekly stock watch report…
Week 15 2-QB Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings:
1. Andrew Luck vs. HOU
2. Aaron Rodgers @ BUF
3. Ben Roethlisberger @ ATL
4. Tony Romo @ PHI
5. Drew Brees @ CHI
6. Peyton Manning @ SD
7. Tom Brady vs. MIA
8. Jay Cutler vs. NO
9. Matt Ryan vs. PIT
10. Russell Wilson vs. SF
11. Eli Manning vs. WAS
12. Mark Sanchez vs. DAL
13. Matthew Stafford vs. MIN
14. Johnny Manziel vs. CIN
15. Philip Rivers vs. DEN
16. Derek Anderson vs. TB
17. Ryan Tannehill @ NE
18. Joe Flacco vs. JAC
19. Kyle Orton vs. GB
20. Andy Dalton @ CLE
21. Ryan Fitzpatrick @ IND
22. Teddy Bridgewater @ DET
23. Alex Smith vs. OAK
24. Derek Carr @ KC
25. Robert Griffin III @ NYG
26. Josh McCown @ CAR
27. Colin Kapernick @ SEA
28. Jake Locker vs. NYJ
29. Geno Smith @ TEN
30. Shaun Hill vs. ARI
31. Blake Bortles @ BAL
32. Drew Stanton @ STL
33. Mike Glennon @ CAR
34. Kirk Cousins @ NYG
Week 15 Quarterbacks on the Rise
After a brutal Week 13 fantasy showing, where he scored a whopping 3.86 fantasy points, Romo bounced back in Week 14.
His 205 passing yards might have been the third-fewest he’s thrown on the year, but that doesn’t matter much to his fantasy owners when he’s throwing for three touchdowns, like he did versus Chicago in Week 14.
With an added weapon in Cole Beasley (please don’t laugh), Romo might make good on his salivating end-of-season schedule. His next three games are against Philadelphia, Indianapolis, and Washington. There’s potential for Romo to be a QB1 the rest of the season.
Just like Romo in Week 13, Newton also had a Week 13 to forget, but a Week 14 to remember. Coming off a game where he scored under 15 fantasy points and was the fantasy QB18, Newton wound up being the highest scoring fantasy quarterback in Week 14.
Owners who looked to Newton’s rest of season schedule and held out faith were rewarded, and it seemed we were on the path to seeing Newton finish out the 2014 fantasy season in style. Upcoming games versus Tampa Bay, Cleveland, and Atlanta gave us optimism.
However, his rest of season playing future is uncertain after Newton suffered two minor back fractures in a Tuesday car accident. If Newton doesn’t play again the rest of the year his Week 14 showing gave us a glimpse of the Newton we have come to rely on in fantasy football.
Week 15 Quarterbacks on the Slide
On the season, Brian Hoyer is hovering with low QB2 status. But his play in recent times has warranted a real-life benching. The Cleveland Browns are going with rookie signal caller Johnny Manziel this week, sending Hoyer to the sidelines.
It was expected. In his past five games, Hoyer has thrown one passing touchdown, and has been intercepted eight times. The Browns have lost three of their last four games, and a switch to Manziel might spark a late season surge to the playoffs.
Cleveland is 7-5 and aren’t out of the AFC North division playoff picture, where Cincinnati is 8-4-1. Manziel’s first game as a starter this week is versus the Bengals.
The 7-6 San Francisco 49ers might technically still be in the playoff hunt, but they’ve lost two straight games, including one to the Oakland Raiders in Week 14.
Since Week 7, the 49ers offense has been sputtering. The highest points total during that span was 27 in an overtime game Week 10. Other than that, they’ve put up 17 or fewer points in each game.
The 49ers offense goes as Colin Kaepernick goes, and since Week 7, he has thrown exactly one passing touchdown in every game, except Week 13, when he put up a goose egg.
His 14.32 fantasy points is the most he’s put up in the last seven games, and he has scored a combined 12.1 fantasy points the last two games.
A Week 15 rematch against Seattle, who he scored 2.54 fantasy points against in Week 13, doesn’t seem like a likely place to end to his cold streak.
*Stats used in this article from FantasyData