Week 16 Fantasy QB Rankings: Several surprising quarterback sleepers on the start 'em, sit 'em bubble

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It's easy to think that Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson or Patrick Mahomes are the starting QBs in every fantasy football championship game, but you might be surprised by how many owners are streaming quarterbacks this time of year. In the Sporting News Experts League, Ryan Tannehill and Ryan Fitzpatrick were starting in the semis (the Tannehill team is in position to win, the Fitzpatrick team lost) against Jameis Winston and Drew Brees -- nary a Jackson, Mahomes, Watson, or Russell Wilson to be found. Does that mean our Week 16 fantasy QB rankings are irrelevant...or more important that ever?

Eh, let's say both. If you've made your title game, chances are you're set at QB -- either because you have a stud or you've been preparing for this week and have your stream safely tucked away on your bench. But if you just want to weigh your options, there are several interesting candidates, starting with a Toilet Bowl matchup in Miami, where Ryan Fitzpatrick and Andy Dalton are squaring off.

WEEK 16 NON-PPR RANKINGS:
Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

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Both the Dolphins and Bengals are in the top 10 in fantasy points allowed to QBs, so statistically, these are good matchups. And, statistically, these are QBs who can take advantage of favorable matchups. Realistically, though, you probably don't want to trust either with your fantasy championships on the line. However, they are the top widely available streamers, and they're better than a lot of bigger-name QBs this week, such as Tom Brady (vs. Bills), Derek Carr (@ Chargers), Carson Wentz (vs. Cowboys), Josh Allen (@ Patriots), Baker Mayfield (vs. Ravens), and even Kirk Cousins (vs. Packers). If you were counting on any of those guys, you might be forced to go with FitzMagic or the Red Rifle.

WEEK 16 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end

If you have to dig even deeper, you should be able to live with Gardner Minshew (@ Falcons) or Drew Lock (vs. Lions) thanks to highly favorable matchups, and even Mitchell Trubisky (vs. Chiefs), who's averaged 298.5 passing yards, 28.5 rushing yards, and 2.5 TDs over his past four games, is in play. The Chiefs are quietly solid against the pass, especially WRs, so Trubisky doesn't have as much upside as you might think, but clearly he's playing well and could be in position to run a lot next Sunday night.

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But, again, do you trust Trubisky with a fantasy title on the line? Probably not, but we see crazy Week 16 performances every year, and given all the tough matchups for decent starters this week, someone like Fitzpatrick, Dalton, Minshew, Lock, or Trubisky just might be who you have to turn to.

WEEK 16 DFS LINEUPS:
FD Cash | FD GPP | DK Cash | DK GPP | Y! Cash | Y! GPP

Note: These rankings will be updated throughout the week, so check back for player movement and individual analysis.

MORE WEEK 16 DFS: Stacks | Values | Lineup Builder

Week 16 Fantasy QB Rankings

11 Aaron Rodgers, GB @ MIN

These rankings are for standard leagues with 4-point passing TDs.

Rank

Player

1

Lamar Jackson, BAL @ CLE

2

Russell Wilson, SEA vs. ARZ

3

Deshaun Watson, HOU @ TB

4

Patrick Mahomes II, KC @ CHI

5

Jameis Winston, TB vs. HOU

6

Dak Prescott, DAL @ PHI

7

Drew Brees, NO @ TEN

8

Ryan Tannehill, TEN vs. NO

9

Matt Ryan, ATL vs. JAX

10

Philip Rivers, LAC vs. OAK

11

Aaron Rodgers, GB @ MIN

12

Kyler Murray, ARZ @ SEA

13

Ryan Fitzpatrick, MIA vs. CIN

14

Andy Dalton, CIN @ MIA

15

Mitchell Trubisky, CHI vs. KC

16

Drew Lock, DEN vs. DET

17

Gardner Minshew, JAX @ ATL

18

Jimmy Garoppolo, SF vs. LAR

19

Kirk Cousins, MIN vs. GB

20

Carson Wentz, PHI vs. DAL

21

Jacoby Brissett, IND vs. CAR

22

Josh Allen, BUF @ NE

23

Derek Carr, OAK @ LAC

24

Jared Goff, LAR @ SF

25

Daniel Jones, NYG @ WAS

26

Baker Mayfield, CLE vs. BAL

27

Tom Brady, NE vs. BUF

28

Devlin Hodges, PIT @ NYJ

29

Dwayne Haskins, WAS vs. NYG

30

Sam Darnold, NYJ vs. PIT

31

Will Grier, CAR @ IND

32

David Blough, DET @ DEN

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