Week 16 QB rankings

Posted Dec. 24, 2011 @ 12:22 p.m.
Posted By Pat Fitzmaurice

Updated Dec. 24, 2011 @ 12:22 p.m. ET

Byes: none

Here are our fantasy rankings for quarterbacks:

  1. Drew Brees, Saints vs. Falcons
  2. Tom Brady, Patriots vs. Dolphins
  3. Cam Newton, Panthers vs. Buccaneers
  4. Aaron Rodgers, Packers vs. Bears
  5. Matthew Stafford, Lions vs. Chargers
  6. Tony Romo, Cowboys vs. Eagles
  7. Tim Tebow, Broncos at Bills
  8. Michael Vick, Eagles at Cowboys
  9. Matt Ryan, Falcons at Saints
  10. Philip Rivers, Chargers at Lions
  11. Eli Manning, Giants at Jets
  12. Rex Grossman, Redskins vs. Vikings
  13. Mark Sanchez, Jets vs. Giants
  14. Carson Palmer, Raiders at Chiefs
  15. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bills vs. Broncos
  16. Andy Dalton, Bengals vs. Cardinals
  17. Matt Moore, Dolphins at Patriots
  18. Josh Freeman, Buccaneers at Panthers
  19. John Skelton, Cardinals at Bengals
  20. Kyle Orton, Chiefs vs. Raiders
  21. T.J. Yates, Texans at Colts
  22. Joe Flacco, Ravens vs. Browns
  23. Alex Smith, 49ers at Seahawks
  24. Matt Hasselbeck, Titans vs. Jaguars
  25. Dan Orlovsky, Colts vs. Texans
  26. Christian Ponder, Vikings at Redskins
  27. Charlie Batch, Steelers vs. Rams
  28. Tavaris Jackson, Seahawks vs. 49ers
  29. Seneca Wallace, Browns at Ravens
  30. Caleb Hanie, Bears at Packers
  31. Blaine Gabbert, Jaguars at Titans
  32. Kellen Clemens, Rams at Steelers
  33. Kevin Kolb, Cardinals at Bengals — INJ (INACTIVE)

Not listed: Sam Bradford, Rams; Jay Cutler, Bears; Peyton Manning, Colts; Colt McCoy, Browns; Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers


The above player rankings are based on expectations for this week only, not for the entire season, taking into account this week's specific matchups and injuries. The initial rankings are compiled before the release of the NFL's early injury report and are updated Thursday to reflect the status of each player.

We base our rankings on the following scoring system: For skill-position players, one point for every 10 rushing/receiving yards, one point for every 30 passing yards, six points for a TD run or catch, four points for a TD pass, two points for a two-point conversion run or catch, two points for a two-point conversion pass. For kickers, three points for FGs of 18-39 yards, four points for FGs of 40-49 yards, and five points for FGs of 50-plus yards. Defensive rankings are based primarily on points allowed, yardage allowed and sack potential.

Glossary of notations

INJ — player has an injury that may affect productivity or availability.
ILL — player has an illness that may affect productivity or availability.
UP — player was moved up on draft board after original posting.
DOWN — player was moved down on draft board after original posting.
Not listed — player is temporarily sidelined due to injury or suspension but otherwise would be ranked.
ACTIVE — on game day, player has been designated active (posted shortly before kickoff, when available).
INACTIVE — on game day, player has been designated inactive (posted shortly before kickoff, when available).

Players and/or notations added after the original posting are shown in boldface.

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