Aaron Rodgers Leads Fantasy Football QB Rankings for Week 15

Kevin Hanson@EDSFootballAnalyst IIIDecember 12, 2012

TAMPA, FL - DECEMBER 9: Quarterback Nick Foles #9 of the Philadelphia Eagles looks to pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers  December 9, 2012 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Eagles won 23 - 21. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Only one player scored more fantasy points than Eagles rookie quarterback Nick Foles in Week 14.

Not only did Foles lead all passers with a career-high 381 yards, but he also threw two touchdowns and ran for a score against the Buccaneers last week.

Over the course of the past three weeks, Foles has thrown a total of only three touchdowns. However, with106 pass attempts during that span, he has no interceptions.

In fact, the only other quarterback to throw at least 10 pass attempts in the past three weeks and not throw an interception is the same guy that scored the most fantasy points last week: Carolina's Cam Newton.

As for Foles, he and the Eagles will play in the Thursday Night Football matchup against Andy Dalton and the Bengals.

Easy as 1-2-3 for Carolina's Cam Newton

Despite his slow start in 2012, Newton now has the third-most fantasy points among quarterbacks this year.

Over the past three weeks, Newton has led all quarterbacks in fantasy points and scored 28-plus points each week.

During that three-game span, Newton has thrown seven touchdowns with no interceptions and rushed for three touchdowns . In addition, he has averaged 275.0 passing yards and 82.0 rushing yards per game.

Things may get even better for Newton in his remaining three games with favorable matchups against the Chargers, Raiders and Saints. Respectively, those three teams have allowed the 10th-most, fourth-most and most fantasy points to quarterbacks.

Aaron Rodgers Will Try to Break out of Slump in a Difficult Fantasy Matchup

Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers has been mediocre, great and then mediocre again during stretches this season.

During a six-game span from Weeks 4 to 9, Rodgers threw 22 touchdown passes to only three interceptions. All three of his 300-yard games this year occurred during those weeks as well.

Excluding that six-game stretch, however, he has a total of seven touchdowns and five interceptions in his other seven games combined.

In fact, Rodgers has only one game with 240-plus passing yards since his last 300-yard game in Week 7. He's averaging under 220 passing yards (219.7) over that span.

Although he has a tough fantasy matchup this week against the Bears, who have allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season, Rodgers is too talented to sit in any given week, especially in the fantasy playoffs, and therefore remains in the top spot in my rankings.

Robert Griffin III May Be Able to Play with Grade I Knee Sprain

Through Week 14, no quarterback has more fantasy points than Redskins rookie Robert Griffin III.

RG3 has thrown for 2,906 yards, 18 touchdowns and only four interceptions while rushing for another 748 yards and six touchdowns.

Although a knee sprain puts his status for Sunday's game in doubt, he is fortunate that the injury was not as severe as it initially looked.

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said (via the team's Twitter account) that RG3 "was limited, but he was 'impressed by what he was able to do.'"

Some More Quarterback Notes

As noted above, no team has allowed more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than the Saints. This week, New Orleans hosts Tampa Bay and Josh Freeman. In their first matchup this season, Freeman threw for a career-high 420 yards and three touchdowns.

While Saints quarterback Drew Brees has struggled some recently with a four-to-nine touchdown-to-interception ratio in his past three games, he has a favorable matchup himself against the Bucs. Tampa has allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. Out-dueled by Freeman the first time, Brees threw for 377 yards and four touchdowns in that game.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw four touchdowns against the Texans on Monday Night Football. It was his ninth multiple-touchdown game of the season. On the year, he has thrown 29 touchdowns and only four interceptions.

Minnesota's Christian Ponder threw for only 91 yards in Sunday's win over the Bears. It was his third game with fewer than 100 yards in his past seven games played. He has fewer than 200 passing yards in seven of 13 games this season.

Although they scored a franchise-record 58 points last week, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson completed only seven passes and his streak of games with multiple touchdowns ended at five.

Here are my fantasy quarterback rankings for Week 15:

1. Aaron Rodgers, Packers (at CHI)
2. Drew Brees, Saints (vs TB)
3. Cam Newton, Panthers (at SD)
4. Matt Ryan, Falcons (vs NYG)
5. Peyton Manning, Broncos (at BAL)
6. Tom Brady, Patriots (vs SF)
7. Matthew Stafford, Lions (at ARI)
8. Eli Manning, Giants (at ATL)
9. Josh Freeman, Bucs (at NO)
10. Robert Griffin III, Redskins (at CLE)
11. Andy Dalton, Bengals (at PHI)
12. Andrew Luck, Colts (at HOU)
13. Matt Schaub, Texans (vs IND)
14. Tony Romo, Cowboys (vs PIT)
15. Colin Kaepernick, 49ers (at NE)
16. Carson Palmer, Raiders (vs KC)
17. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers (at DAL)
18. Russell Wilson, Seahawks (at BUF)
19. Philip Rivers, Chargers (vs CAR)
20. Joe Flacco, Ravens (vs DEN)
21. Jay Cutler, Bears (vs GB)
22. Jake Locker, Titans (vs NYJ)
23. Brandon Weeden, Browns (vs WAS)
24. Chad Henne, Jaguars (at MIA)
25. Nick Foles, Eagles (vs CIN)
26. Sam Bradford, Rams (vs MIN)
27. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bills (vs SEA)
28. Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins (vs JAX)
29. Mark Sanchez, Jets (at TEN)
30. Brady Quinn, Chiefs (at OAK)
31. Christian Ponder, Vikings (at STL)

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