Week 16 Fantasy QB Rankings: Must-starts, sleepers, potential busts at quarterback

Very few fantasy football owners need or want to take chances at quarterback if they’ve reached their championship game, but with start ’em, sit ’em decisions under extreme scrutiny, bad matchups are tougher to stomach than usual. A few worrisome situations stand out in our Week 16 fantasy QB rankings, but chances are you won’t need to rely on a sleeper if you’ve made it this far. 

If you are looking for a streamer, you have a couple legit options in Jalen Hurts (@ Cowboys), Mitchell Trubisky (@ Jaguars), and Tua Tagovailoa (@ Raiders). The matchups are fantastic, and all three have enough running ability to pad their stats and raise their floors with their legs. Baker Mayfield (@ Jets) and Jared Goff (@ Seahawks) are two other borderline starting QBs who are worth using this week. 

Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

But would you really play any of these guys over your regular starters in the fantasy championship? You probably would if you had been relying on Ben Roethlisberger (vs. Colts) all year, but it gets tougher when you compare them to superstars with bad matchups, such as Lamar Jackson (vs. Giants), Josh Allen (@ Patriots), and Russell Wilson (vs. Rams).

Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | Kicker

These QBs have proven they can put up big stats against anyone, and you would be kicking yourself all offseason if you started, say, Trubisky over Josh Allen and lost your fantasy championship. We recommend sticking with Jackson ad Allen over the aforementioned sleepers, but we rank both Hurts and Mayfield ahead of Wilson, who’s mostly disappointed over the past six games.

Note: Check back throughout the week, as we’ll continue to update our QB rankings up until kickoff based on the latest news and injury updates.

Week 16 Fantasy QB Rankings

These rankings are for four-point passing TD leagues.

Rank Player
1 Patrick Mahomes, KC vs. ATL
2 Aaron Rodgers, GB vs. TEN
3 Deshaun Watson, HOU vs. CIN
4 Tom Brady, TB @ DET
5 Kyler Murray, ARI vs. SF
6 Justin Herbert, LAC vs. DEN
7 Josh Allen, BUF @ NE
8 Lamar Jackson, BAL vs. NYG
9 Drew Brees, NO vs. MIN
10 Jalen Hurts, PHI @ DAL
11 Baker Mayfield, CLE @ NYJ
12 Russell Wilson, SEA vs. LAR
13 Jared Goff, LAR @ SEA
14 Ryan Tannehill, TEN @ GB
15 Mitchell Trubisky, CHI @ JAX
16 Tua Tagovailoa, MIA @ LV
17 Matthew Stafford, DET vs. TB
18 Matt Ryan, ATL @ KC
19 Ben Roethlisberger, PIT vs. IND
20 Kirk Cousins, MIN @ NO
21 Philip Rivers, IND @ PIT
22 Drew Lock, DEN @ LAC
23 Sam Darnold, NYJ vs. CLE
24 Brandon Allen, CIN @ HOU
25 Andy Dalton, DAL vs. PHI
26 Nick Mullens, SF @ ARI
27 Marcus Mariota, LV vs. MIA
28 Alex Smith, WAS vs. CAR
29 Cam Newton, NE vs. BUF
30 Teddy Bridgewater, CAR @ WAS
31 Daniel Jones, NYG @ BAL
32 Gardner Minshew, JAX vs. CHI

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