UPDATE - Rodgers in; Romo out
Since the original publication of this story on December 26th, there have been two important developments in the playoff picture:
- Aaron Rodgers has been cleared to play quarterback in the week 17 showdown against the Chicago Bears that will decide the division champion for the NFC North and secure a playoff spot. Rodgers is rated as the No. 5 quarterback and should be good for 23 points.
- The Dallas Cowboys announced that Tony Romo underwent back surgery Friday morning and was placed on the injured reserve list for the rest of the season. Kyle Orton will start at quarterback against the Phladelphia Eagles. With Rodgers in and Romo out, the top 10 looks a little different from the No. 5 to the No. 9 spots.
Some fantasy football leagues use week 16 and 17 results to determine the league champion. If you need a point-scoring quarterback for the 2nd half of the championship game, here are the top 10 quarterbacks to start the final weekend of the NFL regular season.
Denver’s Peyton Manning remains the No. 1 quarterback and should do one point better than his average against the Raiders this Sunday. Expect 31 points from Manning.
Nick Foles of the Eagles and a group of veteran quarterbacks are on the rise. Foles moved up one spot to No. 2 and quarterbacks Cam Newton (No. 4) of Carolina, the Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger (No. 8), Tom Brady of the Patriots (No. 9) passed their way back into the top 10 list.
Quarterbacks that fell out of the top 10 include Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton (from No. 2 to No. 16 for week 17), Philip Rivers (from No. 5 to No. 17) of the Chargers, the 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick (No. 7 to No. 13), Russell Wilson (No. 8 to No. 14) of Seattle and Tennessee's Ryan Fitzpartick (No. 9 to No. 12).
The top 10 list provided by the Michigan Gnome and me gives you the player's name and NFL team, projected fantasy football production in week 17 and whether the quarterback has been "rising", "on par" or "falling" in the last four games.
- Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos (31 fantasy football points, on par)
- Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles (26, rising)
- Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (25, on par)
- Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (24, rising)
- Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (23, retutnig)
- Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts (22, on par)
- Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (21.5, falling)
- Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers (21.5, rising)
- Tom Brady, New England Patriots (21.5, rising)
- Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins (20.5, on par)
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