Well, here we are in the fantasy championship week. It was an interesting year for quarterbacks off the waiver wire and a lot of owners probably picked up a quarterback that wound up to be more valuable than the one they drafted. Nick Foles and Josh McCown were outstanding in their weeks as starters and they were the cream of the crop. Foles had one of the best second halves of any quarterback, and we probably won't be seeing that type of production again.
This week there could be some bad matchups coming up for your quarterback. That said, it's almost impossible to bench Drew Brees this week even in a tough game on the road against the Carolina Panthers. If you've been plugging and playing your way through the season, here are five guys that might be in for a nice week:
Ryan Tannehill (owned in 31 percent of leagues)
There aren't a lot of people talking about the Dolphins and they're probably one of the least recognizable teams in the NFL. Ryan Tannehill is probably better known for his wife, but he's putting up some impressive numbers lately. In his last four games, the second-year quarterback is averaging 288 passing yards with nine scores. It's also impressive to see him go 5-2 over his last seven.
The Dolphins have no running game at all and their offensive line has been abysmal. He's the most sacked man in the NFL and they rank 24th in the NFL in rushing yards. Plus, 219 of those rushing yards belong to Tannehill.
He'll take on the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, but this time it will be in Buffalo. Back on Oct. 20, he had a so-so game against the Bills, completing 19-of-37 passes for 194 yards, three touchdowns and two picks in the loss. It gave him his lowest QBR of the season and his passer rating was his second-lowest at 71.2. He's really grown as a passer and it's almost irrelevant how sub-par he was in that loss.
Last week, he had one of his best games on the whole, including a season-high 20.6 passer rating and 8.43 yards per attempt against the New England Patriots. He should be viewed as a low-end QB1 against a struggling Bills team.
Kirk Cousins (owned in 11 percent of leagues)
It was a huge first half for Kirk Cousins on Sunday and he was carving up the Dirty Birds in the Georgia dome. He had a 140 passer rating and two TDs at half, but he slowed down quite a bit to eventually lose the game. He and the Redskins were scoreless in the second half until Cousins hit Santana Moss for a three-yard TD with 18 seconds left in the game. The quarterback finished with 381 passing yards, three touchdowns, two picks and a passer rating of 95 on 29-of-45 passing.
It's a little discouraging to see him slow down and maybe the Falcons were able to pick up some tells on him. He was eyeing Pierre Garcon a lot in the first half, but that wasn't the case in the second half. Subsequently, his completion percentage dropped along with his passer rating.
The good news is he gets a great matchup this week. The Dallas Cowboys come to town and they've been getting smoked by backup quarterbacks the past two weeks. Matt Flynn and the Green Bay Packers put up 37 points in Week 15 while Josh McCown and the Bears lit them up for 45 on Monday Night Football back in Week 14.
Cousins serves as a high-upside QB2 with some risk heading into Week 15.
Jay Cutler (owned in 47 percent of leagues)
It must be nice to have Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. The Bears quarterbacks have been able to ride the coattails of their unbelievably talented wideouts and Alshon Jeffery had yet another circus catch for a TD on Sunday. Quarterback Jay Cutler racked up 265 yards on 22-of-31 passing with three scores and two picks. This came against a solid Browns defense on the road and, his team will get a better matchup in Week 15.
The Eagles were a red-hot defense before they rolled into Mall of America Field to face the Minnesota Vikings last week. Prior to Week 15, the Eagles kept their opponents under 21 points for nine consecutive weeks. Well, the inept Vikings offense got hot thanks to Matt Cassel leading the Vikes to a season-high 48 points, accounting for 455 yards. Cassel was responsible for 382 yards through the air and had a very impressive 10.9 yards per attempt.
Cutler and his dynamic duo at receiver should have themselves a nice evening on Sunday Night Football. He's a low-end QB1 which carries his usual amount of risk.
Ryan Fitzpatrick (owned in 13 percent of leagues)
Nobody threw the ball more than Ryan Fitzpatrick did on Sunday. He slung it around 58 times against the Arizona Cardinals, completing 36 of those for 402 yards, four scores and two picks in a 37-34 overtime loss.
This isn't a total shock and Fitz had 37 pass attempts back in Week 13 and 42 back in Week 12. The Titans are shifting more to a passing offense due to the inability for Chris Johnson and Shonn Green struggling to get their rushing attack off the ground.
This week, he'll get a chance for revenge against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Back on Nov. 11, Fitzpatrick stepped in to relieve the injured Jake Locker and was somewhat effective for a 111.2 passer rating, but his team took the loss. It was his second-best day based on passer rating and really the loss wasn't his fault.
He should be set up for a nice day and is a top-16 QB to count on in two-QB leagues.
Matt McGloin (owned in three percent of leagues)
It wasn't too bad of a day for the Raiders at least on offense. Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles had one of the best days in the history of fantasy football, but that's not the point. Matt McGloin had 297 passing yards and two scores in the 56-31 loss. On the down side, he did turn the ball over four times and the Raiders finally went back to Terrelle Pryor. As bad as that seems, putting up that many points and yards against the Chiefs is a small accomplishment.
Things get a little better this week against the San Diego Chargers. They rank 25th in total yards allowed and are even worse in passing yards allowed at 29th. Terrelle Pryor was the starting quarterback when the two teams faced off and he racked up 221 passing yards and two scores.
McGloin is a desperation play in two-QB leagues, but he's not a bottom-five option.