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The SB Nation fantasy staff ranks the quarterbacks for the remainder of the fantasy season.

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With fantasy owners gearing up for playoff runs, the SB Nation Fantasy staff often gets questions on which players they like for the rest of the season. And since the fantasy spectrum changes each week, the quarterbacks who got fantasy owners into the playoffs may not be the ones who get them through it.

The matchup-proof, gold standards at the position take the usual top spots. Owners would be foolish to not feel confident with Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck or Aaron Rodgers in their lineups. However, those with Philip Rivers and Russell Wilson have every reason to feel a little uneasy with difficult schedules down the stretch, despite their own surplus of talent.

Weekly rankings are only looking at a single matchup, while rest-of-season rankings have to factor every single week. An average quarterback facing three bottom-ranked pass defenses and one middle-of-the-road pass defense might get the edge over a quarterback otherwise slightly ahead of him who will go up against four strong pass defenses. The SB Nation staff took all of this into account and ranked the signal callers for the fantasy schedule's stretch. Here's how they stack up:

Quarterback rankings, rest of season

(DK: Daniel Kelley; DC: Dan Ciarrocchi; JD: John Daigle; SK: Scott Kaliska)

Rank Consensus Team DK DC JD SK
1 Peyton Manning DEN 1 1 1 2
2 Aaron Rodgers GB 2 2 2 3
3 Andrew Luck IND 3 4 4 1
4 Drew Brees NO 5 3 3 4
5 Tom Brady NE 4 5 6 5
6 Tony Romo DAL 6 6 5 7
7 Russell Wilson SEA 8 7 7 10
8 Jay Cutler CHI 7 10 14 8
9 Matthew Stafford DET 12 9 8 14
10 Ryan Tannehill MIA 9 15 15 6
11 Ben Roethlisberger PIT 11 8 12 16
12 Mark Sanchez PHI 13 12 9 15
13 Matt Ryan ATL 16 11 10 12
14 Eli Manning NYG 10 17 11 18
15 Philip Rivers SD 15 13 17 11
16 Colin Kaepernick SF 14 16 20 9
17 Cam Newton CAR 17 14 19 --
18 Joe Flacco BAL 20 21 16 19
19 Robert Griffin III WAS 22 20 -- 12
20 Josh McCown TAM 18 22 18 --
21 Andy Dalton CIN 19 18 21 --
22 Kyle Orton BUF 24 23 22 17
23 Brian Hoyer CLE -- 24 13 --
24 Alex Smith KC -- 19 25 23
25 Drew Stanton ARI 21 -- -- 21
-- Zach Mettenberger TEN -- -- 23 20
-- Blake Bortles JAC -- -- -- 22
-- Shaun Hill STL 23 -- -- 25
-- Teddy Bridgewater MIN 25 -- 24 --
-- Derek Carr OAK -- 25 -- 24

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