Divisional Round QB Rankings
Each week, as we prepare to make some difficult playoff lineup decisions, our team, which includes Rob Willette, Ryan McDowell, and Sal Leto, will give you their rankings for this week’s playoff games!
Sal Leto’s Divisional Round QB Rankings
1 – Patrick Mahomes
I’m not sure I need to fill anything in here to justify this ranking. 5000 plus passing yards and 50 pass touchdowns speak for themselves but let’s look at this breakdown. He had two or more touchdowns in 14 of 16 games. In ten of those games it was three or more. In seven of those it was four or more. Six touchdown games are rare right? He had two. Quite possibly the best single season for any quarterback in history and there’s no reason to believe the offense will run any differently this week.
2 – Andrew Luck
Guess who else had at least two touchdown passes in 14 games this season? A year ago we wondered if he’d play again and if he did would he be the same. He only had his second best season of his career on his way to comeback player of the year. Second in the league to only Mahomes in touchdown passes he will be facing the defense that surrendered the most passing yards in the league in what’s sure to be an aerial battle that produces the highest total of the week.
3 – Drew Brees
When Brees left the field in last years division playoff game he had the lead and only a miracle would keep him from a return to the NFC Championship game. Well… A loss like that could send a team into a tailspin the following season, instead Brees and the Saints were on a mission to get right back here. After a below average 2017 Drew came out back to the fantasy darling we were used to through 12 weeks before they pulled the reigns a bit and balanced out down the stretch. When Philly came to visit New Orleans back in week 11 Brees’ stat line 363 pass yards four touchdowns and zero interceptions.
4 – Tom Brady
Yes he had a downish year for Tom Brady. But he’s Tom Brady and he will be making his 38th career playoff start on Sunday. Think about that number, the combined total playoff starts of the other seven quarterbacks playing this weekend? 38. Let’s just go back to the eleven games he’s played the last four years and he’s averaged 346 yards and 2.5 touchdown passes including 505 yards and three touchdowns in the super bowl a year ago.
5 – Jared Goff
We saw the maturity of a legit NFL quarterback take place this season with Goff. When a team is rolling off eight wins to start a season it’s easy to ride that wave of success but sometimes a loss and break in that momentum can slow a young player but that wasn’t the case for Goff as he remained steady and followed that up with 731 yards and six touchdowns over the next two games. The Cowboys did a good enough job of keeping Russell Wilson in check a week ago but there’s a distinct difference in the play calling that will come their way this week.
6 – Nick Foles
Guilty! I casted Foles and the Eagles off last week and the magic continued. But I did have Nick Foles as my seventh QB a week ago and that’s where he finished. That was against one of the better defenses in the league and this week he gets a Saints defense that was third worst defending on the season. So I’ll say nothing this week about who will win this game but I couldn’t find a way to move Foles up this list.
7 – Dak Prescott
I just might be underestimating Dak. He was the second highest scoring quarterback of the wild card round a week ago thanks to a rushing touchdown, incidentally he was second in the league in rushing touchdowns from the position on the season. Dak finished the season strong as well with a top sixth finish over the last five weeks. He’s a better fantasy scoring QB then we seemingly give him credit for and he wins NFL games. As the Rams got healthier and players like Talib returned the pass defense stiffened and over the last five weeks were top five in the league facing quarterbacks.
8 – Philip Rivers
It’s understandable that his numbers over his last three games are brutal, two of them came against that stout Ravens defense. But there was a stinker in there against Denver as well. It’s been a long time but two of Rivers’ nightmarish defeats in the playoffs came at the hands of the Patriots and more importantly Bill Belichick. In fact in eight career starts against the Pats Rivers record is 1-7 with ten touchdowns, ten interceptions and five fumbles.
Sal Leto (@LetoSal), Ryan McDowell (@RyanMc23), and Rob Willette (@RobWillette24) are freelance contributors for the SportsHub Games Network, Inc., Fanball’s parent company. Any advice or strategies provided by SportsHub contributors represent their personal opinions; they do not necessarily reflect the view(s) of SportsHub Games Network and are not necessarily reflective of the strategies they may employ in their own lineups.