Conference Championship Fantasy Football Rankings: Quarterbacks

- Updated: Tuesday, January 13th

Scoring: These rankings are based on standard scoring (one point per 25 passing yards and per 10 rushing/receiving yards and four points per passing touchdown and six points per rushing/receiving touchdown) and are for the Conference Championship round of the NFL playoffs only.

These rankings are from Kevin Hanson (follow him on Twitter).

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We are down to four teams and three games to determine the Super Bowl XLIX champion. Considering we start the year with 256 regular-season games and then 11 playoff games, it's a depressing thought to think that we will soon enter the long offseason.

In a way, there is no offseason in terms of our year-round content and analysis. And from free agency to the NFL Draft to offseason workouts, the stream of football-related news will continue until it's time again for meaningful games to be played.

But after Sunday, there will be only one game of significance (of course, the most significance) to be played from February through August.

Speaking of which, three of the four starting quarterbacks playing this weekend have Super Bowl rings. But the one without a ring tops my fantasy quarterbacks for this round of the playoffs.


Here are my quarterback rankings for Sunday's Conference Championship Games:

1. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts (at NE)

Only Drew Brees (659) and Matt Ryan (628) threw the ball more often than Luck (616, 38.5/G) this year. In two postseason games, Luck has thrown it at least 43 times in both games. Not surprisingly, I have Luck projected for the most pass attempts (42) in my fantasy football projections for this weekend's games. Even though the Patriots held opposing quarterbacks to the 11th-fewest fantasy points this season, Luck threw for 303 yards and two touchdowns and finished as the QB6 when he played the Patriots in the regular season. Based on expected volume of attempts, I like his chances to outperform the other three starters this weekend.

2. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (vs. GB)

Whether in "real" or fantasy football, Wilson doesn't need to throw the ball a ton to be productive. During the regular season, Wilson finished as a top-eight fantasy quarterback in 10 of 16 games including the season opener against the Packers. Although he only rushed for 29 yards in that game, Wilson has rushed for 100-plus yards in three separate games this season and finished with a total of 849 rushing yards and six rushing scores. That means, Wilson averaged 7.56 fantasy points per game from his rushing stats alone.

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3. Tom Brady, New England Patriots (vs. IND)

No team tailors their game plan specifically to their opponent(s) more than the Patriots. Against the stout Ravens run defense (and vulnerable pass defense) last week, Brady threw it 50 times while the team's running backs combined for seven carries. In the regular season matchup against the Colts, who are better against the pass than the run, Jonas Gray ran for more than 200 yards and four touchdowns. We may not see a 200-yard rusher and Gray may not even be the team's leading rusher this week, but I'd expect Brady to throw it much less than he did last week. Excluding his four-game slump to start the season, Brady's second-worst fantasy performance from Weeks 5 to 16 came against the Colts (14.08 points, QB17). Brady's 30 pass attempts against the Colts were a low during that 11-game span.

4. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (at SEA)

Despite scoring the most fantasy points during the regular season, there are a number of reasons to dislike Rodgers this week (from a fantasy perspective). The matchup against the Legion of Boom is tough enough when healthy, but Rodgers' lack of mobility due to his calf injury certainly adds to the challenge. At full health and with the entire offseason to prepare, Rodgers opened the season with only 189 passing yards, one touchdown and one interception against the Seahawks as he scored just 9.56 fantasy points. As well as the Seahawks defense has played down the stretch, it will be an uphill battle for Rodgers and the Packers offense, who are projected to score the fewest points (19.75) this week based on Vegas odds.

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