2015 Fantasy Football Week 20 Rankings - QuarterbacksScoring: These rankings are based on standard-scoring formats -- one point per 25 passing yards and one point per 10 rushing yards plus four points per passing touchdown and six points per rushing touchdown.
[Note: These rankings are from Kevin Hanson and are for Week 20 only.]
That said, it's the first time the NFL has featured a pair of 1-vs.-2 matchups in both Conference Championships since the 2004 season.
And while Peyton Manning may not be playing like Peyton Manning any more (or ever again), we get another edition of Tom Brady-vs.-Peyton -- Version, 17.0. Five of those 17 matchups (will) have occurred in the playoffs.
Here are my Championship Game Quarterback rankings:
1. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (vs. ARI)
Among the quartet of quarterbacks playing on Sunday, Newton has the most upside due to his dual-threat abilities. Not only did he throw for 3,837 yards and a career-high 35 touchdowns, but Newton ran for 636 yards and 10 touchdowns as well. In addition, Newton threw a career-low 10 interceptions. Scoring more fantasy points than any other quarterback this season, Newton finished as the weekly QB1 in five of his final nine regular-season games.
The Cardinals have allowed the sixth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. Both games this weekend are projected to be close, but the Panthers are favored in the game with the higher over/under.
2. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals (at CAR)
Scoring the fifth-most fantasy points among quarterbacks this season, Palmer set career highs in passing yards (4,671) and touchdowns (35). More impressive than his overall stats, however, Palmer was remarkably consistent throughout the season. Excluding Week 17 when he played just a half, he either threw for 300-plus yards and/or multiple touchdowns in 14 of 16 games including Saturday's win over the Packers.
On paper, the matchup is difficult as the Panthers have allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season. When jumping out to huge leads, however, the Panthers have struggled to clamp down in the second half over the past month or so.
Seattle's Russell Wilson threw for 366 yards and three scores on Sunday despite a 31-0 halftime deficit. Meanwhile, Eli Manning nearly led the Giants back from a 35-7 third-quarter deficit as the team scored four second-half touchdowns against the Panthers in Week 15.
3. Tom Brady, New England Patriots (at DEN)
With a healthy complement of pass-catchers, Brady threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's win over the Chiefs. The Broncos have limited opposing quarterbacks to the fewest fantasy points this season, but Brady threw for 280 yards and three touchdowns against them in Week 12. In that game, the team was missing Julian Edelman, who was targeted 16 times last week by Brady.
4. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos (vs. NE)
In Sunday's win over the Steelers, Manning threw for 222 yards and no touchdowns (or interceptions) although Denver had six drops on Sunday. While Manning has the most favorable matchup this weekend, the team will look to rely heavily on their ground game and 1-2 punch of C.J. Anderson and Ronnie Hillman. Despite being the all-time leader in NFL history in both passing yards and touchdowns, Manning has the least upside and lowest floor of any starting quarterback this weekend.
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