Fantasy Football is back! I have a draft today, and in order to prepare, I decided it was the best time to provide you guys with my quarterback rankings. Quarterbacks aren’t as important as everyone believes since the position is so deep. The strategy I always use in my drafts is to wait. I don’t draft a quarterback until I look at the round and say, “I can’t believe this guy is here”. I would never reach for a quarterback as every single year more and more quarterbacks become fantasy relevant. Last year, Quarterbacks scored more than any other season.
I tried to explain in each players bio why I ranked them where I did. But of course if you have any questions about my rankings, you can reach me on Twitter, the comments section, or the Fantasy Football Insight Facebook page and I will explain in depth with all of you why I prefer ‘player A’ to ‘player B.’ Enjoy!
QB, Green Bay Packers
QB, New Orleans Saints
QB, Denver Broncos
The biggest question that I will be asked is:”why is Peyton Manning not number one?” Yes, I saw last season, but that was last season. He had a huge week one with seven touchdowns and it fueled his confidence for the rest of the season. Nobody has thrown for 50+ touchdowns twice in their career, so it’s right to expect a drop off. The last time Peyton Manning broke the passing touchdown record he followed it with a 28-touchdown season. That won’t happen, but it’s clear to expect a bit of a drop off along with the division getting better. Oh, and they play the NFC West this year.
QB, Detroit Lions
New Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi talked about wanting to implement an offensive similar to what the Saints used last season. Stafford has thrown more than any other quarterback over the past three seasons, and with his weapons on offense, it looks like it will be keeping up.
QB, Atlanta Falcons
In a standard scoring league, Matt Ryan averaged 19.2 Fantasy Points per game over the first five games of the season. Those first five games were the ones that Julio Jones played in. This year he is back. If the screw in his foot holds up, Matt Ryan could be on the way to a huge season. If you take that average of 19.2 Fantasy Points per game and spread it over 16 games, Matt Ryan finishes as a top-3 quarterback last season.
QB, Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck managed to have 23 touchdown passes last season with a depleted team. This year they added Reggie Wayne and Dwayne Allen back into the offense. Then on top of getting guys back, they added Hakeem Nicks which gives Luck three reliable receivers and a couple sleeper wide receivers in Donte Moncrief and Da’Rick Rogers.
QB, Philadelphia Eagles
Can you hear the groans? A lot of people don’t like Nick Foles and I am not sure why. You can look at the low interception total last year, and say he can’t possibly to that again. You would be right. It is reasonable to expect double digit interceptions. However, I think the touchdowns will still be between 25-30 range as Chip Kelly’s offense gets better and better every year.
QB, Dallas Cowboys
The hate for Tony Romo is unreal, but the truth is that in his career he is a really good Fantasy Football quarterback. He has been a starter for seven seasons in the NFL and he has been a top 10 quarterback in six of them. On top of that, the Cowboys defense is going to be bad and the Cowboys are going to have to score to win games. Plus, his average finish in those seven years is as the eighth best quarterback Which is where he shows up in my ranks.
QB, New England Patriots
The Tom Brady ranking is because I simply don’t know what is going to happen with Rob Gronkowski. If Gronkowski plays all 16 games, then Brady’s touchdown number will be closer to 30. However, if Gronkowski isn’t healthy for all 16 games, then Tom Brady’s touchdown number will be closer to 20.
Robert Griffin III
QB, Washington Redskins
The Redskins will be throwing the ball a lot more, and RGIII will be able to accumulate a ridiculous amount of rushing yards. However, I don’t know if the touchdowns will be there. I think they will be running the ball in a lot when they get close, which will cause RG3 to lose out on easy touchdowns. The Redskins don’t seem to have the big receivers that you need to score through the air in the redzone.
QB, San Francisco 49ers
Colin Kaepernick is one of the polarizing quarterbacks in fantasy football. Dave Richard of CBSSports.com has Colin as a top-5 fantasy quarterback this season. I’ve listened to Dave talk about how he believes that the Niners offensive identity is going to change. I don’t think that identity is going to change. I think they run a lot, maybe slightly less than last season, but for the most part this is a run first offense. Plus, I’m not sure the 49ers are going to allow Kaepernick to run around, meaning the rushing yards won’t be there.
QB, Chicago Bears
Brandon Marshall called him the MVP. All kidding aside, this is a huge opportunity for Jay Cutler to take a enormous leap in the fantasy world. The issue with Cutler is his ability to stay healthy. It has nothing to do with his talent level or the talent surrounding him. We saw Josh McCown look good in this offense, so just think about what Head Coach Marc Trestman can do with Jay Cutler.
QB, Carolina Panthers
Colin Kapernick was one of the most polarizing, but Cam is the most polarizing fantasy football player. I originally looked at him losing Steve Smith as a ‘who cares’, but the more I got into it, the ranking has nothing to do with losing Steve Smith. Cam Newton is coming off of ankle surgery, and every year the rushing touchdowns decrease, from 14 to 8 to 6 last season. With Cam being due a big contract next offseason, and coming off ankle surgery, the Panthers may not let him run. Ultimately I think they are going to ask him to become a drop-back passer even more this season.
QB, Pittsburgh Steelers
QB, Seattle Seahawks
QB, San Diego Chargers
QB, Miami Dolphins
QB, Arizona Cardinals
On November 19th last season, Bruce Arians was talking about Carson Palmer’s big game against Jacksonville and said that he finally had complete understanding of the offense. Here were his numbers in the last six games of the season against the Colts, Eagles, Rams, Titans, Seahawks, and 49ers. 138-214 (64.5%) 1701 yards (283.5 yards per game) 10 touchdowns, seven interceptions . Palmer stepped up at the end of last season after struggling to begin the season with 12 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.
QB, Cincinnati Bengals
Dalton was a top-5 fantasy quarterback last season, and I think he could have another great season. However, that’s not why he is so low. He is low because of his inconsistency . He would go from a 30-point game to a 5-point game and you can’t afford to have that player on your team in a head-to-head scoring league. It’s not about total points, it’s about the week-to-week consistency. I think they run a little more and throw a little less with new offensive coordinator Hue Jackson.
QB, New York Giants
I have Eli as a ‘QB2′ even in 10 team leagues because I believe that this offense has a chance to keep the picks down for Eli. I know that’s hard to believe, but I like the receiving corps, and they get to play the NFC East twice, which doesn’t have the greatest of defenses. This should be a bounce back year for Eli.
QB, St. Louis Rams
Sam Bradford had 14 touchdowns in seven games before tearing his ACL, and that was with a terrible receiving unit. Now they added Kenny Britt, and Tavon Austin has a year under his belt. Sam Bradford is my sleeper quarterback every year, but this year I think if he stays healthy, he could be really good.
QB, Kansas City Chiefs
QB, New York Jets
QB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
QB, Baltimore Ravens
Flacco’s offense has drastically improved from last season. They added Steve Smith, who actually has the ability to catch the ball on the shorter routes,and Torrey Smith to run the deep routes. Plus, Flacco gets a new voice in his ear in offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, which could be good for him.
QB, Cleveland Browns
I don’t know when Manziel will start, but at some point he has to start. The Cleveland fans aren’t going to allow him to sit all season. When he does start he is going to rack up fantasy points with his rushing ability.
QB, Minnesota Vikings
Bridgewater will be the starting quarterback at some point this season, and I think it will be sooner rather than later . Last year, Cleveland (Norv Turner’s offense) lead the league in pass attempts. However, Cleveland didn’t have Adrian Peterson like the Vikings do.
QB, Tennessee Titans
Jake Locker needs to stay healthy. He has a chance this season to take a big step forward with the talent surrounding him in Ken Whisenhunt’s offense. He has Kendall Wright, Justin Hunter, Nate Washington, and Delaine Walker. The Titans also added Dexter McCluster, and though we haven’t quite seen how he will be used yet, he could be used in the ‘Danny Woodhead role’.
QB, Buffalo Bills
They got Sammy Watkins, but that doesn’t change the fact that EJ hasn’t been able to stay on the field. If he can play all 16 games, he likely would be into the top 20 with his rushing ability. That said, I can’t see him staying healthy just yet.
QB, Oakland Raiders
The ‘pick 6 machine’ was what Matt Schaub was last year. The Raiders have the hardest schedule in the NFL, and a depleted receiving corps. It could get ugly in Oakland again.
QB, Houston Texans
QB, Jacksonville Jaguars
Can we start Blake Bortles already?