Peyton Manning is back with most of his parts this season. Nick Foles surprised us all and should have another nice year. Brady’s numbers were down, But he hopes for a healthier cast around him. Cam Newton could have a down year after surgery and many new faces in Carolina.
1. Peyton Manning
With a great surrounding cast, Manning should hit the 40 plus touchdown mark with ease. I’d take him in round 1.
2. Drew Brees
Brees has Graham back with a new contract. Colston, Stills and Meacham are back. The Saints added Brandin Cooks in the draft who will make an impact.
3. Aaron Rodgers
Rodgers missed a big chunk of the season with a broken clavicle last year. He may start running less but there’s still a ton of good receivers to target. Rodgers should be near the top of the quarterback stat sheet per usual.
4. Andrew Luck
Coming into year 3 Luck should take another step forward in his decision making. They’ve added Hakeem Nicks who is a boom or bust player due to a recent string of injuries. Wayne is back, but coming off a torn ACL at 36 is tricky. TY Hilton is key to the offense in the slot. Dwayne Allen is a quality tight end when healthy. Young receivers Donte Moncrief and Da’Rick Rogers could make a big impact also. Luck ran for 377 yards and 4 touchdowns also. His interceptions were down. He can force the ball at times still. I believe Luck’s TD’s number go up toward 30.
5. Nick Foles
Foles was as accurate as they come last year. 27 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions. He loses Desean Jackson but there’s still solid talent. Cooper, Maclin and rookie Jordan Mathews should be a good trio. The eagles hope Zach Ertz can take a step forward as a tight end who can move around the offense. The young tight end made strides at the end of the season. Foles can pick you up a point or two on the ground. It never hurts to have LeSean McCoy running and catching for you too. Adding Sproles gives them another back to throw to out of the backfield.
6. Matthew Stafford
Stafford should have another 4,500 plus yard season. Calvin Johnson gets a big of help with Golden Tate and rookie tight end Eric Ebron. With multiple backs who can catch also, Stafford should go over 30 TD’s this season.
7. Matt Ryan
It was a bad year for the Falcons in 2013. I Expect Ryan to get back to 30 TD’s this season and the int’s to go down. Having Julio Jones back will only help. The trio of receivers In Jones, White and Douglas will be the main focus. But the loss of Gonzalez changes things and it doesn’t seem like they have replaced him.
8. Philip Rivers
Rivers had a great bounce back year. Keenan Allen was a shot of youth and skill to Rivers arsenal. Antonio gates best days are behind him. Gates combined with the up and coming Ladarius Green make a solid duo at tight end. With a quality run game and back who can catch, I expect rivers to have another good year.
9. Cam Newton
Newton is coming off ankle surgery and has new faces to throw to. A list of names that doesn’t exactly wow me. That’s a bad combo. It could hurt his timing. Newton’s mobility could be limited early in the season. Later in the year things could turn around for him. Kelvin Benjamin has to play well in his rookie year for things to work out. Things have looked good for him in the preseason and he’s formed a bond with Newton on and off the field. Jason Avant is nothing special and Jerricho Cotchery can be a decent player. Newton always does better than expected.
10. Tom Brady
After 3 seasons of 30 plus touchdowns, Brady’s TD’s drastically dropped to 25. This was due to a young receiving core and injuries. Not to mention the running game took over late in the season. Gronkowski should be ready to go week one. Edelman is good in the slot and Vereen is a good weapon. But questions surround many others. Aaron Dobson can’t seem to stay healthy and he’s coming off foot surgery. Kenbrell Thompkins needs to take a step forward and so does Danny Amendola. Brandon Lafell has to pick up the offense which a lot of players have failed to do. Have a back up plan for Brady. Health is a major issue with players around him. But i expect a better season in 2014.
11. Tony Romo
Romo had a nice season in 2013. He threw for 31 touchdowns and limited interceptions to 10. Romo has one of the best receivers in the game in Dez Bryant and young Terrence Williams showed promise. Combined with a steady veteran tight end in Witten, Romo should find himself near or over the 30 touchdown mark again.
12. Jay Cutler
Cutler has great receivers in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery who blew up in his second year. If Cutler can stay healthy he could have a big year for himself. especially if Forte can stay on the field also. Tight end Martellus Bennett isn’t elite. But he’s a nice big target to have in the red zone.
13. Robert Griffin III
Robert Griffin is coming off a terrible 2013. Griffin’s confidence looked shot and his decision-making wasn’t good. RGIII’s rushing yards were cut in half. He just didn’t seem right after an ACL injury in the previous season. I think Griffin bounces back this year. Washington added Desean Jackson and the very underrated Andre Roberts. The offense will get back tight end Jordan Reed who had a promising rookie year cut short.
14. Ben Roethlisberger
Big Ben threw a lot of passes last year. He ended up with 29 touchdowns total on the season. Antonio Brown will be his main target again. Markus Wheaton needs to have a big second season and the addition of Lance Moore is solid depth. Rookie Martavius Bryant has a nice skill set and could be targeted a lot in the red zone due to his size.
15. Andy Dalton
Dalton threw for 33 TD’s last year and has a top receiver in AJ Green. Sanu and Marvin Jones are nice young pieces. Giovanni Bernard can run and catch. But new offensive Coordinator preaches a run first, smash mouth offense. So Dalton’s numbers could slip a bit. But when it comes down to it, I don’t think that much. I believe the Bengals will be more balanced this season. They were a pass first offense in years past under Jay Gruden. With AJ Green and young receivers on the rise, the Bengals wont just ditch the passing game. I expect 29-30 TD’s for Dalton.
16. Colin Kaepernick
Kaepernick has a new contract and a nice arsenal of weapons heading into the season. He gets a healthy Crabtree. Anquan Boldin is a solid vet and new addition Stevie Johnson can still play. I think Kaepernick’s TD’s go up and his running ability is a plus. He’s been pretty mistake free over the years.
17. Sam Bradford
This really is a make or break year for Bradford. He has to stay healthy. The receivers have potential. Tavon Austin has to be better in his second year in the league. Chris Givens, Stedman Baily and Jared Cook have to make an impact for Bradford to have the season many have been waiting for. They can always fall back on a good running game. Which can help take the pressure off Bradford. It seemed like he was on his way last year before a season ending injury.
18. Josh McCown
The savior of many fantasy seasons in 2013 finds himself in Tampa. I like McCown again this year. He has a dependable vet in Vincent Jackson. Two other monster targets in Rookie Mike Adams and Austin Safarian-Jenkins. Tampa’s offense should be good combined with runningbacks Doug Martin and Charles Sims who could catch 40 balls this year.
19. Ryan Tannehill
Tannehill enters year three with Mike Wallace in his second season with the team. Charles Clay became a big part of the offense and Brian Hartline is a solid player. Young rookie Jarvis green and Matt Hazel could find roles in the offense also. The offensive line should be far better this year. I expect Tannehill to go over 4,000 yards and add a few touchdowns this year. He’s a good back up to have.
20. Russell Wilson
Coming off a super bowl can make some names jump on draft day. I like Wilson a lot as a quarterback. It appears that the strength of the Seattle offense is again the running game. With several young rushers behind Lynch it could damper Wilson’s numbers. Harvin is by far his best target and he’s NEVER healthy.
21. Eli Manning
The slack-jawed Manning had a miserable 2013. 27 interceptions and only 18 TD’s. Injuries and a lack of running game didn’t help. This year the backfield is revamped and the receivers should be better. Cruz, Rueben Randle and rookie Odell Beckham jr could be a quality set of receivers. the tight end position is a work in progress. This should be a better year for Eli. I’m thinking 25 TD’s and 14-Int’s is the benchmark.
22. Alex Smith
Smith had his best season as a pro in 2013. The former first round pick tossed 23 TD’s and 7 INT’s. I don’t see a whole lot changing in his numbers. If tight end Travis Kelce can make an impact that would be a nice addition to the offense. Jamaal Charles is the offense.
23. Carson Palmer
It’s nice to have Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd. Ted Ginn was added in the offseason. 2013 was a decent year in Carolina for Ginn. They have a bunch of tight ends on the roster who they hope can make an impact. Rookie John Brown has had a good preseason and could be a solid addition in the slot. Palmer is getting older and his skills are weakening. He’s a back up fantasy option at best.
24. Ryan Fitzpatrick
Crowned the worst QB in the history of ever by many before this preseason, Fitzpatrick has big number ability. Andre Johnson is back. Young DeAndre Hopkins has to make the leap in year two. There’s many tight ends on the roster who could make an impact and Arian Foster needs to be the player he has been in the past. If it all works out Fitzpatrick is worth a bye week fill-in or spot start.. If things don’t go right it could be a long year for him and the Texans.
25. Jake Locker
Locker has played well at times. But like many, Injuries have impeded his progress as an NFL QB. There’s quite a cast of young talent around him. Kendall Wright, Justin Hunter and Nate Washington could be a good trio. Rookie Bishop Sankey can add to the passing game out of the backfield. I’d take a shot on Locker late in your draft if you need a back up.
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