Lucks heads into the season with a full arsenal. Rodgers is still a high value, even after the loss of Jordy Nelson. It looks like waiting to draft a Quarterback could payoff as there’s a ton of potential. Second year guys look to take a step forward. What to do about Brady.
1. Andrew Luck
I love Luck this year. He has a ton of weapons all around him. Luck is no stranger to running the ball also. Especially on the goal line. With Andre Johnson, TY Hilton, Donte Moncrief and rookie Philip Dorsett he’ll have plenty of open targets. Both tight ends are solid too. I like Luck to slightly better his numbers this season. Playing in the dome or warm weather city down the fantasy playoff stretch helps too. Depending on the league size, I’d take Luck early round two.
2. Aaron Rodgers
Like Luck, Rodgers has loads of talent around him. Even big Eddie Lacy contributes a lot in the passing game. The weather should be good for the Packers late in the season. Three of the last four games (13,14,15,16) are in a dome or warm weather city. The loss of Jordy Nelson is really tough. But next man up is usually a success in Green bay. I think early round 3 is a good place to target Rodgers.
Wilson gets you points on the ground and in the air. He threw 20 TD passes in 2014 and ran in 6. Adding Tight end Jimmy Graham gives him a weapon he’s never really had. So red zone opportunities should go up. The receivers aren’t the best in the league. But they’re good enough .
4. Tony Romo
If you made the playoffs with Romo as your quarterback last season, there’s a good chance you won your league. He threw 10 touchdowns and zero interceptions weeks 14-16. With Dez Bryant his main man and Terrence Williams back and a solid number two, Romo should have another good year. The offensive line will give him plenty of time and keep him upright. Romo Could be a steal.
5. Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning should still be very productive this season. He has a ton of weapons to target. But toward the end of the year, the 39-year-old Manning wont be the same physically. At that point Denver will start running more. He’s also more at risk for injury. I’d grab him round 4 or 5. If Manning ends up as my QB, I want someone else decent to back him up.
6. Ben Roethlisberger
Roethlisberger should hit 30+ touchdowns again. Le’veon Bell is out the first two games due to suspension. He caught 83 passes from Roesthlisberger a year ago. I think he’ll pass a lot the first 2 weeks without Bell coming out of the backfield. Antonio Brown is a top-tier receiver and Martavis Bryant heads into his second season with the team after a nice rookie year. Bryant will be out for the first four games due to suspension.
Brees ended the year with 33 touchdowns. His week 13, 5 TD performance against Pittsburgh highlighted the season. But Brees was decent or just okay a lot of the year. Jimmy Graham is now in Seattle. Stills to Miami. Cooks should be explosive this year. If Spiller can stay healthy, he can add some explosion out of the backfield. Brees should hit the 28-31 TD mark. Round 5 or 6 is a good place to target him.
8. Matt Ryan
Ryan has never made that jump into elite status. He’s averaged around 4,500 yards the past few seasons. Ryan has only thrown over 30 touchdowns one year. (32, 2012.) With top target Julio Jones healthy and ready to go. The Falcons quarterback should be in for another typical season. He can be steady for your team but wont win it for you. Make sure you have plenty of big scorers with him in your line up. If Jones goes down, Ryan owners could be in some trouble if you don’t have a quality back up.
Eli bounced back in 2014 after an abysmal 2013. It helped he had rookie sensation Odell Beckham as his new weapon. Beckham is back and Manning should target him a lot. Shane Vereen signed with the team and gives him someone to catch passes out of the backfield. Other than those two, there’s no lock for compliments. Victor Cruz has battled injuries and Rueban Randle is currently dealing with a calf injury. If these two can stay healthy this season, Eli owners could find a gem at QB in later rounds for their team. Pair with Beckham if you can.
10. Tom Brady
Brady’s suspension looms but he could just as very well play. Brady should be a good start with Lafell, Edelman and Gronk. Scott Chandler comes over from Buffalo and gives him another red zone target. draft someone to pair with Brady with or without Suspension. Brady has gotten off to slow start at times. But if he plays week one, start him. Opening night, primetime after all this. I expect him to come out with his hair on fire.
11. Matthew Stafford
Stafford had a poor 2014. Hopefully Calvin Johnson can stay healthy. Stafford was able to build chemistry with Golden Tate. Rookie tight end Eric Ebron needs to take the next step. Ameer Abdullah and Theo Riddick should be good targets out of the backfield. I expect a bounce back year from Stafford.
12. Ryan Tannehill
This could be a big year for Tannehill. Jarvis Landry appears to be ready for the lead role. Jordan Cameron signed this offseason and will be a nice addition at tight end. Rookie Devante Parker is off the PUP. He will be a nice target as the season progresses and Lamar Miller will catch passes out of the backfield.
13. Philip Rivers
Rivers will be without starting tight end Antonio Gates for the first four games. If Ladarius Green can fill-in well that’d be a huge help. Keenan Allen had a disappointing second year. If he could bounce back Rivers will get a boost in fantasy value.
14. Cam Newton
I was very high on Newton coming into the season. Losing Kevin Benjamin is a huge blow. Rookie Devin Funchess looks good so far. But rookie wide receivers can be a gamble. Greg Olsen is still around and will be a big part of the offseason. Cam’s running ability makes him a big scorer. But if Carolina’s running game is its usual unpredictable self this season, His fantasy value is up the air. Pair with another QB.
15. Sam Bradford
Sam Bradford has an opportunity to be a major fantasy piece this season. The Eagles will score a ton of points. Jordan Mathews and rookie Nelson Agholor will be his main targets. Bradford has never stayed healthy. But if he does, I expect big things from him. Take him with a back up plan due to injuries.
16. Teddy Bridgewater
I think Bridgewater can be a reliable week to week start paired with another QB. Charles Johnson looks ready to be Bridgewater’s go-to receiver. Adrian Peterson is back and that will help the offense move. If Kyle Rudolph can stay healthy. He’ll be a big red zone target. Bridgewater can run too. But he’s a throw first quarterback. he should up his touchdown in to the low 20’s.
17. Jay Cutler
Matt Forte, Alshon Jeffrey and tight end Martellus Bennett will Cutler’s main targets. He’ll have some nice games, then drive you to an early grave. Play the matchups and Cutler could be a good own.
18. Derek Carr
Carr is a part of a young and bright Raiders offense. He comes into his second year with rookie Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. Both are an upgrade from 2014. Rivera and Clive Wolford at tight end could make Carr a usable fantasy player at times.
19. Andy Dalton
AJ Green is in a contract year. He and Dalton should hook up a lot as usual. Marvin Jones is healthy for now. He has a ton of potential. Mohammed Sanu proved to be a nice asset for the Bengals last season. Dalton looks like he could be a good bye week fill-in spot starter depending on if you get hit by injury.
20. Carson Palmer
Palmer is back again. John Brown and JJ Nelson could be huge in the passing game. Larry Fitzgerald is still around and Andre Ellington should catch passes out of the backfield. Palmer should be owned and spot started. Keep an eye on him as a cheap option in daily leagues. Michael Floyd will return from injury early in the season and needs to prove himself.
Flacco threw a career high touchdowns passes last season (27) Steve Smith says he is retiring at het end of the year. I’m sure he will try to leave it out on the field. The hope was Breshad Perriman would take over for Torrey Smith. Perriman has barely seen the field. Crockett Gilmore looks great at tight end and will be a focus in the red zone.
22. Nick Foles
Nick Foles could be a good fit for St. Louis. He excelled a couple of years ago with his efficiency in Philly. The run game should carry them and Foles should be able to find Bailey on short routes. Touchdowns should be in the mid to low twenties and interceptions on the lower side.
23. Colin Kaepernick
Kaepernick hopes to rebound after a down year. If he can improve his numbers, Kaepernick could be a ownable QB as he ran for 649 yards last year. I don’t love his weapons. If he doesn’t show signs of improvement relatively early I think you can bail on him.
24. Blake Bortles
Blake Bortles was down-right awful at times last season. The Jaguars as a whole were awful. They were a young team that played from behind a lot. Usually due to Bortles interceptions. Histhrowing motion was a mess. It sounds like Bortles worked on that in the off-season. He has a young core of receivers that could turn out to be really good. Allen Hurns made a name for himself early last season. Allen Robinson and Marquise Lee could be a formidable trio for him. Picking up Julius Thomas gives them a good tight end along with Mercedes Lewis who had his moments last season. They will run a lot of two tight end sets and if Bortles did improve his throwing motion. His numbers will be better.
Mariota’s biggest strength in fantasy maybe his running ability. With Kendall Wright and Fellow Rookie Dorial Green-Beckham as targets he’ll be able to score through the air as well. Harry Douglas and Justin Hunter (Pending suspension) should also make an impact. A cheap daily league play and a back up to a top-tier QB are most likely where he will fit. But running quarterbacks are always a plus in fantasy.