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Rodgers like Brees just isn’t able to not put up big numbers, but the Packers wide receiver situation is a bit curious. They lost Greg Jennings, though he was declining anyway, but didn’t upgrade their receiver situation. Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb may be enough to help Rodgers, but there are other quarterbacks with a handful of weapons that may be more appealing.
2. Drew Brees
Brees is going to put numbers up solely because that is what he does. The Saints don’t have the weapons that Manning has, but no one is going to keep Brees from getting his annual 4500 yards.
There was a time last year when there was rumblings that the Broncos were going to use Brock Osweiller in deep pass or Hail Mary situations because Manning’s arm was too weak. That probably won’t probably won’t be considered this year because manning had one of his best seasons last year, and now has even more weapons.
4. Cam Newton
Cam Newton has become a Bigfoot favorite. The problem is the Panther’s receivers leave a lot to be desired. Steve Smith isn’t get any younger, and aside from Greg Olsen there is nothing. However, that is thrown out the window, Newton is a playmaker.
5. Tom Brady
The loss of Wes Welker will not affect Tom Brady, it just won’t. He is Tom Brady, and will make due with what he has, which isn’t that bad. Aside from that nothing to see here, draft him as you normally would.
6. Matt Ryan
For the past three seasons Matt Ryan has 89 touchdowns and only six interceptions; those are great numbers. Ryan has as many weapons as almost any quarterback, and should undoubtedly put up comparable numbers to the past three seasons. Not to mentions Steven Jackson is in town, and is a pass-catching threat on every down.
Kaepernick is the epitome of the ‘Bigfoot Sightings’ readers may see on the site. Sitting on the bench for nearly two year Kaep was an afterthought, but thank to an injury took over the reigns of the 49ers. Where to draft him is a conundrum in itself. There is simply no way to deny his athletic ability, but drafting Stafford or even Romo may be more comforting for owners.
Stafford can sling it with the best em,’ but last year aside from the ridiculous numbers Calvin Johnson efforts he was kinda bad. After a 41 touchdown season everything dropped including his completion percentage falling below 60. It’s hard to pass on Stafford knowing what he is capable off, and he does have the best receiver in the world so if owners can deal with the interceptions Stafford will put up points.
10. Andrew Luck
Luck is kind of hard to peg. He is obviously cut from the same cloth as the Mannings, and Tom Brady, but how good will he be.
11. Tony Romo
Romo cannot win, but that is besides the point; he puts up fantasy numbers. Almost 5000 yards and 28 touchdowns are great numbers despite the fact that people seemingly can’t not complain about Romo. Spoiler alert for my receiver rankings, Dez Bryant is second, Romo has a lot of weapons with Witten, Austin, and newly drafted Terrance Williams. Draft with confidence, who cares what anyone says.
12. Eli Manning
Manning is the type of fantasy quarterback where you know exactly what you’re getting. The team has remained essentially the same with Brandon Myers replacing Martellus Bennett, and David Wilson now the lead back. The only concern is Manning only has a 58% completion percentage, and while his interceptions have been somewhat tamed the last few years there is concern they could increase.
13. Andy Dalton
It seems people like to get on Dalton’s case for having below average arm strength, but if he can put up the numbers he did last year then who really cares. A.J. Green is godly, but they have a young group of receivers with Mohamed Sanu, newly added Tyler Eifert, and Cobi Hamilton that could improve the case for drafting Dalton.
If he didn’t miss three games last year he would probably would have had his best season yet. Losing Mike Wallace is a big blow, but Antonio Brown, and Emmanuel Sander will step up. Also, even though they drafted Le’Veon Bell to upgrade at running back he will still throw a lot.
15. Robert Griffin
If he is 100% this is where I would draft him, but I won’t be drafting him anyway. However, RGIII too popular to not be overdrafted at this point. It looks like he’ll be ready for the start of the season, but we’ll have to see. If he proves to be healthy by the start of the season he’ll move up to the top 10, maybe top five.
16. Josh Freeman
Freeman is somehow entering his fifth season in the NFL. He has all the weapons to have a good season, but he needs to be consistent. People may think this is too high, but Freeman was only exceptionally terrible in his last three starts where he had nine interceptions and only two touchdowns. The defense is a lot better which will take a lot of his shoulders, and the offense which sports Vincent Jackson, Mike Williams, and Doug Martin is essentially unchanged.
17. Joe Flacco
In terms of fantasy production Flacco really isn’t elite, sure he won a Superbowl, but don’t expect things to change. He may get overdrafted, but he is definitely a safe option.
18. Sam Bradford
This will be the year that finally decides how good Bradford is going to be. He has all the weapons, and with the loss of Steven Jackson the load is entirely on his shoulders. He should reach 4000 plus yards this season. Like Freeman’s ranking, many will probably consider this too high, but think about the situation Bradford is in this year. No more Steven Jackson so he will likely be forced to throw a lot more times than in previous years. Not to mention he has Tavon Austin, Chris Givens, Jared Cook, Brian Quick, and Stedman Baily now. Sure they are all mostly unknown commodities, but each of his receivers have exceptional traits that could take help Bradford take the next step.
19. Michael Vick
There seems to be this idea that Chip Kelly is going to revolutionize the Eagles, and that may be so. Despite the fact that like the Jets the Eagles have about a million options, but Vick should get first crack at starting. If he manages a full season this team has serious weapons with or without Kelly at the command.
20. Philip Rivers
Rivers fall from grace has certainly not been pretty. In all honesty 53 touchdowns and 35 interceptions aren’t terrible. Many times fantasy football trickles into real football and vice versa. Like Romo, Rivers just may not be able to win, but he is going to get yards and touchdowns. Danario Alexander is Calvin Johnson-esque, and Keenan Allen is a tough receiver which the Chargers have been missing to go alongside their big play guys.
21. Jay Cutler
Diabetes aside Cutler has the cannon, but just can’t line up his sites. There will be three plus interception games, but his receiving options are pretty good so hopefully he can turn the corner finally.
22. Matt Schaub
It seems just yesterday owners were wondering if Schaub would ever overcome injuries, and now he is sort of old news. Schaub has become a boring fantasy play only because owners know exactly what they’re going to get; that isn’t a bad thing though. With the addition of DeAndre Hopkins, Schaub may finally have someone decent to throw to other than Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels.
23. Carson Palmer
24. Alex Smith
There’s nothing wrong with Alex Smith, but he is just average. He has weapons that are somewhat comparable to what he had on the 49ers at his disposal with the Chiefs so owners just have to understand he isn’t going to set the world on fire.
25. Ryan Tannehill
I don’t know exactly how I feel about Tannehill. Despite the ravenous spending by the Dolphins this season will he be able to capitalize on the acquisitions. I don’t doubt that he can’t go for 3500 yards and 20 touchdowns, but he just may be a product of his surroundings, and hurt himself with interceptions.
26. E.J. Manuel
By now the point has been driven home that Manuel was a reach at 16; we get it. However, if there was one quarterback worth taking a shot on as a third quarterback Manuel could be the guy. The Bills are surprisingly loaded with Stevie Johnson, C.J. Spiller, Roberts Woods, and a few other under-the-radar names. The point in fantasy football is to own the players who will get your team the most points, Manuel may thrown an interception or two, but he can take off on his own, and has enough playmakers to turn in a solid season.
27. Matt Flynn
To think Flynn has the single game passing yard record for the Packers is quite surprising, but he is somewhat of an unknown. Sure he could be dissed for losing the job last year, but Wilson is on another level. Flynn won’t be terrible, and if his supporting cast steps up he could turn out a decent season.
28. Jake Locker
Locker to Sanchez are all pretty much the same type of fantasy entity. If I were to pick two I’d go Locker and Gabbert.
29. Christian Ponder
Losing Harvin hurts, but replacing him with Greg Jennings, and Cordarrelle Paterson isn’t terrible, but it doesn’t change the fact that Ponder just isn’t good.
30. Blaine Gabbert
I’m actually hoping Gabbert gets an opportunity this season, I feel like his previous coaches set him up to fail. Just let him go out, and sling it and see what happens.
31. Brandon Weeden
I wouldn’t be surprised if Weeden puts up 3500 passing yards or more, but I’m not drafting him.
32. Geno Smith
Reports say the Jets are ‘enamored’ with Smith, and why wouldn’t they be since he is probably leaps and bounds better than Sanchez. If I knew Smith was going to win the job just based on the pure excitement on the unknown I would probably draft him before.
33. Mark Sanchez
34. Kirk Cousins
Cousins outlook is entirely dependent on the health of RGIII
35. Kevin Kolb
If Kolb were guaranteed the starting spot I would rank him over Flynn considering the Bills have some decent receivers.
36. Tyler Wilson
Wilson has been talk of OTA’s so far; Flynn is nothing special so don’t be shocked if another rookie with the last name Wilson beats him out.
*Side Note*: I consider every quarterback draftable in two quarterback leagues, so if you’re in one stock up*