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Friday, September 4, 2015

2015 Fantasy Football - Quarterback Rankings


Gone are the days of QBs being drafted 1st overall in fantasy football, thanks to the lack of workhorse backs in the NFL.  But in 2015, you could easily defend Andrew Luck being selected with the first pick.  Not only was he the top scoring player in most leagues, but somehow, the weapons around him improved this offseason, with the additions of Andre Johnson and Frank Gore.  Sure Reggie Wayne isn't there anymore, but he only caught 64 of Luck's 380 completions and just 2 of his 40 touchdowns.  Luck even added 3 rushing TDs.  The threat of a real run game with Gore will do wonders for Luck.

Aaron Rodgers wasn't far behind Luck in fantasy scoring last season, thanks to just 5 interceptions vs Luck's 16.  However, Rodgers completed 39 less passes than Luck and was actually 14th in the NFL in completions with 341.  Drew Brees (456), Matt Ryan (415) and Ben Roethlisberger (408) were the only QBs to complete 400+ passes. Depending on how your league calculates QB completions, there will be options later in the draft and you can avoid using an early draft pick on Luck, Rodgers and Peyton Manning.

Big Ben actually led the NFL in passing yards last season, with 4,952.  He turned Antonio Brown into the #1 WR in the NFL / fantasy football.  Brees, Luck, Manning and Ryan were the only QBs to throw for 4,500 yards. 

Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick and Cam Newton were the lone QBs with 100+ rushing attempts.  Wilson rushed for 849 yards and 6 scores, Newton 539 yards and 5 TDs and Kaep gained 639 yards but scored just once.  With Jim Harbaugh out as the 49ers HC, who knows how Kaepernick will be used in 2015, but don't count on anything.  The Niners offense looks completely different without Frank Gore, replaced by a combination of Reggie Bush and Carlos Hyde, and Torrey Smith replacing Michael Crabtree.

Derek Carr and Teddy Bridgewater made tremendous strides in their rookie seasons, and you can make the case for each QB to be a starting fantasy QB in 14 team leagues.  Carr was handed Amari Cooper in the NFL Draft, and the Raiders also signed Michael Crabtree, whatever that means to you.  Darren McFadden is now a Cowboy and Latavius Murray will be Oakland's lead back, with Trent Richardson looming in the shadows...j/k

Bridgewater will have Adrian Peterson in the backfield this season and Mike Wallace sprinting down the sidelines.  He will have to look to get TE Kyle Rudolph involved in the offense if he wants to take his game to the next level.

According to Fantasy Football Calculator ADP, by the end of the 5th round, Luck, Rodgers, Manning, Wilson and Brees are gone.  Are you banking on one of these 5 QBs?  Or are you willing to play the waiting game and target Big Ben, Cam Newton or the fading Matt Ryan?  Will Tom Brady's looming suspension deter you from drafting him?

Tom Brady's Suspension Revoked
 

QBs Wearing New Helmets

Rookie QBs to Watch

  • Jameis Winston - Buccaneers
  • Marcus Mariota - Titans

2014 Fantasy Football QB Rankings






RB Rankings
WR Rankings
TE Rankings


*Updated - 9/4


Rank Player Name Team
1Andrew LuckIND
2Aaron RodgersGB
3Peyton ManningDEN
4Russell WilsonSEA
5Drew BreesNO
6Ben RoethlisbergerPIT
7Tom BradyNE
8Matt RyanATL
9Tony RomoDAL
10Ryan TannehillMIA

Rank Player Name Team
11Eli Manning
NYG
12Cam NewtonCAR
13Matthew StaffordDET
14Philip RiversSD
15Sam BradfordPHI
16Teddy BridgewaterMIN
17Colin KaepernickSF
18Carson PalmerARI
19Joe FlaccoBAL
20Jay Cutler
CHI