It’s fantasy football draft month, and you know what that means: countless ranking sheets to add to your arsenal as you decide which players to pick during your draft, and when. There’s enough relevant fantasy football news and stats out there to fill over ten ginormous analytics websites, and it does. Matthew Berry wouldn’t be hawking RotoPass if that wasn’t the case.
My rankings act a little bit differently. You have your basic rankings list of who I would draft in what order, but I’ll also highlight certain players based on value, good or bad, and potential.
We continue our rankings with the biggest playmaker in NFL games, but not so much usually in fantasy games: quarterback.
Captain Obvious: Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Usually last year’s prize fantasy quarterback doesn’t live up to the next year’s hype. Defenses get smarter. Schedules get tougher. Players get more expensive.
Andrew Luck could very well break that stereotype, like he has with that beard of his. The Indianapolis Colts got to the AFC Championship Game, lost, and proceeded to give T.Y. Hilton more money, keep their tight ends, replace Reggie Wayne with Andre Johnson, and replace Ahmad Bradshaw with Frank Gore.
More weapons on offense while, once again, leaving the defense to fend for itself. That means high-yardage scoring. It’s not a good entree for a Super Bowl entry, but it’s a fantastic appetizer for fantasy purposes.
Patient Zero: Cleveland Browns Quarterbacks
The Cleveland Quarterback Carousel is starting to make me dizzy. Since the Cleveland Browns reformed in 1999, there was only one season with one starting quarterback. And that quarterback was Tim Couch, so it’s hard to even take that year seriously.
Sixteen seasons. Twenty-two different quarterbacks to start a game. Lucky #23 is Josh McCown, fresh off of leading the Tampa Bay Bucs to a #1 NFL draft pick with former Rams QB Austin Davis looking to sign on as #24 and Johnny Manziel waiting in the wings. The best receivers for the Browns are arguably Brian Hartline, who was a #3 receiver in Miami on a good day, and Dwayne Bowe, who collected an abysmal 60/754/0 statline as the #1 receiver in Kansas City because they run. Cleveland runs, as well. They can’t seem to get enough bodies in the backfield. This spells “untouchable” in fantasy for quarterbacks in Cleveland.
Comeback Player of the Year (By Default): Sam Bradford, Philadelphia Eagles
forget about just at the quarterback position. Sam Bradford will be the Comeback Player of the Year. All he needs to do is complete one pass and he eclipses last year’s completions, completion percentage, and yardage by infinity percent. You can’t get better than that in terms of improvement.
In all seriousness, Sam Bradford is in the Chip Kelly offense of the Eagles that has made fantasy superstars out of the likes of Mark Sanchez, Nick Foles, and an all but done Michael Vick. Even with DeMarco Murray and Ryan Matthews sharing time in the backfield, Sam Bradford is primed for a top 5 year, provided those ACLs hold out. As they say, injuries heal stronger. Or something like that.
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Fantasy Football Pre-Rankings 2015 Quarterbacks Updated: 9-07-2015 Player Team Rank Bye Week Andrew Luck IND QB1 10 Aaron Rodgers GB QB2 7 Peyton Manning DEN QB3 7 Drew Brees NO QB4 11 Matt Ryan ATL QB5 10 Tom Brady NE QB6 4 Russell Wilson SEA QB7 9 Tony Romo DAL QB8 6 Ben Roethlisberger PIT QB9 11 Sam Bradford PHI QB10 8 Cam Newton CAR QB11 5 Eli Manning NYG QB12 11 Ryan Tannehill MIA QB13 5 Matthew Stafford DET QB14 9 Philip Rivers SD QB15 10 Carson Palmer ARI QB16 9 Colin Kaepernick SF QB17 10 Andy Dalton CIN QB18 7 Jay Cutler CHI QB19 7 Joe Flacco BAL QB20 9 Alex Smith KC QB21 9 Teddy Bridgewater MIN QB22 5 Jameis Winston TB QB23 6 Marcus Mariota TEN QB24 4 Robert Griffin III WAS QB25 8 Blake Bortles JAC QB26 8 Derek Carr OAK QB27 6 Ryan Fitzpatrick NYJ QB28 5 Nick Foles STL QB29 6 Tyrod Taylor BUF QB30 8 Josh McCown CLE QB31 11 Brian Hoyer HOU QB32 9 fanosis.com