Fantasy Football Draft 2015: Top 10 Quarterback (QB) Rankings
2015-08-16 11:00:00 EDT
The 2015 fantasy football draft season is getting started a little later this year due to the NFL schedule, but it’s finally time to start diving into all of that preparation for the upcoming season.
Today in our annual position-by-position draft rankings, we’re taking a look at quarterbacks. This spot isn’t as concrete as it’s been in years past, as there’s less talent at the top end and more question marks down the line. Let’s take a look at the top 10 fantasy QBs and see who you might want to target when you’re on the clock.
1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers: We like Rodgers a little better than most people do, so some might think he’s a stretch as the top pick. Still, as a rock-solid No. 1 fantasy QB you can’t do much better. He should hit 30 touchdowns and 4500 yards with no effort at all.
2. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts: Luck is the consensus No. 1 overall quarterback on most fantasy boards, so you could grab him first overall and no one would bat an eyelash. Like Rodgers, he’ll be in the 4,500-yard, 30-touchdown club with no effort, but will pile up quite a few INTs along the way.
3. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos: Manning continues to defy expectations each year, and this one should be no different. Even when he loses players, the regression never comes. As long as he can stay healthy (an increasing gamble as he gets older), there’s no one better in the NFL. 30-35 touchdowns and 4500 yards should be in the cards.
4. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints: We like Brees a little better than some people as well, mostly because of sheer familiarity. He has no Jimmy Graham this year, but that shouldn’t stop him from flinging the ball all over the field. 5,000 yards and 25-30 touchdowns should be within his reach.
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5. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons: Rounding out our top five, we have Ryan, who is becoming a reliable fantasy name. He will pile up the INTs as well, but has a chance at hitting that 5,000-yard mark. If his receiving corps can stay healthy he’ll get 30 touchdowns as well.
6. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers: Roethlisberger surprised a lot of people (including us) last year with a solid campaign. He’s got some competent targets in Pittsburgh and should be in the high-4,000s in yardage. 25-30 touchdowns should come pretty easily as well.
7. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers: Newton had a decent year in 2014, considering what he was working with. He found some rhythm with his receiving corps that should carry over into this season. 650 rush yards, 3,500 pass yards and 20 touchdowns seem manageable.
8. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks: If you can get Wilson here, call it a steal. We’re intrigued with the addition of the aforementioned Jimmy Graham and are looking for an up-tick in the offense. 3,500 pass yards and 25 touchdowns should be pretty easy to get.
9. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys: Romo was banged up all of 2014, but still played like a champ. Now that he’s a little better and pitching to a happy Dez Bryant, look for 4,000 yards and 30-35 touchdowns.
10. Tom Brady, New England Patriots: Even with his suspension looming, Brady still makes our top 10 on sheer reputation. You’ll obviously have to have a backup playing the first few weeks, but after that Brady should be able to jump right back in and be as good as he’s been the past few years.
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