Fantasy Football Draft 2015: Quarterback Busts
Taking a Look at the Potential Busts at QB in the 2015 Fantasy Draft
August 27, 2015
Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been analyzing the 2015 fantasy football draft. Now it’s time to start looking at the dangerous side of things and focus on some potential draft busts you should be wary of when you’re on the clock.
We’ll start things out with quarterbacks. It’s a relatively deep position, so you should be cautious here and not get caught up with wasting a high pick on a well-known name if he’s not going to produce. Let’s take a closer look at a few QBs who might not pan out on their draft stock.
Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos: Lots more people are jumping off the Manning bandwagon this year, and you can count us among those. With a trio of capable running backs behind him, an established zone-blocking run scheme on offense, fewer weapons at his disposal and another year on the age counter (he’s 39 now), there aren’t too many bright spots on the elder Manning’s dance card in fantasy.
Let someone else take the chance here; there are plenty more QB targets further down the list.
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Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints: Speaking of aging and less-effective quarterbacks, we have Brees down in New Orleans. He had a down (for him) year last season, and probably won’t come storming back in 2015.
Most people are seeing the Saints as a run-first team this season (they’ve got C.J. Spiller now) and with Jimmy Graham and Kenny Stills gone, we don’t see a lot of hope for Brees to remain an absolute must-have QB in fantasy anymore.
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions: We’ve never really been super-high on Stafford, who is always a trendy pick for a breakout year that never quite materializes. He’s got a sketchy offensive line and an aging Calvin Johnson alongside him again in 2015, which shouldn’t get your hopes up.
Stafford should realistically be a high-end QB2 rather than a starter, but someone will pick him up as a No. 1. Don’t be that person.
Sam Bradford, Philadelphia Eagles: Bradford is a popular sleeper candidate heading into the 2015 campaign. That said, he’s also one of the most high-risk quarterbacks you can draft this year.
Bradford does have the advantage of working within the high-powered Philly offense instead of the fantasy wasteland of St. Louis this year, but given his injury history he’s relatively unproven as a bankable fantasy starter. Take him as a bye-week plug-in but don’t rely on him for much else.
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons: Ryan should be a decent fantasy quarterback this year, but don’t expect anything stellar. Sure, he’s got his main weapons back and healthy this season, but is also going to be taking part in a run-heavy offensive scheme in 2015.
Ryan has only hit the magic 30-touchdown threshold once in his six NFL seasons, and probably won’t get there this year either. Don’t reach for him.
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