Fantasy Football Philosophy: Quarterbacks
The quarterback position is undoubtedly the most important position in the NFL. The QB is the only player who touches the ball on almost every offensive play. In respects to fantasy football they score the most points, and are often the difference maker when it comes to a win or a loss. LetsRUMBL is here to give you some insight that will help drive your draft decisions. Whether you are looking for a superstar early in the draft, or a back up QB for your bye-week heres an overview of quarterbacks worthy to grace a presence on your squad
These QBs are must-haves if you have any hopes to win the Ship this season. You will likely need to take them early because they are high commodities.
Cam Newton Last seasons MVP will be looking to rebound from a disappointing Super Bowl performance. The return of Kelvin Benjamin to the line up gives him yet another weapon in his arsenal.
Carson Palmer The Cardinals have one of the most potent offenses in the NFL. They seem to get better each season, and this season will be no different. Palmer is getting better and better with age.
Drew Brees The receiving core of the Saints has evolved over the years, but Brees productivity has not dropped off. This future hall of famer is the gift that keeps on giving. Brandon Cooks is one of the most exciting young receivers in the NFL, and WR Brandon Coleman came on strong late last season.
Andrew Luck Luck was a non-factor last season. Injured most of the year, he still did not play well even when healthy. With some improvements to the Colts offensive line, and a new offensive scheme expect Luck to earn his paycheck this season.
Aaron Rodgers With the absence of Jordy Nelson last season, Rodgers numbers dropped off significantly. Nelson is back, and throw TE Jared Cook into the mix – expect Rodgers to bounce back in a big way this season.
Tom Brady Even though hes suspended for the first 4 games, Brady will still be a top five QB as soon as he returns. The double TE set with Gronkowski and Bennett will add a dynamic layer to this offense that will be vital come fantasy playoff time
If you miss out on the gold level QBs, you will still have some solid options with this group of playmakers. They may not put up monstrous numbers every week, but they are consistent, and will definitely have some big game days throughout the season.
Russell Wilson Ciaras husband is a dual threat who can beat you with his arms and his legs. The receiving duo of Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett are building a great rapport with Wilson, and if they can get Jimmy Graham involved deadly.
Kirk Cousins Cousins had a breakout season last year, leading the Redskins to a NFC East title. He has a number of playmakers at his disposal, and should build off the success of last season now that its officially his team
Philip Rivers Rivers is Mr. Reliable. The Chargers have not been a Super Bowl contender in a long time, and this season will be no different. But Rivers consistently puts up great numbers every season, no matter the circumstances.
Derek Carr Carr could be one of the most underrated QBs in the NFL, and his third season in the league could be his best to date. Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree are a dynamic one-two punch, and the Raiders may finally return to their winning ways this season.
Ben Roethlisberger Big Ben is a gold level talent who has been plagued by injuries over the years. The absence of Martavis Bryant and Heath Miller may hurt the Steelers pass attack this season. But they still have the best WR in the business with Antonio Bryant, and that goes a long way.
Blake Bortles Bortles exceeded most peoples expectations last season, despite playing on a very mediocre team. The Allens (Robinson and Hurns) have emerged as elite wide receivers, and expect more production out of Julius Thomas (TE) in his second year on the team.
These QBs likely will not finish the season as a top ten QB, but if you are in a pinch or need a QB for a bye week any of these guys would be a good temporary solution.
Tyrod Taylor – Tyrod put up some great numbers last season, and seemed to get better with each game. Another mobile QB who can beat you multiple ways, expect Taylor to have an even bigger year under his new contract.
Matthew Stafford Stafford has yet to live up to his potential, and the loss of Megatron will surely be felt this season. But the Lions have the lowest number of rushing attempts in the league which means he will at least have the opportunity to put up big numbers.
Ryan Tannehill Expectations for Tannehill have always been high, but the Dolphins offense has yet to live up to expectations. They have one of the most underrated receiving cores in the league, and an improved offensive line should yield better results for the young QB this season.
Jameis Winston With a year under his belt, expect Winston to have a breakout season this year. The Bucs have a long ways to go to be relevant in the NFL but it will start and end with Winston. Hes got big targets in Jackson and Evans once he learns how to use them, he will be a force to be reckoned with.
Eli Manning Manning could be one of the most inconsistent QBs in the NFL, but when hes on, hes on. Its tough to rely on him every week, but depending on the match up he could be a great back up if you are in a pinch.
Alex Smith Its not often that Alex Smith will win a game for you, but he will never lose one. Even though the Chiefs are primarily a rushing offense, Alex Smith is smooth and steady rarely makes mistakes and rarely turns the ball over. If you are looking for a consistent 20 points on any given week, Alex Smith is your man.