Brady Spike
With the NFL Draft behind us it is time to start thinking about next year’s fantasy football landscape. Here is an early look at quarterbacks.
1. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
3. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
4. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
5. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
6. Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
7. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
8. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
9. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
10. Marcus Mariotta, Tennessee Titans
11. Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys
12. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins
13. Philip Rivers, Los Angeles Chargers
14. Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders
15. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
16. Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles
17. Eli Manning, New York Giants
18. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
19. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
20. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
21. Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo Bills
22. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
23. Sam Bradford, Minnesota Vikings
24. Blake Bortles, Jacksonville Jaguars
25. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs
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Brady Spike
Now that the dust is settling on another season, let’s take a look at the QB landscape.
The Elite
Tom Brady – Missed four games because of Roger’s vendetta. 3,554 yards, 29 TDs, 2 INTs which extrapolate to 4,739 yards, 39 TDs and 3 INTs. Set the Super Bowl record for passing yards as he got the last laugh. No signs of slowing and has a great group of weapons that fit his style. If Gronk can stay healthy, he’s even more dangerous.
Drew Brees – 5,208 yards, 37 TDs, 15 INTs. A remarkable fifth 5,000 yard season. He’s 38, but no signs of slowing. Good young receiving options.
Aaron Rodgers – 4,428 yards and an NFL-high 40 TDs to just 7 picks.
Matt Ryan – Matty Ice may have a Super Bowl hangover after that debacle, but he has the best receiver in the game, along with numerous weapons. MVP season with 4,944 yards, 38 TD and 7 INTs.
The Next Wave
Andrew Luck – 4,240 yards, 31 TDs, 13 INTs. Great to see the TD-INT ratio come back. Adding 341 yards and 2 TDs on the ground has him knocking on that elite status.
Philip Rivers – 4,386 yards, 33 TDs. A little heavy on the INTs (21). Key injuries set him back, but still solid year nonetheless. Consistently delivers. Also consistently undervalued.
Ben Roethlisberger – 3,819 yards, 29 TDs, 13 INTs in 14 games. He’s a force but tends to deal with injuries. You’ll want a capable backup.
Strong Options
Derek Carr – It’s a shame he got injured as he was in the MVP discussion with 3,937 yards and 28 TDs to just 6 INTs.
Kirk Cousins – Third in league with 4,917 yards, but a little light on TDs (25) to be considered in the upper echelon.
Cam Newton – 3,509 yards, 19 TDs, 14 INTs with 359 yards and five rushing TDs. Should produce more next year both with his arm and his feet.
Matthew Stafford – Same boat as Cousins with 4,327 yards and 24 TDs. Only 10 INTs though.
Russell Wilson – 4,219 yards, 21 TDs, 11 INTs with 259 yards and a rushing score. Injury limited his mobility. He should be back to his dual threat tendencies next year.
Up and Coming
Marcus Mariota – 3,426 yards, 26 TDs, 9 INTs with 349 yards and 2 TDs rushing. Took a huge next step before being injured.
Zak Prescot – 3,667 yards, 23 TDs and 4 INTs with 282 yards and 6 TDs. Impressive rookie year. Future looks bright.
Jameis Winston – 4,090 yards, 28 TDs, 18 INTs. A little heavy on the INTs, but he did progress in year two.
Andy Dalton – 4,206 yards, 18 TDs, 8 INTs
Joe Flacco – 4,317 yards, 20 TDs, 15 INTs
Eli Manning – 4,027 yards, 26 TDs, 16 INTs
Carson Palmer – 4,233 yards, 26 TDs, 14 INTs
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Tom Brady Intense
The Patriots have dominated the AFC East for the past 15 years and will face off against one of their divisional rivals this week when they travel to play against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Todd Bowles’ men have struggled immensely in the secondary this term, with even future Hall-of-Famer Darrelle Revis displaying signs of his age.
As a result, expect Brady and his passing attack to carve up the Jets’ defense with Martellus Bennett, Julian Edelman and potentially Rob Gronkowski playing a crucial role. The return of Dion Lewis in the Patriots’ backfield could even see Bill Belichick’s men towards the 40-point mark.
A win would put the Patriots in with a strong chance of locking up one of the top seeds in the AFC, and in the latest betting odds they are backed as strong contenders to win the Super Bowl, although prices can vary so looking at comparisons in sites that review the best bookmakers, casinos and slots online could be make the difference in placing the right punt.
Mariota and the Titans offense are really beginning to hit their stride as proven with their 47-point display against the Green Bay Packers. The 23-year-old is beginning to deliver on his potential that saw the AFC South outfit use the second-overall selection in the 2015 Draft to acquire his services.
He will be facing a poor defensive team in the form of the Chicago Bears, who were taken apart by the player picked one spot ahead of Mariota last year, Jameis Winston. As a result, Mariota will have a huge day in the air, connecting with his tight end Delanie Walker and receivers Kendall Wright and Rishard Matthews.
Tennessee need to keep up their form on offense as their defense has been porous at times this season, which could prevent them from earning a post-season berth in their division.
Manning has been below-par this season, failing to connect with the talent around him, and is projected to finish with a lower total touchdown count than last season’s 35 where he spread the ball around well, enjoying one of the best campaigns of his career.
The perfect remedy for a struggling offense this term has been to play the Cleveland Browns, who are ranked in the bottom five in the NFL in passing defense. There is a dearth of talent in the AFC North side’s pass rush and secondary, leaving them vulnerable to quality attacks.
The 34-year-old should have little problem firing to Odell Beckham Jr and Sterling Shepard for touchdowns aplenty at FirstEnergy Stadium and that would send his touchdown totals in the right direction as well as keeping the Giants in the hunt of the post-season.

Cleveland Browns vs. Indianapolis Colts“ (CC BY 2.0) by  EDrost88 
Everything went wrong for Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts last year. After reaching the AFC Championship game in 2014, plenty of NFL fans believed that Chuck Pagano’s men would push on and compete for a place in the Super Bowl in 2015. However, an injury to star quarterback Andrew Luck all but ended their chances of glory and Colts fans had to sit and watch as the Houston Texans won the AFC South title.
Despite their struggles last season, there is plenty of optimism in the air at Lucas Oil Stadium ahead of the new campaign. Luck is back to 100% fitness and the Colts focused heavily on improving their offensive line in the 2016 NFL Draft. With added protection in front of him, Indianapolis may be about to regain their 2014 form – and the rest of the AFC will be wary of their offensive prowess.

As of August 16th, the Colts are 25/1 in bet365’s NFL betting odds to go on and win the Super Bowl. While that may be a step too far, Indianapolis will certainly be much more competitive this time around. Luck is widely regarded as one of the best quarterbacks in the business and he will be very influential for the Colts this season. But he could also be central to your fantasy football this year. If you get the chance, you should definitely select him.
Luck’s poor 2015 season was down to a few things.
Firstly, Indy’s offensive line was virtually non-existent. There was a clear lack of protection for the Colts quarterback throughout the campaign and a hit-and-miss running game meant that Luck had to carry the offense on his own. Unfortunately, it was a step too far for the number one overall pick from the 2012 NFL Draft but that shouldn’t be an issue this season.

Secondly, Luck was trying to force things a little too much. With new offensive co-ordinator Rob Chudzinski working closely with him, Luck may be about to improve and benefit from a tweaked scheme. Indianapolis are still going to be a pass-heavy offense but added focus on the running game should help to take a bit of pressure off Luck’s shoulders as the Colts look to get back to their best.
His fantasy stock has fallen in the offseason but that could be good for your team. If you are fortunate, you could select Luck in the fifth round of the draft – a decent mid-round pick that will give you a solid option at the quarterback position. He is never going to do a Cam Newton but Luck has MVP potential and if he can regain his 2014 form, you could be on your way to the fantasy title.
For us, he’s a top five quarterback without a shadow of a doubt. Write Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts off at your peril… we dare you.

Here are some Quarterbacks that have played well in the preseason.  Let’s evaluate them to see if they can translate their preseason production into fantasy worth when the season begins.

Matt Leinart, Arizona Cardinals – Leinart is the preseason leader with 517 passing yards.  He also has completed 61.3% of his passes with 3 TDs to 1 INT.  His passer rating of 97.3 is the 4th best.  If Warner goes down, I think he’ll be ready to finally produce.

Joe Flacco
Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
- Joe is looking like a decent QB2 this season completing 65.6% of his passes for 470 yards and 1 TD.  He has yet to throw a pick and sports a 94.3 passer rating. 

Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle Seahawks - Hasselbeck continues to have an outstanding preseason completing a ridiculous 71.7% of his passes for 414 yards and 4 TDs.  He has thrown one pick and has a robust passer rating of 111.7.  He’s looking like a solid low-end QB1.

Vince Young, Tennessee Titans - VY solified his backup role with the Titans.  He is 5th in the league with 377 yards.  He has completed 59.6% of his passes with 3 TDs and 3 INTs.  His passer rating is 75.0.  I would not draft Vince Young and only consider picking him up should he play well for a couple games should Kerry Collins go down.

Jay Culter under center
Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
- Cutler had a nice game in a hostile environment as he returned to Denver.  He has completed 63.6% of his passes for 329 yards and 2 TDs.  His passer rating is solid at 92.0.  He is a low-end QB1 with the potential to move up.

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Here are some Quarterbacks putting up serious preseason numbers.  Let’s take a look and see if they have a chance to translate some of that preseason production into fantasy worth in regular season play. 

Matt Hasselbeck throwing
Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle Seahawks
- Through two games, Hasselbeck leads all QBs with a 111.9 passer rating.  He has completed 67.9% of his passes (19 of 28) for 198 yards and 2 TDs.  The key to his success is staying healthy.  Now that two of his starting offensive lineman have been injured, I would move Hasselbeck down from a low-end QB1 to a high-end QB2 as he’s likely to take more hits with his make-shift line.  It’s nice to see him getting into a rhythm though.

Tarvaris Jackson, Minnesota Vikings - T-Jack responded to the challenge of Brett Favre’s arrival with a perfect 158.3 passer rating, completing 80% of his passes (12 of 15) for 202 yards and 2 TDs.  Unfortunately for Jackson, the Vikings are likely showcasing him so they can try to trade him.  With Favre, T-Jack, Sage Rosenfels, and John David Booty on the roster, something has to give.  The Vikes won’t carry four QBs this year.  Depending on where he ends up, he could have some fantasy value, but I wouldn’t waste a roster spot with him.

A.J. Feeley, Philadelphia Eagles - Feeley leads all QBs with 347 preseason passing yards.  He has completed 34 of 44 passes (77.3%) with 1 TD and a 106.9 passer rating.  The showing is nice, but he is unlikely to unseat Kevin Kolb for the backup role.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills - Fitzpatrick has been unconscious completing 72.1% of his passes (31 of 43) for 316 yards.  He’s sixth in the preseason standings with a 90.8 passer rating.  He had a good preseason last year as well, and we saw what he did when Carson Palmer went down…little.  He has a little better weapons with the Bills, but don’t expect much from him if Trent Edwards gets hurt.

Brodie Croyle, Kansas City Chiefs - It’s unlikely Croyle can unseat newcomer Matt Cassel.  That would almost be an admission that the old regime was right.  Still, if Croyle continues to push Cassel with his 60.7 completion percentage (17 of 28) and 80.4 passer rating (8th best), fans could start calling for Cassel’s head if he struggles out of the gate.

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