2014 Fantasy Rankings: Top 15 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Quarterback is an extremely deep position, as it has seemed to be over the past few seasons.  While you may opt to wait to select a QB, that’s not to say that they are all created equal.  Who are the best bets?  Who are a lower-end QB1?  Who are the top reserves to target?  Let’s take a look at how things currently shake out:

 

  1. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos
  2. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints
  3. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers
  4. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions
  5. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts
  6. Robert Griffin III – Washington Redskins
  7. Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers
  8. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers
  9. Tom Brady – New England Patriots
  10. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons
  11. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks
  12. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears
  13. Nick Foles – Philadelphia Eagles
  14. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers
  15. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals

Just Missed – Ryan Tannehill (MIA), Ben Roethlisberger (PIT), Tony Romo (DAL)

 

Thoughts:

  • The name many people may feel is a little bit too high is Colin Kaepernick.  However, there are a lot of things working in his favor as we head into 2014.  First of all he should finally get an entire season with a healthy Michael Crabtree, something that should not be overlooked.  Add to that the addition of Stevie Johnson, giving him another viable receiver (along with Vernon Davis & Anquan Boldin), as well as a strong running game to help keep defenses honest and there’s a lot to like.  Plus, let’s not forget the plays Kaepernick himself can make with his legs.  It’s easy to imagine him being a Top 10 option, and Top 5 isn’t out of the question.
  • Nick Foles had an extremely impressive 2013 campaign, but does anyone really believe that he can replicate it?  We certainly have our doubts, as we discussed here.  While others may rank him highly, I wouldn’t waste the high draft pick on him.
  • It was a disappointing 2013 season for Robert Griffin III, but a full year removed from his knee issues and the addition of Desean Jackson should help him tremendously.  Does anyone really believe that he won’t rush for a TD this season?  He still has to be considered one of the better options in the league.
  • The Seahawks may not throw as much as other teams, but Russell Wilson should now have a full slate of weapons available to him (a healthy Percy Harvin and rookie Paul Richardson) as well as the ability to make plays with his legs.  Consider him a low-end QB1, though one with risk.  We’d want to make sure that we have a viable alternative should we invested in him.
  • Tom Brady doesn’t have the weapons he once did, but does anyone really believe that he’s not going to produce?  Don’t underrate him, because at the end of the year he’ll likely be there.
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2 comments

  1. Husky8585 says:

    Very surprised Romo did not make the list. He must have been omitted due to concerns with his back. Romo will be playing in a Linehan offense so you know the volume will be there. Romo has talented, tall (all are 6’2 and taller) pass catchers in Dez, Witten, and rising sophomore Terrance Williams. Romo will be asked to win the Cowboys games their Lee-less defense getting shredded every week. Every game Romo plays in this season, he will be a top 10 qb play.

    • The back is the big concern, though as he proves his health he easily could be bumped up the rankings. I agree with you that he could be a very good option, given the weapons, and his history (despite all the criticism he takes he always does put up numbers). He’s definitely not an option to sleep on, but his omission also speaks to the depth at the position in 2014.

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