Fantasy Football Power Rankings: Quarterbacks

With Training Camps and preseason games quickly approaching, fantasy football is gaining its usual steam. These rankings can obviously change based on injuries, job competitions or other various, unseen reasons. I’ll explain my quarterback rankings at the bottom.

  1. Aaron Rodgers
  2. Andrew Luck
  3. Peyton Manning
  4. Russell Wilson
  5. Ben Roethlisberger
  6. Drew Brees
  7. Tom Brady
  8. Cam Newton
  9. Matt Ryan
  10. Ryan Tannehill
  11. Tony Romo
  12. Matthew Stafford
  13. Eli Manning
  14. Phillip Rivers
  15. Sam Bradford
  16. Teddy Bridgewater
  17. Colin Kaepernick
  18. Joe Flacco
  19. Jay Cutler
  20. Derek Carr
  21. Andy Daulton
  22. Jameis Winston
  23. Alex Smith
  24. Nick Foles
  25. Marcus Mariota
  26. Blake Bortles
  27. Robert Griffin III
  28. Josh McCown
  29. Johnny Manziel
  30. Jimmy Garoppollo
  31. Geno Smith
  32. Ryan Fitzpatrick
  33. Kirk Cousins
  34. Mark Sanchez
  35. Ryan Mallet
  36. Brian Hoyer
  37. EJ Manuel
  38. Zach Mettenberger
  39. Brock Osweiler
  40. Brandon Weeden

Brady in the Top 10

Whether you like it or not, Tom Brady is still a darn good quarterback. I believe his suspension will be diminished, increasing his fantasy value dramatically. You can look at his age or his “lack of receivers”, but he always seems to defy those odds. ESPN has him hidden in their fantasy rankings, so grab him if you can as a back-up at worst.

Tannehill over Romo

I’ll probably take a beating for this one, but if you’ve been reading my stuff recently you know I’ve turned into a Tannehill believer. Statistically from a fantasy standpoint, they were both even in 2014. Romo had Tannehill by a meager seven points. From a receiver element, Tannehill has multiple capable receivers. Dallas has one, maybe two. If Dez is covered or Witten is blocking, who you got? Cole Beasley? If Jarvis Landry is covered, you’ve got Kenny Stills, Cameron Jordan, DeVante Parker, Gregg Jennings. Just too many options. With completion percentage, Romo and Tannehill have great numbers. Romo had a great season last year, but historically stands par with Tannehill. Romo’s health is the final major knife in his fantasy value. I don’t trust his back at all. Not enough to trust him with my fantasy team. While his offensive line is good, he doesn’t have the running back power behind him he used to have, meaning he will be forced to stand in the pocket more and take hits. No thanks.

Bridgewater over Kaepernick

Here’s another story of two quarterbacks with different issues. Bridgewater has new toys to throw to in Minnesota while Kaepernick lost some big ones. Yes, the 49ers added Torry Smith, but can he carry Kaepernicks fantasy season? No. Both guys will get you the rushing yards and a decent number of passing attempts despite solid running backs, but Teddy has the upper hand due to scoring chances.

Jameis at 22

Another move that readers will hate but I love. Winston has Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson on his side. Give him a chance and he’ll get them the ball and add on his own rushing yards. More than Alex Smith and Nick Foles can do or say. Just more talent around him and a better, bigger skill set.

Garoppolo

His status is almost unnecessary, but with the looming Brady suspension you have to include him.

Guys Fighting For Jobs

Fitzpatrick, Geno Smith, Mallet and Hoyer are all fighting for jobs, meaning their value is relatively unknown. Them and several other essentially got an N/A grade and settled it out at the bottom of the rankings.

Stay tuned for my fantasy rankings for every skilled position heading into the 2015 fantasy football season!

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