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 Peyton Manning, DEN (Bye: 4)
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Height: 6’5”   Weight: 230   DOB: 1976-03-24   Age: 38
College: Tennessee   Draft: 1998 Round 1 (1)   Experience: 15
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2011IND00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0
2012DEN16400 583 4,659 37 11 23 6 0 381.6 23.8
2013DEN16450 659 5,477 55 10 32 -31 1 496.8 31.0
2014 (Projected)DEN 437 652 5,152 47 12 22 -11 0 444.5  

Outlook: Coming off of the greatest fantasy football season in history, it should be no surprise that Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning is the top quarterback on almost all lists heading into the 2014 season. Words truly cannot explain just how ridiculous Manning's season was, so let's just look again at the numbers: 5,477 yards, 55 touchdown passes and just 10 interceptions. Simply unbelievable. Even if you were one of the brave few who had Manning as your top-ranked quarterback heading into 2013, there's no way that anyone could have predicted that kind of fantasy output. Manning threw multiple touchdown passes in 15 of his 16 regular season games, including nine games with four or more touchdowns. While losing Eric Decker is certainly a concern, the addition of Emmanuel Sanders and rookie Cody Latimer, along with the healthy return of bookend left tackle Ryan Clady could mean that the Denver passing game has a chance of coming close to what it did in 2013. The numbers don't look at all sustainable on the surface, but if there's any quarterback who can engineer that kind of offense again, it's Peyton Manning. Those looking to be contrarians might look at Aaron Rodgers or Drew Brees as the top quarterback going into this fantasy season. Don't be steered away by the likely regression in Manning's numbers, though. Even if Manning saw a 20 percent reduction in his fantasy numbers, he would finish with 4,382 yards and 44 touchdowns. That yardage total would put him at sixth among quarterbacks from the 2013 season, while the touchdowns would still put him five ahead of any other quarterback. Understand that regression does not mean that Manning isn't still the best fantasy quarterback for 2014.


 Drew Brees, NO (Bye: 6)
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Height: 6’0”   Weight: 209   DOB: 1979-01-15   Age: 35
College: Purdue   Draft: 2001 Round 2 (1)   Experience: 12
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2011NO16468 657 5,476 46 14 21 86 1 472.4 29.5
2012NO16422 670 5,177 43 19 15 5 1 437.4 27.3
2013NO16446 650 5,162 39 12 34 54 3 437.5 27.3
2014 (Projected)NO 422 639 4,988 40 13 19 39 0 413.3  

Outlook: Since Drew Brees and head coach Sean Payton came to New Orleans in 2006, the Saints offense has ranked in the top four of the NFL in yards per game every season. Hitching your wagon to Brees might come with a premium, but he rarely disappoints his fantasy owners. A steady veteran, Brees connected on 15 passes of 40+ yards and eclipsed 300 passing yards in 11 of 16 contests during the 2013 regular season en route to his third straight year with over 5,000 yards. He even found a way to decrease his interception total from the previous year. The only downside was the increase in games without multiple touchdown passes. After failing to throw for at least two scores only three times during the 2012 regular season, Brees amassed five such games a year ago. The loss of Darren Sproles and Lance Moore will certainly have an impact on the Saints signal caller but not enough to push him out of the top-five fantasy quarterbacks.


 Aaron Rodgers, GB (Bye: 9)
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Height: 6’2”   Weight: 225   DOB: 1983-12-02   Age: 31
College: California   Draft: 2005 Round 1 (24)   Experience: 8
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2011GB15343 502 4,643 45 6 60 257 3 455.9 30.4
2012GB16371 552 4,295 39 8 54 259 2 408.7 25.5
2013GB9193 290 2,536 17 6 30 120 0 206.8 23.0
2014 (Projected)GB 368 558 4,460 37 11 51 228 2 405.8  

Outlook: It's strange to look at quarterback rankings from 2013 and see a double-digit number next to Aaron Rodgers's name. He still finished tied for fourth in FPts/G. A broken collarbone sunk his stats and nearly the Packers' season before he came back in heroic fashion to save their season in week 17 against Chicago. Rodgers has remained at the top of nearly every important fantasy quarterback stat for the past six years and he's always in the running for first quarterback off the board. Will Rodgers pick right up where he left off and continue to make Green Bay's offense a fantasy factory?

Let's not be silly, if Rodgers is your starting quarterback, your roster will be in great hands. Coaches and players lie, but numbers usually don't. If Rodgers had played the full season, he would have finished 2013 with roughly 4,500 yards, 30 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Those numbers would have put him in the low end of the top 10 and approached his career starter lows.

There are a few factors to consider before making that all-important quarterback selection, though. First, the emergence of Eddie Lacy. The rookie runner carried the ball 285 times and 11 scores last year and proved to be the reliable and efficient running back the Packers have been looking for since Ryan Grant in 2009. Grant's numbers from that year are eerily similar to those of Lacy last year: 1,100 yards with 11 touchdowns. Rodgers in 2009: 4,400-30-7, very close to his 16-game projection for 2013. Another factor to consider is the change in player personnel. In consecutive offseasons Rodgers has lost familiar veteran pass catchers in Greg Jennings, James Jones and Jermichael Finley. Their talent will be easy to replace, as Rodgers makes the players around him better. Working with younger receivers in Randall Cobb and Jarrett Boykin and a potential rookie tight end could affect his consistency, especially early in the year. The bottom line here is that Rodgers is one of the league's best, but baring major injury to the running back corps, he won't be asked to carry this team like in 2011 and 2012. Expect numbers to be closer to that of mere mortals, but still good enough to make him a top QB1 selection.

Comment: With a healthy running game, a return to the fantasy top five is in the cards for Rodgers. ~ Mike Krueger


 Nick Foles, PHI (Bye: 7)
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Height: 6’6”   Weight: 243   DOB: 1989-01-20   Age: 25
College: Arizona   Draft: 2012 Round 3 (25)   Experience: -
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2012PHI7161 265 1,699 6 5 11 42 1 119.2 17.0
2013PHI13203 317 2,891 27 2 56 225 3 293.1 22.5
2014 (Projected)PHI 333 528 4,175 29 11 82 313 3 374.1  

Outlook: As a tall, slow and lumbering pocket passer, Nick Foles didn't fit the part of a quarterback that would thrive in the Chip Kelly system, but after he took over for an injured Michael Vick, he certainly proved otherwise. It turned out that Kelly's system didn't necessarily need an athletic quarterback that could take off and gain yards with his legs, as was the case at Oregon, but could be mastered by a smart, accurate and tough quarterback as well. Surprisingly, Foles did do enough with his legs to end the season with 225 yards and three scores on the ground. More impressively, Foles put up 2,891 passing yards with 27 touchdowns against only two interceptions. Foles accomplished that in basically 12 games, as he threw a mere four passes while replacing Vick in Week 4. The second-year quarterback finished eighth in completion percentage (64.0), first in yards per attempt (9.12), and first in quarterback rating (119.2). Foles' miraculous season ended with him winning the Pro Bowl MVP, and left fantasy owners salivating over what he may do with a full offseason of preparation as a starter and with 16 starts potentially awaiting him in 2014. On a points per game basis, Foles was the sixth-best quarterback in fantasy football last season and it's easy to argue that he has room for improvement. Although he loses his offense's top receiving weapon from last season in Desean Jackson, he gains veteran Jeremy Maclin – who returns from an offseason ACL tear – in addition to rookie Jordan Matthews and former Saints running back Darren Sproles. Foles could potentially end up being overdrafted in upcoming drafts, but it's hard not to like his chances of finishing as a top-five fantasy quarterback.

Comment: Foles should be a lighting rod for discussion in the fantasy community. Can he repeat his insane numbers from 2013 (9.1 yards per attempt, 64% completion rate, 27 TDs, 2 INTs)? ~ Mike Krueger


 Andrew Luck, IND (Bye: 10)
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Height: 6’4”   Weight: 234   DOB: 1989-09-12   Age: 25
College: Stanford   Draft: 2012 Round 1 (1)   Experience: -
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2012IND16339 627 4,374 23 18 62 255 5 366.2 22.9
2013IND16345 572 3,830 23 9 63 377 4 345.2 21.6
2014 (Projected)IND 368 613 4,355 27 12 62 299 3 373.7  

Outlook: The No. 1 overall pick of the 2012 draft has two productive fantasy seasons under his belt. Many prognosticators have placed him in the second tier of signal callers with improvements on the offensive side of the ball and a healthier stable of pass-catchers. Luck grew as a passer by cutting his interception total in half while increasing his completion percentage despite the fact injuries depleted the team's receiving options for most of the year. He has showed durability in starting every game for the Colts since joining the league while also being a smart and effective runner when forced out of the pocket.

To help their franchise quarterback take the next step, the Colts improved their depth at the WR position by adding Hakeem Nicks through free agency and selecting Donte Moncrief through the draft. Additionally, injured TE Dwayne Allen's return to the starting lineup will give OC Pep Hamilton even more flexibility along the offensive front. For these reasons, Luck is poised for his best season yet and could be a relative bargain on draft day for bullish fantasy owners who wish to stay ahead of the curve.


 Matt Ryan, ATL (Bye: 9)
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Height: 6’4”   Weight: 220   DOB: 1985-05-17   Age: 29
College: Boston College   Draft: 2008 Round 1 (3)   Experience: 5
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2011ATL16347 565 4,177 29 12 37 84 2 345.3 21.6
2012ATL16422 615 4,719 32 14 34 141 1 384.1 24.0
2013ATL16439 651 4,515 26 17 17 55 0 335.3 21.0
2014 (Projected)ATL 421 638 4,720 28 16 22 76 1 361.6  

Outlook: Atlanta continued its transition to a more open passing offense in 2013 as Matt Ryan set career highs in pass attempts, completions and interceptions. Expect more of the same from the veteran signal caller in 2014. In fact, he might be even better, considering the 26 TDs he threw last year were his lowest total since 2009. If Ryan is to be a top-five fantasy quarterback this year it will start with a healthier offensive line. First-round draft pick Jake Matthews will be plugged in at right tackle, while Sam Baker returns from a knee injury on the left side. Additionally, Jon Asamoah was brought in from Kansas City to help inside, and the whole group will be coached up by Mike Tice. New faces do not always translate into success, but Atlanta has definitely upgraded its talent level across the line, which should translate into less sacks and more time for Atlanta’s offense to work downfield. Add the healthy return of Julio Jones' dynamic playmaking ability, along with the steadiness of Roddy White, and Matt Ryan is likely to see his stock rise back to where it was before injuries derailed the offense. It also doesn't hurt to have a pair of running backs who could combine to catch 100 balls in Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers. Surrounded by playmakers, Ryan has a good shot at posting his second career 30-TD season and should be taken after Brees, Rodgers and Manning are called on draft day.

Comment: The Falcons threw the ball more than any other team last season, yet Ryan's fantasy numbers dipped. A healthy Julio Jones and Roddy White will go along way in making Atlanta's QB a fantasy force once again. ~ Mike Krueger


 Matthew Stafford, DET (Bye: 9)
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Height: 6’2”   Weight: 232   DOB: 1988-02-07   Age: 26
College: Georgia   Draft: 2009 Round 1 (1)   Experience: 4
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2011DET16421 663 5,038 41 16 22 78 0 423.7 26.5
2012DET16435 727 4,967 20 17 35 126 4 365.0 22.8
2013DET16371 634 4,647 29 19 36 74 2 367.8 23.0
2014 (Projected)DET 375 626 4,504 30 16 23 69 1 358.1  

Outlook: Can sixth-year gunslinger Matt Stafford be the quarterback to serve a potential fantasy smorgasbord to owners in 2014? The Detroit Lions have focused their offseason on giving their franchise quarterback the pieces necessary for them to become a top-flight offense, copying the blueprint of the prolific New Orleans Saints. New offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi brings the New Orleans scheme, and Lions brass, led by new head coach Jim Caldwell, have brought in the personnel in rookie tight end Eric Ebron and YAC maven Golden Tate. Stafford has never had a problem amassing impressive box scores, with 14,000-plus yards passing and 96 total TDs over the past three seasons. Drew Brees ascended to fantasy elite status in a similar system, but Stafford currently lacks the mechanics, efficiency and system experience of Brees, so fantasy owners expecting comparable results might be disappointed. That said, count on Stafford to approach another 4,500-yard, 30-plus TD season (a solid bet for top-five numbers), offering a more consistent TD/interception ratio on a game-by-game basis, as he will actually have short-to-intermediate route runners in Ebron and Tate and won't have to force big plays downfield. Savvy owners will also notice the three-game homestretch at domed Ford Field late in the fantasy season in weeks 13-15.

Comment: Lions want to run more uptemp offense under new OC Joe Lombardi (Saints). ~ Mike Krueger


 Robert Griffin III, WAS (Bye: 10)
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Height: 6’2”   Weight: 223   DOB: 1990-02-12   Age: 24
College: Baylor   Draft: 2012 Round 1 (2)   Experience: -
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2012WAS15258 393 3,200 20 5 120 815 7 363.5 24.2
2013WAS13275 457 3,212 16 12 88 484 0 273.0 21.0
2014 (Projected)WAS 293 473 3,642 21 14 99 572 4 347.3  

Outlook: The conventional wisdom says Robert Griffin III rushed back too quickly from his torn ACL injury, which led to a decline in his production from his rookie season. The word out of OTAs is that Griffin has flashed his dynamic 2012 form and looked “extremely explosive.” In 2012, Griffin threw for 3,200 yards with 20 touchdowns and five interceptions while also rushing for 826 yards with another seven touchdowns. In 2013, his rushing yards were nearly cut in half and he failed to score a rushing touchdown, while also regressing as a passer. Griffin spent the offseason working on his mechanics with quarterback instructor Terry Shea. Mike and Kyle Shanahan are no longer in Washington, and Robert Griffin III will now work with offensive-minded head coach Jay Gruden and new offensive coordinator Sean McVay. In addition, the team brought in more dynamic weapons for their young quarterback, signing former Eagle DeSean Jackson and former Cardinal Andre Roberts in free agency. All signs are pointing to a great fantasy football season from RGIII and the fickle masses just may forget how valuable of a weapon he was in 2012 after his disappointing 2013. Griffin is still one of the most dynamic runners in the league and Gruden has stated that while he may not use the read option often, he won't necessarily ask Griffin not to run the ball when the opportunity arises. Any potential drop off in Griffin's rushing production should be offset by an uptick in his passing statistics. Combine Griffin's offseason work and health, Gruden's offensive mind and the influx of talent in the passing game, and it's hard to imagine Washington's passing offense not taking a leap forward in 2014.


 Cam Newton, CAR (Bye: 12)
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Height: 6’5”   Weight: 244   DOB: 1989-05-11   Age: 25
College: Auburn   Draft: 2011 Round 1 (1)   Experience: 3
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2011CAR16310 517 4,051 21 17 126 706 14 441.2 27.6
2012CAR16280 485 3,869 19 12 127 741 8 391.6 24.5
2013CAR16292 473 3,379 24 13 111 587 6 359.7 22.5
2014 (Projected)CAR 275 459 3,350 22 13 104 572 5 342.7  

Outlook: Cam Newton set the bar high as a rookie and he has yet to reach that same level of fantasy production in the past two years. Newton has matured as a passer, posting gains in completion percentage and passing touchdowns during the 2013 season. As his confidence as a passer rose, his need to run decreased. The dip in rushing stats was enough to knock him down a peg or two from the position's elite. More troubling for those considering him for the 2014 season is his lack of proven options in the passing game. Losing a future Hall of Fame receiver in Steve Smith would hurt any quarterback, but when a quarterback who has struggled to maintain a completion percentage above 60 percent loses his most dynamic threat the loss is even more significant. Furthermore, Newton's other starting wide receiver from the 2013 season, Brandon LaFell, signed with New England during the offseason. In the wake these losses the team added a pair of veterans Jericho Cotchery and Jason Avant as well as rookie Kelvin Benjamin.

Not only does Newton need to develop chemistry with an entire set of new targets, he will have to do it on a left ankle that was surgically repaired this offseason. Carolina has been cautious with Newton so far and he will likely need the entire preseason before feeling fully healed. This may have a direct impact on Newton's rushing totals this season, placing increased pressure on his ability to perform in the pocket to be a viable fantasy starter. This uncertainty keeps Newton outside the top five at the position and depending on your risk tolerance it is perfectly reasonable to drop him further down into the last tier of QB1s. Derek Anderson will be ready if called upon as the team's backup quarterback but does not offer much upside in an already ordinary offense.

Comment: Newton has a hairline fracture in his ribs. The injury concerns are justified, but Newton remains a value pick in the middle rounds of your draft. ~ Mike Krueger


 Colin Kaepernick, SF (Bye: 8)
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Height: 6’5”   Weight: 230   DOB: 1987-11-03   Age: 27
College: -   Draft: 2011 Round 2 (4)   Experience: 2
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2011SF23 5 35 0 0 2 -2 0 1.6 0.8
2012SF13136 218 1,814 10 3 63 415 5 202.2 15.6
2013SF16243 416 3,197 21 8 95 521 4 320.0 20.0
2014 (Projected)SF 280 474 3,558 23 11 92 549 3 342.8  

Outlook: Following some serious hype coming into 2013, San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick was a bit of a bust for fantasy purposes in his first full season as the team's starting quarterback. Some of that can be attributed to the fact that he is still growing as a player and particularly as a passer, but perhaps the biggest problem was that he missed his top target Michael Crabtree for the majority of the season when Crabtree tore his Achilles tendon prior to the start of the regular season. Upon Crabtree's return, the two seemed to have some chemistry, which is certainly a nice sign heading into 2014. With Crabtree back in the lineup, Kaepernick finished the season with 19 or more fantasy points in seven of his final eight games. He found more success with his running game, especially toward the end of the year and in the playoffs, which makes sense as that is the time for players to go all-out and put their bodies on the line. Don't expect Vick-like rushing numbers, but there's no reason to think that Kaepernick won't still be in the top five when it comes to rushing yardage at the quarterback position. He's currently being drafted very late, as the No. 11 fantasy quarterback, which gives him great upside with very little downside. It would be difficult for Kaepernick to not at least bring back an even return on his low-average draft position.


 Jay Cutler, CHI (Bye: 9)
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Height: 6’3”   Weight: 220   DOB: 1983-04-29   Age: 31
College: Vanderbilt   Draft: 2006 Round 1 (11)   Experience: 8
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2011CHI10182 314 2,319 13 7 18 55 1 179.5 17.9
2012CHI15255 434 3,033 19 14 41 233 0 251.0 16.7
2013CHI11225 356 2,619 19 12 23 118 0 218.8 19.9
2014 (Projected)CHI 344 573 4,124 28 15 42 177 1 341.9  

Outlook: The Chicago Bears clearly put their franchise in the hands of Jay Cutler for the foreseeable future and paid him like an elite quarterback, lavished him with a fresh seven-year, $126 million deal in the offseason. Should fantasy owners feel the same confidence? Cutler has always been on the fringe of being a consistent fantasy starter, but injury, scheme or sieve-like offensive line play have always conspired to keep him from being a reliable QB1. In 2013, with a new coach, offensive philosophy and towering targets in Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffrey and Martellus Bennett, Cutler was off to a strong start, throwing for 12 scores after the first six games. But serious groin and ankle injuries caused Cutler to miss significant snaps and left the door open for Josh McCown to have career resurgence. Enjoying a healthy and productive offseason, Cutler is an intriguing option for owners looking for a sneaky value pick at quarterback. Blessed with a terrific system, mentality and elite receiving options, Cutler is primed for a repeat of his 2008 season in Denver when he passed for 4,500 yards and 25 touchdowns. His injury concerns are valid because of the die-hard way he plays the game, but looking at his medical history, there are no sign of chronic, repeated problems. His arm has always been healthy, and despite missing 12 games over the last three years (six of which were from a freak thumb injury), he is a very tough field general who plays and effectively so, although they're minor injuries. Fantasy owners looking to stockpile receiver or running back talent before landing a quarterback should keep Cutler in mind. Currently hovering in low tier QB1/upper QB2 territory, Cutler has the gridiron environment to possibly sneak his way into the middle tier and become a real steal.

Comment: Cutler should have no problem tossing 25 TDs given the weapons at his disposal. ~ Mike Krueger


 Tom Brady, NE (Bye: 10)
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Height: 6’4”   Weight: 225   DOB: 1977-08-03   Age: 37
College: Michigan   Draft: 2000 Round 6 (33)   Experience: 13
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2011NE16401 611 5,239 39 12 43 109 3 446.9 27.9
2012NE16401 637 4,827 34 8 23 32 4 404.6 25.3
2013NE16380 628 4,343 25 11 33 18 0 319.0 19.9
2014 (Projected)NE 388 625 4,441 28 12 13 22 0 336.3  

Outlook: From a fantasy football perspective, 2013 was Tom Brady's worst season since the era when he was known as a “game manager.” He finished as QB12 in the final rankings, however, there were 16 better quarterbacks, including Josh McCown, Alex Smith and Sam Bradford, based off of fantasy points per game. It's easy to blame his decline solely on the fact that he was without his top weapon Rob Gronkowski for most of the season and was forced to lean on mostly young and inexperienced pass catchers. Or maybe the 36-year-old veteran is facing his football mortality. Brady had his lowest yardage and touchdown totals since 2006 and struggled with his deep passing and general accuracy as well. To his credit, Brady spent time this offseason working with private quarterback coach Tom House to correct the accuracy and deep ball issues that plagued him last season. Combine that offseason work with a healthy Gronkowski and Danny Amendola, and the expected growth of Aaron Dobson, then a bounce-back season isn't out of the question. Brady will be 37, however, to start the season and we all know that Father Time is undefeated. Let one of your league-mates reach for Tommy Boy based on his name recognition, and grab better value at the position a few rounds later.

Comment: Brady's fantasy value rises and falls with a healthy or unhealthy Gronkowksi. ~ Mike Krueger