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 Marcus Mariota, TEN (Bye: 4)
Height: 6’4”   Weight: 222   DOB: 1993-10-30   Age: 22
College: Oregon   Draft: 2015 Round 1 (2) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2015 (Projected)TEN 270 457 3,155 16 13 77 392 2 273.0  

Outlook: Oregon passers have a history of not panning out in the NFL in recent years and the same cloud looms over the Titans’ quarterback of the future. On top of the nagging Joey Harrington comparisons are plenty of dismal rookie seasons from elite quarterback prospects. For this reason, Mariota will likely find himself as a fantasy backup in the majority of leagues. Then again, the hype machine continues to be a dominating factor to fantasy football’s preseason. The Titans are not a horrible destination for Mariota to land. The trio of Kendall Wright, Justin Hunter and Harry Douglas offers plenty of all-around talent with Delanie Walker emerging as a late-blooming tight end. The backfield situation could be better, but where the rushing attack fails the opportunity for more passing begins. Mariota may be another average Duck in the NFL, or he could be the next Dan Fouts. For 2015, he’ll likely be neither, seeing his share of ups and downs being used primarily as a QB2 in the fantasy game. Zach Mettenberger figures to take another step forward as the team’s backup quarterback. He has more upside than most second-string quarterbacks, but rookies don’t always pan out. Mettenberger would be worth a flyer if called into duty, but his best fantasy season isn’t likely to happen with the Titans.

 Mark Sanchez, PHI (Bye: 8)
Height: 6’2”   Weight: 225   DOB: 1986-11-11   Age: 29
College: -   Draft: 2009 Round 1 (5) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2012NYJ15246 453 2,883 13 18 22 28 0 199.0 13.3
2014PHI9198 309 2,418 14 11 34 87 1 191.6 21.3
2015 (Projected)PHI 98 158 1,156 8 6 16 44 0 94.2  

Outlook: Mark Sanchez and newly acquired Sam Bradford will compete for the starting quarterback role for head coach Chip Kelly. Although Sanchez has nine games under his belt running Kelly’s offense last season, the Eagles made a big splash this offseason by acquiring Bradford via trade with the Rams for former starter Nick Foles, making it clear that Bradford will be the starter if he can stay healthy. Staying healthy has been a difficult task for Bradford, after sustaining a second severe knee injury last season as a member of the Rams. If Bradford is not able to stay on the field, Sanchez will take the wheel on an offense that ranked sixth in passing yards per game in 2014. Although Sanchez did post a career high 64.1% completion percentage in nine games in 2014, including an impressive 374-yard, two-touchdown performance against the Redskins in Week 16, he is only worthy of a late-draft pick considering the depth of the quarterback position. However, an injury to Bradford would make Sanchez a viable streaming option later in the season.

 Blake Bortles, JAC (Bye: 8)
Height: 6’5”   Weight: 232   DOB: 1991-12-16   Age: 24
College: Central Florida   Draft: 2014 Round 1 (3) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014JAC14280 475 2,907 11 17 56 419 0 231.3 16.5
2015 (Projected)JAC 284 481 3,226 17 14 66 385 1 273.8  

Outlook: Blake Bortles heads into the 2015 season as the undisputed starting quarterback but he will have to show more to convince fantasy owners he can guide them to a championship. The first quarterback selected in the 2014 draft surpassed a modest 250 yards passing in only three of his fourteen games played. His success will be determined by his ability to stay in the pocket and become a better pure passer first and a scrambler only when the play breaks down. The team continued to improve the personnel around Bortles in the off-season adding running back T.J. Yeldon through the draft and former Broncos tight end Julius Thomas in free agency. The continued development of a young receiving corps and backfield under new OC Greg Olsen will need to grow with Bortles for this offense to sustain any kind of worthwhile fantasy production in 2015.

Veteran Chad Henne remains with Jacksonville as the backup quarterback. With the team already expected to lean more heavily on the ground game, Henne would not be a viable option if asked to fill in for Bortles at any point of the season.

 Kirk Cousins, WAS (Bye: 8)
Height: 6’3”   Weight: 214   DOB: 1988-08-19   Age: 27
College: Michigan State   Draft: 2012 Round 4 (7) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2012WAS333 48 466 4 3 3 22 0 41.5 13.8
2013WAS581 155 854 4 7 4 14 0 60.1 12.0
2014WAS6126 204 1,710 10 9 7 20 0 127.5 21.3
2015 (Projected)WAS 245 395 2,885 15 10 10 35 0 207.8  

 Nick Foles, STL (Bye: 6)
Height: 6’6”   Weight: 243   DOB: 1989-01-20   Age: 27
College: Arizona   Draft: 2012 Round 3 (25) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/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
2014PHI8188 313 2,163 13 10 16 68 0 167.0 20.9
2015 (Projected)STL 297 478 3,348 20 13 31 117 1 265.1  

Outlook: Nick Foles was a big part of one of the most dramatic off-season moves in the league heading into 2015, and could be the make-or-break player for St. Louis. The Rams finished last in a highly competitive NFC West division, but it’s not hard to believe they could’ve snuck into the playoffs if they just had some competent quarterback play. Obviously the coaching staff felt the same way as the made the move to acquire Foles from the Eagles in exchange for their oft-injured former franchise quarterback, Sam Bradford. Foles arrives in St. Louis as somewhat of a mystery as he looked brilliant in 2013 as a newcomer to the Chip Kelly offense, but fell of significantly in his second season. Foles had a masterful 2013 as he threw for an unbelievable 27 touchdowns with only two interceptions despite starting just 10 games. All signs pointed toward a breakout fantasy season for Foles in 2014, but that’s not how it turned out. Results were mixed, and Foles looked awful at times as he finished with a 13-to-10 touchdown-to-interception ratio before suffering a season-ending collarbone injury.

Now with the Rams, Foles leaves one of the most unique offenses the league has seen in years to join a more traditional, perhaps less fantasy-productive offense. The St. Louis passing game lacks consistent big-time playmakers which limits the likelihood of Foles putting up huge games, but there are enough weapons for Foles to be a solid streaming option in favorable matchups. It’s hard to imagine a scenario where Foles finishes this season as an elite fantasy quarterback. Instead, he should be among a group of decent but not great QB2 options who could be competent backups or decent enough bye week fill-ins for fantasy owners.

 Ryan Fitzpatrick, NYJ (Bye: 5)
Height: 6’2”   Weight: 225   DOB: 1982-11-24   Age: 33
College: Harvard   Draft: 2005 Round 7 (36) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2012BUF16306 505 3,400 24 16 48 197 1 291.7 18.2
2013TEN11217 350 2,454 14 12 43 225 3 219.2 19.9
2014HOU12197 312 2,483 17 8 49 188 2 223.0 18.6
2015 (Projected)NYJ 220 361 2,529 15 11 47 206 1 213.1  

 Tyrod Taylor, BUF (Bye: 8)
Height: 6’1”   Weight: 217   DOB: 1989-08-03   Age: 26
College: Virginia Tech   Draft: 2011 Round 6 (15) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2012BAL517 29 179 0 1 14 73 1 22.3 4.5
2013BAL31 5 2 0 1 8 64 0 6.5 2.2
2014BAL10 0 0 0 0 4 -3 0 -0.3 -0.3
2015 (Projected)BUF 221 368 2,468 14 9 47 205 1 205.9  

 Josh McCown, CLE (Bye: 11)
Height: 6’4”   Weight: 213   DOB: 1979-07-04   Age: 36
College: Sam Houston State   Draft: 2002 Round 3 (16) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2013CHI8149 224 1,829 13 1 13 69 1 156.4 19.5
2014TB11184 327 2,206 11 14 25 127 3 185.0 16.8
2015 (Projected)CLE 223 385 2,654 13 11 20 95 1 200.2  

Outlook: The Cleveland offense might very well be the black hole of fantasy production in 2015. Leading the way is the very undynamic duo of McCown and Manziel. In McCown you have a career back-up who is on his seventh team in 12 years. With Manziel you have a walking punchline that in serious danger of flaming out of the NFL in only his second year.

McCown turned an eight-game stretch with the Bears in 2013 into a big contract with the Bucs, but while in Tampa, displayed the mistake prone tendencies and inaccuracy that has made him a second and third stringer. I might be a little more bullish on McCown if he had Josh Gordon, but as it stands, Gordon will be catching as many passes in the NFL this year as I will, and the rest of the receivers in Cleveland are castoffs or possession types that won’t make many plays down the field. Even with Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson in Tampa, McCown completed only 56% of his passes and threw three more interceptions than touchdowns. I think Cleveland’s defense and run game will be great, leaving the passing game to be very vanilla and safe, meaning McCown won’t have the luxury of volume to help his stats. His starting spot is tenuous at best with Manziel behind him, so even in two quarterback leagues I wouldn’t give McCown much of a serious consideration.

 Brian Hoyer, HOU (Bye: 9)
Height: 6’2”   Weight: 215   DOB: 1985-10-13   Age: 30
College: Michigan State   Draft:
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2012ARI230 53 330 1 2 1 6 0 21.1 10.6
2013CLE357 96 615 5 3 6 16 0 52.4 17.5
2014CLE14244 440 3,339 12 13 25 32 0 218.2 15.6
2015 (Projected)HOU 187 316 2,150 12 10 11 22 0 157.7  

Outlook: When presented with the opportunity to leave Cleveland as a free agent and sign with a quarterback-needy team, Brian Hoyer was more than a little interested. Hoyer also has some familiarity within the offense after cutting his teeth as a pro in New England, where current Texans Head Coach Bill O’Brien was the offensive coordinator at the time. He signed a modest deal but is clearly making more than his primary competition, Ryan Mallett. For these reasons, Hoyer should be considered the front runner for the starting job, but he’ll need to have a strong preseason to shut the door. The Texans know Hoyer has flaws but are hoping he will be successful using a “try not to do too much” approach behind a strong ground game and solid defense. His receivers are solid but not spectacular, and the team’s offensive focus remains in the backfield.

 Ryan Mallett, HOU (Bye: 9)
Height: 6’7”   Weight: 245   DOB: 1988-06-05   Age: 27
College: Arkansas   Draft: 2011 Round 3 (10) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2012NE31 4 17 0 1 8 -9 0 -0.1 -0.0
2014HOU341 75 400 2 2 6 -2 0 27.8 9.3
2015 (Projected)HOU 122 201 1,545 8 5 40 79 1 123.2  

Outlook: Ryan Mallett, another disciple of O’Brien’s system in New England, will provide solid competition for Hoyer. Mallett saw his audition cut short after a pectoral injury sidelined him for the remainder of 2014. With mixed results in his two games played, the jury is still out on Mallett’s ability. A full offseason should give him a better chance to succeed. Thus far in OTAs and at the outset of training camp, the two are splitting reps and the battle remains fairly even on the field. For fantasy purposes, however, Hoyer’s contract and more recent starting experience make him the favorite to win the job. Regardless of who starts, a lack of consistent passing attempts will prevent either player to climb out of QB2 mediocrity.

 Geno Smith, NYJ (Bye: 5)
Height: 6’3”   Weight: 220   DOB: 1990-10-10   Age: 25
College: West Virginia   Draft: 2013 Round 2 (8) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2013NYJ16247 443 3,046 12 21 72 366 6 272.9 17.1
2014NYJ14219 367 2,525 13 13 59 238 1 208.1 14.9
2015 (Projected)NYJ 99 168 1,145 7 6 29 135 1 104.8  

Outlook: Geno Smith enters the 2015 as the starter for the New York Jets in what could be a make-or-break season for the former first round pick from West Virginia. In his first two years in the NFL, Smith has yet to complete more that 60 percent of his passes or reach 15 or more passing touchdowns in a season. From a fantasy perspective, Smith appeared to have some value as a rookie when he rushed for 366 yards and six touchdowns. However, that added value from points on the ground evaporated last year when he managed just one rushing touchdown on 59 attempts. In his rookie season with the team, Smith had a subpar supporting cast of wide receivers and skill position players that undoubtedly made his transition to the NFL difficult. With the addition of veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall in the off-season to go along with Eric Decker and tight end Jace Amaro, Smith has all the pieces in place to be successful. Now he must prove that he is the quarterback of the future and not another early-round quarterback bust for the Jets.

 EJ Manuel, BUF (Bye: 8)
Height: 6’4”   Weight: 237   DOB: 1990-03-19   Age: 26
College: Florida State   Draft: 2013 Round 1 (16) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2013BUF10180 306 1,972 11 9 53 186 2 173.2 17.3
2014BUF476 131 838 5 3 16 52 1 73.1 18.3
2015 (Projected)BUF 82 140 936 6 4 20 78 0 78.6  

Outlook: The starting quarterback position for the Bills is an open competition between a first round bust (EJ Manuel), a journeyman veteran whose sole claim to fame is an eleven-win season with the Patriots (Matt Cassel), and a former backup to Joe Flacco who has yet to make a single NFL start in five seasons (Tyrod Taylor). When you add in the fact that the Bills are now under the leadership of Rex Ryan, a defensive minded coach who prides himself as a run-first, ground and pound type of signal caller, you are left with a situation that is less than advantageous for fantasy owners.

According to reports, none of the quarterbacks made much of an impression during off-season workouts and depending on who you listen too, Matt Cassel appears to be the leader in the competition as mini-camps break this summer. However, the addition of former San Francisco 49er offensive coordinator Greg Roman appears to bode well for a more mobile quarterback like Manuel. Roman’s scheme tends to favor a quarterback who can move out of the pocket, make throws on the run, and run the read-option. Those are three things that Manuel does better than Cassel.

Taylor is the dark horse in the race as he is the most mobile of the three and could be the most effective player should the Bills run what appears to be a highly conservative offense. Taylor received an equal share of snaps with his counterparts and has impressed Ryan and Roman with his athleticism. Bottom line, none of the three players vying for the starting nod are worthy of consideration in ten- and twelve-player, one-quarterback leagues.