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 Brock Osweiler, HOU (Bye: 9)
Height: 6’7”   Weight: 242   DOB: 1990-11-22   Age: 25
College: Arizona State   Draft: 2012 Round 2 (25) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2013DEN211 16 95 0 0 3 2 0 5.0 2.5
2014DEN44 10 52 1 0 8 0 0 6.6 1.7
2015DEN8170 275 1,967 10 6 21 61 1 150.5 18.8
2016 (Projected)HOU 315 524 3,775 24 15 52 131 1 303.9  

Outlook: One of the most underrated elements of a team’s preseason and overall outlook for the year is the lack of a quarterback controversy. After scuffling with the quarterback situation a year ago, the team has an undisputed starting quarterback. Brock Osweiler has already impressed the coaching staff and his noted work ethic makes the burden of learning a new offense a clearable hurdle. Having DeAndre Hopkins split out wide makes life much easier and having a sturdy running back will keep defenses more honest. Unfortunately, Houston remains a run-heavy team and Osweiler won’t be asked to win games through the air thereby limiting his passing yardage to a league average level. Considering the team is better equipped to punch the ball into the end zone via the ground and doesn’t possess multiple quality red zone targets, Osweiler’s touchdown potential also takes a hit. Five times last season a Texans’ quarterback finished as a QB1 (top 12), and never higher than QB6 for the week… seems about right. He may provide a nice game or two if Hopkins gets loose, but more often than not, Houston’s new signal caller will fail to be anything more than an average backup to use a few times during the fantasy season.

 Robert Griffin III, CLE (Bye: 13)
Height: 6’2”   Weight: 223   DOB: 1990-02-12   Age: 26
College: Baylor   Draft: 2012 Round 1 (2) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2013WAS13275 457 3,212 16 12 88 484 0 273.0 21.0
2014WAS9147 214 1,694 4 6 38 176 1 124.3 13.8
2016 (Projected)CLE 280 452 3,256 17 14 59 275 2 270.3  

Outlook: One of the least relevant fantasy football battles comes to us from the great state of Ohio. Unless you think the Cleveland Cavalier magic will rub off on the 2016 Browns, the winner of the quarterback battle in Cleveland shouldn’t make a lick of difference to fantasy owners. Griffin III, the former Washington Redskin savior was banished by his former team last year after he apparently forgot how to play any facet of the quarterback position. Snatched up by an equally desperate Browns team, Griffin enters the off-season program atop the depth chart. Whether he stays there remains to be seen. OTA reports from May and June have been less than glowing, and with veteran McCown ready to take over, Griffin has a mighty short leash going into training camp.

Griffin, while offering tremendous physical gifts, lacks something between the ears to be great again. A hallow shell of his former self, it will take an absolute miracle from new head coach Hue Jackson to coax production out of Griffin again. Cleveland’s quarterback of the future is wandering around a college campus right now, so from a fantasy perspective, do yourself a favor and look away from this train wreck.

 Teddy Bridgewater, MIN (Bye: 6)
Height: 6’2”   Weight: 214   DOB: 1992-11-10   Age: 23
College: Louisville   Draft: 2014 Round 1 (32) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014MIN13259 402 2,919 14 12 47 209 1 228.9 17.6
2015MIN16292 447 3,231 14 9 44 192 3 254.8 15.9
2016 (Projected)MIN 290 461 3,319 17 11 47 212 2 267.2  

Outlook: It’s almost as if Bridgewater’s 2014 and 2015 season looked in the mirror, because it many ways they’re nearly statistically identical. He finished as the No.22 overall QB in 2014 and the 23rd overall in 2015. He’s thrown for 14 touchdowns in each of his first two seasons, and his passing yardage totals have been within 300 yards of each other. Completion percentage? You guessed it, less than 1% difference. Just for fun, his rushing total difference was only 17 yards. Other than statistical oddities, why bring up theses correlations? Because it gives us a great basis for evaluating his 2016 value.

The way I see it, as long as No.28 is in the backfield and running like a wild horse that just escaped from the stable, Bridgewater is going to be nothing more than a game manager. The conservative style fits not only head coach Mike Zimmer, but it was a successful enough formula to get the Vikings a division title, and one missed kick from a deep playoff run. Bridgewater lacks the big arm that gives the Norm Turner offense it’s teeth, and the pass protection, while improved with some offseason additions, was one of the league’s worst last year. The addition of rookie Laquon Treadwell will help, as he provides a big body, and sturdy possession receiver. But there just isn’t higher than a 20 touchdown ceiling in this offensive scheme. Bridgewater is a fine NFL player, and will fill the role for the Vikings, but in fantasy he sits as an uninspiring, low-end QB2.

 Blaine Gabbert, SF (Bye: 8)
Height: 6’5”   Weight: 235   DOB: 1989-10-15   Age: 26
College: Missouri   Draft: 2011 Round 1 (10) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2013JAC342 86 481 1 7 9 32 0 31.3 10.4
2014SF13 7 38 1 0 1 5 0 6.4 6.4
2015SF8178 282 2,031 10 7 32 185 1 166.1 20.8
2016 (Projected)SF 267 445 3,156 15 10 64 322 2 262.0  

Outlook: It’s tough to read new 49ers head coach Chip Kelly, but it appears as if Blaine Gabbert has secured himself the starting quarterback role in San Francisco, thus giving himself an interesting fantasy situation for the 2016 season. Gabbert, a former top-10 NFL Draft pick, was once the laughing stock of the league, but saw a career resurrection in San Francisco this past season. While his 20.8 fantasy points per game certainly didn’t light the world on fire, what Gabbert did was provide some stability at the most important position on the football field - something which previous starter Colin Kaepernick certainly was not doing. While it’s hard to get behind him as a starter even in deeper 14 or 16 team leagues, Gabbert does provide some upside for those looking for a deep QB2.

It was only a season ago that then-Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford was the darling of fantasy experts who enjoy the "wait on a quarterback" draft strategy. While the shine might be worn off on the Chip Kelly offensive scheme, there’s still a real chance that Kelly could rekindle the flames of what was once a promising young NFL career. Bradford was disappointing, but still finished as the No. 22 fantasy quarterback in what ended up being Kelly’s final season in Philadelphia. It’s hard to imagine that the move to the Kelly system won’t at least be an improvement. The 49ers receivers left quite a bit desired in 2015 and they didn’t do much to address the problem during the off season. Still, Gabbert is at least worth consideration as a bye week replacement.

 Jimmy Garoppolo, NE (Bye: 9)
Height: 6’2”   Weight: 226   DOB: 1991-11-02   Age: 24
College: Eastern Illinois   Draft: 2014 Round 2 (30) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014NE519 27 182 1 0 10 9 0 14.0 2.8
2015NE41 4 6 0 0 5 -5 0 -0.2 -0.1
2016 (Projected)NE 98 160 1,090 7 3 5 17 0 84.2  

Outlook: The Patriots spent a second round pick on Jimmy Garoppolo from Eastern Illinois in 2014 and that pick may pay dividends during Brady’s suspension if he can keep them afloat during the first month of the season. Unfortunately for him, the team opens the season facing some of the league’s better defenses - Arizona, Miami, Houston and Buffalo. Garoppolo has no significant regular season experience but will be spending his third offseason with the team and will likely split reps with Brady during training camp, so he should be prepared. He also gets the same benefit of the weapons that Tom Brady will be supported by which should help him overcome his inexperience. The offensive philosophy shouldn’t change much, if at all, and Garoppolo has the athleticism and quick release to be successful in that system. If you draft Brady, adding Garoppolo in later rounds wouldn’t be a terrible idea, although you may want to also add another capable backup and play the matchups.

 Dak Prescott, DAL (Bye: 7)
Height: 6’2”   Weight: 226   DOB: 1993-07-29   Age: 23
College: Mississippi State   Draft: 2016 Round 4 (37) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2016 (Projected)DAL 136 219 1,535 11 5 23 87 1 135.5  

 Jared Goff, LAR (Bye: 8)
Height: 6’4”   Weight: 215   DOB: 1994-10-14   Age: 21
College: California   Draft: 2016 Round 1 (1) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2016 (Projected)LAR 267 453 3,126 15 14 47 146 1 236.9  

Outlook: New look, new location, new quarterback. The Los Angeles Rams are looking to forget the disastrous 2015 season which led to them opting to move up to the No. 1 overall draft pick this season. The franchise knew it needed a facelift and they decided to select quarterback Jared Goff. Head coach Jeff Fisher has repeatedly stated that he won’t rush Goff into the starting role and he has a history of letting younger talent sit while more experienced players are on the field. The reality is that Goff is the only quarterback on this roster who is at all interesting for fantasy purposes. We’ve seen what Nick Foles and Case Keenum have to offer and it’s not much. There’s a real chance that Keenum begins the season as the starter, but as the Rams offense inevitably struggles, the fans will begin to demand that Goff gets a chance. Realistically, Goff should only be on fantasy radars in extremely deep two quarterback leagues or dynasty formats. It could be a few more seasons before the Rams finally make a real attempt to address their awful pass catching options and there’s no reason to bank on some sort of dramatic improvement happening this season.

 Sam Bradford, PHI (Bye: 4)
Height: 6’4”   Weight: 224   DOB: 1987-11-08   Age: 28
College: Oklahoma   Draft: 2010 Round 1 (1) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2013STL7159 262 1,687 14 4 15 31 0 143.5 20.5
2015PHI14346 532 3,725 19 14 25 39 0 266.2 19.0
2016 (Projected)PHI 270 443 3,056 18 11 11 16 0 226.4  

Outlook: For what seems like the one hundredth time in his career, Sam Bradford is faced with the prospect of learning a new offense during the off-season. Brought over in a trade by Chip Kelly, Bradford didn’t really thrive despite Kelly’s quarterback friendly system, but will now work under head coach Doug Pederson and offensive coordinator Frank Reich in a system that should fit his skill set better. Pederson is expected to mirror the offensive system employed by his mentor Andy Reid, which is a variation of a West Coast offense built on the short passing game. Bradford is a fairly accurate quarterback and has impressed the staff during OTAs and the preseason according to published camp reports. He will of course need to hold off rookie Carson Wentz, who the team drafted No. 2 overall, but according to all reports out of Eagles headquarters the team would like Wentz to have a redshirt season in 2016. Of course if Bradford struggles, which isn’t all that hard to imagine based on a career of underachieving, or if the Eagles fall hopelessly out of the playoff picture, it is likely Wentz would see the field. Bradford finished last season with 3,725 passing yards and 19 touchdowns with 14 interceptions in 14 starts. While there is a chance that those numbers will improve in 2016, Bradford’s upside isn’t exciting enough to even warrant drafting him as a backup, especially if you would need to scour the waiver wire at some point if he were to be benched.

 Mark Sanchez, DEN (Bye: 11)
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
2014PHI9198 309 2,418 14 11 34 87 1 191.6 21.3
2015PHI359 91 616 4 4 6 22 0 49.0 16.3
2016 (Projected)DEN 253 422 2,956 17 13 40 95 0 225.3  

Outlook: The starting quarterback job in Denver is one of the most highly contested, extremely important training camp battles in the entire league this offseason. The job is primarily expected to be a battle between newcomers Mark Sanchez and Paxton Lynch, but keep an eye on Trevor Siemian who has already spent a year in the system and has been the recipient of quite a bit of praise from the coaching staff.

Nevertheless, the man who most believe will start the season behind center for the Broncos is the only player who has played a meaningful NFL snap thus far in his career – Sanchez. A quarterback who once led his Jets to back-to-back AFC Championship appearances, Sanchez has seen quite a fall from grace in recent seasons as he will now be playing for his third NFL team after his runs in Philadelphia and New York fizzled out.

Taking over as the starting quarterback for a team that won the Super Bowl just a few months ago is a daunting task on its own, but replacing arguably the greatest quarterback of all-time, Peyton Manning, is going to be on the mind of whoever ends up winning this job. Sanchez has been in a similar situation when he replaced another one of the all-time greats, Brett Favre, the season after Favre left the Jets.

Of course, Sanchez now steps into a situation where he has much higher expectations, but it’s worth considering that he’s not replacing a prime Manning. He’s replacing the version of Manning who played the worst football of his career, who nearly lost his job to Brock Osweiler, and was statistically speaking one of the worst quarterbacks in recent memory. Manning’s 9-to-17 touchdown-to-interception ratio was humiliatingly bad and quite frankly was one of the main reasons why the Broncos weren’t expected to completely run through the AFC Playoffs on their way to the Super Bowl in 2015. Despite Manning’s terrible play, the Broncos were still able to get the job done where it counted – on the scoreboard. Much of that came from the reality that while Manning was a shell of his physical prime, he was still mentally sharp and was able to get players into the right positions to succeed.

At this point, it would be extremely difficult for Sanchez to be worse than Manning from a statistical standpoint. Sanchez has never been a great fantasy performer in the past, but he also hasn’t often had the type of weapons that he does in Denver. There’s practically no question that the Broncos’ passing game is going to be more efficient than it was a season ago. However, it’s also worth noting that the Broncos likely passed the ball more often in 2015 than head coach Gary Kubiak would have preferred. This could mean better efficiency from the position in terms of touchdowns and turnovers, but it might also mean fewer yards.

Sanchez projects as a QB2 in most formats, but does have the upside to produce QB1 numbers in favorable matchups. The other thing to keep in mind with Sanchez is that while he will likely start the season for the Broncos, that doesn’t mean that he will keep the job all season. If the coaches don’t like what they’re seeing and particularly if the team starts the season with more losses than they expected, Sanchez could be on a short leash. Playmaking rookie quarterback Paxton Lynch is looming behind him on the depth chart and Trevor Siemian knows the playbook the best of the three, meaning that he could be given an opportunity if the wheels really begin to fall off the track.

 Paxton Lynch, DEN (Bye: 11)
Height: 6’7”   Weight: 244   DOB: 1994-02-12   Age: 22
College: Memphis   Draft: 2016 Round 1 (26) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2016 (Projected)DEN 71 122 845 6 3 23 64 0 72.7  

Outlook: Considered by many experts to be one of the biggest “project” quarterbacks in the 2016 draft class, Paxton Lynch found a nice landing spot in Denver, a city where he can grow and eventually be groomed into a starting quarterback role. Lynch does possess the type of raw physical talent that could make him a starting-level quarterback, but he fell in the draft primarily because so many teams viewed him as a player who wouldn’t be able to contribute to an NFL team right away. With that being the case, it would be extremely surprising to see Lynch step onto the field for the Broncos in Week 1 unless there were a string of injuries to the other quarterbacks on the roster.

That being said, if Lynch continues to develop his mechanics and accuracy while keeping his nose in the playbook, there’s still a possibility that he gets onto the field this season. Lynch isn’t a player to draft in redraft leagues and there are even a few better options at the quarterback position for those in rookie drafts, but the talent is there – keep an ear to the noise coming out of Denver throughout the season.

 Tony Romo, DAL (Bye: 7)
Height: 6’2”   Weight: 228   DOB: 1980-04-21   Age: 36
College: Eastern Illinois   Draft:
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2013DAL15342 535 3,842 31 10 20 38 0 319.9 21.3
2014DAL15304 435 3,705 34 9 25 61 0 327.4 21.8
2015DAL483 121 884 5 7 4 13 0 65.5 16.4
2016 (Projected)DAL 226 343 2,570 17 8 13 28 0 199.3  

Outlook: Tony Romo’s weak collarbone made him a fantasy bust last season when he missed 12 games after breaking the bone two different times. In the two games where he left with injury his fantasy owners were left with poor results as he failed to reach 200 yards or throw a touchdown in either game. The Cowboys’ offensive skill players suffered as a result. The team has once again failed to add a competent backup, so the Cowboys will need to pray the best offensive line in the game and a strong running game will help keep Romo on the field instead of on the sidelines in street clothes. After spending the fourth overall pick in the draft on Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliot, the coaching staff is likely preparing to return to the 2014 run-heavy game plan which led to a playoff appearance for the Cowboys. Fantasy owners must keep in mind that although Romo was very efficient and productive during that season, the team finished 31st in pass attempts capping Romo’s upside. He did throw for 34 scores that season, but was held to only 3,705 yards in 15 games, finishing as only a fringe fantasy QB1. At nearly 37 years of age, it’s hard to imagine Romo becoming less brittle than he’s been, making him an option on draft day only if he drops into double digit rounds.

 Josh McCown, CLE (Bye: 13)
Height: 6’4”   Weight: 213   DOB: 1979-07-04   Age: 37
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
2015CLE8186 292 2,109 12 4 20 98 1 169.3 21.2
2016 (Projected)CLE 55 91 655 5 3 9 37 0 56.5  

Outlook: McCown is seemingly the anti-RGIII. Quiet and unassuming, the journeyman quarterback entering his 13th season has seen plenty of ups and downs in his career. When healthy last year, McCown was pretty darn effective. He had some tremendous early season games, namely a three-game stretch during Weeks 3, 4 and 5 where he averaged 384 yards and 2 touchdowns a game. The numbers are even more impressive when you consider the receiving talent he was throwing to. Travis Benjamin and Gary Barnidge could very well have been names of servers at the local Applebee’s for anyone outside of Cleveland was concerned, but for a few games in 2015 McCown gave this offense and team a spark they lacked for most of their morbid season. As much of a gamer as McCown is, he just cannot stay healthy and at 37 doesn’t offer anything to Cleveland’s future, and make no mistake, this team is a long way away from being a contender.