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 Derek Anderson, CAR (Bye: 12)
56
Height: 6’6”   Weight: 235   DOB: 1983-06-15   Age: 31
College: Oregon State   Draft: 2005 Round 6 (39)   Experience: 9
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2011CAR20 0 0 0 0 2 -2 0 -0.2 -0.1
2012CAR24 4 58 0 0 0 0 0 2.9 1.5
2013CAR30 0 0 0 0 5 0 0 0.0 0.0
2014 (Projected)CAR 3 4 31 0 0 0 0 0 1.6  

 Blake Bortles, JAC (Bye: 11)
39
Height: 6’5”   Weight: 232   DOB: 1991-12-16   Age: 22
College: Central Florida   Draft: 2014 Round 1 (3)   Experience: R
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2014 (Projected)JAC 97 164 1,129 6 6 24 75 0 88.0  

Outlook: The first quarterback off the board in the 2014 draft, Blake Bortles is the future of the Jaguars. Several teams liked his strong arm and decision-making but his natural ability to elude defenders under pressure made him look more NFL-ready than others in his class. Jacksonville has set up a great environment for Bortles to thrive so long as the infusion of younger talent develops under head coach Gus Bradley. It may take another year or two, however, before the fantasy promise translates into production on the field. Chad Henne has proven to be a capable signal caller and barring injury, he should lead the Jags offense into the middle of the season while the rookie works on his craft. Bortles will likely have more value toward the middle to end of the regular season if Henne doesn't find enough W's. Keep him in mind as a midseason upside pickup.


 Sam Bradford, STL (Bye: 4)
23
Height: 6’4”   Weight: 224   DOB: 1987-11-08   Age: 26
College: Oklahoma   Draft: 2010 Round 1 (1)   Experience: 3
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2011STL10191 358 2,164 6 6 18 26 0 134.8 13.5
2012STL16328 551 3,702 21 13 37 127 1 287.8 18.0
2013STL7159 262 1,687 14 4 15 31 0 143.5 20.5
2014 (Projected)STL 331 552 3,640 20 16 34 79 1 275.9  

Outlook: 2013 was supposed to be a breakout season for former top overall NFL Draft pick Sam Bradford, but injury concerns prevented that, as Bradford would miss nine games of a disappointing season for the Rams franchise. Bradford’s season wasn’t completely lost, however, as he actually produced the best fantasy numbers of his career during his short stint. Bradford threw 14 touchdowns in his seven games while eclipsing the 200-yard passing mark in all but one contest – a blowout win over the Texans wherein he also threw three touchdown passes. The Rams didn’t make any significant improvements to their passing offense over the offseason, but this is a make-or-break season for the young signal-caller. If the quarterback doesn’t make significant strides to not only play well but also stay healthy, St. Louis could be looking for a new quarterback in 2015, especially since head coach Jeff Fisher has no strong ties to Bradford. This should light a fire under Bradford, but fantasy owners should still stay cautious as there isn’t a lot to love in this passing game. St. Louis figures to run the ball heavily in 2014, which limits Bradford’s upside to that of only a QB2 in most leagues.


 Tom Brady, NE (Bye: 10)
14
Height: 6’4”   Weight: 225   DOB: 1977-08-03   Age: 36
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


 Drew Brees, NO (Bye: 6)
2
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.


 Teddy Bridgewater, MIN (Bye: 10)
38
Height: 6’2”   Weight: 214   DOB: 1992-11-10   Age: 21
College: Louisville   Draft: 2014 Round 1 (32)   Experience: R
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2014 (Projected)MIN 106 180 1,295 6 7 38 134 0 102.2  

 Jason Campbell, CIN (Bye: 4)
42
Height: 6’5”   Weight: 230   DOB: 1981-12-31   Age: 32
College: Auburn   Draft: 2005 Round 1 (25)   Experience: 8
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2011OAK6100 165 1,170 6 4 18 60 2 100.5 16.8
2012CHI532 51 265 2 2 7 28 0 24.1 4.8
2013CLE9180 317 2,015 11 8 13 107 0 155.5 17.3
2014 (Projected)CIN 27 46 313 1 1 1 4 0 20.1  

 Derek Carr, OAK (Bye: 5)
45
Height: 6’2”   Weight: 214   DOB: 1991-03-28   Age: 23
College: Fresno State   Draft: 2014 Round 2 (4)   Experience: R
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2014 (Projected)OAK 22 34 255 1 1 2 8 0 17.6  

 Matt Cassel, MIN (Bye: 10)
30
Height: 6’4”   Weight: 230   DOB: 1982-05-17   Age: 32
College: -   Draft: 2005 Round 7 (16)   Experience: 8
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2011KC9160 269 1,713 10 9 25 99 0 135.6 15.1
2012KC9161 277 1,796 6 12 27 145 1 134.3 14.9
2013MIN9153 254 1,807 11 9 18 57 1 146.1 16.2
2014 (Projected)MIN 181 306 2,145 15 12 26 81 0 175.4  

Outlook: There is perhaps no more schizophrenic position in the NFL than quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings. Since 2000, the Vikings have had a whopping 15 different players make a start at quarterback. 2013 was no different, as three players, Matt Cassel, Christian Ponder and Josh Freeman took rides on the quarterback merry-go-round. The result? An ugly 6-10 record, an 18-19 touchdown-to-interception ratio and a yet another attempt at a long-term answer by drafting Teddy Bridgewater late in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Because there is a great chance that more than one quarterback will be under center again in 2014, until one guy emerges by playing well and winning, this is a fantasy situation to avoid. But watch closely, as there are a few reasons why the quarterback position in Minnesota won't be a total black hole and may actually provide some solid QB2 possibilities.

With the re-signing of Cassel and the drafting of Bridgewater, the Vikings have seemed to move on from their last first-round quarterback, Ponder. Despite starting 16 games in 2012 and “leading” his team to the playoffs, Ponder has neither shown the physical tools or technical savvy to be anything more than a decent back-up. With Ponder relegated to No. 3 duties or perhaps off the team altogether by the start the season, put your focus on Cassel and Bridgewater. The skill position talent in running back Adrian Peterson and pass catchers Greg Jennings, Cordarrelle Patterson, and Kyle Rudolph, combined with the offensive coaching philosophy and pedigree of new offensive coordinator Norv Turner, are enough to make Cassel and Bridgewater intriguing options. Based on offseason work, it seems Cassel will open the season as the starter. Cassel has experience and the support of his coaches and teammates and will have a legitimate chance to hold off Bridgewater if he plays well. Unfortunately for him, that's a giant-sized IF. New lava-tempered head coach Mike Zimmer will look to make his mark and won't drag his feet before making a change at the position like former Head Coach Lesile Frasier was guilty of doing. Bridgewater went from darling to dud in the offseason, falling all the way to the end of the first round in the draft. He has the leadership and decision-making to be successful, but the biggest knocks on Bridgewater were physical; he doesn't offer much more than Cassel. Also, the Vikings will play all home games outside for the next two years, further limiting any late-season upside from Bridgewater in 2014. Only super desperate 12-team leagues will have to consider a Vikings quarterback this season, but in deeper leagues some QB2 value could be unearthed from this icy Minnesota wasteland.


 Kirk Cousins, WAS (Bye: 10)
36
Height: 6’3”   Weight: 214   DOB: 1988-08-19   Age: 25
College: Michigan State   Draft: 2012 Round 4 (7)   Experience: -
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/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
2014 (Projected)WAS 36 56 449 3 2 4 15 0 36.0  

 Jay Cutler, CHI (Bye: 9)
12
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 327 545 3,924 27 15 42 177 1 327.9  

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


 Andy Dalton, CIN (Bye: 4)
18
Height: 6’2”   Weight: 220   DOB: 1987-10-29   Age: 26
College: -   Draft: 2011 Round 2 (3)   Experience: 2
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2011CIN16300 516 3,398 20 13 37 152 1 271.1 16.9
2012CIN16329 528 3,669 27 16 47 120 4 327.5 20.5
2013CIN16363 586 4,296 33 20 61 183 2 377.1 23.6
2014 (Projected)CIN 337 544 3,755 25 14 53 164 1 310.2  

Comment: Dalton set career highs in passing yards (4296) and TDs (33) last season. However, new OC Hue Jackson emphasizes the run which will likely bring Dalton's numbers down to earth. ~ Mike Krueger