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 Andy Dalton, CIN (Bye: 9)
20
Height: 6’2”   Weight: 220   DOB: 1987-10-29   Age: 28
College: -   Draft: 2011 Round 2 (3) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2013CIN16363 586 4,296 33 20 61 183 2 377.1 23.6
2014CIN16310 483 3,398 19 17 60 169 4 286.8 17.9
2015CIN13255 386 3,250 25 7 58 141 3 294.6 22.7
2016 (Projected)CIN 311 494 3,755 24 11 56 157 3 317.5  

Outlook: With 25 touchdowns and over 3,000 yards passing in essentially only 12 games, Dalton turned out to be right on the cusp of QB1 status in 2015. Of course the year ended in embarrassing fashion for the Bengals, but it certainly wasnít Daltonís fault, as he missed the teamís final four regular season games, and their wildcard game with a broken thumb. In fact, Dalton was on pace for a very strong 4,000-plus yard, 30-plus touchdown season before going down, numbers than compare favorably with his elite 2013 season.

Before you get too excited and pencil Dalton in as a potential starter, there are a few things to consider. First, his pass catching options have been decimated, as Marvin Jones, and Mohamed Sanu both left via free agency, and dominating tight end Tyler Eifert suffered an ankle injury that might cost him some regular season games. All-pro A.J. Green remains to dominate targets, but sloppy route-running, poor handed Brandon LaFell is the current No.2 option out wide. Also gone is the steady hand of former offensive coordinator Hugh Jackson. After ascending to the coordinator position in 2014, Jackson has helped guide Daltonís development the past several years, so it could take some time for Dalton to adjust to a new voice in his ear. And finally, donít overlook the potential improvement of the AFC North defenses. Baltimore, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland have overhauled their secondaries and should provide more resistance than the 90-plus quarterbacking rating all three defenses gave up last year.

If you couldnít tell by now Iím pretty down on Daltonís prospects this season. Sure, Eifert should be back to help out early in the year, but heís already proven to be injury prone, and any additional missed time would be detrimental to the Red Rifle. Having Green to throw to will certainly open Dalton up to a few huge games, but heís going to be too inconsonant overall to approach QB1 value again. Settle on Dalton as a high floor backup, and work from there.


 Chase Daniel, PHI (Bye: 4)
36
Height: 6’0”   Weight: 225   DOB: 1986-10-07   Age: 29
College: Missouri   Draft:
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2013KC525 38 248 1 1 15 51 0 21.5 4.3
2014KC216 28 157 0 0 4 15 0 9.4 4.7
2015KC22 2 4 0 0 2 -2 0 0.0 0.0
2016 (Projected)PHI 52 84 607 4 1 6 21 0 48.5  

 Ryan Fitzpatrick, NYJ (Bye: 11)
14
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
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
2015NYJ16335 562 3,905 31 15 60 270 2 358.3 22.4
2016 (Projected)NYJ 330 550 3,851 28 16 65 255 2 342.1  

Outlook: After an arduous contract battle, Ryan Fitzpatrick returns to the New York Jets and to the offensive coordinator who has helped guide his most successful seasons, Chan Gailey. Shockingly, Fitzpatrick is now the Jetsí record holder for touchdown passes in a single season (31), which doubles a career high. He also achieved a career high with 3,905 passing yards while showing some of that #FitzMagic by adding 270 yards and two scores with his 33 year-old legs. While his raw numbers looked fantastic the truth is he was lucky to escape with only 15 interceptions, as many potential INTs were dropped by opposing defenses. He also benefited from his wide receivers more than any quarterback in the league. The Amish Rifle would often put the ball into tight windows and allow Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker to use their size and strength advantages to come away with the reception.

While the Jets will face a far more difficult schedule this year, itís unlikely that Fitzí numbers will suffer all that much since heíll still have Marshall and Decker to rely on and will add a healthy Jace Amaro and veteran running back Matt Forte to his arsenal of weapons in the passing game. Fitzpatrick has his limitations due to his weak arm but has mastered Gaileyís quarterback friendly system and knows that he can rely on his guys to make plays. Fantasy Football owners that like to take a QBBC approach should strongly consider Fitz in the later rounds, as his floor, barring injury, is fairly high given his teamís offensive system and skill position support.


 Joe Flacco, BAL (Bye: 8)
24
Height: 6’6”   Weight: 238   DOB: 1985-01-16   Age: 31
College: Delaware   Draft: 2008 Round 1 (18) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2013BAL16362 614 3,912 19 22 27 131 1 290.7 18.2
2014BAL16344 555 3,986 27 12 39 70 2 326.3 20.4
2015BAL10266 413 2,791 14 12 13 23 3 215.9 21.6
2016 (Projected)BAL 367 602 4,155 24 13 21 46 0 308.4  

Outlook: A devastating rash of injuries both to himself and his supporting cast went a long way to making 2015 a season to forget for Flacco and the Ravens offense. Before tearing his ACL, Flacco was downright mediocre for the first ten games of the season. His 2,791 passing yards was pretty good, but a gruesome 14-12 touchdown to interception ratio rendered him basically useless as a fantasy asset.

So what awaits Joe and his fantasy prospects in year two of the Marc Tressman offense? Probably more mediocrity. Despite being paid a ridiculously high amount because of some clutch play in some tight spots, Flacco has never put up the kind of numbers that push his team, or yours, into the next level. In his eight years as a starter, Flacco has failed to put up 30 touchdowns or 4,000 yards passing in a season, stats that are basic thresholds for QB1 status. Even is his best season, 2014, he only finished as the overall QB14. Historically this Ravens team was built on defense and the ground game, things that eroded these past few years, coinciding with the struggles of the team. Flacco has now had to balance the rehab of a serious injury with the continued development of the offensive scheme. Never an effective volume thrower, Iím not sure the throw-first Tressman offense is the best possible fit. While Joeís supporting cast has improved, it relies on twilight vets like Steve Smith and Justin Forsett a little too much for my liking. Sure, Mike Wallace was brought in during the offseason, and 2015 first-rounder Breshad Perriman should be ready to play his first NFL snaps this year, but nothing about his situation in 2016 makes me believe Flacco can be anything more than a low end QB2 with little upside.


 Nick Foles, KC (Bye: 5)
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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
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
2015STL11190 337 2,052 7 10 17 20 1 138.6 12.6
2016 (Projected)KC 22 35 281 1 0 0 1 0 18.2  

 Blaine Gabbert, SF (Bye: 8)
29
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: Itís 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 didnít 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 itís 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, thereís 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 Kellyís final season in Philadelphia. Itís hard to imagine that the move to the Kelly system wonít at least be an improvement. The 49ers receivers left quite a bit desired in 2015 and they didnít 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)
30
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 3 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 Bradyís 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 leagueís 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 shouldnít 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 wouldnít be a terrible idea, although you may want to also add another capable backup and play the matchups.


 Mike Glennon, TB (Bye: 6)
57
Height: 6’6”   Weight: 225   DOB: 1989-12-12   Age: 26
College: North Carolina State   Draft: 2013 Round 3 (11) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2013TB13247 416 2,608 19 9 27 37 0 210.1 16.2
2014TB6117 203 1,417 10 6 10 49 0 115.8 19.3
2016 (Projected)TB 20 34 226 0 0 0 0 0 11.3  

 Jared Goff, LAR (Bye: 8)
31
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 wonít 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. Weíve seen what Nick Foles and Case Keenum have to offer and itís not much. Thereís 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 thereís no reason to bank on some sort of dramatic improvement happening this season.


 Bruce Gradkowski, PIT (Bye: 8)
43
Height: 6’1”   Weight: 220   DOB: 1983-01-27   Age: 33
College: Toledo   Draft: 2006 Round 6 (25) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014PIT10 0 0 0 0 2 -2 0 -0.2 -0.2
2016 (Projected)PIT 29 48 346 2 1 2 6 0 25.9  

 Robert Griffin III, CLE (Bye: 13)
28
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 16 14 59 275 2 266.3  

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 shouldnít 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. Clevelandís 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.


 Chad Henne, JAC (Bye: 5)
61
Height: 6’3”   Weight: 230   DOB: 1985-07-02   Age: 31
College: Michigan   Draft: 2008 Round 2 (26) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2013JAC15305 503 3,241 13 14 26 77 0 221.8 14.8
2014JAC342 78 492 3 1 4 25 0 39.1 13.0
2016 (Projected)JAC 11 19 129 1 0 0 0 0 10.5