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 Shaun Hill, STL (Bye: 4)
24
Height: 6’3”   Weight: 220   DOB: 1980-01-09   Age: 34
College: Maryland   Draft: -   Experience: 11
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2011DET22 3 33 0 0 1 -1 0 1.6 0.8
2012DET110 13 172 2 0 1 -1 0 16.5 16.5
2013DET10 0 0 0 0 2 -2 0 -0.2 -0.2
2014 (Projected)STL 285 484 3,240 21 13 38 79 1 259.9  

 Brian Hoyer, CLE (Bye: 4)
37
Height: 6’2”   Weight: 215   DOB: 1985-10-13   Age: 29
College: Michigan State   Draft: -   Experience: 5
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2011NE31 1 22 0 0 4 -3 0 0.8 0.3
2012ARI230 53 330 1 2 1 6 0 21.1 10.6
2013CLE357 96 615 5 3 6 16 0 52.4 17.5
2014 (Projected)CLE 75 128 844 7 6 22 43 0 74.5  

Outlook: Lacking the physical gifts of his rookie competition, Brian Hoyer is a backup-level talent that will struggle to put up numbers in this Cleveland offensive system. While Hoyer has the chops to lead and brings a two-game spark to a Cleveland team that was again spiraling out of control, he's a career journeyman quarterback. Hoyer's upside is limited by a run-based offense and the presence of Johnny Manziel. Hoyer will battle for the starting gig in the preseason, but remember that Manziel remains the franchise's future. Unless Hoyer plays lights out and the Browns win games, Manziel is going to siphon starts away at some point this season. While his work ethic and leadership are admirable, Hoyer simply doesn't bring enough to the table to be a valuable piece of your fantasy roster and is nothing more than a QB3.

Comment: Hoyer begins camp as the starter but expect Manziel to be the starter at some point during the season. ~ Mike Krueger


 Colin Kaepernick, SF (Bye: 8)
10
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.


 Jake Locker, TEN (Bye: 9)
30
Height: 6’2”   Weight: 234   DOB: 1988-06-15   Age: 26
College: Washington   Draft: 2011 Round 1 (8)   Experience: 2
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2011TEN534 66 542 4 0 8 56 1 54.7 10.9
2012TEN11177 314 2,176 10 11 41 291 1 183.9 16.7
2013TEN7111 183 1,256 8 4 24 155 2 122.3 17.5
2014 (Projected)TEN 234 404 2,546 13 13 41 262 1 211.5  

Outlook: Since he was drafted as the No. 8 overall pick in 2011, Jake Locker has yet to live up to expectations in the fantasy game or real life. He is slated to begin the 2014 season as the starting quarterback for the third straight year despite not having his option picked up by the team. How is that for confidence? If Locker hopes to get a shiny new deal, first he will have to learn how to stay on the field. Over the past two years he has missed nearly half of the Titans' games (14 of 32) with ailments to his hip, foot and shoulder. So far this offseason Locker has shown that he is mostly over the Lisfranc injury that sidelined him last season. He participated in mini camp last month and is grasping the playbook under new head coach Ken Whisenhunt. Tennessee has also made an attempt to bolster the offensive line by signing tackle Micheal Oher and drafting Tyler Lewan. Locker should have a good-sized leash as Tennessee opted to not bring in a high-priced veteran to challenge for the starting role. Instead, the team chose to add a career backup in Charlie Whitehurst. Whitehurst has knowledge of the system having served as Phillip Rivers' understudy last year in San Diego and if everything falls into place he could make a Luke McCown-like splash midseason. If Locker is indeed healthy and making good reads in this offense he would still only be an average reserve for fantasy purposes. Should he falter or suffer another injury, the Titans would turn to Whitehurst until rookie Zach Mettenberger is ready. Mettenberger is reportedly doing well in his recovery from an ACL injury that caused him to slide to the sixth round. If he can impress in his first pro season, he would likely be in the mix to start as soon as next year, assuming Locker is not brought back on a new deal.


 Andrew Luck, IND (Bye: 10)
5
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.


 Ryan Mallett, HOU (Bye: 10)
43
Height: 6’7”   Weight: 245   DOB: 1988-06-05   Age: 26
College: Arkansas   Draft: 2011 Round 3 (10)   Experience: 2
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2011NE00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0
2012NE31 4 17 0 1 8 -9 0 -0.1 -0.0
2014 (Projected)HOU 52 81 622 3 3 14 27 0 45.8  

 Peyton Manning, DEN (Bye: 4)
1
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.


 Eli Manning, NYG (Bye: 8)
22
Height: 6’4”   Weight: 218   DOB: 1981-01-03   Age: 33
College: -   Draft: 2004 Round 1 (1)   Experience: 9
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2011NYG16359 589 4,933 29 16 35 15 1 370.2 23.1
2012NYG16321 536 3,948 26 15 20 30 0 304.4 19.0
2013NYG16317 551 3,818 18 27 18 36 0 266.5 16.7
2014 (Projected)NYG 343 581 4,011 23 18 17 33 0 295.9  

Outlook: Eli Manning is coming off of his worst season since the early years of his career when he was still learning how to play the position. He only threw for 18 touchdown passes while accruing an unbelievable 27 interceptions. Manning has never been a great fantasy asset, but his steady production and ability to put together 16-game seasons on a yearly basis has always made him a safe bet to finish as a borderline fantasy QB1. There are many reasons that could have led to such a poor 2013 including a porous offensive line (Manning was sacked a career-high 39 times), an ankle injury suffered during the season and the offensive game plan being stale. The line issues were addressed through free agency and the draft while Manning had offseason surgery to clean up his ankle. Furthermore, former Packer quarterback coach Ben McAdoo replaced the only offensive coordinator that Eli has ever known, Kevin Gilbride. There's hope for the younger Manning to turn things back around, as the Giants will be one of the offenses that will seek to emulate the “fast” up-tempo game-plans now in vogue. McAdoo is also installing a more west-coast style offense that will use short screens and slants, as opposed to Gilbride's vertical-based offense. The offensive line will not have to hold its blocks as long and wide receivers Victor Cruz, Reuben Randle and Odell Beckham are great fits for the new offense. Manning will forever be linked to Philip Rivers due to the draft day trade between New York and San Diego that swapped the duo. Rivers, who also looked to be in a downslide, thrived last season under a new quick hitting/timing based offense and the hope is that Manning will do the same. Manning is a nice target for those that like to wait and use a QBBC approach in redraft leagues.


 EJ Manuel, BUF (Bye: 9)
26
Height: 6’4”   Weight: 237   DOB: 1990-03-19   Age: 24
College: Florida State   Draft: 2013 Round 1 (16)   Experience: 1
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2013BUF10180 306 1,972 11 9 53 186 2 173.2 17.3
2014 (Projected)BUF 256 434 2,908 13 12 53 205 2 229.9  

Outlook: EJ Manuel had an up-and-down rookie season, but not every quarterback is going to have a rookie season like Robert Griffith III, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson did in 2012. While it's true that rookie quarterbacks are now more equipped to enter the league and hit the ground running, it's still a tremendously difficult transition to make, and it would be unwise to call a rookie quarterback a “bust” after one season in the league. Manuel threw for 1,972 yards with 11 touchdown passes and nine interceptions. He also ran for 186 yards and two scores. He compiled those statistics in only 10 games, as he was forced to miss six games with multiple knee injuries. Manuel was considered a raw prospect coming out of Florida State, so one could look at his completion percentage of 58.8% as a positive, and hope to see some improvement in his sophomore campaign. Reports from Buffalo's OTAs have not been all that positive, though. Manuel is said to be struggling with accuracy, sailing too many passes over the heads of his wide receivers. He is athletic enough to make plays with his legs, but he doesn't always look to run when the opportunity presents itself. The Bills made a bold move to trade up in this year's NFL draft to acquire wide receiver Sammy Watkins in order to surround their young franchise quarterback with weapons. Their high-tempo offense will make Manuel a potential high upside late-round pick as a backup quarterback for your fantasy team if he can show some improvement. His three knee injuries from last season (requiring an offseason knee scope) and the decision to have him wear a knee brace this season could limit any advantage one would expect to gain from a “running” quarterback. Keep an eye on Manuel this preseason and see if he looks to be moving around well, because there is some potential for a major leap in production from his rookie season.


 Johnny Manziel, CLE (Bye: 4)
27
Height: 5’11”   Weight: 207   DOB: 1992-12-06   Age: 21
College: Texas A&M   Draft: 2014 Round 1 (22)   Experience: R
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2014 (Projected)CLE 261 428 2,825 13 14 70 313 2 236.6  

Outlook: As one of the most polarizing players in the NFL, Johnny Manziel provides a similarly tantalizing dilemma for fantasy owners. He has undeniable physical gifts, but does he have enough between the ears to win the starting job and run with it? A dynamo on the ground and in the air, Johnny Football dazzled the college ranks for two years at Texas A&M. He showed improved development as a pocket passer in his short collegiate career, but enters a pro system that will undoubtedly test his discipline and maturity.

A positive for Manziel is the presence of offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. Shanahan knows a little something about getting the most out of fleet-footed rookie quarterbacks. Expect Shanahan to employ Manziel on a bevy of rollouts and bootlegs to give him the throw/run option. No matter who is under center, the Browns will use a running-based offense, especially considering the potential loss of All-Pro receiver Josh Gordon. Manziel will be a part of that attack and with enough playing time, he could approach 100 carries. Any potential fantasy impact that Manziel might have will be tied to playing time. If he can win the job in camp, he should start all 16 games. Manziel's cocky attitude, reckless play style and sinewy rocket arm harken back to a young Brett Favre. In his first year as a starter for the Packers, Favre put up 3,000+ yards passing and had a respectable 18-14 touchdown to interception ratio. With a limited offense, experience and weapons to throw to, Manziel's full-season stats are most likely capped at QB2 potential. Keep a close eye on his development, as Manziel could be a valuable spot starter late in the season for a needy fantasy owner.


 Josh McCown, TB (Bye: 7)
28
Height: 6’4”   Weight: 213   DOB: 1979-07-04   Age: 35
College: Sam Houston State   Draft: 2002 Round 3 (16)   Experience: 11
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2011CHI335 55 414 2 4 12 68 0 35.5 11.8
2013CHI8149 224 1,829 13 1 13 69 1 156.4 19.5
2014 (Projected)TB 231 373 2,759 16 14 27 129 1 220.9  

Outlook: After cutting ties with Josh Freeman, the Bucs allowed 2013 second-round selection Mike Glennon to get his feet wet. Glennon was up to the task for the most part; however the passing game needed a jolt. The new regime in Tampa Bay felt that veteran leadership would not only help kickstart a putrid passing attack but also provide a solid foundation of leadership to change the culture of the team. The team moved quickly to sign an affordable stopgap in Josh McCown during free agency. Handpicked by the new head coaching staff, McCown was anointed the starter as soon as the ink touched the paper on his new deal. He steps into a situation that could yield quality fantasy stats so long as the McCown of seasons past doesn't show up. During parts of nine seasons with five different teams prior to 2013, McCown was a turnover machine, throwing 44 interceptions against only 37 touchdowns. He was hardly a sure thing as a backup let alone a starter. The Bears took a chance on him and let quarterback guru Marc Trestman figure out how to minimize the turnovers. It worked and when Jay Cutler got hurt the same guy who couldn't stick with a team stepped right in and caused a small quarterback controversy. Did McCown grow enough as a NFL passer under Trestman to be a reliable quarterback for a team full of hope? If Lovie Smith couldn't get enough out of Cutler, his chances with McCown can't be too good. That's where new offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford enters the picture. Tedford should have plenty of room to create an offense that allows its big receivers Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans to work down the field and make plays in the vertical passing game. At the same time, McCown will also reap the benefits from using the running backs in the short passing game. The net result should be a quality fantasy QB2 with upside to start some weeks depending on matchups.

If McCown's 2014 makes his 2013 success look like a fluke, then the Bucs would be forced to give Glennon another shot. Though the leash will be long for McCown, the news surrounding Glennon has been positive. If given the opportunity in 2014, he would have a similar fantasy ceiling as McCown. He represents the better long-term option for the Bucs but doesn't have a clear-cut route to the starting job anytime soon, making him a more of a speculation play in dynasty formats.


 Matt Moore, MIA (Bye: 5)
55
Height: 6’3”   Weight: 203   DOB: 1984-08-09   Age: 30
College: Oregon State   Draft: -   Experience: 6
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2011MIA13210 347 2,497 16 9 32 65 2 207.4 16.0
2012MIA211 19 131 1 0 5 -3 0 10.3 5.1
2013MIA12 6 53 0 2 0 0 0 2.7 2.7
2014 (Projected)MIA 6 9 66 0 0 0 0 0 3.3