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 Tarvaris Jackson, SEA (Bye: 9)
Height: 6’2”   Weight: 225   DOB: 1983-04-21   Age: 33
College: Alabama State   Draft: 2006 Round 2 (32) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2013SEA310 13 151 1 0 4 1 1 17.7 5.9
2014SEA11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0
2015 (Projected)SEA 1 2 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.8  

 Colin Kaepernick, SF (Bye: 10)
Height: 6’5”   Weight: 230   DOB: 1987-11-03   Age: 28
College: -   Draft: 2011 Round 2 (4) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
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
2014SF16289 479 3,369 19 10 105 641 1 314.6 19.7
2015 (Projected)SF 290 483 3,475 22 11 93 557 2 329.5  

Outlook: 2014 was a disappointing season for the 49ers as a whole, but fantasy owners who selected Colin Kaepernick as a QB2 still got their money’s worth by the end of the season, as he was able to use his impressive rushing to supplement otherwise average passing numbers. Kaepernick’s 19 touchdowns through the air were a mediocre number that certainly wasn’t what fantasy owners had hoped for, but his 10 interceptions limited his downside. Kaepernick has actually been fairly good at limiting turnovers throughout his career, as he has now thrown 50 touchdown passes with 21 interceptions. That’s particularly impressive when you consider how poorly the 49ers offensive line played a season ago. Despite his high-level mobility, Kaepernick fell victim to 42 sacks on the year.

The biggest problem with Kaepernick is, while his rushing numbers make him relatively safe, his lack of pass attempts limit his upside. Kaepernick attempted fewer than 30 passes per game. That puts him down with the likes of Blake Bortles, Andy Dalton and Alex Smith. With Michael Crabtree now gone, Kaepernick will have to get comfortable with a new WR2 in Torrey Smith, who joins the team from Baltimore. That could be a blessing in disguise, though, as Crabtree finished with fewer than 700 yards and only four touchdowns this past year. Kaepernick is a classic fantasy QB2 heading into this season with his low floor, but he shouldn’t be relied on as anything other than that. The nice thing is he is going around 15th among quarterbacks, so you shouldn’t need to pay much of a premium to have one of the better and more reliable backup quarterbacks this season.

 Case Keenum, STL (Bye: 6)
Height: 6’1”   Weight: 205   DOB: 1988-02-17   Age: 28
College: Houston   Draft:
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2013HOU8137 253 1,760 9 6 14 72 1 137.2 17.2
2014HOU245 77 435 2 2 10 35 0 33.3 16.6
2015 (Projected)STL 20 34 229 1 1 1 6 0 16.1  

 Andrew Luck, IND (Bye: 10)
Height: 6’4”   Weight: 234   DOB: 1989-09-12   Age: 26
College: Stanford   Draft: 2012 Round 1 (1) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/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
2014IND16380 616 4,761 40 16 64 263 3 442.4 27.6
2015 (Projected)IND 396 638 4,788 36 15 60 289 3 430.3  

Outlook: Andrew Luck is one of the premier fantasy players in the league, and 2015 may see him get even better. His name is being tossed around as the top player off the board, and why wouldn’t it be after he saw his touchdown total jump from 23 in 2013 to 40 last year? If not for a lackluster three weeks to close out the regular season, Luck’s per-game statistics would be even better. The coaching staff clearly trusts their franchise quarterback to win them football games and relies on his arm to dissect opposing defenses. This pass-happy approach allowed Luck to finish third in the NFL with 297.6 passing yards per game. His receiving corps is arguably better and deeper with the addition of Andre Johnson and expected return to health of tight end Dwayne Allen. The running game was anemic a year ago, but the play-action pass should be far more effective with Frank Gore lining up behind Luck in the backfield. At the end of the day, Luck gives you a high ceiling, high consistency and high volume. He may not be the top player when the season ends, but he is probably the best bet to finish the season as a top-five overall fantasy player.

Matt Hasselbeck was resigned in the offseason to handle the backup quarterback duties. This is what happens when a team knows it has its starter for the next decade and doesn’t want to invest more resources in the position. Hasselbeck will turn 40 this year, and chances are the Colts would make a transaction if Luck was forced to miss a lengthy amount of time.

 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.

 Peyton Manning, DEN (Bye: 7)
Height: 6’5”   Weight: 230   DOB: 1976-03-24   Age: 40
College: Tennessee   Draft: 1998 Round 1 (1) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
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
2014DEN16395 597 4,727 39 15 24 -24 0 390.0 24.4
2015 (Projected)DEN 385 575 4,430 34 12 30 -15 0 356.0  

Outlook: Rumors of Peyton Manning’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. The future first ballot Hall of Famer took a big step back in 2014, throwing for 750 fewer yards and 16 fewer touchdowns with five more interceptions than he threw in 2013. Sounds terribly disappointing on the surface, doesn’t it? Well, despite the drop-off, Manning still finished as the No. 4 quarterback in fantasy football with 39 touchdowns and over 4,700 yards through the air. If you knew you were getting those numbers again in 2015, it’d be almost impossible to turn down Manning as a first round fantasy football selection. But Manning, despite his incredible consistency, does not have the sexy name value anymore like that of Andrew Luck and Aaron Rodgers. He may not even be as exciting as Russell Wilson now that the Seattle QB has Jimmy Graham to throw to. But one thing’s for certain – Peyton Manning is still Peyton Manning. And when it comes to elite fantasy football production, literally no one in the history of the league has done it better than No. 18.

In fairness, the 39 year-old saw significant regression in the second half of 2014 as he had a couple of very disappointing games where he threw for fewer than 200 yards and he even failed to throw a touchdown in two games, which is an extreme rarity for the veteran signal caller. Still, if you take Manning’s second half of 2014 and project it over the course of a full season, you would have a quarterback who threw for more than 4,300 yards and 30 touchdowns. That would put him 8th among quarterbacks in yardage and tied with his brother Eli at ninth place in touchdowns. Not too shabby for a guy who was noticeably injured. One of the biggest concerns for Manning is the loss of tight end Julius Thomas. The Broncos seem to be excited about the development of second-year receiver Cody Latimer who should see much more playing time this season and Emmanuel Sanders will most likely play out of the slot on three-wide sets, where he was extremely effective this past season. The loss of Thomas could be a major factor, however, as Thomas was among the most dynamic playmakers at the position over the past two seasons. Veteran pass catcher Owen Daniels is expected to take Thomas’ spot at tight end and he should be able to provide some value, but he is an obvious downgrade in terms playmaking ability.

Still, Manning is among the elite at quarterback. With so many questions surrounding other top quarterbacks after the “big two,” Manning provides an extremely high floor with a high ceiling to go along with it. Sure, he’s not going to be the dynamic runner that many other top quarterbacks are, but he should put up high-end passing numbers with the best of them. Because of that, he is a lock to go in the top five at the position in almost every draft.

 Eli Manning, NYG (Bye: 11)
Height: 6’4”   Weight: 218   DOB: 1981-01-03   Age: 35
College: -   Draft: 2004 Round 1 (1) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
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
2014NYG16379 601 4,410 30 14 12 31 1 349.6 21.9
2015 (Projected)NYG 362 593 4,211 29 18 16 32 0 329.8  

Outlook: Eli Manning and the Giants offense looked terrible in the first half of the 2014 season as the veteran quarterback struggled to learn Ben McAdoo’s new scheme. After a few weeks of growing pains and the emergence of Odell Beckham Jr., Manning posted an impressive 27:10 TD/Int ratio in his final 14 games, including a 391-yard, three-touchdown performance in Week 16 against the Rams. After Manning’s early struggles in 2014, he managed to finish with his second best point-per-game fantasy average of his eleven-year NFL career. A full season of Beckham, the addition of pass-catching running back Shane Vereen, and the return of Victor Cruz from a patella injury make Eli an enticing late-round quarterback for owners who opt to wait on a quarterback in drafts this summer. On a negative note, a season-ending injury to left tackle Will Beatty will make an already suspect offensive line even more questionable. Although McAdoo’s offense is built upon quick throws and fast reads, Manning will not be able to effective if his line is a glorified turnstile in 2015.

 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.

 Johnny Manziel, CLE (Bye: 11)
Height: 5’11”   Weight: 207   DOB: 1992-12-06   Age: 23
College: Texas A&M   Draft: 2014 Round 1 (22) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014CLE418 35 175 0 2 9 29 1 17.7 4.4
2015 (Projected)CLE 84 140 922 5 5 19 86 1 80.7  

Outlook: The man formally known as “Johnny Football” has undergone a transformation this offseason. He’s ditched the theatrics, cut down on the buffoonery, and focused on football. Perhaps if he was as focused last offseason, he wouldn’t have put up one of the most disgusting rookie debuts in recent memory in a Week 15 stinker vs Cincinnati. But even his recent epiphany might not be enough to get him back on the field. Reports out of OTAs indicated Manziel is struggling with basic mechanics, as well as the playbook. When your opponents are Rice and Sam Houston State, you can get by with improvising and sheer athletic ability. When the Ravens or Bengals come to town you better be prepared, and he hasn’t been since he’s entered the league. The positive is he really can’t be worse than he was last year, and because he doesn’t have much ahead of him on the depth chart, he’s sure to play more snaps in 2015. There’s no doubt his athletic, dual threat upside make fantasy owners drool, and he certainly might flash in a spot start at some point this season, but let another owner make that gamble, and leave Manziel on the waiver wire.

 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.

 AJ McCarron, CIN (Bye: 7)
Height: 6’3”   Weight: 220   DOB: 1990-09-13   Age: 25
College: Alabama   Draft: 2014 Round 5 (24) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2015 (Projected)CIN 9 15 101 0 0 0 0 2 17.1  

 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.