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Regular Season, Updated: 8/21/16


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 Josh McCown, CLE (Bye: 13)
35
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.


 Luke McCown, NO (Bye: 5)
63
Height: 6’4”   Weight: 217   DOB: 1981-07-12   Age: 35
College: Louisiana Tech   Draft: 2004 Round 4 (10) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2013NO30 1 0 0 0 3 -4 0 -0.4 -0.1
2015NO232 39 335 0 1 0 0 0 16.8 8.4
2016 (Projected)NO 5 8 49 0 0 0 0 0 2.5  

 Colt McCoy, WAS (Bye: 9)
53
Height: 6’1”   Weight: 216   DOB: 1986-09-05   Age: 29
College: Texas   Draft: 2010 Round 3 (21) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2013SF21 1 13 0 0 3 -3 0 0.4 0.2
2014WAS591 128 1,057 4 3 16 66 1 81.5 16.3
2015WAS17 11 128 1 0 3 -3 0 10.1 10.1
2016 (Projected)WAS 19 31 211 1 0 0 0 0 14.6  

 Matt McGloin, OAK (Bye: 10)
59
Height: 6’1”   Weight: 210   DOB: 1989-12-02   Age: 26
College: Penn State   Draft:
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2013OAK7118 212 1,547 8 8 11 27 0 112.1 16.0
2014OAK112 19 129 1 2 2 3 0 10.8 10.8
2015OAK223 32 142 2 1 0 0 0 15.1 7.6
2016 (Projected)OAK 10 17 116 1 0 0 1 0 9.9  

 Matt Moore, MIA (Bye: 8)
65
Height: 6’3”   Weight: 203   DOB: 1984-08-09   Age: 32
College: Oregon State   Draft:
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2013MIA12 6 53 0 2 0 0 0 2.7 2.7
2014MIA22 4 21 0 0 2 -2 0 0.9 0.4
2015MIA11 1 14 0 0 3 -2 0 0.5 0.5
2016 (Projected)MIA 2 4 26 0 0 0 0 0 1.3  

 Ryan Nassib, NYG (Bye: 8)
60
Height: 6’3”   Weight: 230   DOB: 1990-03-10   Age: 26
College: Syracuse   Draft: 2013 Round 4 (13) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014NYG24 5 60 0 0 2 -3 0 2.7 1.4
2015NYG15 5 68 1 0 0 0 0 7.4 7.4
2016 (Projected)NYG 9 15 101 1 1 0 0 0 9.1  

 Cam Newton, CAR (Bye: 7)
2
Height: 6’5”   Weight: 244   DOB: 1989-05-11   Age: 27
College: Auburn   Draft: 2011 Round 1 (1) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2013CAR16292 473 3,379 24 13 111 587 6 359.7 22.5
2014CAR14262 448 3,127 18 12 103 539 5 312.3 22.3
2015CAR16296 496 3,837 35 10 132 636 10 455.5 28.5
2016 (Projected)CAR 294 489 3,620 28 11 118 588 7 393.8  

Outlook: Cam Newton’s running abilities as a quarterback have always tantalized the fantasy community; however his arm failed to muster more than pedestrian stats in an era where passing stats have exploded. Last season, Newton and the Panthers were able to find a more efficient balance that paved a way to the Super Bowl. His dynamic approach allowed him to become one of the most consistent and highest producing fantasy players on a weekly basis. Can Newton sustain this new level of production in the passing game? Will his rushing totals decline after posting career best in rushing attempts and touchdowns in 2015? Yes and Yes. The receiving corps is stronger by getting their top man back, but veteran Ted Ginn Jr. also proved he can cut out a complementary role in the offense. The team moved up in the 2015 draft to select Devin Funchess and he looks ready to make a larger contribution with a year under his belt. Additionally, Carolina has one of the best red zone tandems in Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen. Newton will deliver on the ground but it would be wise to factor in some regression when forecasting his 2016 season. The absence of Benjamin likely contributed to the approximately 30 percent increase in Newton’s rushing attempts. Though the upside for double-digit scores on the ground is possible Carolina will have better supporting options available in 2016. Nonetheless, Newton figures to be a force again this season and worthy of anchoring your team on draft day.


 Dan Orlovsky, DET (Bye: 10)
50
Height: 6’5”   Weight: 230   DOB: 1983-08-18   Age: 33
College: Connecticut   Draft: 2005 Round 5 (9) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2015DET222 40 201 1 1 0 0 0 14.1 7.0
2016 (Projected)DET 21 36 244 1 1 1 2 0 16.4  

 Brock Osweiler, HOU (Bye: 9)
26
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.


 Carson Palmer, ARI (Bye: 9)
12
Height: 6’5”   Weight: 235   DOB: 1979-12-27   Age: 36
College: -   Draft: 2003 Round 1 (1) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2013ARI16362 572 4,274 24 22 27 3 0 310.0 19.4
2014ARI6141 224 1,626 11 3 8 25 0 127.8 21.3
2015ARI16342 538 4,671 35 11 25 24 1 382.0 23.9
2016 (Projected)ARI 352 568 4,429 29 15 6 28 0 340.3  

Outlook: Like a fine wine, Carson Palmer seems to only be getting better with age. The quarterback will be 36 years old when the 2016 season begins, but is coming off the best season of his career, having thrown for a career high in both touchdowns (35) and yards (4,671). Those MVP-like numbers allowed Palmer to finish as a top five scorer at his position (QB5) and that combined with his relatively low ADP (QB17) made him one of the best values in all of fantasy football in 2015.

One of the best things about Carson Palmer is his consistency. He threw for at least 265 yards in all but three regular season games in 2015. The other three games? Oh, he threw for a total of eight touchdowns and two interceptions. Throwing to perhaps the deepest group of wide receivers in the league and having an explosive running game beside him to keep defenses honest, Palmer looks to be in line to put up great numbers this season.

Perhaps the biggest concern about Palmer, aside from his age, is the long history of injuries that he has sustained throughout his career. Thankfully the majority of his injuries have been to his lower extremities and not his throwing arm, but those drafting Palmer should be sure to have a backup plan in case the worst case scenario happens. Palmer doesn’t have quite the upside of most of the quarterbacks being taken above him, but he is an exceptionally safe player so long as he is on the field.


 Dak Prescott, DAL (Bye: 7)
58
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 12 19 135 1 0 0 0 0 10.8  

 Philip Rivers, SD (Bye: 11)
8
Height: 6’5”   Weight: 228   DOB: 1981-12-08   Age: 34
College: North Carolina State   Draft: 2004 Round 1 (4) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2013SD16379 545 4,478 32 11 28 72 0 359.1 22.4
2014SD16379 570 4,286 31 18 38 104 0 348.7 21.8
2015SD16438 662 4,793 29 13 17 28 0 358.5 22.4
2016 (Projected)SD 417 632 4,680 30 16 24 44 0 358.4  

Outlook: He’s not the sexiest name on the board, but Philip Rivers quietly had another excellent fantasy season in 2015, throwing for nearly 4,800 yards along with 29 touchdowns and just 13 interceptions. It was his eighth straight season of throwing for at least 26 touchdowns and while the Chargers continue to flounder in mediocrity as a team, their leader behind center continues to put up numbers that should one day give him a chance at enshrinement in Canton.

There doesn’t seem to be any reason why San Diego would change their offensive gameplan, but don’t look for Rivers to match his pass attempts from a season ago. Last season was the first time in his career that Rivers attempted 600 pass attempts and he blew by that number with ease (661). Even with a downtick in attempts, Rivers projects to be among the league leaders in the category as long as he stays healthy, especially if Melvin Gordon struggles in the running game, which could lead to more playing time for Danny Woodhead whose skill set is much more in line with a pass-first offensive attack. Rivers has averaged 4519 yards and 30 TDs over the last three years with a QB Consistency ranking of QB8 during that time. Early drafts see Rivers going off the board as a low-end QB1 in some deep leagues, but typically as a high-end QB2. Rivers’ upside is a bit limited with him being one of the least-mobile quarterbacks in football, but he is an ideal streaming option in good matchups whose high floor makes him a safe late-round pick.