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 Geno Smith, NYJ (Bye: 11)
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Height: 6’3”   Weight: 220   DOB: 1990-10-10   Age: 23
College: West Virginia   Draft: 2013 Round 2 (8)   Experience: 1
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2013NYJ16247 443 3,046 12 21 72 366 6 272.9 17.1
2014 (Projected)NYJ 248 435 2,956 16 12 62 291 2 252.9  

Outlook: Geno Smith showed the typical rookie growing pains for most of his first season in the league. He finished the season barely eclipsing 3,000 yards and throwing for only 12 touchdowns against 21 interceptions. Buried in that abyss, however, was the young field general leading the way to impressive wins at Atlanta and at home against the rival Patriots, where he played very well. Perhaps more importantly for his 2014 prospects, Smith finished the year strong, leading the Jets to a 3-1 record in his last four games. During that four-week span, Smith threw for 790 yards with four touchdown passes and only two interceptions. He also rushed for 186 yards and three more touchdowns, making him a borderline QB1 candidate down the stretch. Reports from training camp have been mostly positive and his “battle” with Michael Vick for the starting job hasn't been a fair fight as the second-year player has received about 75 percent of the snaps with the first unit. The team added some weapons to help with Smith's development, most notably former Bronco Eric Decker. Smith was more of a pocket passer at West Virginia who was reluctant to leave the pocket despite his above-average athleticism. The team encouraged him to run more as the season progressed and Smith gained confidence tucking the ball away and taking off and it became a valuable weapon for the team. Smith finished the season with 366 yards and six touchdowns on the ground, despite not running much until the last quarter of the season. Smith should make some improvements as a passer and if he continues to run the ball, he isn't such a terrible option for your backup quarterback spot late in the draft.

Comment: Smith is penciled in as the Jets starter but smart money is on Vick getting a crack at the starting job at some point during the season. ~ Mike Krueger


 Matthew Stafford, DET (Bye: 9)
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Height: 6’2”   Weight: 232   DOB: 1988-02-07   Age: 26
College: Georgia   Draft: 2009 Round 1 (1)   Experience: 4
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2011DET16421 663 5,038 41 16 22 78 0 423.7 26.5
2012DET16435 727 4,967 20 17 35 126 4 365.0 22.8
2013DET16371 634 4,647 29 19 36 74 2 367.8 23.0
2014 (Projected)DET 375 626 4,504 29 16 23 69 1 354.1  

Outlook: Can sixth-year gunslinger Matt Stafford be the quarterback to serve a potential fantasy smorgasbord to owners in 2014? The Detroit Lions have focused their offseason on giving their franchise quarterback the pieces necessary for them to become a top-flight offense, copying the blueprint of the prolific New Orleans Saints. New offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi brings the New Orleans scheme, and Lions brass, led by new head coach Jim Caldwell, have brought in the personnel in rookie tight end Eric Ebron and YAC maven Golden Tate. Stafford has never had a problem amassing impressive box scores, with 14,000-plus yards passing and 96 total TDs over the past three seasons. Drew Brees ascended to fantasy elite status in a similar system, but Stafford currently lacks the mechanics, efficiency and system experience of Brees, so fantasy owners expecting comparable results might be disappointed. That said, count on Stafford to approach another 4,500-yard, 30-plus TD season (a solid bet for top-five numbers), offering a more consistent TD/interception ratio on a game-by-game basis, as he will actually have short-to-intermediate route runners in Ebron and Tate and won't have to force big plays downfield. Savvy owners will also notice the three-game homestretch at domed Ford Field late in the fantasy season in weeks 13-15.

Comment: Lions want to run more uptemp offense under new OC Joe Lombardi (Saints). ~ Mike Krueger


 Drew Stanton, ARI (Bye: 4)
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Height: 6’3”   Weight: 243   DOB: 1984-05-07   Age: 30
College: Michigan State   Draft: 2007 Round 2 (11)   Experience: 7
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2011DET00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0
2014 (Projected)ARI 3 5 42 0 0 0 0 0 2.1  

 Ryan Tannehill, MIA (Bye: 5)
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Height: 6’4”   Weight: 221   DOB: 1988-07-27   Age: 26
College: Texas A&M   Draft: 2012 Round 1 (8)   Experience: -
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2012MIA16282 484 3,294 12 13 49 211 2 245.8 15.4
2013MIA16355 588 3,913 24 17 39 238 1 321.5 20.1
2014 (Projected)MIA 326 543 3,750 22 16 49 229 1 304.4  

Outlook: This year could be a make-or-break season for Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill hasn't played too poorly over the course of his first two years as a starting quarterback in the league; however, he hasn't been overly impressive either. Last season he completed 60 percent of his passes, accumulating 3,913 yards and 24 touchdowns through the air while tossing 17 interceptions. Tannehill has also displayed some mobility, gaining 238 yards and a score with his legs last season. The issue that could jeopardize his standing as a franchise quarterback, however, is that he has failed to step up in big games. In Week 17 with a playoff spot on the line, Tannehill completed only 50 percent of his passes while tossing three interceptions against the rival New York Jets. That poor game followed an even worse 10-for-27 performance against the Bills In Week 16 in an ugly 19-0 loss. Tannehill struggled all season throwing the deep ball, which led to a disappointing season from star acquisition Mike Wallace. Tannehill completed only 16 of 64 passes, which traveled over 20 yards in the air. His deep ball accuracy was second to last in the league for all starting quarterbacks. On a positive note, the team fired offensive coordinator Mike Sherman and replaced him with former Eagles' quarterback coach Bill Lazor. Lazor intends to install a high-tempo offense modeled after Chip Kelly and the Eagles last year. The offense should be more balanced, which should take some pressure off of Tannehill and allow him to improve on a poor 6.66 yards per attempt. The Miami offensive line should see some improvement with its offseason moves, including newly signed running back Knowshon Moreno, one of the better blockers at his position. The needle is pointing up for the third-year starter and if he finds himself more on the same page with Wallace this year, a big leap up is possible.


 Tyrod Taylor, BAL (Bye: 11)
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Height: 6’1”   Weight: 217   DOB: 1989-08-03   Age: 25
College: Virginia Tech   Draft: 2011 Round 6 (15)   Experience: 3
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2011BAL31 1 18 0 0 1 2 0 1.1 0.4
2012BAL517 29 179 0 1 14 73 1 22.3 4.5
2013BAL31 5 2 0 1 8 64 0 6.5 2.2
2014 (Projected)BAL 9 14 97 0 0 1 3 0 5.2  

 Michael Vick, NYJ (Bye: 11)
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Height: 6’0”   Weight: 215   DOB: 1980-06-26   Age: 34
College: Virginia Tech   Draft: 2001 Round 1 (1)   Experience: 11
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2011PHI13253 423 3,303 18 14 76 589 1 302.1 23.2
2012PHI10204 351 2,362 12 10 62 332 1 205.3 20.5
2013PHI778 142 1,216 5 3 38 291 2 121.9 17.4
2014 (Projected)NYJ 41 70 475 3 2 12 76 1 49.4  

Outlook: Michael Vick was signed this offseason under the guise of competing for the Jets' starting quarterback job. From the beginning, however, he's been resigned to the fact that the job is most likely Geno Smith's to lose. Vick is still one of the better running QBs in the league, despite his advanced age. Outside of 2010 he has never been able to put up big numbers in the passing game. Vick will likely only see the field if Smith gets injured or if he struggles and the team is losing. He's a guy to keep an eye on for a quick waiver wire claim should the Jets call his number, but right now he shouldn't be listed on your draft board.


 Brandon Weeden, DAL (Bye: 11)
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Height: 6’3”   Weight: 221   DOB: 1983-10-14   Age: 30
College: Oklahoma State   Draft: 2012 Round 1 (22)   Experience: 2
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2012CLE15297 517 3,385 14 17 27 111 0 236.4 15.8
2013CLE8141 267 1,731 9 9 12 44 0 127.0 15.9
2014 (Projected)DAL 19 33 231 1 1 0 0 0 15.6  

 Charlie Whitehurst, TEN (Bye: 9)
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Height: 6’5”   Weight: 235   DOB: 1982-08-06   Age: 32
College: Clemson   Draft: 2006 Round 3 (17)   Experience: 7
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2011SEA327 56 298 1 1 4 13 0 20.2 6.7
2013SD20 0 0 0 0 6 -5 0 -0.5 -0.3
2014 (Projected)TEN 122 199 1,355 9 5 21 111 0 114.9  

 Russell Wilson, SEA (Bye: 4)
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Height: 5’11”   Weight: 206   DOB: 1988-11-29   Age: 25
College: Wisconsin   Draft: 2012 Round 3 (12)   Experience: -
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2012SEA16252 393 3,118 26 10 94 489 4 332.8 20.8
2013SEA16257 407 3,357 26 9 96 539 1 331.8 20.7
2014 (Projected)SEA 268 425 3,401 26 12 95 501 2 336.2  

Outlook: Only two years removed from upsetting free agency acquisition Matt Flynn for the starting job in Seattle, Russell Wilson is now a Super Bowl winner and is one of the most secure players in the entire league at his position. Wilson's combination of speed and mistake-free football has also made him a top-10 fantasy quarterback over that two-year span. This is very impressive, considering that Wilson's Seahawks have run the ball more times and passed the ball fewer times than any team in the NFL since he took over behind center. This sounds ugly on the surface, but the coaching staff in Seattle continues to insist that the team will see a greater balance in its offense in 2014, which could mean great things for Wilson's fantasy outlook. Wide receivers Golden Tate and Sidney Rice did leave in the offseason, but they will not likely be missed if (and I mean if…) Percy Harvin is able to stay on the field. Harvin is the kind of dynamic playmaker who could give Wilson the kind of target that he has not had so far in his NFL career, one who can turn the short passes into big gains. Wilson is currently only being drafted as a borderline top-12 quarterback in many leagues, which combined with the fact that he could pass the ball upwards of 100 more times in 2014 than he did in 2013, means that he could represent one of the highest upsides and safest downsides of all fantasy quarterbacks this season.


 T.J. Yates, ATL (Bye: 9)
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Height: 6’4”   Weight: 220   DOB: 1987-05-28   Age: 27
College: North Carolina   Draft: 2011 Round 5 (21)   Experience: -
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2011HOU682 134 949 3 3 14 57 0 65.2 10.9
2012HOU34 10 38 0 1 2 -1 1 7.8 2.6
2013HOU215 22 113 0 2 1 0 0 5.7 2.8
2014 (Projected)ATL 2 3 22 0 0 1 2 0 1.3