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 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.

 Ryan Tannehill, MIA (Bye: 5)
Height: 6’4”   Weight: 221   DOB: 1988-07-27   Age: 27
College: Texas A&M   Draft: 2012 Round 1 (8) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/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
2014MIA16392 590 4,045 27 12 55 317 1 348.0 21.7
2015 (Projected)MIA 359 561 3,928 26 14 54 256 1 332.0  

Outlook: Tannehill posted career highs in passing yards, passing touchdowns, completion percentage, and rushing yards in route to finishing as the No.10 fantasy quarterback in 2014. With a new $77 mil, 4-year contract extension inked in the offseason and four new offensive weapons in Kenny Stills, Greg Jennings, Jordan Cameron, and first round pick DeVante Parker, Tannehill looks primed to take another big step forward up the fantasy rankings. Stills will help provide a deep threat to stretch the field, while Cameron and Jennings will attack the middle in short and intermediate routes. If Parker (foot) can get healthy and live up to the hype that earned him the 14th selection in the 2015 draft, there is an excellent chance that Tannehill will continue to improve on his numbers from last season and will be a solid QB1 in all formats.

 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.

 Jay Cutler, CHI (Bye: 7)
Height: 6’3”   Weight: 220   DOB: 1983-04-29   Age: 33
College: Vanderbilt   Draft: 2006 Round 1 (11) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2012CHI15255 434 3,033 19 14 41 233 0 251.0 16.7
2013CHI11225 356 2,619 19 12 23 118 0 218.8 19.9
2014CHI15370 561 3,812 28 18 38 198 2 334.4 22.3
2015 (Projected)CHI 350 564 3,950 25 16 40 167 1 320.2  

Outlook: Last offseason Cutler was the talk of Chicago after securing a long term extension to be the triggerman for Marc Trestman’s voluminous passing game. Just a year later Trestman is gone, the Bears are in rebuilding mode, and Cutler’s perpetual scowl might as well be on kitschy wanted posters on the streets of Michigan Avenue. As Cutler’s struggles as a decision maker and field general are well documented, missed in the shuffle of Chicago’s lost season last year was the fact he had perhaps the finest fantasy season of his career, and that folks, is what we’re here for!

Cutler set a career high with 30 total touchdowns and a 66.0 completion percentage with a personal second best 3,812 yards passing. Sure he turned the ball over way too many times (28) but that’s who he’s always been. He’s also always been a borderline QB1 when healthy, and that’s exactly what he finished as last year. He was a fairly consistent fantasy scorer in 2014 (only two games below 15 fantasy points) and probably was a decent stop-gap starter for the teams that needed him. So while his play should continue to make him a decent fantasy option, the thing that worries me are the loss of Trestman’s pass-first schemes, and Brandon Marshall. Although their bromance soured last year, Marshall was Cutler’s security blanket, especially in the red zone. Replacing Marshall is the amazingly gifted rookie Kevin White from West Virginia (more on White below). Rookie being the key word, as Marshall was a smart veteran versed in getting open and manipulating defenders. Luckily Cutler still has the giant mitts of Alshon Jeffrey, the seam skills of Martellus Bennett, and the always reliable Matt Forte. Trestman’s pass offense is gone, replaced by the capable Adam Gase from Denver. But in comes conservative head coach John Fox who will work to make the running game a bigger staple of the offense to help hide a terrible defense that also led to Cutler’s passing attempts being inflated. Overall I see a fairly noticeable drop in attempts for Cutler in an attempt to mitigate his mistakes, and keep Chicago’s offense more vanilla. Cutler still has the arm talent, attitude, and weapons to be a fantasy asset, just nothing more than… you guessed it, a borderline QB1 in 12-14 team leagues.

 Teddy Bridgewater, MIN (Bye: 5)
Height: 6’2”   Weight: 214   DOB: 1992-11-10   Age: 23
College: Louisville   Draft: 2014 Round 1 (32) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014MIN13259 402 2,919 14 12 47 209 1 228.9 17.6
2015 (Projected)MIN 317 511 3,578 24 13 91 245 1 305.4  

Outlook: It took a few years, but it looks the annual carousel of quarterbacks in Minnesota may have finally landed on a winner! While Teddy Bridgewater looks to be the right captain for the Vikings, is he ready to lead the raids that pillage your fantasy opponents? Although it worked out well, Bridgewater didn’t exactly fly out of the gate after his first start in Week 3. It wasn’t until his fourth start that he finally threw his first touchdown. But it’s not the start of a rookie quarterback’s first season that should be evaluated, but the finish. After a rocky first seven games (3 touchdowns, 5 interceptions, 188 yards/game), Bridgewater seemed to get the hang of things after a heartbreaking 3-point loss to the Packers in Week 12. Counting that game, Bridgewater showed definite improvement during the final six , as he amassed a 10-6 touchdown-to-interception ratio, and averaged 240 yards/game. Over the final five games of the season, Bridgewater also completed over 70% of his passes. Bridgewater not only developed as a passer and playmaker, but he kept his team competitive in games, as five of his seven losses as a starter were by six points or less. So what does the real life development do for his fantasy prospects? It’s just one of several check marks in the upside column.

Joining Bridgewater in the backfield this year is none other than generational running back Adrian Peterson. With the drama of last season in the rear view mirror, Peterson can and will dominate defensive attention, giving Bridgewater a slew of softer coverages to throw against. Running around in that newly created real estate will be a host of potential pass catching options. Veteran Mike Wallace adds a lid busting element to the younger, but supremely talented trio of Charles Johnson, Jarius Wright and Cordarrelle Patterson. If he can stay healthy (IF!), tight end Kyle Rudolph should be able to clean up around the line of scrimmage on curl and in routes, and in the red zone. If you weren’t convinced that Bridgewater offers fantasy QB2 upside, just look at the storied history offensive coordinator Norv Turner has with developing passing offenses. Baring a hiccup in Miami, all of Turners teams have demonstrated a significant statistical upgrade during his tenure calling the offense. Not impressed? He’s made these gains with the likes of Heath Shuler, journeyman Doug Flutie, and a very raw Alex Smith as some of his signal callers. Bridgewater has the talent and development edge on those guys, and should end up being a very sneaky QB2 with QB1 upside you can draft late to pair with a stud.

 Joe Flacco, BAL (Bye: 9)
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
2012BAL16317 531 3,817 22 10 32 22 3 299.1 18.7
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
2015 (Projected)BAL 329 540 3,779 24 15 35 84 1 299.4  

Outlook: I noted in my 2014 player outlooks that Joe Flacco was a much more efficient passer when asked to throw the ball less. This held true in 2014, as Flacco’s pass attempts dropped from a career high 614 in 2013 to a more manageable 555 last season. Despite those 59 fewer attempts, Flacco threw for just as many yards, 8 more touchdowns, 10 less interceptions, and completed 3% more of his passes. In Gary Kubiak’s stretch-based, intermediate passing game scheme, Flacco was as efficient as ever despite a questionable set of pass catchers. Although he finished as the 14th overall quarterback, he fell into that 8-14 slot that was interchangeable, giving Flacco fringe QB1 value. With significant changes in offensive scheme, and personnel, what is in store for Flacco in 2015?

The biggest change comes in the switch from Kubiak’s run-to-pass scheme to Marc Trestman’s pass-to-run scheme, but this doesn’t automatically mean Flacco’s pass attempts are going to skyrocket. Veteran lid lifter Torrey Smith departed for San Francisco and Dennis Pitta remains an unknown. Replacing these two stalwarts are a pair of rookies. One a raw, but gifted receiver from Central Florida in Breshad Perriman, and the other a mammoth 2nd round pick from Minnesota in Maxx Williams. These two will join the grizzled pair of Steve Smith and Justin Forsett to form the core of Flacco’s passing game options. Look for Baltimore to employ a conservative, but complex passing game approach that utilizes dump-offs and crossing patterns, mixed with well-timed deep balls to Perriman. Flacco’s passing numbers should remain in the same ballpark as 2014, with continued efficiency due to Trestman’s tutelage. Flacco’s fantasy prospects remain much like they have during his entire career. A fringe QB1 that’s best suited as a high end QB2 in standard leagues, but makes for a sneaky value pick in daily or large leagues.

 Andy Dalton, CIN (Bye: 7)
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
2012CIN16329 528 3,669 27 16 47 120 4 327.5 20.5
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
2015 (Projected)CIN 328 530 3,655 24 15 56 175 1 302.3  

Outlook: Listen, Andy Dalton was an unmitigated disaster last year. Coming off a monster 2013 where he finished with 33 touchdowns and over 4,000 yards passing, the fantasy world knew there would be some regression in 2014. A change in offensive philosophy combined with serious injuries to top pass catchers Tyler Eifert, Marvin Jones, and A.J. Green, led to the near total collapse of Dalton’s fantasy value. His 2014 season went up in flames and ended in yet another playoff disaster, but there is reason to believe Dalton can make like a phoenix-like rise from the ashes to become a value QB1 again.

Make no mistake - Dalton is not an elite talent. He turns the ball over too much and is prone to some catastrophic games, but he’s big and strong, possesses a mediocre but accurate arm (64% completion percentage). He also takes a beating, and is a team leader. He’s one of the many quarterbacks that are dependent on the talent around them. Luckily for Dalton, he’s surrounded by some of the best skill position players in the NFL. Bernard and Hill provide a deadly 1-2 punch from the backfield, and when healthy, Green, Jones, Sanu and Eifert have the potential to form one of the leagues’ most talented and explosive pass catching assemblies. With Green back fully healthy, and Eifert and Jones back from season’s long injuries, Dalton has the stable of pass catchers that came with his elite 2013 season. Dalton had 66 total touchdowns in 2012 and 2013 combined, so a return to relevance isn’t out of the realm of reason. With offensive coordinator Hue Jackson stating his desire to open up the offense this season, look for Dalton’s pass attempts to go back over 500, after dipping to a career low 483 last year. Dalton has the weapons and confidence of his coaches to return to top-10 status. With the questionable secondaries of Baltimore and Pittsburgh on the schedule for a quarter of the season, Dalton is a sneaky QB2 value pick that could make for a fantastic streamer in weekly leagues.

 Sam Bradford, PHI (Bye: 8)
Height: 6’4”   Weight: 224   DOB: 1987-11-08   Age: 28
College: Oklahoma   Draft: 2010 Round 1 (1) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2012STL16328 551 3,702 21 13 37 127 1 287.8 18.0
2013STL7159 262 1,687 14 4 15 31 0 143.5 20.5
2015 (Projected)PHI 293 466 3,446 22 12 24 78 1 274.1  

Outlook: Bradford missed the entire 2014 NFL season after sustaining his second serious knee injury in five seasons with the Rams. Injuries have proven to be the downfall of the former first overall selection former the University of Oklahoma star. When healthy, Bradford has been a solid fantasy performer as referenced by his 3702 yard, 21 touchdown performance in 2012. Although he finished the season out of the top-12 for fantasy quarterbacks, he did beat out a few big name performers like Jake Cutler and Philip Rivers. The problem is that he has managed to play 16 games only twice in his career and he enters camp this summer still rehabbing the knee injury that forced him to miss all of 2014.

On the plus side, he is joining an excellent offensive scheme that will take advantage of the experience he gained running a similar spread offense as a Sooner. He also is surrounded by the best offensive line and skill position players of his career, and a coach with a history of making subpar players like Nick Foles into fantasy stars. For owners looking for a quarterback ranked outside the top-12 who has the upside of delivering a top-10 season, look no further than Bradford. But be sure to have a viable second option given his injury risk.

 Carson Palmer, ARI (Bye: 9)
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
2012OAK15345 565 4,018 22 14 18 36 1 298.5 19.9
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
2015 (Projected)ARI 338 546 3,930 22 13 9 17 0 286.2  

Outlook: Another ACL injury ended Carson Palmer’s 2014 season early, leaving him as the No. 31 quarterback for the season. However, the truth is Palmer is being underrated, as he is currently going undrafted in most drafts, in the early-to-mid 20s among quarterbacks. With Palmer being a relatively immobile quarterback to begin with, the now fully repaired ACL shouldn’t be too much of a problem. It’s also worth noting that Palmer has been through this injury in the past and it did not have a dramatic impact on his on-field ability. He’s now 35 years old so he’s definitely nearing the end of his career, but fantasy owners, particularly in redraft leagues, would be wise not to forget about the veteran passer late in their drafts.

Palmer has thrown for over 4,000 yards in each of his past two full seasons and was well on pace to hit that number again in 2014 before the injury. His biggest downfall has typically been throwing too many interceptions, along with being a non-factor in the running game. Palmer threw 22 interceptions in his first season as a Cardinal back in 2013 and he has thrown 15 or more in five of the nine seasons in which he has played at least 10 games. On the bright side, Palmer had actually drastically cut down on his mistakes through the first six games of 2014. His three interceptions were definitely acceptable and his 11 touchdowns would have put him on pace for 29 on the year -- a number that would have put him in the top 10 at the position. With the Cardinals offense not drastically changing, look for Palmer to put up solid numbers again this season, especially if he can find the chemistry again with his young wideout John Brown. He’s not the most exciting quarterback on the board, but given his ADP, there’s a great chance he’ll give you a positive return this season.

 Jameis Winston, TB (Bye: 6)
Height: 6’4”   Weight: 231   DOB: 1994-01-06   Age: 22
College: Florida State   Draft: 2015 Round 1 (1) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2015 (Projected)TB 287 486 3,597 22 17 45 181 1 292.0  

Outlook: The Bucs took Florida State’s Jameis Winston as the first overall pick in May, and he’ll be expected to start from day one as the team’s franchise quarterback. With some questions surrounding his leadership abilities, Winston comes into his rookie year with plenty of media and fantasy attention. Tampa brought in Offensive Coordinator Dirk Koetter from Atlanta to mentor Winston. He will also be tasked with improving an offense that scored the fourth fewest points and allowed the third most sacks during the 2014 regular season. Fortunately for fantasy owners, the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner possesses the arm and arsenal to overcome last season’s deficiencies. Winston isn’t going to pad his fantasy production with a ton of running yardage but has the agility and strength to develop the same type of “escapability” that Ben Roethlisberger possesses. A few scores on the ground and quality red zone targets won’t be enough to make Winston anything more than a low-end QB2 unless he can consistently move the chains to put points on the board.

Mike Glennon had six games to prove himself as a sophomore last season and the results were far too modest to convince the team he can be anything more than a backup quarterback. Most notably are his 15 interceptions in 19 career games played and a career completion percentage under 60 percent. He turns 26 in December and will back up a rookie quarterback who has had off-field issues in the past, so he could sneak into a spot start option at some point during the year.

 Alex Smith, KC (Bye: 9)
Height: 6’4”   Weight: 217   DOB: 1984-05-07   Age: 32
College: Utah   Draft: 2005 Round 1 (1) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2012SF10153 218 1,737 13 5 31 132 0 152.1 15.2
2013KC15308 509 3,313 23 8 75 432 1 306.9 20.5
2014KC15302 463 3,268 18 6 50 254 1 266.8 17.8
2015 (Projected)KC 300 476 3,427 22 10 61 289 1 294.3  

Outlook: A perennial “safe but not spectacular” fantasy quarterback, Kansas City’s Alex Smith finished 19th among QBs in fantasy scoring in 2014, down three spots from 2013. One of the biggest reasons for that drop-off in production was Smith did far less with his legs a season ago than he did in 2013. No longer considered much of a threat to run, Smith now relies heavily on being a dink-and-dunk passer who rarely turns the ball over and keeps his team in games. This is good enough for the Chiefs, who have one of the best running games in the league and a defense that has taken significant strides forward since Andy Reid’s arrival, but it does not do much for fantasy owners who would rather see offensive shootouts involving their quarterback.

With long-time Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe now out of the picture, Smith will throw to almost an entirely new set of pass-catchers in 2015. This could lead to good things over time, as the previous unit did not live up to expectations, but it could also spell trouble in the early part of the season if the chemistry is slow to build. Smith notably did not throw a single one of his 18 touchdown passes to a wide receiver in 2015, which gives his receivers some serious bust potential and really limits their cap, but the way Smith is able to distribute the ball to a variety of targets keeps defenses on their heels and can lead to some nice games from the quarterback himself. Look for Smith to be a late-round QB2 in most formats with the potential to be on the waiver wire in some leagues. He’s not likely to give you many monster games, but he could be a valuable plug-and-play quarterback if he’s in a favorable matchup.

 Derek Carr, OAK (Bye: 6)
Height: 6’2”   Weight: 214   DOB: 1991-03-28   Age: 25
College: Fresno State   Draft: 2014 Round 2 (4) 
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFPtsFPts/G
2014OAK16348 599 3,270 21 12 30 87 0 256.2 16.0
2015 (Projected)OAK 314 524 3,560 23 14 23 79 1 283.9  

Outlook: One of the true upside quarterbacks to target late in redraft leagues this season, Oakland’s Derek Carr also makes a strong case to be one of the more highly sought-after passers in dynasty leagues. Most rookies don’t step right into fantasy success, but the surprisingly low number of bad performances that Carr had in 2014 bodes well for his chances going forward, especially now that the team has made serious strides to improve his weapons. Carr finished as the No. 20 fantasy quarterback last season despite playing for a 3-13 team with few quality targets in the passing game. He scored double-digit fantasy points in 11 of his 16 starts, including six games where he finished with 20 or more. With receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree now rostered and expected to start immediately, Carr will need to develop chemistry with his new weapons, but should have an increased ceiling, especially later in the season.

Although he does not possess much in the way of running ability as he rushed for fewer than 100 yards on the season in 2015, Carr possesses a big, accurate arm when he has time to throw. Without any major improvements to the offensive line, Carr himself will need to get the ball out sooner if the Raiders hope to improve this season. Thankfully, Cooper and Crabtree are both high-quality, physical possession receivers who should give Carr big, reliable targets on short and intermediate throws. Targeting Carr as a QB2 late in drafts is a good option, especially for those lucky enough to land a reliable QB1. Don’t expect huge numbers, but roughly 4,000 yards and high-20’s to low-30’s in touchdowns is not out of the question. That should make him a prime candidate to stream on bye weeks.