The 2015 football season doesn’t start for another six months, but it’s never to early for a speculative look at potential fantasy football rankings.
The draft hasn’t happened yet, and trades could still be made that could make these rankings irrelevant within five minutes. Whatever, here are some very early fantasy football QB rankings for 2015.
1. Aaron Rodgers
Compared to other top quarterbacks that threw the ball over 600 times Rodgers only attempted 520 passes. However, unlike other QB, Rodgers has elite accuracy and decision-making that have resulted in him throwing eight or less interceptions in five of the seven years he has started.
2. Andrew Luck
Luck hasn’t exactly been the ‘real-life’ quarterback that many have expected. He’s great, and maybe his team’s haven’t been as good, but he’s been a little bit more Brett Favre than people may have expect. Nevertheless, the 2015 Colts rebooted the offense with Andre Johnson, and Frank Gore which could result in a more refined Luck.
3. Russell Wilson
Unlike most teams, the Seahawks offense is lead by the run rather than the pass, but Wilson got in on the action with 849 rushing yards in 2015. Sadly, he probably won’t achieve more than 600 rushing yards in 2015, just a guess, but the addition of Jimmy Graham will result in more touchdowns and yards.
4. Ben Roethlisberger
This one may be a little surprising, but Drew Brees and Peyton Manning have lost a little more than a step the past year. Big Ben has a lot of weapons on offense with Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, and Le’Veon Bell that result in a lot of yards and touchdowns. Also, Roethlisberger throws the ball a lot, 608 times in 2014, with only nine interceptions.
5. Peyton Manning
Who knows how much more Manning has left in the tank, but he still has Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders to throw to. It will be interesting to see how he performs with a new coaching staff, but Manning is essentially the offensive coordinator.
6. Drew Brees
Like Peyton Manning, Drew Brees is on the decline, and probably doesn’t have much more than two years left. Unfortunately for Brees he lost Jimmy Graham in the offseason, but Brandin Cooks will be in line for a larger role, and Brees will still sniff 5,000 yards.
7. Tony Romo
Romo is one of the least respected players in the NFL because of his performance in the playoffs, but who cares about real-life performance. Romo is an elite fantasy quarterback, and will likely be helped by the loss of DeMarco Murray. Last year Romo only threw the ball 435 times, but was still fourth in the NFL with 34 touchdowns. Expect more yards, maybe a few more touchdowns, but also more interceptions for Romo in 2014.
8. Tom Brady
Like others on the list, Brady has been trudging along has a top fantasy quarterback for the past 8 plus years. That won’t change in 2015, but it wouldn’t be nice if the Patriots could find another receiving threat for Brady. Rob Gronkowski is arguably the best tight end/receiver in the league right now, but Brandon LaFell and Julian Edelman leave a little to be desired.
9. Matt Ryan
The Falcons are horrible on defense which has begun to creep into the offense. Nothing has really changed on offense except for the loss of Steven Jackson, which could actually be best for the team. Ryan is also still trying to find a replacement for Tony Gonzalez, but Julio Jones hasn’t gone anywhere, so Matt Ryan will still get his 4500 yards and 30 plus touchdowns.
10. Ryan Tannehill
Another one that could be a tad too high, but Tannehill had a great 2014 under new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor. For the most part the Dolphins have the same offense in place, but replaced Mike Wallace with Kenny Stills, and swapped Charles Clay for Jordan Cameron. Much isn’t lost or gained with those moves, and losing Mike Wallace could improve team chemistry. Expect Tannehill to take another leap forward in 2015.
11. Cam Newton
Ranking Newton is terribly difficult because he has pretty much been a disappointment every year except for his rookie year. The expectations are always too big for what he should be able to do, but it just hasn’t happened. However, the Panthers did somewhat improve the offensive line with Michael Oher, it doesn’t say much, but it’s something. Also, if Jonathan Stewart can stay healthy it will result in more opportunities.
12. Eli Manning
Manning had a rebirth in 2014 with the addition of Odell Beckham Jr. The offensive line could still use reworking, but Victor Cruz is expected back which will create more opportunities for Manning in 2015. Also, Shane Vereen gives Manning a legit threat out of the backfield.
13. Philip Rivers
Something is fishy with the Chargers and Rivers at the moment. I don’t think they’ll try to acquire Marcus Mariota, but something just feels weird. Also, I just found out that Philip Rivers has seven kids. Seven. Regardless, this is still Philip Rivers, and he still has plenty of weapons in Keenan Allen, Antonio Gates, Malcolm Floyd, the new acquired Stevie Johnson, and LaDarius Green. The world could still use more LaDarius Green though, make it happen Mike McCoy.
14. Matthew Stafford
Does Matthew Stafford suck? Like is he just not that good? He threw 602 passes in 2014, but only had 22 touchdowns and 4257 yards to show for it. I don’t know what to make of him, and I will tell you not draft him because you’d be drafting him on name alone. The Lions have a lot of weapons in Calvin Johnson, Golden Tate, and Eric Ebron so maybe the numbers will go up.
15. Colin Kaepernick
The 49ers haven’t exactly had the best offseason with a lot of losses in free agency, and surprise retirements. Kaepernick has been a bust the past two years, but 2015 could be a little different. The passing numbers will probably still be disappointing, but I think Kaepernick will once again run the ball with success.
16. Teddy Bridgewater
It should be known that I have an undying love for Teddy Bridgewater. Theres something about a man that wears gloves that does something for me. Man crush aside, Bridgewater had a pretty solid rookie campaign with 15 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions while completing 64 percent of his passes. Another year in Norv Turner’s offense should do wonders in his sophomore year, and the addition of Mike Wallace gives him another deep threat. His outlook will also improve if the Vikings manage to land a receiver in the first round.
17. Robert Griffin III
18. Sam Bradford
19. Carson Palmer
20. Joe Flacco
21. Jamies Winston
22. Jay Cutler
23. Marcus Mariota
24. Andy Dalton
25. Nick Foles
26. Geno Smith
27. Derek Carr
28. Alex Smith
29. Blake Bortles
30. Josh McCown
31. Matt Cassel
32. Brian Hoyer