Tuesday, January 6, 2015


BY Will Hoover @UGsportsreport

Now that the 2014 fantasy football season has ended and your leagues champion has been crowned there isn’t much to do besides to look forward to next year. (Or play one of various forms of fantasy playoff leagues) Whether you won your league or suffered through another losing season it’s not too early to start planning for next year. Below I have ranked my top ten fantasy quarterbacks for the 2015 fantasy season. Free agency, player trades and the 2015 NFL draft are all variables that could affect these rankings. It’s awfully early so a lot could change by kickoff in 2015 but these rankings are a good foundation to start with.  

  1. Andrew Luck
The Colts lacked a rushing attack in 2014 and were increasingly dependent on Andrew Luck’s arm. 616 pass attempts, a franchise 4,761 passing yards and 43 total touchdowns made Andrew Luck the top scoring fantasy quarterback in 2014. Even with some offseason additions expect this pass heavy trend to continue in Indianapolis next year and for Luck to be a top scorer again.

  1. Aaron Rodgers
RELAX…. I put Rodgers at #2 because the Packers have a legitimate rushing attack with Eddie Lacy. Aaron Rodgers was a surgeon in 2014 with 38 passing touchdowns and only 5 interceptions. Rodgers is the best quarterback in the NFL and a future hall of famer, expect another stellar season in 2015.

  1. Peyton Manning
I’m not exactly comfortable putting Manning here. By that I mean the way Peyton finished 2014 retirement could be a realistic option. Manning’s production fell off a cliff in the final quarter of the season where he rarely threw completions beyond 15 yards down the field. Instead Denver relied on the run game and allowed Manning to “rest” his arm. Only I’m afraid that it’s the fact his arm is done for the rest of the season not that he’s resting it for the playoffs. Peyton had a drop off from 2013 with 750 fewer yards, 16 fewer touchdowns and 5 more interceptions. With all that being said Manning was still the #3 fantasy quarterback in 2014. If his Arm allows, being on a high powered offense with tremendous weapons at his disposal Manning should still be a top option in 2015.

  1. Drew Brees
Drew Brees quietly had another solid season in 2014 even with his team’s struggles. His 33 touchdowns were his lowest total since 2010 but his yardage (tied for league lead) and interceptions were in his typical range. A lack of quality options from an aging core has left a gap in the Saints offense which Brees failed to overcome. I expect some new faces on offense whether from free agency or thru the draft, meaning there should be more weapons for Brees in 2015.

  1. Russell Wilson
Far from a traditional quarterback Russell Wilson can get you big points in more ways than any other player. While his passing stats were pedestrian in 2014 his 849 rushing yards were tied with CJ Anderson for 16th in the league. That’s better than half of the starting running backs in the NFL. Wilson also led the NFL in yards per carry at 7.2. Wilson overcame the departure of Golden Tate and Percy Harvin along with multiple injuries on the offensive line to finish as the 6th best fantasy quarterback in 2014. The Seahawks will definitely address their wide receiver depth in 2015. The continued development of Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood, plus the league’s best rushing attack can only help Wilson continue to improve his fantasy numbers in 2015.

  1. Ben Roethlisberger
Big Ben has two of the league’s best players in Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell. Brown can’t be covered in man coverage and Bell requires defenses to focus on his dual threat capabilities out of the backfield. As these two players continue to emerge Roethlisberger will only benefit offensively in 2015. Big Ben tied for the league lead in passing yards and was the #4 fantasy quarterback overall. In 2015 Roethlisberger will look to continue his impressive quarterback play and remain a top fantasy option.

  1. Tony Romo
With arguably the best offensive line in the league and the second best rushing offense Tony Romo performed at a high level all year and didn’t have many “bad Romo” moments. With an elite running back in Demarco Murray and an elite wide receiver in Dez Bryant, Tony Romo and the Cowboys offense have found balance and at times have looked unstoppable. This blueprint for success will be followed next year. Expect Tony Romo to be a strong quarterback option in 2015.

  1. Tom Brady
Always a solid fantasy quarterback Brady started slowly in 2014 but finished with one of his better seasons in recent years. With a healthy Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell stepping up along with a solid rushing attack Tom Brady has the perfect recipe for big fantasy numbers. The Patriots and Brady are not going anywhere and will remain among the top options again in 2015.

  1. Matt Ryan
Matty Ice can’t seem to win any big games lately. Fortunately that doesn’t matter in fantasy football. With two quality wide receivers and a below average run game Matt Ryan has no choice but to throw and throw a lot. No matter who is named head coach Matt Ryan will get his numbers in 2015 and be a top ten fantasy quarterback.
  1. Phillip Rivers
After an incredible start in 2014 Phillip Rivers struggled down the stretch. From week 1 thru week 8 Rivers had an outstanding 20 touchdowns to 8 interceptions and was a top 5 fantasy quarterback. After week 8 Rivers struggled with only 11 touchdowns versus 13 interceptions. Reports of Rivers having a bulging disc and possibly needing off season surgery might partly explain his decline. Also numerous injuries on offense and a general lack of weapons severely limited Rivers in the second half of 2014. Don’t be surprised if the Chargers add more options next year for Rivers. I could see another quality running back or receiver being added and Rivers finishing with similar numbers to what he displayed in the first half of 2014.

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