Top Ten Fantasy Football Quarterbacks
What makes a top quarterback? Here are stats stick out among the best signal callers to lead your team
- #1 Aaron Rodgers. There are a lot of great stats that you could point to with Rodgers, including completion and touchdown percentage, but his interception percentage may be the most impressive. No other quarterback (over a multi-
year career) is under 2.1% in league history. Jost 10 times in the last four seasons has a quarterback had an INT% under 1.5%, Rodgers has done it three of those times. Key stat: 1.7% int.
- #2 Drew Brees. There have been six 5.000 passing yard seasons in NFL history. Drew Brees has three of them, including in each of the last two years. Five thousand yards equals 200 points in standard fantasy scoring (25
yards/point), giving you quite an advantage in the yardage department. Add in the fact, that Brees has led the league in TD passes four of the last five years (tied for 2nd the 5th year), and you have a fantasy football scoring machine.
Key stat: 5.000+ passing yards.
- #3 Peyton Manning. Manning has not had lower than a 65% completion percentage since 2002. In that time he has been Mr. Consistency with the exception of his missed season in 2011. When Manning has stepped onto the field
since 2002, he has gone over 4.000 yards 9 of the 10 seasons and has 30+ TD's 6 of the 10 seasons. Manning showed he still had it last year with a league leading 68.6% completion percentage and his 2nd highest yardage and TD total
for his career. Key stat: 65.0% completion percentage.
- #4 Tom Brady. It might seem like everyone is throwing the ball 600 or more times a season, but the reality is just six different quarterbacks have done it over the last two seasons, and only three did it both years Brady is one of those
three. Given his efficiency and low INT rate, knowing a quarterback is going to throw 600 or more times is a huge plus. Even with some of the question marks surrounding his weapons, Brady will remain a top tier fantasy quarterback.
Key stat: 1.248 passing attempts (2 year total).
- #5 Matt Ryan. Just 20 times have quarterbacks in NFL history averaged more than 294.9 yards per game in a season. Ryan put together his finest season yet when he threw for 4.719 yards and 32 TD's last season. As a quarterback
who has gotten better each of the last couple of years, and a guy with three elite weapons, Ryan has put himself among the best fantasy options in the league. Key stat: 294.9 yards per game.
- #6 Andrew Luck. That is Andrew Luck's completion percentage the year Pep Hamilton was his offensive coordinator in college. Now Hamilton is reunited with Luck as the Colts new offensive coordinator and he figures to help Luck
in his sophomore season. Though Luck had a lot of yards & attempts last year, his completion percentage was low and interceptions were high. That was mainly due to a downfield attack that featured a lot of high risk throws
combined with poor pass protection. With better efficiency under Hamilton and a bolstered offensive line, Luck's passing numbers should improve this season. Key stat: 71.3% completion percentage.
- #7 Cam Newton. Newton led the league in yards per completion last year, and while the stat doesn't tell a lot from an overall perspective, it has a lot of benefit for fantasy purposes. Newton's rushing ability may be what boosts his
fantasy value, but the passing aspect is there as well. If Newton can improve his completion percentage (ranked 26th among starters last year), while maintaining his yards per completion average, he can become a fantasy mega-star.
Key stat: 13.8 yards per completion.
- #8 Colin Kaepernick. Those are Kaepernick's yards per attempt passing and rushing in the postseason last year. While it is obviously a three game sample, it is also three games versus three top teams and all in high pressure situations.
Though the numbers aren't sustainable over 16 weeks, Kaepernick has the ability to be at the top of both categories for the regular season. If the 49ers throw enough, Kaepernick could become a fantasy stud in his first full season as a
starter. Key stat: 9.98 & 10.56 ypa passing and rushing.
- #9 Russell Wilson. For the year, Wilson was a very good 26-10 in touchdowns to interceptions, but in the 2nd half of the year, Wilson blew up going a ridiculous 16-2 in that department. The Seahawks took the training wheels off
for Wilson as the season wore on and all of his stats jumped considerably. If Wilson can play a full 16 games the way he did the 2nd half of the year, he can be an elite fantasy quarterback, even without a ton of passing attempts. Key
stat: 16-2 TD to INT numbers.
- #10 Robert Griffin III. While Colin Kaepernick has the potential to lead the league in passing and rushing yards per attempt, the fact is, Robert Griffin III actually accomplished it last year, despite dealing with an injury the final two
games of the season. Griffin has elite fantasy quarterback potential given his success running and throwing, but the injury factor is there. Griffin is coming off an ACL injury and that bumps him down a few spots. If he's healthy
though, he could easily be a top five fantasy quarterback. Key stat: 8.1 & 6.8 ypa passing and rushing.
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