The FOX Sports fantasy football experts have been updating their top 200 rankings constantly as the season approaches. Here's a look at the 12 QBs who cracked the top 100, with comments included.
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No. 25 - Cam Newton
Newton averaged 24.3 fantasy points per game last season. Solid per game average. However, if you’re making a case for waiting on a quarterback until the middle rounds, a handful of quarterbacks averaged 20+ fantasy points per game last season. Are you going to place that much value on three extra fantasy points per game to nab Newton in early rounds or are you going to address RB/WR/TE needs ahead of drafting your trigger?
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No. 37 - Aaron Rodgers
Without Jordy Nelson, the Packers’ receiving corps became really, um, green. Sorry. The inexperience cost Rodgers’ fantasy owners as he fell from a top-three fantasy quarterback to QB7. His completion percentage dipped five percent and passing yards nearly 500 yards with seven fewer touchdowns compared to 2014. With Jordy back and assuming Eddie Lacy returns somewhat to form to balance the offense, Rodgers is definitely a top-three fantasy QB again.
No. 46 - Russell Wilson
If fantasy owners knew in advance that Wilson would rank fantasy QB3 in Jimmy Graham’s first season with the Seahawks, what do you think Graham’s stat line would be?
While you think that out, Wilson set career highs in completion percentage (68.1), passing yards (4,024) and touchdown passes (34) with Graham missing six games and scoring all of two touchdowns. Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse and deep threat Tyler Lockett definitely stepped up their games in 2015. While it’ll be a challenge to repeat and/or improve in 2016, the departure of Marshawn Lynch changes the optics of the offense. That could mean more Graham and another weapon for Russell’s owners to rally behind.
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No. 50 - Ben Roethlisberger
Big Ben enters his 13th season coming off a less-than-ideal fantasy season due to injuries sidelining him for four games in 2015. The suspension of Le’Veon Bell opens the door for Roethlisberger to once again lead the offense via the pass. Antonio Brown aside, the unknowns swirling around his receivers should give owners pause before drafting Ben. He’s made chicken soup out of chicken droppings in the past, but no Bell or Martavis Bryant does increase the degree of difficulty.
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No. 52 - Andrew Luck
Coming off the 2014 season when he passed for 4,761 yards and 40 touchdowns, Luck had everybody’s attention. His beat-up body missed nine games on paper, but Luck wasn’t right for most of the 2015 season and was one of the biggest fantasy disappointments. In order to get back on track, his offensive line needs to play better; not only to give him time to throw, but also to create holes for Frank Gore to provide balance to the Colts’ offense. T.Y. Hilton and Donte Moncrief owners need this to occur, too.
No. 56 - Drew Brees
The seemingly ageless Brees finished last season as QB6, and was second in the NFL with 627 pass attempts. The Saints’ horrible defense is one of Brees’ biggest fantasy strengths, as he needs to put plenty of points on the board for his team to have any chance at all. Look for more of the same this season.
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No. 60 - Carson Palmer
Like Larry Fitzgerald, Palmer had an unexpectedly huge late-career season last year, throwing for 4,671 yards and 35 TDs to finish as fantasy’s fifth-best quarterback. Palmer has great weapons, but he’s 36 and was 12th in attempts. Volume matters, folks.
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No. 62 - Blake Bortles
Bortles was better in fantasy than in real life last season, as he ranked second with 35 TDs but led the league in interceptions. Some people seem to think that Bortles’ stats will take a hit because the improved Jags defense will have them in lower-scoring games. Maybe, but this is a team that hates to run in the red zone — Bortles tied Aaron Rodgers for the league lead in RZ attempts with 97. He’s fine as your QB1.
No. 65 - Eli Manning
The Giants promoted Ben McAdoo to head coach to keep continuity on the offensive side of the ball, as Manning had his two best statistical seasons with McAdoo as the team’s offensive coordinator. Add second-round WR Sterling Shepard to the mix, and you’ve got a really nice low-end QB1.
No. 83 - Tom Brady
Brady is carrying a sixth-round ADP, which seems like a steep price for a guy who will play in a maximum of eight out of your 13 regular-season fantasy games. We get the idea of stashing him on your bench while waiting for big weekly scores later, but ahead of Bortles, Manning, etc.? Eh.
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No. 91 - Philip Rivers
Rivers led the league with 661 pass attempts last season, but finished at QB11. He threw 18 TDs in eight games with Keenan Allen on the field, and 11 in the eight games after Allen suffered a season-ending kidney injury.
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No. 99 - Andy Dalton
Dalton has been the 17th quarterback off fantasy draft boards based on Average Draft Position, which is silly when you consider that he was a top-five fantasy QB before getting hurt against the Steelers in Week 14. He was on pace to match or exceed career highs in completion percentage, yards and touchdown passes, and threw only six interceptions in his 12 full games. If you drafted Dalton for a backup price, you're going to get at least a part-time starter. That's smart fantasy football.