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Fantasy 2014: QUARTERBACKS

Aug. 04, 2014
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Fantasy 2014: QUARTERBACKS

THE RANKING: Position by position, from top to bottom—SI's annual rundown offers a blueprint to a championship season

This is an article from the Aug. 4, 2014 issue

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RANKNAME TEAMBYEAUCTIONCOMPYD300-YD GTDINTRUSH YDTD
1Aaron RodgersPackers9$351932,53641761200
The only QB with at least 7.8 YPA each of the past five years, he also uses his feet as well as any elite fantasy QB.
2Peyton ManningBroncos4$354505,477125510--311
Even if he falls 20% short of his epic 2013 numbers, he'll still be a fantasy monster at age 38.
3Drew BreesSaints6$314465,162113912523
With his remarkable durability and consistency, he brings up the rear of the top tier at the position.
4Matthew StaffordLions9$253714,65062919692
While he's worthy of the No. 4 rank, Stafford's production remains wholly dependent on Megatron.
5Matt RyanFalcons9$254394,51572617550
With wide receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White healthy, Ryan should be poised for a huge rebound season.
6Robert Griffin IIIRedskins10$232743,203316124890
A new, offensive-minded coach (Jay Gruden), a new WR (DeSean Jackson) and a healthy knee should erase an ugly 2013.
7Nick FolesEagles7$232032,89122722213
Bland as he seems, he had one of the most efficient seasons in NFL history and is capable of making a further leap.
8Tom BradyPatriots10$213804,34362511180
Assuming TE Rob Gronkowski and RB Shane Vereen stay healthy, the 37-year-old Brady will remain a reliable QB1.
9Cam NewtonPanthers12$182923,379124135856
Carolina's ground production helps—especially Newton's—but the QB still has to overcome a dearth of receiving threats.
10Andrew LuckColts10$183433,82232393774
Two years into his pro career, he's a far better real-life QB than his fantasy stats suggest. Don't overvalue him.
11Jay CutlerBears9$172242,621219121180
With lethal weapons at every skill position in Chicago, he could easily vault into the Top 5 QBs.
12Tony RomoCowboys11$173423,82843110380
Maligned for not taking Dallas deep into the playoffs, he still puts up solid fantasy numbers. Bank on that again.
13Philip RiversChargers10$163794,47853211720
A new offense brought Rivers back from the dead last year. He should once again be a strong fantasy option.
14Colin Kaepernick49ers8$142433,19722185244
He needs a full season alongside oft-injured WR Michael Crabtree in order to be a consistent fantasy starter.
15Ben RoethlisbergerSteelers12$123754,26152814991
Pittsburgh will throw more than usual with stellar WR Antonio Brown and pass-catching RB Le'Veon Bell.
16Andy DaltonBengals4$103634,293533201832
Be wary of his big statistical season in 2013: It was largely due to a few huge games.
17Russell WilsonSeahawks4$102573,35722695391
He carried Seattle to a Super Bowl victory, but his real-life production doesn't translate to fantasy supremacy.
18Carson PalmerCardinals4$83624,2745242230
With WRs Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd and RB Andre Ellington, there's plenty of upside in Arizona.
19Ryan TannehillDolphins5$83553,913524172381
He took a big step forward in just his second year, doubling his TD total from 12 to 24—a good omen for 2013.
20Eli ManningGiants8$63173,81831827360
Forget 2013. Victor Cruz and the addition of RB Rashad Jennings and WR Odell Beckham Jr. gives Eli plenty of weapons.
21Jake LockerTitans9$51111,2561841552
Locker compiled his 2013 stats in just six games and has an underappreciated WR duo in Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter.
22Josh McCownBuccaneers7$41491,8293131691
McCown will find it hard to repeat his magical 2013 run without Bears WRs Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.
23Joe FlaccoRavens11$43623,912319221311
He's always been able to throw the deep ball, and he has two true downfield threats in WRs Torrey and Steve Smith.
24EJ ManuelBills9$31801,97201191862
In Year 2, Manuel is well-cast as a fantasy backup—or as a cheap wild-card starter in two-QB leagues.
25Michael VickJets11$3771,2151533062
If he stays healthy, he could outperform this ranking by 10 spots—but what reason is there to believe he will?
26Alex SmithChiefs6$23083,31302374311
This is RB Jamaal Charles's offense, meaning that Smith isn't required to do much—and he doesn't.
27Sam BradfordRams4$21591,6871144310
To break out, he needs big years from WR Tavon Austin and TE Jared Cook, and 2013 showed no promise there.
28Teddy Bridgewater*Vikings10$23033,9707314780
Remember, he was considered the top QB before the convoluted draft process. He'll have weapons to work with.
29Matt SchaubRaiders5$12192,31021014240
A nightmare season drove him out of Houston, and untalented Oakland doesn't offer much of a lifeline.
30Ryan FitzpatrickTexans10$12172,454214122253
He could be a solid, cheap backup option thanks to stat-churners like WR Andre Johnson and RB Arian Foster.
31Brian HoyerBrowns4$157615153160
Hoyer will likely start in Week 1, but know this: The front office and fan base are clamoring for Johnny Football.
32Johnny Manziel*Browns4$13004,114737137599
He very well may be the future in Cleveland, but do you really want to gamble on the timing of his overtaking Hoyer?

*2013 college stats

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PHOTOMATTHEW STOCKMAN/GETTY IMAGESONE TD? RODGER THAT A-Rod's ability to conjure up crushing scores was missing for much of 2013. Now that his broken collarbone has healed, he goes straight to the top of the QB list.