I know it is way too early to be thinking about what quarterback you want to draft in your 2015 Fantasy Football League, but I cannot wait for this season to get under way. So, here are my early predictions.
Top 3 Fantasy Quarterbacks of 2015
1. Andrew Luck
2014: 4,761 yards, 40 TD's and 16 interceptions
2015 Projection: 4,607 yards, 39 TD's and 13 interceptions
Fantasy Points Per Game: 24.52
Andrew Luck may be one of the best quarterbacks ever to play the game, the way he is putting up numbers in his early years and continues to mature each year. He continues to carry his Indianapolis Colts team farther and farther every year in the playoffs. The additions of Andre Johnson and Frank Gore will certainly help his fantasy numbers. Johnson will replace the infamous Reggie Wayne and Gore will help the running game, which has not been in Indy for a while. Luck also has his favorite target to count on in T.Y. Hilton who caught 82 of the Colts quarterbacks' passes. Not to mention the easy schedule the Colts will have in 2015. They play the awful Jags and Titans twice and also get the NFC South which had three teams ranked in the bottom 8 of pass defense in 2014 (Saints, Bucs, Falcons).
2. Tom Brady
2014: 4,109 yards, 33 TD's and 9 interceptions
2015 Projection: 4,350 yards, 35 TD's and 8 interceptions
Number two on my list is the "Golden Boy", Tom Brady. In my opinion, he is the best quarterback in the NFL right now. Then why is he number two on my list you might ask? Brady simply doesn't put up outstanding fantasy number every year, but you'll never catch him watching January football from his couch. He is going to have to, once again, carry this team through the regular season and hopefully into the playoffs. With the defense falling apart and key components of the offense departing (Ridley and Vereen), Brady will definitely have to be his strongest, which in no doubt he will. As long as Brady is able to throw the ball to Gronk and Edelman there should be no problems in New England. I expect Brady to torch his relatively easy opponents in 2015, as they play some of the bottom teams in pass defense.
3. Aaron Rodgers
2014: 4,381 yards, 38 TD's and 5 interceptions
2015 Projection: 4,263 yards, 34 TD's and 7 interceptions
Never count out the old backup to Brett Favre. Aaron Rodgers dominated the NFL last year with a 38 to 5, touchdown to interception ratio. I believe Rodgers fall right in the footsteps of Tom Brady as of now, but could soon pass him if he starts to collect his Super Bowl rings. Green Bay made a huge move in the off season to bring back Randall Cobb, one of Rodgers favorite receivers. The Aaron Rodgers to Jordy Nelson is right up there in top QB to WR combinations in the game today. With Rodgers poised for another great year, I see his numbers dip a small bit as he plays four of the top five pass defenses from a year ago. Those four teams being Seattle, Kansas City, San Diego and San Fran.
I know a lot of you guys are probably calling me crazy for keeping Peyton Manning off this list. He still is a great quarterback, but seeing him fall apart at the end of last year gives me a good enough reason to not put him ahead of any of these guys on the list. Manning was great through the first 12 games of the season throwing 36 TDs and 9 interceptions. However the next 5 games including the playoff loss to the Colts, he threw 6 interceptions to only 4 touchdowns. One of his big redzone threats also left for Jacksonville (I still question why Julius Thomas made that move). A quarterback to watch out for this year is Teddy Bridgewater. Teddy wasn't great last year, but i expect a much better year which will be boosted if which Adrian Peterson makes his return in a Vikings uniform.