LWOS – Fantasy QB Rankings 20-16

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#20 Joe Flacco

Year Age Team G Comp Att Comp% Yards TD INT Rush Att Rush Yards Avg TD Fumb Fumb-Lost
2011 26 Bal 16 312 542 57.6% 3610 20 12 39 88 2.3 1 11 6
2012 27 Bal 16 317 531 59.7% 3817 22 10 32 22 0.7 3 9 4
2013 28 Bal 16 362 614 59.0% 3912 19 22 27 131 4.9 1 8 2

A year after leading the Ravens to the Super Bowl, Flacco had an extremely pedestrian season. He had more interceptions than touchdowns (22 to 19) and struggled to find a rhythm the entire season. His struggles can be largely attributed to the drop-off in his supporting cast. He lost Anquan Boldin in the offseason, and then his safety valve Dennis Pitta early on in 2013. There is a reason to believe that Flacco will have a better season in 2014 as the Ravens added Steve Smith from the Panthers, and will be regaining pass catching tight end Dennis Pitta. Flacco will only be playable as a byeweek fill in this year. His production is too inconsistent, and his upside is too low for him to be a fantasy starter in 2014.

Joth Bhullar – @jothb27

 

#19 Eli Manning

Year Age Team G Comp Att Comp% Yards TD INT Rush Att Rush Yards Avg TD Fumb Fumb-Lost
2011 30 NYG 16 359 589 61.0% 4933 29 16 35 15 0.4 1 8 4
2012 31 NYG 16 321 536 59.9% 3948 26 15 20 30 1.5 0 5 1
2013 32 NYG 16 317 551 57.5% 3818 18 27 18 36 2 0 7 2

For years I have felt that Eli Manning was a steal in the draft.  Last year, he stole any of his owners’ chances of winning a championship.  A terrible 2TD/3INT ratio was a nightmare.  Along with that was a dismal 57.5% completion percentage.  I feel like this should be the anomaly and he will find his way back to a top 12 QB.  He should be all healed up after off season surgery.  The Giants added a WR in the first round for him to target and really, can it get any worse.  If he is around late in the draft it is worth the gamble to take him.  He has the upside of his 2011 season.  The down side is last year, so buyer beware.

Chuck Amspacher – @Captain_LWOS

 

#18 Alex Smith

Year Age Team G Comp Att Comp% Yards TD INT Rush Att Rush Yards Avg TD Fumb Fumb-Lost
2011 27 SF 16 273 445 61.3% 3144 17 5 52 179 3.4 2 7 2
2012 28 SF 10 153 218 70.2% 1737 13 5 31 132 4.3 0 4 1
2013 29 KC 15 308 508 60.6% 3313 23 7 76 431 5.7 1 7 3

One of Alex Smith’s greatest attributes is his ability to manage the game and mitigate turnovers. Another characteristic of Smith, which is widely overlooked, is his mobility outside of the pocket. Unfortunately, the Kansas City Chiefs have done a poor job in recruiting and retaining players for the receiving corp. Jamaal Charles lead in almost every receiving category and with the exit of Dexter McCluster and the dismal performances of Dwayne Bowe, times may get rough for Alex Smith.

Casey Bowman – @LWOSCaseyBow

 

#17 Andy Dalton

Year Age Team G Comp Att Comp% Yards TD INT Rush Att Rush Yards Avg TD Fumb Fumb-Lost
2011 23 Cin 16 300 516 58.1% 3398 20 13 37 152 4.1 1 4 2
2012 24 Cin 16 329 528 62.3% 3669 27 16 47 120 2.6 4 4 4
2013 25 Cin 16 363 586 61.9% 4293 33 20 61 183 3 2 4 3

Andy Dalton flies under the radar of most fantasy players, but there are a lot of good things to think about when you see him on your draft list.  Dalton’s favorite receiver, AJ Green, is one of the top receivers in the league.  This alone may be reason enough to take Dalton as a QB2.  If you draft Green, you may want to take Dalton as their combination may be enough to get you a win some weeks. Dalton had an impressive 4,293 yards last season and has improved that number each season.  If he can cut down on the INTs he could even move up to the top 10.

Connor Ferguson – @cfchangs9

 

#16 Ben Roethlisberger

Year Age Team G Comp Att Comp% Yards TD INT Rush Att Rush Yards Avg TD Fumb Fumb-Lost
2011 29 Pit 15 324 513 63.2% 4077 21 14 31 70 2.3 0 8 5
2012 30 Pit 13 284 449 63.3% 3265 26 8 26 92 3.5 0 6 3
2013 31 Pit 16 375 584 64.2% 4261 28 14 27 99 3.7 1 9 6

Big Ben has been ticking for years.  He stays consistent with around 18+ fantasy points per week.  Roethlisberger is a nice back up QB in most leagues that is not going to hurt you.  However, that time clock on his career has been clicking away and seems to be speeding up.  It seems that he takes more abuse than most QBs missing games in 5 out of 7 years.  It’s not that he just misses games but that he always seems to always have some kind of nagging injury.  So, I see little upside here with Ben Roethlisberger.  He does not have a ton of talent around him either. Pick him up late as a solid QB2 or let that rabid Steelers fan take him way too early.

Chuck Amspacher – @Captain_LWOS

 

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