It’s that time of year again, where we break out the highlight reels and draft the best available players in the National Football League, for fantasy football of course. Every football season, fantasy football is a popular discussion. There are endless debatable questions. Which players are worth taking a chance on? Who will be the sleeper picks, etc. Another debate is which quarterbacks fantasy players should take. Which signal callers are worth more? It’s clear to all fans that there are many great quarterbacks in the league. From future Hall of Famer Tom Brady, to rising star Blake Bortles, and even rookies Jared Goff and Carson Wentz, there is a ton of talent under center in the NFL.
Here we look at the top 10 projected 2016 fantasy football quarterback rankings:
Projected 2016 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings
1. Cam Newton
Cam Newton has been dominant ever since he entered the league in 2011. In college Newton won the Heisman Trophy and as a player in the NFL he was the 2015 Most Valuable Player. Despite the former Auburn signal caller’s loss to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50, he’s ready to make comeback with the Carolina Panthers in 2016 after posting a 15-1 record in 2015.
Since Russell Wilson was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the third round of the 2012 draft, he’s proven he is a top quarterback in the league, beating out some of the veterans. Every year Wilson is at the top, proving to be better each year. Many doubted Wilson’s ability and thought his success was because Marshawn Lynch was in the backfield, but with Lynch’s retirement after the 2015 season, 2016 will finally be the year that Wilson can truly convince the doubters that he is a dominant signal-caller.
3. Tom Brady
Many consider Tom Brady to be one of the greatest quarterbacks of all-time and his stats help backup that argument. Despite Brady’s four-game suspension at the start of the 2016 season for his alleged involvement in the Deflategate, his performance will not be hindered.
Aaron Rodgers is back to being a top-five quarterback. The former California signal caller did not play up to his usual standards in 2015. Many think this was because of Jordy Nelson‘s absence due to a season-ending injury, but Rodgers needs to be better in 2016. However, he has proven himself to be one of the best quarterbacks in the league and many even consider him to be a future Hall of Fame inductee.
5. Drew Brees
The 2016 season could be Drew Brees‘ last season with the New Orleans Saints as his contract is currently set to expire at the end of the season. Brees didn’t put up extremely impressive numbers in 2015 and he needs to look to do so this upcoming season. Brees can look to the depth the Saints added at wide receiver this off-season to help him do so.
Carson Palmer and the Arizona Cardinals used the 2015 season to help become one of the NFL’s elite teams. The Cardinals, with Palmer under center, finished last season 13-3, beat the Packers in a thriller in the Divisional Round round and lost to the Panthers in the NFC Championship. A large part of the Cardinals success in 2015 was because of Palmer’s play.
Pittsburgh Steelers fans hope that Ben Roethlisberger can bounce back from his ankle and knee injury from last season. The Steelers were close to missing the playoffs last season with backups Landry Jones and Michael Vick stepping up when Big Ben went down. The Steelers managed a win in the Wildcard round but lost to the Denver Broncos in the Divisional round.
Blake Bortles is among the rising stars in the league after he was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the third overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Despite his struggles with interceptions, Bortles has proved to be a potential franchise quarterback for the Jaguars and looks to help establish Jacksonville as a power among the AFC South in this third season.
9. Eli Manning
Eli Manning threw for 4,436 yards and a career high 35 touchdowns in 2015. A heated debate exists between NFL fans regarding which Manning brother, Peyton or Eli, is the better quarterback. Peyton Manning has the gaudier regular stats but both have won two Super Bowls. Eli Manning’s true ability will be put to the test during the 2016 season to see if he can live up to the legacies of his father Archie Manning and his older brother, Peyton. Getting Victor Cruz back on the field should help Eli Manning in 2016.
10. Philip Rivers
Philip Rivers has shown he is a statistically strong quarterback. But does his zero appearances contradict that? Rivers is considered by many as the greatest San Diego Chargers quarterback ever. After San Diego’s additions in free agency and the draft, Rivers and the Chargers have the potential to improve their place among the 32 teams in the NFL.