Is Cam Newton the best match for your fantasy team?
Fantasy football drafts are rapidly approaching, and team owners need to consider who they want as their quarterbacks. In this article, we're going to look at five mobile quarterbacks and have you decide who would be your best match.
But there's a twist. We're only going to give you their actual stats from 2012, and we won't give you their names until later in the article.
So without further delay, let's meet the five mystery mobile quarterbacks.
Quarterback A threw for 3,118 yards last season with 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. His completion percentage of 64.1 percent was one of the better ones in this group. On the ground, he carried the ball 94 times for 489 yards and four touchdowns. He committed just two fumbles all season, the best in this group.
Quarterback B threw for 3,869 yards last season with 19 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. His completion percentage of 57.7 percent is the worst among the five in this article. On the ground, he carried the ball 127 times for 741 yards and eight touchdowns. This quarterback fumbled the ball away four times.
Quarterback C threw for 1,814 yards last season with 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. His completion rate was 62.4 percent for the season. On the ground, he ran 63 times for 415 yards and five touchdowns but fumbled the ball seven times.
Quarterback D threw for 2,362 yards last season with 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He completed 58.1 percent of his passes, which lags behind the rest of the group. On the ground, he carried the ball 62 times for 332 yards and one touchdown with seven fumbles.
Which quarterback would you pick?
Quarterback E threw for 3,200 yards last season with 20 touchdowns and five interceptions. He completed 65.6 percent of his passes, which is the best of the five quarterbacks. He ran the ball 120 times for 815 yards and seven touchdowns but also fumbled the ball nine times.
Let's take a look at the strengths and weaknesses of each quarterback.
Quarterback A led the group in touchdowns and was the best at ball control with just two fumbles, but he was a mediocre runner.
Quarterback B threw for the most yardage and scored the most rushing touchdowns but had issues completing passes.
Quarterback C has the lowest stats of the group in terms of sheer numbers.
Quarterback D has the worst touchdown-to-interception ratio of the group and had the worst success running the ball.
Quarterback E has the best touchdown-to-interception ratio and had the highest rushing yards of the group.
So with that being said, which of these quarterbacks would you pick for your team?
Let's unmask the quarterbacks and see who's who.
Quarterback A is Russell Wilson of Seattle. Wilson has a strong running back behind him in Marshawn Lynch and picked up Percy Harvin from the Vikings as an extra weapon at wide receiver. Wilson should have a solid season in Seattle despite a tough division and games with the NFC South and AFC South.
Quarterback B is Cam Newton of Carolina. Newton has the size to barrel over defenders but lacks much of a receiving corps outside of Steve Smith and tight end Greg Orton. The running back situation is kind of murky behind Newton with DeAngelo Williams, Mike Tolbert and the injury-prone Johnathan Stewart.
Stewart had to pull out of a celebrity golf tournament, according to CBS Sports.com, due to ankle injuries that he had surgery on in the offseason. How much more might Cam have to run if the running backs continue to suffer from injuries?
Quarterback C is Colin Kaepernick of San Francisco. He came on midseason, took the reins of the 49ers offense and never looked back until falling just short to Baltimore in the Super Bowl. While the stats he posted in limited action look nice, teams are going to be able to adjust to the mobile quarterback, which might reduce his numbers.
He would project out to 3,742 passing yards and 838 yards rushing with 24 passing touchdowns and 10 more on the ground. While those numbers sound tasty, he actually has to perform to those numbers.
The upcoming season with its tough games will be a real test for Kaepernick. He's already lost Michael Crabtree for most, if not all, of the season with a torn Achilles tendon. Running back Frank Gore is also injury-prone but made it through all 16 games for the second season in a row.
Quarterback D is Michael Vick of Philadelphia. Vick put up those numbers and missed six games with a concussion. Nick Foles took the reins in the interim and wasn't much better as the Eagles slid down the drain last season. Vick is the original mobile quarterback of the last decade, but it takes more than that to get on a roster.
He's going to compete with Foles for the starting job, according to FoxSports.com, and might wind up second fiddle. His health is a recurring concern, and the Eagles are installing the "blur" offense head coach Chip Kelly used at the University of Oregon. Vick's fantasy value is just a blur of what it used to be.
Quarterback E is Robert Griffin III of Washington. He's recovering from a knee injury suffered in the playoffs against Seattle and is optimistic about coming back for Week 1. This NFL.com report from Marc Sessler indicates the signs are all positive so far about his recovery, but he still needs to get that medical clearance.
Questions are always abound when you use "running game" and "Mike Shanahan" in the same sentence, so it's hard to predict how RGIII will be used in the run game. The emergence of Alfred Morris is also a big factor in this too.
Now that you know who the mystery quarterbacks are, does it change your mind?
When you strip away the names and focus on the stats, your view can be different. Look at their average draft positions, according to FantasyFootballCalculator.com, and see how different they are. The data is for 10-team leagues.
Notice how Newton leads the way at an ADP of 5.06, while RGIII, Wilson and Kaepernick are all clumped together as late-seventh- to early-eighth-round picks. Vick sags behind in the 12th round.
When you draft, you take everything into account, but at the end of the day, it's all about the numbers.