Fantasy Football Week 1: Risky QBs Worth Starting in Week 1
For those fantasy football owners who don't have a top quarterback, Michael Vick is worth the risk of starting in Week 1.
Obviously, owners are going to start Drew Brees, Tom Brady and other elite passers. However, the following quarterbacks are often overlooked and viewed as risky picks.
Whether it's based on their overall game or the opponent they are facing, these quarterbacks have the potential to struggle at times this season. This week, however, they will be worth a start.
Here are the quarterbacks who are worth putting in the lineup in Week 1, if you don't have one of the elite passers.
|1||Peyton Manning||Denver Broncos|
|2||Drew Brees||New Orleans Saints|
|3||Aaron Rodgers||Green Bay Packers|
|4||Tom Brady||New England Patriots|
|5||Cam Newton||Carolina Panthers|
|6||Colin Kaepernick||San Francisco 49ers|
|7||Matt Ryan||Atlanta Falcons|
|8||Robert Griffin III||Washington Redskins|
|9||Matthew Stafford||Detroit Lions|
|10||Russell Wilson||Seattle Seahawks|
Terrelle Pryor, Oakland Raiders
Oakland had a quarterback competition between Pryor and Matt Flynn in the preseason, and Pryor came out on top. He gives the Raiders the best chance to move the football and has big-play potential.
He impressed in the preseason. He has the ability to make big throws and can also beat defenses by using his legs.
He earned a start in the season finale last year when Carson Palmer was injured, and he showed promising signs. He threw for 150 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. He also added 49 yards on nine carries.
The 24-year-old will finally get a chance to start consistently, and he may surprise some people. He struggles with accuracy at times, but his running ability allows him to make plays.
Oakland is expected to struggle this season, but the Raiders will travel to Indianapolis to face the Colts in Week 1. The Indianapolis defense ranked 21st against the run and 29th against the pass last season.
Pryor and Darren McFadden have the ability to move the ball with their versatility, so give the quarterback a chance.
Eli Manning, New York Giants
The quarterback should have his top receivers on the field this weekend. Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks are premier playmakers when they are on the field, but Nicks has missed time with injuries in recent seasons.
Cruz has 2,628 yards and 19 touchdowns over the last two seasons, and Nicks has topped the 1,000-yard mark twice in his four-year career.
New York is 4-0 at AT&T Field and has averaged 35 points in those four victories. Manning has averaged more than 300 yards and two touchdowns in those games.
The 32-year-old has a reputation for throwing interceptions; however, he has decreased his total in each of the past two seasons. Last season's 14 interceptions were one of the lowest of his career.
Manning has always played well at the Cowboys' new stadium, so give him a start.
Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles
The Redskins will host the Eagles on Monday night. This could turn into a classic duel of mobile quarterbacks.
Things have changed since 2010, but the 33-year-old still has great talent.
Coach Chip Kelly wants to run an uptempo offense, and nobody knows what to expect. With DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy on offense, Vick has plenty of explosiveness to work with at the skill positions.
All eyes will be on Robert Griffin III in this game, so Vick can sneak up on the nation.
The veteran threw 12 touchdowns and 10 interceptions before getting hurt last season.
He has the ability to move the ball through the air and on the ground, so give him a chance to run Kelly's offense and see how he does.
*All stats are courtesy of NFL.com
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