We are in that time of the year when unless you are a fan of one of the Super Bowl teams, you are probably not in football mode. You’ll gear up for the big game next week as you get your party plans and food figured out.
Sure, the Pro Bowl is this week, but does anyone really care about that game? It’s cute that they are doing a Pro Bowl draft, but if the game was in my backyard, I might tune in for a drive or two. Why not take a moment and look towards next year’s fantasy draft?
1. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
As long as he holds up in the Super Bowl and his neck checks out, how can you not rank him No. 1 after his record-breaking season? He threw for 5,477 yards and 55 touchdowns. He has great weapons in place. Peyton should have no problem putting up monster numbers once again.
2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees threw for 5,162 yards and 39 touchdowns. That’s three straight years with at least 5,000 yards and 39 touchdowns. He is the poster boy for consistent excellence.
3. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Cam Newton averaged 211.2 passing yards, 1.5 passing touchdowns, 36.5 rushing yards and 0.4 rushing touchdowns. He should continue to deliver with his legs. I expect Carolina spends the offseason upgrading his arsenal so he can start doing more damage with his arm.
4. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers was limited to nine games last year, but I think a rebound is in order. He isn’t quite as dangerous with his feet, which cuts into his fantasy value a little. He is still elite.
5. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck threw for 3,822 yards and 23 touchdowns. He added 377 yards and four touchdowns with his feet. His ability to run puts him right up there with the best of the best. I expect his passing totals to rise.
6. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Matthew Stafford threw for 4,650 yards and 29 touchdowns, putting his three-year average at 4,885 yards and 30 touchdowns. Calvin Johnson is an elite talent. I expect the Lions to add help. Jim Caldwell’s presence should also help.
7. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Brady did as much as he could with the talent available to him. He still finished with 4,343 yards and 25 touchdowns. Assuming he has better options next year, Brady should continue to put up big numbers.
8. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Most teams would kill for a quarterback who throws for 3,828 yards and 31 touchdowns with just 10 interceptions. Unfortunately Tony Romo will carry a stigma until he can win the big game. For fantasy owners, that’s irrelevant. He’ll continue to put up big numbers.
9. Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles
Nick Foles threw for 27 touchdowns with just two interceptions. He has a firm grasp of Chip Kelly’s offense. Expect more growth, even if the numbers take a little hit. A 13.5:1 TD-interception ratio is not sustainable.
10. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Russell Wilson has 52 touchdowns to just 19 interceptions in two seasons. He adds value by running the ball. A healthy Percy Harvin should only help his passing numbers.
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