Here is a revised and expanded look at the 2014 Lester's Legends quarterback rankings.
1. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
As long as his neck checks out, how can you not rank Manning 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. 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.
4. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
Cutler has to stay healthy to merit this ranking, but he is generally a tough dude. Bears quarterbacks ranked fifth last year with 4,281 yards and tied for fifth with 32 touchdown passes. With the best wide receiver duo (Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery), an elite pass-catching running back (Matt Forte) and a solid tight end (Martellus Bennett), Cutler is a force to be reckoned with.
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. Golden Tate was a nice add. I expect the Lions to add help. Jim Caldwell’s presence should also help.
7. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Not having Tony Gonzalez will hurt, but Julio Jones, Roddy White and Harry Douglas form a potent trio of wide receivers. Ryan has averaged 4,279 yards and 28.8 touchdowns over the past four seasons.
8. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Last year, 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. Carolina once again didn't help him with new weapons, but he's still a big dual threat.
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. 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 Rob Gronkowski can stay healthy, Brady should continue to put up big numbers.
11. 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. His back issues are a cause for concern, but he's still a viable starting fantasy quarterback.
12. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
RGIII likely will still run, but perhaps not as frequently, which should help his chances to avoid the injury bug. With Pierre Garcon, DeSean Jackson and Jordan Reed at his disposal, a nice rebound should be in order.
13. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
Kaepernick was a little disappointing last year, finishing with 3,197 yards and 21 touchdowns through the air and 524 yards and four scores with his feet. He still should be productive with his feet, but expect more from his arm. A healthy Michael Crabtree and the addition of Stevie Johnson to complement Vernon Davis and Anquan Boldin give Kaepernick a solid arsenal.
14. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
Rivers threw for 4,478 yards and 32 touchdowns last year, but his weapons outside of Keenan Allen leave plenty to be desired. I expect a season somewhere in between his 2012 and 2013 season. Perhaps 4,000 yards and 28 touchdowns. He's proof that the quarterback class is very deep this year.
15. 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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