Fantasy Football 2016: QB Rankings, Projections and Top Team Names

Michelle Bruton@@michelle_nflFeatured ColumnistAugust 11, 2016

Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton (1) throws during the first half of the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game against the Denver Broncos Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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It's August, which means two things: Summer will be over before you know it, and fantasy football drafts are in full swing. 

When you start considering which quarterbacks to draft this year in fantasy—and being an astute owner, you wouldn't even think about looking at one prior to Round 2, right?—it would be helpful to study the 2016 quarterback rankings and scoring projections prior to your draft. 

Let's break down which quarterbacks are primed to take your team all the way to the championship this year as well as the most topical and clever team names to engrave on the trophy that's sure to be yours. 

Quarterback Rankings

2016 Fantasy QB Rankings
1Cam NewtonCarolina Panthers7
2Aaron RodgersGreen Bay Packers4
3Russell WilsonSeattle Seahawks5
4Andrew LuckIndianapolis Colts10
5Drew BreesNew Orleans Saints5
6Ben RoethlisbergerPittsburgh Steelers8
7Carson PalmerArizona Cardinals9
8Tom BradyNew England Patriots9
9Eli ManningNew York Giants8
10Blake BortlesJacksonville Jaguars5
11Philip RiversSan Diego Chargers11
12Tyrod TaylorBuffalo Bills10

The Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton is shaping up to have the best season of his career now that he'll be getting top weapon Kelvin Benjamin back. 

This fantasy powerhouse is just as deadly on the ground as he is through the air when it comes to scoring, making him a no-brainer for the first quarterback to be taken off the board in nearly every fantasy league format. 

The majority of the top 12 fantasy quarterbacks are the usual suspects, but there are a couple of surprising names in the mix. 

The Jacksonville Jaguars' Blake Bortles and Buffalo Bills' Tyrod Taylor round out the rankings of the top 12 quarterbacks in fantasy, which means that in 12-team leagues, those two players look to be starting quarterbacks. 

Of course, there are those owners who will eschew the logic surrounding the two young passers in favor of more known commodities who don't appear in the top 12, such as the Chicago Bears' Jay Cutler or Detroit Lions' Matthew Stafford

But take a look at the scoring projections below. A little risk in investing in a young, unproven signal-caller could pay off down the line. 

Quarterback Scoring Projections

2016 QB Scoring Projections
PlayerTeamProj. YardsProj. TDsProj. Points
Aaron RodgersGreen Bay Packers4,31434328.26
Cam NewtonCarolina Panthers3,74826308.32
Drew BreesNew Orleans Saints4,97432303.86
Russell WilsonSeattle Seahawks3,96625288.94
Andrew LuckIndianapolis Colts4,28128288.14
Philip RiversSan Diego Chargers4,42932281.66
Ben RoethlisbergerPittsburgh Steelers4,40930275.26
Carson PalmerArizona Cardinals4,47132273.44
Blake BortlesJacksonville Jaguars3,98727272.98
Jameis WinstonTampa Bay Buccaneers4,04426265.46
Alex SmithKansas City Chiefs3,73322264.42
Kirk CousinsWashington Redskins4,18027264.20

Team Names

What's the use of drafting a championship-caliber fantasy team if you have an awful team name inscribed on your trophy for all to see for all time?

You have to come up with a team name that's worthy of the shrewd choices you make as a fantasy owner when it comes time to draft. Here are some of the best names out there this season. 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Bortles

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Considering Bortles is a top-12 quarterback option this year, you may be seeing this name pop up in your league.

Gotta Catch Jamaal

This one isn't quarterback-centered, but given the world's continued fixation on Pokemon Go, this name is sure to remain topical through the holidays.

Le'Veon Bellsprout

In the same vein as "Gotta Catch Jamaal," here's another Pokemon-themed team name for anyone who ends up with Le'Veon Bell on their team. Of course, wait for the results of Bell's suspension appeal before drafting him high.

Golden Tate Warriors

If you're an NBA fan still hurting that your Bay Area team missed taking home the championship in the NBA Finals this year, you can at least honor the Golden State Warriors with your fantasy football team name. 

Purple Reign

Pay tribute to the Minnesota Vikings and Prince with this classy and clever team name.

Rankings via ESPN.com. Scoring projections via Fantasy.NFL.com.


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