5. Eli Manning, Giants
Yes, I put Eli Manning over his big brother. He put up one of the best statistical seasons of his career last year in his first season under new offensive coordinator Ben McAdoo.
Victor Cruz should be healthy by Week 1 and will join a receiving corps including long ball threat Rueben Randle, red zone target tight end Larry Donnell, and breakout wide receiver star Odell Beckham Jr.
The Giants drafted Ereck Flowers in the first round of this year’s draft. He will protect Manning’s blindside in the absence of Will Beatty in the Giant’s new and improved offensive line. Expect another big year out of Manning.
6. Peyton Manning, Broncos
With the hiring of Gary Kubiak, the Denver Broncos are switching to a more run heavy offense which means less passing attempts for the veteran quarterback. With the emergence of CJ Anderson at the end of last season, Peyton Manning’s fantasy numbers took a hit, not scoring over 13 fantasy points after week 12.
Although he still has All-Pro receiver Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, you can still expect a decreased number touchdowns and attempts from Manning this year.
7. Cam Newton, Panthers
Cam Newton found his go-to receiver last year in Carolina’s 2014 first round pick Kelvin Benjamin. Benjamin’s 1,008 receiving yards tied elite tight end Greg Olsen for the team high.
Second round draft pick Devin Funchess out of Michigan is 6-4 and weighs in at 232 pounds, some sort of mix between tight end and wideout, will serve as the Newton’s no. 2 receiver. The Panthers also brought in offensive linemen Michael Oher to protect Newton in the pocket.
8. Matt Ryan, Falcons
Matt Ryan has arguably the best wide receiving duos in the league in Julio Jones and Roddy White. Both receivers have struggled with injuries in the past few seasons, but both are entering this season healthy and should help Ryan put up yet another productive year.