13. Tom Brady, Patriots
If Tom Brady wasn’t facing a four game suspension at the start of the season you’d have definitely have read his name already. However he deflated any chance of that happening.
Ba dum tsss.
All jokes aside, fantasy owners need to take into account how much four games mean. In most standard fantasy leagues that’s a third of the season. Can you really afford to not have your starting quarterback for a third of your season?
I’m not saying don’t draft Brady at all, but you would need to pair him with somebody above or slightly below his name on this list in order for this pick to have any value whatsoever.
14. Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins
This guy just gets better and better every year. This offseason, the Miami Dolphins pretty much threw away most of their offense and started from scratch. And it worked.
The departures of wide receivers Brian Hartline and Mike Wallace, tight end Charles Clay, and running backs Daniel Thomas and Knowshon Moreno lead to the arrivals of tight end Jordan Cameron, wide receivers Greg Jennings and Kenny Stills, and talented young running back Lamar Miller taking over the starting running back position.
Jarvis Landry will also work to pick up where he left off on his breakout rookie season last year. The Dolphins are a force to be reckoned with this year and with Ryan Tannehill at the helm, he could be the best backup fantasy quarterback you can grab. He could be a solid starter on a fantasy team with the right backup behind him.
15. Jameis Winston, Bucs
Wow, don’t everyone agree with me at once! I personally don’t understand why Winston is ranked so low in most rankings.
This is the number one pick in the draft! Jameis Winston was easily the most NFL ready quarterback in the draft and he seems to have matured from his off the field issues. He enters an offense with two thousand yard receivers in Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson, and massive tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins who shows signs of breakout potential.
It’s not like the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have much of a run game either to cut into Winston’s attempts.
16. Teddy Bridgewater, Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings acquired the speedy Mike Wallace over the offseason to give quarterback Teddy Bridgewater who spent most of last year throwing to Greg Jennings who was cut by the team over the offseason and Charles Johnson.
The return of Adrian Peterson has its pros and cons for the young quarterback’s fantasy value. On the bright side, AP is a great receiving running back and should be a reliable weapon coming out of the back field, however Norv Turner likes to run the ball, and in his second year with the Vikings, that’s probably how he’ll want to run the offense with the return of Peterson.