The top quarterbacks to draft for the 2015 fantasy football season in keeper/dynasty leagues.
1. Cam Newton (CAR) Age: 26
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Ankle, rib and back injuries and an inferior supporting cast last year conspired to keep Newton out of the top 5 of QB fantasy scoring for the first time. He missed two games, which contributed to a fourth consecutive decline in passing yards — nearly 1,000 yards fewer than his rookie season — and a career-low 18 touchdown passes. He was sacked nearly three times per game behind an offensive line that started four undrafted players at one point. His best receivers were a tight end, Greg Olsen, and a rookie, Kelvin Benjamin. Both had 1,000 yards, but they combined for just 10 receptions of 25-plus yards, fewer than all but five of the league's 21 other 1,000-yard receivers. And Newton completed only 20.4 percent of his passes of 21-plus yards, posting a career-low 6.98 YPA. The Panthers made some changes on the offensive line, but it's not clear that Michael Oher, Jonathan Martin or fourth-round draft pick Daryl Williams are actually upgrades. As for the receivers, they traded up in the draft to select WR/TE Devin Funchess, who gives Newton another big target at 6-4. He'll be needed out of the gate, with Benjamin having suffered a torn ACL in August. That's a huge hit to the team's passing attack, with the likes of Jerricho Cotchery, Ted Ginn, Philly Brown and Jarrett Boykin now vying for expanded roles in the wake of Benjamin's injury. It was thought that Newton, whose rushing scores have declined every year to five in 2014, might not run as much this season, but the questions surrounding the team's wideout corps may now supersede such an outcome. He has taken 531 hits since 2011, 259 more than any quarterback in that span, and keeping him healthy is paramount. He still has plenty of promise in the red zone, though — he accounted for 29.8 percent of Carolina's red-zone carries last season, second among quarterbacks.
2. Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) Age: 33
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Last season was easily Roethlisberger's finest statistically as he tied Drew Brees for the league lead in passing yards and matched a career-high 32 touchdowns. Roethlisberger finished fourth in attempts with a career-high 608, but his big season was not simply a byproduct of volume. He ranked third in YPA with a four-year high 8.14 as well as third in completion percentage with a career-high 67.1. His nine 300-yard games were second only to Andrew Luck's 10, highlighted by consecutive weeks midseason in which he totaled 862 yards and 12 touchdowns. At 6-5, 241, Big Ben is still arguably the hardest quarterback to bring down inside the pocket, and his strong arm contributed to a league-high 15 completions of 40-plus yards. Roethlisberger also has plenty to work with, starting with Antonio Brown, who, despite his 5-10, 186-pound frame, has more catches and yards the last two seasons (239, 3,197) than any receiver. The Steelers finally found a bigger complement to Brown in 6-4 Martavis Bryant, who averaged 21.1 YPC and scored eight touchdowns in 10 games (four in the red zone). With Bryant facing a four-game suspension to start the season, Markus Wheaton figures to be a key factor in the team's passing game out of the gate. The Steelers also drafted another potential playmaker in 6-1 wideout Sammie Coates (4.43 40, 41-inch vertical). The versatile Le'Veon Bell, who led running backs in receiving yards while finishing second in rushing, should keep defenses honest once he's done serving a two-game suspension. Roethlisberger's touchdowns might regress a bit — he's unlikely to again throw six scores in a game twice — but another productive fantasy campaign is nearly certain.
3. Andrew Luck (IND) Age: 26
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Luck became the eighth quarterback in league history last season to throw at least 40 touchdown passes and broke Peyton Manning's single-season franchise records for passing yards (4,761) and 300-yard games (10). He also led the league in completions of 20- and 40-plus yards (73, 15, respectively) and was significantly more efficient with 7.73 YPA (6.71 in 2013) and a 6.5 touchdown percentage (4.0). That he continued to rank as one of the league's top signal-callers with only one true threat in the passing game (T.Y. Hilton) and a virtually non-existent ground attack speaks to his prowess as one of the game's most physically gifted quarterbacks. Luck accounted for 28.6 percent of the Colts' red-zone rushes last year (3rd among QB) while carrying the team to the AFC championship game, but this year he should have more help thanks to the signings of Andre Johnson and Frank Gore. Both are aging, but Johnson gives Luck a dependable target who's bigger (6-3) and healthier than the chronically injured 6-0 Reggie Wayne, while Gore poses a ground threat Luck has never had. Gore also offers Luck reliable hands despite being phased out of the passing game in San Francisco the last few seasons. Furthermore, the Colts added first-round pick Phillip Dorsett, who ran a blazing 4.33 40 at the Combine, to give Luck a third receiver who can stretch the field alongside Hilton and Donte Moncrief.
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