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2016 Fantasy Football Rankings – Quarterbacks

A list of the top quarterbacks to draft for the 2016 fantasy football season.

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1. Cam Newton (CAR)

  Passing Stats Rushing Stats
Year Att Yds TD Int Avg Att Yds TD Avg
2016 Projections View Cam Newton's 2016 projected stats.

It all came together for Newton in 2015, as he combined his usual domination on the ground with a career-high 35 passing TDs, just one short of Tom Brady's league-leading 36 - and also throwing a career-low 10 picks en route to his first MVP award. Those numbers are even more impressive when you consider he accomplished them without wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who missed the season with a torn ACL. While accuracy remains a bit of an issue for Newton, he's got the arm strength to stretch the field and his ability to read defenses has improved noticeably with experience. His best asset remains his running, however, and he led all QBs in red-zone carries for the fifth straight season. That efficiency on the ground tends to limit how often the Panthers air it out from in close, however, and while his 78 red-zone passes set a career high, it still ranked him only 12th in the NFL. His 7.1 TD percentage is also likely to regress, and all together Newton seems unlikely to top 30 passing TDs again in 2016. His production on the ground gives him an excellent floor, but last season may have represented his ceiling.

2. Aaron Rodgers (GB)

  Passing Stats Rushing Stats
Year Att Yds TD Int Avg Att Yds TD Avg
2016 Projections View Aaron Rodgers's 2016 projected stats.

Few players sabotaged as many fantasy seasons in 2015 as Rodgers. The first warning sign came in training camp when Jordy Nelson tore an ACL, but the expectation was Rodgers would carry on, not missing a beat. Instead, the offense slowly fell out of sync as the season progressed and the 32-year-old wound up with career lows in completion percentage and YPA. His three 300-yard games also represented a new low (he even managed four in his injury-shortened 2013), and he had none after Week 10. That puts second-year OC Edgar Bennett squarely on the hot seat, but it also raises questions about Rodgers this season. He still possesses every tool you want in a franchise QB, combining excellent mechanics and accuracy with great arm strength, athleticism and a knack for dissecting defenses, but too often last year he relied on bubble screens and short routes rather than stretching the field. Just 47 percent of his passing yards came through the air as opposed to after the catch, and he completed only 35 percent of passes 15-plus yards. Those issues could be fixed simply through Nelson's return, and young receivers like Ty Montgomery and Jeff Janis could also take a step forward. But arguably for the first time since his MVP in 2011 there are genuine questions about Rodgers' ability to produce at an elite level.

3. Russell Wilson (SEA)

  Passing Stats Rushing Stats
Year Att Yds TD Int Avg Att Yds TD Avg
2016 Projections View Russell Wilson's 2016 projected stats.

Through the first half it looked like Wilson was headed for another quietly efficient season as the caretaking quarterback for a Seahawks offense that was content to keep the ball on the ground, with his own scrambling ability having to compensate for his lack of production through the air. Then Marshawn Lynch suffered an abdominal injury that held him out for the final seven weeks, and coach Pete Carroll decided to open up the gameplan and see what Wilson could do. The result was an incredible stretch in which he threw for over 1,900 yards with 24 TDs in seven games, and completed 70 percent of his passes or better in five straight contests. Wilson was dynamite on both short and long routes, one of only three passers (along with Carson Palmer and Andy Dalton) to post a QB rating above 100 on attempts both under and over 15 yards, with his second-half explosion leading to career highs in attempts, yards, completion percentage, TDs and YPC. With Lynch now retired, a hopefully healthy Jimmy Graham at tight end and a developing deep threat on the outside in Tyler Lockett, Wilson may finally have both the opportunity and the supporting cast to take full advantage of his accuracy and arm strength.

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