Fantasy Sports Fix: Quarterbacks to keep your eye on
August 18, 2015
The case could be made for several quarterbacks to go with the top pick in this position. There is all kinds of talent and maybe even a sense of depth at the quarterback position this year in fantasy football. There’s a handful of veterans still trying to get you to think they belong on fantasy teams at all, and there are also several newcomers who will try to prove owners right hoping to be late round fantasy gold.
What does it really take to be the No. 1 overall ranked quarterback? In terms of fantasy football, it takes a mixture of things like upside (potential for growth), steady and consistent production week in and week out and overall offensive situation for that team.
Quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers, Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning all fit in the discussion for number one overall. They all produce steadily and consistently and have an overall healthy offense around them, but there’s only a couple of those guys who I would say still have some upside.
Those two would be Andrew Luck and Aaron Rodgers. While I still think Aaron Rodgers has some upside, he doesn’t have as much as Andrew Luck. Luck is only 25 and going into his fourth year with room to improve while Rodgers is 31 and going into his 11th season with minimal room to improve upon already impressive numbers.
Luck has already had a 40-touchdown season which came last year, his third. Rodgers’ 45-touchdown season came in his fourth full year as starting quarterback. I just think that Luck is doing things at a somewhat faster pace than the trail Rodgers blazed, and maybe we will see that progressive forward jump by Luck this year that pushes him into the No. 1 overall stratosphere.
In his final five regular season games last year, Luck had 11 touchdowns. Luck also had four games with more than 370 yards passing last year and even had one 400-yard passing game. Luck had four games last year where he had four touchdowns or more in one game, one of which he had five. He averaged a robust 2.5 touchdowns per game last year.
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Given all his upside and seeing how his career is on the upswing, I would for sure put Andrew Luck as the number one overall quarterback. He just has too much to offer compared to the other quarterbacks, which in my mind vaults him above and ahead of all the other quarterbacks.