Quarterback is still a super deep position. Aaron Rodgers took home the top prize in 2014, but he did so by just four points (ahead of Andrew Luck) with just over 354 fantasy points (per FantasyData.com), while four other fantasy quarterbacks topped the 300-point threshold. Another three quarterbacks topped 278 and 19 quarterbacks had at least 224 fantasy points a year ago.
While everyone would love to have the guys closer to the top-10 or especially the top-five, even the likes of Andy Dalton and Alex Smith could have gotten you by at times. Even guys who were supposed to be good and struggled to produce like Matthew Stafford, Colin Kaepernick and Cam Newton still weren’t the worst options in the world, either. But relatively speaking, all five of those guys kind of were. The silver lining, of course, is that the position was so deep that ADP got all jacked up and allowed guys like Ben Roethlisberger and Russell Wilson to go super late in some drafts or even undrafted in others. Those two happened to finish third and fifth overall at the quarterback position, respectively. Other guys that weren’t early round picks like Ryan Tannehill, Eli Manning and Joe Flacco found their way into the top-15.
The point? Andy Dalton was a top-five fantasy passer two years ago and last year he plummeted to 19th. Your usual suspects (Peyton Manning, Rodgers, Drew Brees and Tom Brady) were all top-10 guys, but elsewhere we saw a lot of movement in the deepest position in fantasy football. We can expect more of the same again in 2015. The kicker is always figuring out who is rising and who is falling, but one thing we can bank on – you’ll be able to find a very good fantasy quarterback late in your draft.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at the field before the 2015 NFL Draft and Free Agency shake things up a bit: