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Andrew Luck and every relevant QB are covered in this quick hitter piece for fantasy football

Pyro Gold Diggers - FF Outlook Nuggets for Quarterbacks Vol. 1

Posted by d-Rx on 07/06/17

by   The Archer


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Aaron Rodgers

What can we say about Aaron Rodgers? He is the all time leader in TD:INT ratio and finished first among QBs in scoring in 2016 ahead of even the MVP season by Matt Ryan. This being said, he did so on only 27% deep ball accuracy. His previous career low was 38% and has 4 seasons above 50%. Expect A-Rod to IMPROVE on his already excellent 2016 season.

 

Tom Brady

How far away is the cliff for Mr. Brady? Well let’s remember that TB actually fell off a cliff in late March of 2015, no this wasn’t the horrid Chiefs game, but Brady fell off a cliff in the Costa Rican jungle. What did he do after that? He put up the second most points in 2015 to Cam’s superman-esque season, then followed it up with a near perfect 99.3 PFF grade for 2016. Do not fear the cliff in 2017 as Brandin Cooks came to town and Rob Gronkowski returns to action to safely catch Brad and tuck him away as a top 3 QB.

 

Andrew Luck

We all know Luck is coming off a serious shoulder surgery that has sidelined him sporadically the last two season. Despite this, Luck put together a 2016 season with a career best 71.2 QBR and a 92.4 PFF grade. If Luck is doing this with a injured throwing shoulder, imagine what he’ll do once healthy and with an upgraded offensive line.

 

Drew Brees

Mr. 5,000 will be without LT Terron Armstead for an extended period of time with a torn labrum. Fortunately for the QB widely known for his Home/Road splits averaged 18 points per game both with and without Armstead. Unfortunately for Brees, he will be without C Max Unger for an extended period and lost Brandin Cooks via trade.

 

Russell Wilson

Throwing only 34 pass attempts per game, there were 14 QBs who throw more than Russ. However, Wilson’s targets combined for only 10 drops for eligible WRs, and finished as a top 5 QB in five of his final 8 games after recovering from an ankle injury that had him close to immobile for first half of the season.

 

Matt Ryan

Take your pick between the Super Bowl loss hangover season, losing offensive guru Kyle Shanahan or having the highest QB Rating on clean pockets passes for why Ryan should experience regression in 2017.

 

Derek Carr

After signing the richest contract in NFL history what will the storyline for Carr’s 2017 be? We could be talking about how Carr reaped the benefits of Amari Cooper making the 3rd year WR jump. But will he be able to get the ball there with 4 of the top 10 rated CBs from last year on division rivals. Maybe we shouldn’t be taking last years 13th quarterback in points per game as the 6th QB off the board.

 

Kirk Cousins

Cousins is playing yet another season on the Franchise tag, this time he has to do it without Garcon and Jackson. Although many believe Terrelle Pryor to be an upgrade, Garcon actually finished with the 8th highest grade among all WRs. Pryor finished at number 31, with Jackson close behind at 36. In all reality Cousins may be in line for decreased production with his new look WR core.

 

Marcus Mariota

Although the idiom “break a leg” typically means good luck, Mariota’s fibula might be a little salty. We shouldn’t expect Mariota to break his shocking 0 career red zone interceptions with his upgraded toys in rookie Corey Davis and the former Jet and Bronco Eric Decker. Not to mention Mariota was the QB1 in fantasy spanning from Week 5 to 12 without the aforementioned pass catchers.

 

Dak Prescott

How much more leash will they give him as a run first team? Prescott had a historically low interception rate, this will regress this season, how does that affect psyche ad overall FF points?

 

Jameis Winston

Winston has 66 to 1 odds to win the 2017 MVP, but he averaged 9 less passes in Bucs wins. With only 8 QBs throwing deep balls at a worse percentage than Winston in 2016 DJax may be vastly underutilized. Take the field on this one.

 

Ben Roethlisberger

The splits game, Big Ben averages 4 more fantasy points per game with Martavis Bryant on the field. But his 70% completion rating and 20-5 TD to INT ratio drops to 59% and 9-8 on the road. Oh yeah, Ben starts the season with 3/4 games on the road.

 

Cam Newton

Well the dab is officially out which is good, but Cam had the lowest adjusted completion percentage in the NFL last year. Luckily for Cam, he goes up against 5 teams that give up the most fantasy points to QB’s and only 2 of the 10 most difficult matchups. Cam needs to learn how to protect himself better as he has been hit on 23% of his drop backs since entering the league in 2011 (That’s over 700 hits from NFL defensive players).

 

Phillip Rivers

After getting uprooted from his San Diego beach home, Rivers moves two hours north and will face the 5th most difficult QB schedule. After not missing a game in 11 season, Rivers might prefer to stay stuck in LA traffic rather than play behind the second worst line in football.

 

Andy Dalton

Dalton produced 4 top 60 players in his offense despite having AJ Green and Tyler Eifert for only 2 games. This season Dalton will have the added weapons of the speedster John Ross and preseason beast Joe Mixon. Dalton should be in line to get back to a top 5 QB and you can really wait on him in drafts.

 

Tyrod Taylor

The shackles are off TyGod as he is released from Rex Ryan and Greg Roman’s most run heavy offense in the NFL. Getting Sammy Watkins back healthy and the addition of Zay Jones shouldn’t hurt either.

 

Matthew Stafford

Stafford set the NFL record for most 4th Quarter Comebacks with 8. Although this statistic doesn’t have sticky correlations for the next season, Stafford has 6 straight 4,000 yard season and is the fastest QB in NFL history to reach the 30,000 yard mark. You can basically view him as a Drew Brees-lite that’s going multiple rounds later.

 

Eli Manning

Manning showed signs that he may be closer to the end than many think, failing to match his statistical outputs across the board since McAdoo took over the offense. The addition of Marshall and Engram should inflate his numbers, but don’t be surprised if we see a decline similar to Peyton’s 2015 season especially since Eli has not missed a game in his last 192, compounding this impact.

 

Blake Bortles

While everyone is talking about how Bortles continues to be a fantasy asset despite his real football struggles. Each year of Bortles career he has trailed less than the prior season. His rookie campaign he threw 77% of his attempts when trailing, 73% as a sophomore and 67% this last season. Jaguars improved their defense so we should expect them to be trailing less in 2017. While NOT trailing Bortles has failed to complete over 58% of his passes for only 2,800 yards with 11 TDs and 12 INTs. He did this on 510 attempts, that’s almost a full seasons worth. Bortles is a disease that you don’t want to catch in 2017!

 

Carson Wentz

Wentz was one of only 6 QBs to attempt over 600 attempts, however he finished with the least fantasy points among said QB’s. Lane Johnson coming back should help tremendously as he averaged 19 fantasy points with Johnson vs 15 without him. The addition of Alshon Jeffrey and Torrey Smith should only increase his effectiveness.

 

Carson Palmer

Is the cliff finally here for Palmer, who will be 38 by seasons end this year? It looked like it after Palmer followed up his 2015 season which was rated as the second best QB season of the past decade by PFF’s Scott Barrett with a gaudy 2016. With an ADP after QB20 Carson has real bounce back potential and is practically free. The stat to watch to indicate 2017 success will be decreasing his league high 137 hits from 2016.

 

Joe Flacco

Despite the highest number of drop backs and pass attempts in 2016, Flacco failed to break 15 fantasy points per game. Although the additions of Jeremy Maclin and Danny Woodhead should help Flacco, it may not even break even compared to 348 targets vacated by Steve Smith, Kamar Aiken and Dennis Pitta.

 

Alex Smith

Smith was one of the most game script sensitive QBs last year. His team led 47% of the time, but scored only 34% of his FP when leading. Known as strictly a game manager, Smith is a streaming QB option at best with Mahomes looming.

 

Ryan Tannehill

Tannehill was one of the most impacted QBs when facing pressure. With a clean pocket he averaged 9 yards per attempt while completing 74% of passes for a 112.4 QB rating. When facing pressure his yards per attempt dropped to 6.3 and competed less than 50% of his passes for a terrible 38.8 QB rating. Keep in mind that LT Branden Albert has moved on to Jacksonville and Pro Bowl Center Mike Pouncey is likely to start to season on the PUP list.

 

Sam Bradford

Bradford set career bests in completion percentage, yards, touchdowns per game and interceptions per game. He did this completing 71.6% of his passes, despite having never topped 65% and having the 3rd highest percentage of yards after that catch in the NFL. Expect some regression, especially with Teddy Bridgewater getting closer to being cleared from his brutal knee injury.

 

 

 

 

By The Hartbeat (@pyro_hartbeat)

 

 

 

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