Entering the season, two different schools of thought dominated how drafters should approach the quarterback position. Streaming advocates preached patience. High-floor seekers stressed early-round. Sadly, due to the untimely downfalls of Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees, the latter group likely experienced an early exit. To put a bow on top of the season and with an eye toward 2015, here are our prevailing feelings about signal-callers in the New Year.
List your top 15 quarterbacks for '15.
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This week, Brad Evans has identified five intriguing fantasy football players, and a defense, likely to be available on the waiver wire in fantasy leagues.
Teddy Bridgewater (QB) Minnesota Vikings Touchdown Teddy is primed to live up to his college nickname. The passer, despite little fanfare, has performed admirably this season. He’s hasn’t shook the fantasy world, but he’s routinely delivered strikes to receivers, particularly down the stretch. In his past four contests, he’s completed a remarkable 73 percent of his attempts. Equally impressive, he’s also logged four multi-TD games in his past five. Another unsung performance is on the horizon. Matthew Stafford dropped the ball last week in Chicago, but make no mistake, the Bears remain a pushover on pass defense. On the year, they’ve surrendered 8.12 yards per attempt and 20.9 fantasy points per game in standard Yahoo formats. Bridgewater is your Christmas miracle, Tom Brady owners.
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Fantasy is a speculative game. Predict the future, and you look like a genius. Don't, and you're painfully human. Gazing into the crystal ball, here's our view on 10 intriguing over/unders for Week 16.
Assuming he's active, project DeMarco Murray's line (atts-rush yds-recs-receiving yds-tds) at home vs. Indy.
Dalton – 19 attempts, 90 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 12 yards, 1 touchdown
Scott – 17 attempts, 83 rushing yards, 1 reception, 7 yards, 1 touchdown
Brad – 15 attempts, 79 rushing yards, 0 receptions, 0 touchdowns
Ben Roethlisberger, who's averaged an otherworldly 373.3 passing yards per game and totaled 20 touchdowns in six home games this year, fantasy points scored vs. KC 17.5.
Saturday Special. Coming off an inexplicable zero-catch game against Dallas, Jordan Matthews receptions against woeful Washington 5.5.
Julius Thomas, who has one catch to his name since Week 12, receiving yards on the road in Cincinnati 44.5. BONUS: Will he score a TD YES or NO?
It all comes down to this. For the past 16 weeks, you've navigated through the thick swamp of failed performances, injuries and insufferable Chip Kelly coaching moves. Now, slated to face your arch-rival in the finals, you're just hours away from a champagne shower.
Can you taste the bubbly?
On this week's season finale, Melanie Collins plays the role of Rudolph guiding our sleigh full of knuckleheads (Brandon Funston, Brad Evans, Andy Behrens and Shaun King) through the fog and around the fantasy globe. In-depth exchanges over Marshawn Lynch, Peyton Manning and Sammy Watkins are on tap. Also, our resident M.D., Dr. Gregory Horner, stops by to give you all the gory details on DeMarco Murray's surgically repaired hand. The Doc, who's performed an identical procedure, is sure to provide invaluable information.
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Each week the Noise highlights 10 somewhat un-obvious names that he believes are destined to implode leave egg on his face. To qualify, each player must be started in at least 50 percent of Yahoo leagues. Speaking as an accountability advocate, I will post results, whether genius or moronic, the following week using the scoring system shown here. If you're a member of TEAM HUEVOS, reveal your Week 16 Lames in the comments section below.
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Fearless Forecast: 24-35, 256 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, 1 interception, 15.8 fantasy points
Fearless Forecast: 18 carries, 59 rushing yards, 2 receptions, 10 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns, 8.4 fantasy points
Fearless Forecast: 13 carries, 46 rushing yards, 5 receptions, 44 receiving yards, 0 touchdowns, 12.7 fantasy points
Straight cash homie! In his never-ending quest to pay off his kids' college education early, Brad Evans unveils his FanDuel picks for the upcoming week and explains his reasoning behind them. Make that money, #TeamHuevos.
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Jarvis Landry, Mia, WR ($7,000) – The slot machine used and abused Darrelle Revis last week, notching eight receptions for 99 yards. This week hosting a more suspect Minnesota secondary, outside Xavier Rhodes, Landry's final numbers could shine even brighter. Because of Josh Robinson's inept play, slot receivers have burned the Vikes this year. Brandin Cooks, Percy Harvin and even Devin Hester each posted tidy numbers against them. The rookie's three-game TD-less streak should fall by the wayside.
Each week the Noise highlights 12-13 somewhat obscure, un-obvious names who he believes are destined to torch the competition. To qualify, each player must be started in fewer than 60 percent of Yahoo! leagues. Speaking as an accountability advocate, I will post results, whether genius or moronic, the following week using the scoring system shown here. If you're a member of TEAM HUEVOS, reveal your Week 16 Flames in the comments section below.
Fearless Forecast: 29-40, 314 passing yards, 3 passing touchdowns, 1 interception, 5 rushing yards, 27.2 fantasy points
Fearless Forecast: 20 carries, 101 rushing yards, 1 reception, 4 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 17.3 fantasy points
Fearless Forecast: 17 carries, 68 rushing yards, 4 receptions, 25 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 18.3 fantasy points
Fearless Forecast: 6 receptions, 74 receiving yards, 1 touchdown, 17.9 fantasy points
Fantasy is a speculative game. Predict the future, and you look like a genius. Don't, and you're painfully human. Gazing into the crystal ball, here's our view on 10 intriguing over/unders for Week 15.
Break out the beer bongs. Predict Johnny Manziel's line against the Bengals (cmp-atts, pass yards, pass TDs, rush yards, rush TDs, turnovers).
Dalton – 19-34, 225 passing yards, 1 pass TD (to Gordon), 35 rushing yards and 1 turnover.
Scott – Rabbit, run. That provides floor and upside all at once. 18-for-33, 236 yards, 1 TD pass, 2 turnovers, 8-47 on the ground (and a second touchdown).
Brad – 17-30, 209 pass yards, 1 pass TD (to Cameron), 64 rush yards, 1 rush TD, 2 turnovers
Brandon – 17-for-28, 192 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 59 rush yards, 1 rush TD, 1 INT, 1 Fumble Lost
Andy – 19-for-28, 233 pass, TD (Gordon), INT, 32 rush, fumble. (Nailed it. Feel good about that projection.)
A.J. Green, historically shut down by Cleveland's Joe Haden, receiving yards against the Browns 69.5.
Thanks to Le'Veon Bell and his beautiful TD hat-trick, you've advanced to Round 2. It's time to punch your ticket for the Super Bowl.
On this week's jacked up program, Melanie Collins plays the role of General Patton, instructing our not-so-good little soldiers (Brandon Funston, Brad Evans, Andy Behrens and Shaun King) on where to go in Week 15. We'll get nostril-deep into the Johnny Manziel mania, provide the latest updates on Eddie Lacy's tender hip and throw blows over sleeper Marquess Wilson. Our resident brainiac, Dr. Gregory Horner, will also drop by to dissect Demaryius Thomas' ankle woes.
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Per usual, the Big Noise and Boss Man, fully recovered from last week's holiday party, will lay the foundation on our two-hour pre-show simulcast. Our fanalysts will break down every remaining Week 15 game, tell you if LeGarrette Blount and Latavius Murray should be trusted and, naturally, answer your questions. Reach us via one of two ways below: