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FIVE UP FIVE DOWN: Quarterbacks

We all know what players make up the top tier of fantasy quarterbacks: Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and Andrew Luck. After these four quarterbacks there are a lot of similar players and picking the right one could be the difference between a successful year or an unsuccessful one. I decided to put together a list of five quarterbacks to target this year and also five to avoid for various reasons.

Five Quarterbacks to DRAFT

Marcus Mariota, Titans: I know I am not the first person to say they like Mariota this year and there are a lot of reasons why. First there is the player himself. He took control of the offense and looked like he took some major steps forward as a passer. Secondly, the team around him looks much better. The addition of Corey Davis alone is something to be excited about. Rishard Matthews looked like a legitimate number 1 WR last year and the ever steady Delanie Walker at TE makes for a solid receiving group.

Andy Dalton, Bengals: I know, every year someone writes an article saying Andy Dalton will finally break out and every year he is a middle of the pack QB. Well now is my time to join that exclusive club. All joking aside, this is a very talented offensive group. A lot of Dalton’s success is going to depend on the health of A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert. If they are both healthy that is as good a 1:2 punch as there is in football. The Bengals also added two dynamic and explosive players in the draft with John Ross and Joe Mixon. You also need to factor in Giovanni Bernard out of the backfield. All of this lends itself to a very good year for Dalton. I would love to roll the dice on the health of the Bengals in the later rounds and secure that with a steady back up like Eli Manning, than spend an early pick on one of the big four quarterbacks.

Derek Carr, Raiders: If you were to ask me who will make the jump into the top tier with the big four, I will tell you Derek Carr. How fun was he to watch last year? He has all the tools to be great, 1. Fantastic receiving core 2. Solid offensive line 3. A strong running game to take the pressure off. This is the guy I want in all of my dynasty and keeper leagues. After what I saw last year 5,000 yards and 40 TDs is not out of the question.

Jameis Winston, Buccaneers: Like Mariota and Carr, Winston took a huge step forward as a passer. With these three quarterbacks I am reminded of when Brees, Brady and Manning replaced Warner and Farve. This is the transition into a new era of fantasy quarterbacks. I personally rank Winston behind the other two but that doesn’t mean I don’t expect big things out of Winston. Evans and Jackson are lightning and lightning at WR. The Bucs also added O.J. Howard in the first round of the draft. Howard is going to be a huge contributor for the Buccaneers and will be yet another weapon for Winston.

Carson Wentz, Eagles : I bought in hard after Wentz first three games last year and was disappointed with his mediocre rest of the season. Since I bought in so hard I will say I watched a lot of Eagles football and I am confident when I say it wasn’t all Wentz’s fault. The Eagles were 10th in dropped pass percentage last year, a number that is sure to improve with the addition of Alshon Jeffery. Jordan Matthews is better suited as a number 2 WR and finally has someone to take the pressure off of him. I really like this combination and Wentz is sure to improve over last years numbers.

About Michael Carline

Mike is an avid fantasy football player and competes in keeper leagues that are open year round. He is an elementary school teacher by trade so we can only assume that he must also have the patience of a Saint. We hope you enjoy his viewpoint.