Going into the season, there are players that we have come to expect to perform at a certain level. This article does not suggest that these quarterbacks don’t have real fantasy value, but taking them early is not a sound drafting strategy for your fantasy team in 2015. Here are three quarterbacks who will come up short for many fantasy expectations. – ADP rankings powered by FantasyPros.com
Cam Newton (ADP: QB #11)
Last season, Superman actually looked pretty human. Hobbled by nagging injuries all year long, Newton finished outside the top-5 fantasy quarterbacks for the first time in his career. Heading into 2015, Newton would be lucky to finish within the top-10. Albeit fully healthy, Newton’s fantasy stock took a massive blow when his number one target, Kelvin Benjamin, went down with an ACL tear before the start of the season. The Carolina Panthers now arguably have the worst receiving pools in the NFL. Newton is going to have to rely heavily on his legs for elite fantasy production, which is something he excelled at during the 2014 season.
Drew Brees (ADP: QB #5)
Even when Drew Brees is bad, it’s still pretty good. A typical lock for a top-5 quarterback each year, Brees just missed the mark at No. 6 for 2014. Brees will fall even further in 2015. The Saints are looking to have a more balanced attack on offense by implementing a more run-oriented offensive attack. The Saints let Jimmy Graham escape to Seattle which means that Bress has lost a player who caught double-digit touchdowns in three of the last four seasons. In addition to Graham leaving town, the Saints also let Kenny Stills and Pierre Thomas walk through free agency. As always, Brees will make do with the weapons he has at his disposal, but he won’t be as dominant through the air as in previous years. Brees most likely will finish in the bottom half of the top 10 quarterback rankings so make sure to draft accordingly.
Peyton Manning (ADP: QB #3)
The king of the regular season, Peyton Manning is entering his 18th season in the league. At age 39, Manning can still sling the pigskin with the rest of them. However, much like the Saints, the Denver Broncos are looking for a more balanced attack in 2015. The Broncos will use a running back by committee approach to spell Manning from throwing the ball too much. Don’t look for Manning to finish in the top-5 quarterback rankings this year.