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Future Hall-Of-Fame Quarterback Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning had the greatest seasons ever for a Quarterback in 2013. He finished the year with an NFL-recordĀ 5,477 passing yards and 55 TDs while only giving away 10 interceptions. If you had him on your fantasy team that year, odds are that you won the thing barring you started at least one healthy running back and receiver each week. Fast forward 3 years to 2016. Your hungry for another victory and you need a quarterback to lead you to the promised land. Let the experts at Sports Al Dente make the decision of who to draft a little easier for you.

 Ryan DyrudTim SchwanRiley CarterLevi LeflerBilly Boynton
1.Cam Newton
QB Carolina Panthers
Aaron Rogers
QB Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers
QB Green Bay Packers
Aaron Rodgers
QB Green Bay Packers
Cam Newton
QB Carolina Panthers
When it comes to fantasy points, a duel threat is always your best option. Newton finished first in QB rushing yards with 636 and first in rushing TDs with 10. Add over 3800 passing yards and 35 TDs through the air and you have your top fantasy QB. Oh, and by the way, Kelvin Benjamin, Carolina's top receiver, will be back after missing the entire 2015 season.Threw for almost 4,000 yards and 31 TDs last year with a crippled receiving core. Jordy Nelson, one of the leagues best WRs, will be back and ready for action in 2016. After having what some would call a "sub-par Rodgers year" (3,821 yards and 31 TD's) with an unproven DaVante Adams, an under-par #1 in Randall Cobb and a hand full of rookies, Rodgers looks to return to his elite self with the return of Jordy Nelson, the addition of an underrated Jared Cook, and Cobb returning to his rightful place in the slot. When it comes to Rodgers vs. Newton I'm going with the larger sample size. He has thrown for at least 28 TDs and over 4,000 yards in the 5 out of 7 seasons which he has played at 15 games (3,821 last season and 3,922 in 2010). What's more impressive is the fact that despite throwing more than 32 passes per game, he only has a 1.6 % interception percentage. Getting Jordy Nelson back this year will open up the passing game more for Rodgers. 4,000 yards, 30 TDs, 10 Ints in conservative. A true duel threat at quarterback. No QB gets more goal line rushes than Cam. 2014 WR rookie sensation Kelvin Benjamin will return from injury and Funchess will be entering his second season.
2.Russell Wilson
QB Seattle Seahawks
Carson Palmer
QB Arizona Cardinals
Cam Newton
QB Carolina Panthers
Cam Newton
QB Carolina Panthers.
Aaron Rodgers
QB Green Bay Packers
Sticking with the trend here, Wilson is a dual threat that is sure to rack up fantasy points. He has proven to be very consistent with a league leading 110.1 QB rating and a 68.1 completion percentage. Finished the season with an astounding 8.3 yards per attempt. With a track record of 4,000+ yards passing, 500+ yards rushing, and 30+ TDs, he will keep you confident every week.Finished the 2015 season 4th in passing with almost 4,700 yards. Finished 2nd with 35 TDs. He has one of the NFL's best receiving cores in Fitzgerald, Floyd, and Brown. No one can argue his production last year with such little help (3,837 passing yards and 35 TDs, 636 rushing yards and 10 TDs). I expect Newton to continue to flourish with the help of Greg Olsen and the return of Kelvin Benjamin.Posted a career high in TDs last year with a career low in interceptions. Although he is still a great QB, especially in terms of fantasy production, numbers like that suggest las season was more of an outlier than the norm. Despite all that, number 2 on this list is a nice consolation prize. Most likely QB to throw for 40+ TDs. Jordy Nelson will return healthy and the Packers have the worst running back among the top 5 QBs. Poor defense will require Pack offense to score more.
3.Aaron Rodgers
QB Green Bay Packers
Ben Roethlisberger
QB Pittsburgh Steelers
Drew Brees
QB New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees
QB New Orleans Saints
Russell Wilson
QB Seattle Seahawks
Rodgers is always a threat no matter who is receiving core. Randall Cobb is great in the slot, but when is your #1 option your receiving core needs some work. Rodgers still managed nearly 4,000 passing yards and 31 TDs while adding 344 yards on the ground. Jordy Nelson returns this year, giving Rodgers more outlets to throw to. Only played in 12 games last year and still threw for 4,000 yards and 21 TDs. He has chemistry with top receiver Antonio Brown, and finished 3rd in the league with a 68% passer rating. Brees las year quietly had the most passing yards and came in second in completion percentage. Even at his age, he continues to be a reliable elite quarterback for fantasy.Would anyone be shocked it Brees threw for 5000+ yards and 30+ TDs? In the last 5 years he's done it 3 times, came within 130 yards of reaching it last year (15 games) and was 48 yards short in 2014. The fact that there has only been 8 occasions (Brees, 4 times) in which a QB threw for 5,000 yards in a season, it almost seems video game-like. Is there a more under-appreciated QB in the league?Improves as a passer every year. The Seattle offense increases pass attempts every year. Thomas Rawls returns as the staring running back after coming off of injury.
4.Carson Palmer
QB Arizona Cardinals
Blake Bortles
QB Jacksonville Jaguars
Andrew Luck
QB Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck
QB Indianapolis Colts
Drew Brees
QB New Orleans Saints
Palmer was able to put together one of the best years of his career last season. Finished 4th in passing yards with 4,671 and led the league with 8.7 yards per attempt. He has one of the top receiving cores in the league making him a candidate for 300+ passing yards and multiple TDs each week. Part of the most talented offense in the NFL on paper. Seems to finally be shaking off the rookie dust and establishing himself as a top QB in the league. Threw for 4,500 yards and 35 touchdowns second only to Tom Brady. After dealing with injury last season, Luck will look to show that he deserves that new contract he has earned. In his first 3 seasons, Luck has reached the 4,000 yard mark twice and already has a 40 TD season under his belt. Despite being injured last year, in the 7 games that he played in, he still managed to throw for nearly 2,000 yards and 15 TDs. Over the course of a full season, those numbers translate to 4,299 yards and 34 TDs. Expect a big year in his return in 2016. Best ceiling in terms of consistency. Throws for 4,000+ yards and 35+ touchdowns every year. The addition of TE Coby Fleener will be a great option in the old Jimmy Graham role. WR Brandin Cooks will improve and Michael Thomas will be a perfect compliment. The Saints consistently have a bad defense, meaning Brees and the offense are often playing from behind.
5.Drew Brees
QB New Orleans Saints
Derek Carr
QB Oakland Raiders
Blake Bortles
QB Jacksonville Jaguars
Ben Roethlisberger
QB Pittsburgh Steelers
Ben Roethlisberger
QB Pittsburgh Steelers
Old reliable. The guy just keeps putting together crazy good years on paper. Led the league last season with 4,870 passing yards. Pretty much a guarantee that he throws over 30 TD every year. He has thrown for over 4,000 yards every year since 2006, and has thrown over 5,000 yards 4 times during that stint. Adding Coby Fleener at TE only makes him more lethal in the red zone.A young talent that is molding into a mature leader that is turning the Oakland offense into to legitimate threat. He has developed a chemistry with 2nd year receiver Amari Cooper who is only going to get better. Threw for 4,000 yards and 32 TDs last season. After a great sophomore season (4,428 yards and 35 TDs), look for Bortles to become one of the top performers at the quarterback position with the help of weapons like Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, Julius Thomas and a healthy Marquise Lee. Despite missing 4 games last year, Big Ben still threw for nearly 4,000 yards and 21 TDs. Being the QB of possibly the most high-powered offense in the league will only help Roethlisberger again in 2016. Arguably the best WR and RB in the league are at his disposal. The addition of Ladarius Green at TE adds an underrated but much more athletic version of Heath Miller. Would be in my top 3 if not for the suspension of Martavis Bryant.
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Ryan Dyrud

Author Ryan Dyrud

Founder and CEO of SportsAlDente.com. Grew up in Denver with a passion for all sports and an emphasis on the NFL. Moved to Los Angeles where I graduated from Long Beach State with a degree in Leisure Services (Yes the Van Wilder degree). My opinions are my own, but they should be yours too.

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