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Value Plays: Quarterbacks

The Footballguys staff finds value at the quarterback position

A fantasy draft is all about obtaining the most value with each selection. There is value available throughout a draft, and grabbing it is one of the most important keys to a successful fantasy team. In an attempt to point out this value, we asked our staff to look through the top 150 players and identify players that should outperform their draft position.

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Players Receiving 5 Votes

Matthew Stafford, Detroit

Bloom: Stafford's 2015, much like the Lions', was seen as a disappointment. That perception ignores the change in the Lions offense mid-season that brought out some of Stafford's best play of his career. After new offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter was installed, Stafford was a top 12 fantasy quarterback, and he was top 6 after the bye, which only excluded a lost game in London when the Lions when mostly going through the motions. While Calvin Johnson retired this offseason, the Lions also added Marvin Jones to fill the void, and young weapons like Eric Ebron and Theo Riddick should only get better as they get into the prime of their careers. With a full offseason to work on Cooter's offense, Stafford is more than ready to sustain his second half production.

Hindery: Stafford finished the 2015 on fire (19 touchdowns and just two interceptions in the second-half of the season). We have seen mid-career fantasy breakouts at quarterback often over the past decade (Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Drew Bres, etc.). At age 28, Stafford might be following a similar path. In Jim Bob Cooter's scheme, the game finally seemed to slow down for Stafford. The loss of Calvin Johnson could also be a blessing in disguise. Instead of dealing with specially designed new coverages every week (and feeling compelled to force the ball to the superstar regardless), Stafford will see teams play the Lions more traditionally. He will be tasked with spreading the ball around to the pass catching crew of Golden Tate, Marvin Jones, Eric Ebron, Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah. There are enough weapons for Stafford to pick up where he left off last season and emerge as a true QB1.

Howe: Stafford's value lost plenty of luster when Calvin Johnson retired, but it probably shouldn't have. With a shaky run game in place, the Lions will continue to throw the ball at a high rate, and their remaining weapons (Golden Tate, Eric Ebron, Marvin Jones) look capable of creating plays in their own right. This offense improved mightily when Jim Bob Cooter took over coordinator duties midway through last season, so Stafford could be presiding over a top-8 passing game. Given the team's propensity to throw in the red zone, Stafford should again flirt with 30 touchdowns.

Magaw: Stafford has generally muddled along in the wake of his brilliant 5,000 yard and 40 TD breakout season in 2011, but enjoyed a resurgence at the midpoint of the 2015 season with the introduction of replacement OC Jim Bob Cooter. He finished 6-2 after a 1-7 start, including a 19/2 TD/INT ratio. While it is hard to spin future Hall of Fame WR Calvin Johnson's abrupt departure into a positive, mitigating factors include Marvin Jones being a solid if unspectacular replacement, and being forced to distribute the ball to other receiving weapons such as WR Golden Tate and TE Eric Ebron could hasten the development of a vitally important skill in any quarterback's game - throwing to the open man.

Wimer: Stafford showed how successful he can be in the offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter's system at the end of last season. Some are worried that the subtraction of Calvin Johnson will slow down the passing attack - and it certainly will make the unit work differently than it did last season. However, Golden Tate and Marvin Jones (combined with Theo Riddick and Eric Ebron) provide plenty of talent for Stafford to throw at, and the Detroit running back stable is not a strong unit in the other phase of the game. I think Stafford will challenge for top-12 status at his position this season despite losing Johnson (I have him as my QB11 as of July 1).

Ryan Tannehill, Miami

Feery: Based on current draft positioning, there are 19 quarterbacks being selected prior to Ryan Tannehill being given the nod. That's simply way too many, and Tannehill has a real chance to finish the season as a Top 10 QB. Noted quarterback whisperer Adam Gase will now be roaming the sidelines in Miami, and he just may be the spark that's needed for Tannehill to reach his full potential. He's surrounded by a talented group of young receivers, including Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker, and the Dolphins offensive unit appears headed for marked improvement in 2016. Tannehill can be had on the cheap as a QB2 in most drafts, but he may very well finish the season as the lead signal caller for fantasy squad owners that pull the trigger.

Holloway: Tannehill came into the league with abundant promise and not a lot of experience. He has shown improvement over his first four seasons, passing for the most yards last year with 4,210 yards and averaging a career high 7.17 YPA. The Dolphins return their two top wide receivers in Landry and Parker and have an athletic tight end in Cameron. The combination of Tannehill's improvement with his new leadership from Head Coach Adam Gase provides lots of upside.

Kuczynski: During this year's coaching carousel, one of the biggest winners in fantasy football was Ryan Tannehill landing a head coach in Adam Gase, who as OC was able to get a solid season out of Jay Cutler and Peyton Manning's best season of his career. Despite the Dolphins firing their coach 4 games into the season, Tannehill was able to throw for over 4000 yards and 24 TDs last year, and he should be able to duplicate if not surpass these numbers. He will be throwing to PPR machine Javon Landry and second year WR DeVonte Parker who ended 2015 extremely hot and should build on that upward trajectory. Given his mid QB2 ranking, he can be a servicable QBBC starter in what looks to be one of the deepest QB classes we've ever witnessed in fantasy football.

Magaw: Prior to 2015, Tannehill had seen his passing numbers rise pretty much across the board in each of the two years following his 2012 rookie season. A continuation of that interrupted earlier trend could still happen after the anomaly and delay of last season. The positive side of his projection ledger includes passing game guru and new HC Adam Gase, a talented trio of young WRs in record breaking third year slot WR reception machine Jarvis Landry, second year downfield threat DeVante Parker and highly regarded rookie Leonte Carroo, as well as a potentially improved defense capable of getting the ball back to the offense earlier and more often.

Wood: Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. We'll see if Tannehill has me looking in a mirror in a shameful way in a few months because I'm ALL IN on him this season in spite of a woefully disappointing 2015. The reason? Adam Gase. Tannehill is a talented quarterback. He was the 6th best fantasy quarterback in 2014 before things went off the rails last season. Gase was hired for his stellar reputation working with quarterbacks. I'm giving him a chance to right the Tannehill ship. The offensive line should be stabilized by the addition of left tackle Laremy Tunsill. DeVante Parker should be healthy for the full season. Rookie Leonte Caroo gives the team insane depth at the receiver position (when paired with Parker, Landry and Stills). For his price, Tannehill is a perfect option for those committed to drafting quarterbacks late.

Tyrod Taylor, Buffalo

Alexander: Taylor being picked outside of the top-20 quarterbacks doesn't make much sense. He finished as the QB16 on a per-game basis last season and averaged nearly 25 fantasy points per game over the last five games, which coincided with the ascension of Sammy Watkins to WR1 status. Even if Watkins isn't 100% healthy to begin the season, Taylor proved himself a capable passer (solid 64% completion rate and 7.1 adjusted net yards per attempt) and he does more with his legs to pad his fantasy stats than any quarterback not named Cam Newton. Taylor finished only 71 rushing yards behind Newton for the league lead at quarterback despite playing two fewer games in 2015.

Haseley: Taylor is currently sitting at QB20, 138 Overall, but there is reason to believe he will surpass his 17th ranked finish in 2015, where he played in only 14 games. We are quick to dismiss Taylor because the Bills receiving talent after Sammy Watkins is less than impressive. If a quarterback has skills, there is a good chance he will make lemonade from lemons. The most recent example of this is Cam Newton's 2015 MVP season, especially after Kelvin Benjamin was lost with a season long injury. My thoughts on Taylor could change if Watkins (foot injury) is not healed in time for training camp.

Hester: Taylor isn't the prototypical NFL quarterback, but when has that stopped a passer from being a good fantasy asset? Taylor's rushing ability (568 yards and four touchdowns in 14 games last season) gives him a great floor even when the passing game is off, but his passing numbers weren't exactly Tebow-esque either – particularly when top receiver Sammy Watkins was healthy. Watkins had injury issues early in the year, but after Week 10, Watkins had at least 56 snaps in every game. From Week 10 through Week 16 (I don't count Week 17 towards any multi-game sample numbers since it tends to be an anomaly for many), Taylor was the QB10. At worst, Taylor is a high-end, matchup-based streamer for multiple weeks through the season. That's excellent (yet realistic) potential when looking at passers being drafted in this neighborhood.

Howe: Taylor is bound to regress a bit, but QB21 is absurdly low for last year's most pleasant surprise. Taylor not only excelled with his legs, he was also one of the league's best big-play passers, with a whopping 45 of his 380 attempts (11.8%) producing 20+ yard plays. Sammy Watkins' health will be key, but with or without him on the field, Taylor possesses both a ceiling and a floor far beyond this meager ADP.

Tefertiller: Taylor finished as a low-end fantasy QB1 in his first season as an NFL starter. He should improve in year two. With an ADP of QB21, Taylor is a steal. His running ability and young receivers offer plenty of upside week-to-week. Fantasy owners benefit that the Bills organization will not offer the quarterback a contract extension. Taylor will be hungry for a big contract and have every reason to play well.

Players Receiving 4 Votes

Eli Manning, NY Giants

Haseley: If there's no stopping the greatness that is Odell Beckham, then by default Eli Manning should have a similarly impressive result. Last year Manning quietly finished as the 7th best fantasy quarterback that included 35 touchdown passes and a 93.6 quarterback rating. Offensive Coordinator Ben McAdo has been promoted to Head Coach, which means we are going to see more of the same in 2016. The addition of rookie receiver Sterling Shepard should also give the offense a boost. The Giants have some question marks at running back, which could result in a more pass-dominant offense that would, in turn, help Manning's numbers. Oh, and Eli hasn't missed a game in 11 seasons.

Holloway: Manning has had his ups and downs throughout his career, particular with interceptions. He has topped 20 interceptions in three seasons. However, teamed with McAdoo, Manning has only 14 in each season and his completion rate was over 62.5% both years. Expect the Giants' offense to continue to produce. They have two excellent receivers out of the back-field (Vereen and Jennings), two experienced tight ends and a rookie and Odell Beckham Jr. That sounds like enough, but there have been a lot of positive words on their second round receiver Sterling Shepard as well and could get Victor Cruz back. Manning has finished as QB8 and QB7 in his two seasons with McAdoo and could improve on that in 2016.

Parsons: Manning is priced at QB10, his finish the past two seasons since Odell Beckham's arrival in New York. Now, Manning adds Sterling Shepard and potentially Victor Cruz returns from injury. This year marks Eli Manning's best collection of weapons in years, while his ADP is priced at Manning's production floor.

Wood: Those of us who correctly banked on a career year from Eli Manning last season were handsomely rewarded. Manning set career marks in completions (387), attempts (618), yards (4,436), touchdowns (35), TD:INT ratio (+21), TD rate (5.7%), and passer rating (93.6). Some might argue against paying for a career year, but I think Manning is a good bet to beat last year's marks. Ben McAdoo has opened up the offense and Manning is flourishing in the system. McAdoo was elevated to head coach – which I think will lead to the Giants fully embracing the wide open passing attack. On top of that, rookie Sterling Shepard is set to be a giant upgrade at WR2. That's to say nothing about Victor Cruz – who promises to be healthy for camp.

Matt Ryan, Atlanta

Hicks: After five consecutive seasons as a bottom end QB1, Matt Ryan dropped to being a backup fantasy option. His yardage and percentage completion didn't change, but his touchdown number dropped significantly. This will be his 2nd season in the Kyle Shanahan offense and I expect a return to his numbers from the 2010 to 2014 period. It looks like he will never become the next elite fantasy QB, but he still should outperform his draft slot and be a nice bottom end QB1 or the anchor of a committee.

Pasquino: Matt Ryan had a down year in 2015, but Atlanta worked to address some of the shortcomings of the supporting cast this past offseason. Ryan now gets Mohamed Sanu, formerly of the Cincinnati Bengals, as his WR2 to complement Julio Jones in the passing game. Atlanta also drafted one of the best rookie tight ends in Austin Hooper (Stanford), who should help Jacob Tamme stay in to block more often. Couple these additions with two capable receiving running backs in Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman and I see Ryan getting back to QB1 fantasy status again this year.

Simpkins: Don't give up on Ryan just because he fell outside the low-end QB1 last year for the first time in five years. Ryan has had some good excuses to play the way he's played. He's had a pretty bad offensive line protecting him and very few receiving options outside of Julio Jones. The offensive line should get better on the interior since Alex Mack was added at center. Also count on Austin Hooper to go against the grain for first-year tight ends and contribute immediately. Mohamed Sanu is being miscast opposite Jones, but should still give Ryan another needed passing outlet. Ryan is currently going off the board around the beginning of the twelfth round in 12-team leagues. If Ryan gets back to his 2014 production or exceeds expectations and cracks the top ten, you've hit fantasy paydirt.

Wimer: Last season was one of growing pains for Atlanta's offense as they transitioned to Kyle Shanahan's system. In year two of this system, they have added a new red zone threat in rookie tight end Austin Hooper and replaced aging Roddy White with a solid role player in Mohamed Sanu. The influx of new weapons plus an additional year of reps in their offense should boost Ryan back into the mid-to-top of the fantasy QB #2 ranks, making him worth a long look as your backup fantasy quarterback, with starting upside during 2016.

Players Receiving 3 Votes

Drew Brees, New Orleans

Ingel: In a supposed down year for Brees due to a shoulder injury, he still finished tied for third in fantasy scoring last year. Brees has now been a top 5 fantasy quarterback in every season he has been a member of the Saints. With a good offensive line, a slew of new weapons (Coby Fleener, Michael Thomas) and younger players (Willie Snead, Brandon Cooks, Mark Ingram) coming into their prime, Brees going off the board as the 6th ranked quarterback makes no sense.

Wimer: The Saints defense is DREADFUL - Brees should have to sling it as much as ever this year just to keep New Orleans competitive from week to week. New Orleans added solid new talent in rookie wide receiver Michael Thomas, and imported an upgrade at tight end from Indianapolis in Coby Fleener. There is a bevy of targets for Brees to choose from and he is still one of the top quarterbacks in the league - he'll be highly productive and should finish among the top five at his position by year's end.

Wood: Did I miss the memo? Did Drew Brees lose a step? Did he lose major offensive weapons? Is he injured? Otherwise, I don't understand how he's falling to the 6th round of 12-team drafts. Brees remains one of the few ELITE quarterbacks in the game. This is a guy who completed 68% of his passes LAST YEAR. He led the league in passing with 4,870 yards. He threw 32 touchdowns against just 11 interceptions. As if that weren't enough evidence, let's remember the Saints added Coby Fleener in free agent and Michael Thomas in the draft. If Brees' ADP doesn't normalize, he should be on your short list on draft day.

Derek Carr, Oakland

Kuczynski: Carr in his sophomore season threw for nearly 4000 yards and 32 touchdowns, despite the Raiders offense sputtering down the stretch mostly due to injuries to the offensive line and Amari Cooper. This year he will finally have continuity in his offensive scheme, along with building on the chemistry he formed with his arsenal of weapons from last year in Michael Crabtree and Pro Bowlers Cooper and Latavius Murray. With the free agent signing of Kelechi Osemele to add to Carr's protection up front, all signs point to an even bigger step up in year three. Carr is being ranked as a fringe QB1, but his ceiling is much higher.

Pasquino: Derek Carr enters his third season as a starter in 2016 with Oakland, and I expect him to elevate even further up the fantasy football hierarchy. Carr improved in Year 2 in all major categories (32 touchdown passes vs. 21 in 2014, 61.1% completions vs. 58.1% in 2014, 3,987 yards vs. 3,270 in 2014) and now the Raiders have Amani Cooper and TE Clive Walford both entering their second NFL seasons. Carr should show continued improvement and looks to be a near lock of a Top 10 quarterback for 2016.

Simpkins: Many predicted regression from Carr last year, but he continued to show improvement. He found instant rapport with rookies Amari Cooper and Clive Walford, as well as newly signed Michael Crabtree. All three receiving options are returning, and the offense will be backed by an improving defense. Carr would seem to be on the upward trail. At the price of an early ninth-round pick, he presents low-end QB1 upside at the price of a committee quarterback.

Kirk Cousins, Washington

Bloom: When Washington went to Cousins, many expected him to struggle, and he did for the first two months of the season. In the second half of the season, Cousins was a top 5 fantasy quarterback, and that included three duds against Panthers, Cowboys, and Patriots. The Washington pass offense improved this year with the addition of Josh Doctson in the first round, and an unproven Matt Jones at running back means that Washington should rely more than ever on Cousins, who is likely playing for the biggest contract of his career. He's just as likely to finish in the top five as he is to struggle like he did in September and October 2015, if not more.

Haseley: Kirk Cousins rose to fame last year with 29 touchdown passes and five more on the ground. He finished the season as the 9th ranked quarterback and led Washington to a division title with a home playoff game. Cousins currently has an ADP of QB16, 117 overall. Washington has a strong receiving corps that arguably got stronger with the drafting of first-round pick Josh Doctson. The combination of Cousins and tight end Jordan Reed was one of the top combos in the league last year. Cousins has the ability, talent, and team to be a Top 10 quarterback. I fully expect his ADP to rise heading into September. He's the perfect second quarterback for your roster, who could be thrust into an every week starter role by mid-season.

Hester: The 2015 season was one in which Cousins went – in NFL terms – from fringe starter to "wait a minute, this guy might actually be worth a franchise tag a long-term deal." His fantasy production was even more surprising. And even if he regress on the rushing side (five touchdowns but only 48 yards), Cousins could actually progress on his passing numbers. Due to an unproven run game and a coach who has a penchant for red zone passing (this is the guy who coordinated an offense in which Andy Dalton threw 60 touchdowns in the second and third years of his career), Cousins should be throwing early, often, and where it counts. The team also brings back Jordan Reed and drafted Josh Doctson in the first round, showing a commitment to pass-heavy offense.

Jameis Winston, Tampa Bay

Magaw: Winston was just the third NFL rookie QB ever to throw for 4,000 yards, with Cam Newton (2011) and Andrew Luck (2012), and is the only signal caller to do so under 22 years of age in NFL history. His 22/15 TD/INT ratio also stacks up favorably with the rookie campaigns of Newton (20/17) and Luck (23/18), which bodes well and represents a promising start to his pro career, extending an ascendant arc and trajectory to his resume. Winston had 6 rushing TDs in 2015 and has dropped close to 20 lbs. in order to play at or under 230 lbs. in year two of his meteoric development. The Bucs figure to be in a lot of NFC South shootouts with QBs Newton, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan, and have the ammo to compete with RB Doug Martin and WR Mike Evans.

Pasquino: Winston finished just outside of QB1 fantasy status (QB13) as a rookie, and that was with Vincent Jackson only playing in ten games. Winston showed solid growth as a first year signal caller and is poised to push for a lower-end QB1 fantasy season in 2016. With Mike Evans, Vincent Jackson, two tailbacks (Doug Martin, Charles Sims) that can also be capable receivers, Winston can put up solid production in most matchups. Should Winston get a capable WR3 or receiving tight end, Winston could even vie for a Top 10 production, especially if you factor in his rushing abilities (213 yards, six scores in 2015).

Simpkins: Winston quietly had one of the best rookie quarterback seasons of all time. Not content with this fact, he has been working hard this offseason to drop weight, improve his footwork, and digest film. Head Coach Dirk Koetter has said that they plan to take away some of the limitations Winston was under last this year and test the limits of the offense. Winston offers owners top-ten upside at a mid-to-late-ninth-round price point. This Footballguys Player Spotlight provides a more extensive look at why Winston is primed for a great year.

Players Receiving 2 Votes

Carson Palmer, Arizona

Holloway: Palmer had an amazing season a year ago in the desert passing for 4,671 yards, 35 touchdowns and averaging 8.68 YPA, all career highs. It should be noted that he had four seasons where he threw more passes than last year, a real testament to his efficiency. The team returns all their offensive weapons so there is no reason that he can't approach similar production (QB5) this year.

Waldman: Here's another regression candidate with a fine trio of wide receivers--and two of them weren't completely healthy despite Palmer's career year. Fantasy owners have decided that Palmer's season-long data is the correct context to base their argument for a regression in 2016. They look at runner David Johnson and project 2016 as his coronation year into the top-five at his position. Johnson entered the league a far better receiver than runner between the tackles. The idea that the Cardinals will flip-flop its offensive scheme to go run heavy is preposterous. If Johnson doesn't split nearly as much as with Chris Johnson as I suspect, he'll still earn far more of his projected top-five production in the passing game. Larry Fitzgerald's production won't fall off a cliff because of his age and both John Brown and Michael Floyd have earned another year of savvy in an aggressive offense. Palmer and company will confound those calling for a regression and build on last year's production.

Philip Rivers, San Diego

Bloom: Rivers finished the year outside of the top 10 quarterbacks, but he was #2 in some systems when Keenan Allen went down in Week 8 last year. Allen is fully healthy again, and the Chargers upgraded at deep threat wide receivers from Malcom Floyd in December of his career to Travis Benjamin in mid-summer. The Chargers offense is more efficient in pass mode with Danny Woodhead, and Rivers should be a great fantasy and NFL quarterback in 2016 as long as his targets stay healthy.

Hester: Rivers started 2015 on a tear. After seven weeks, he was the overall QB2. After that, his torrid pace fell off, leading to season-long QB11 numbers. While the drop-off was admittedly significant, it's easy to see why it happened. Rivers lost his top target, Keenan Allen, at halftime of the team's Week 8 contest. Allen has recuperated and will be healthy this year. On top of that, San Diego should remain pass-heavy with an unproven run game. They also acquired Travis Benjamin, a player who shone through the dearth of light that was the Cleveland offense last season. And let's not forget the red zone prowess of Antonio Gates, who can convert scores for Rivers instead of giving fantasy players that horrible feeling of watching the kicker jog on to the field. Rivers has top-five quarterback upside at QB12 prices.

Players Receiving 1 Vote

Blake Bortles, Jacksonville

Waldman: The logic behind Bortles' projected regression is an improved defense and Chris Ivory's addition. Myles Jack and Malik Jackson are good enough to boost the Jaguars defense but I doubt the unit goes from moribund to dominant in a year. The same can be said about the ground game. The hype for Ivory is misplaced. He's a good all-around back but the contract amount is misinterpreted as a starter deal when it's actually a "prove it" signing for a committee back who will upgrade the depth chart. Look for the ground game to be more efficient but the offense still goes through Bortles. Although criticized for his lack of maturity and incurring a lot of sacks, Bortles has three things that make him a productive fantasy passer: He has an aggressive, big-play mentality; he buys time well despite the offensive line's protection woes; and the trio of Allen Robinson, Allen Hurns, and Julius Thomas are one of the best groups in the NFL who can win anywhere on the field. Look for Bortles to have another year closer to the top-five at his position than the bottom half of the top-10.

Andy Dalton, Cincinnati

Hicks: The absence of Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu will be seen by detractors of Andy Dalton as a sign that he may struggle in 2016. It must be noted however that these guys were the 3rd and 5th leading receivers and A.J. Green, Tyler Eifert and Giovani Bernard are still there. Add in the addition of Brandon LaFell and rookie Tyler Boyd and the Bengals haven't really lost much at all pending the Tyler Eifert injury situation. Dalton however will be under his usual pressure to perform. He has been adept at producing in most games for his fantasy owners though and while his upside is limited he still should be good for bottom end QB1 production.

Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh

Hicks: There is every chance that the aging Ben Roethlisberger will miss a few games in 2016. He averages about 2 missed games a year in his career to date, despite never missing more than 4 in any year. Roethlisberger gives excellent production on a per game basis though and would be considered an elite fantasy prospect if he played more 16 game seasons. He therefore strikes as value. You get elite production without the draft price. Just make sure you grab a good backup though.

Tony Romo, Dallas

Kuczynski: Not long ago, Romo was once seen as a consistent fantasy starter who could put up gaudy numbers on an explosive offense, but last year the wheels came spinning off. Injuries to him and Dez Bryant brought the high flying attack to a screeching hault. He is only one year removed from 3700 yards and 34 touchdowns in 2014 along with career highs in passer rating and completion percentage. Another similarity to two seasons ago, Romo will have a superstar in the backfield in Ezekiel Elliott who will keep defenses honest and open things up for the passing game. The Cowboys still have the top oline in the NFL and if they can keep Romo upright, he will surpass his high QB2 draft slot and be a great QBBC option if you wait on the position.

Russell Wilson, Seattle

Hindery: If drafting a quarterback early, Wilson is the one to target. Currently going off the board fourth at the position, Wilson has the best chance to finish as the top fantasy scorer in 2016. Wilson threw for an astounding 25 touchdown passes in the second-half of the 2015 season. With Marshawn Lynch now retired, the Seahawks offense unquestionably belongs to Wilson now. Pete Carroll has indicated a preference for more spread sets with Wilson alone in the backfield, which should be a major boon to Wilson's fantasy prospects. Do not be surprised if Wilson's torrid second-half pace is the "new normal" as the 27-year old superstar enters his prime years.