2016 QB Rankings Standard League

2016 QB Rankings Standard League by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

2016 QB Rankings Standard League- Top 50 NFL Quarterbacks

Tier One QBs

1. QB Cam Newton Carolina Panthers
2. QB Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers
3. QB Andrew Luck Indianapolis Colts
4. QB Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks

Tier Two QBs

5. QB Blake Bortles Jacksonville Jaguars
6. QB Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers
7. QB Drew Brees New Orleans Saints
8. QB Carson Palmer Arizona Cardinals
9. QB Kirk Cousins Washington
10. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick New York Jets
11. QB Philip Rivers San Diego Chargers
12. QB Eli Manning New York Giants
13. QB Matthew Stafford Detroit Lions
14. QB Derek Carr Oakland Raiders
15. QB Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons

Tier Three QBs

16. QB Tom Brady New England Patriots****Suspended 1st 4 games- Week 5 Bye
17. QB Jameis Winston Tampa Bay Buccaneer
18. QB Andy Dalton Cincinnati Bengals
19. QB Joe Flacco Baltimore Ravens
20. QB Marcus Mariota Tennessee Titans
21. QB Ryan Tannehill Miami Dolphins
22. QB Jay Cutler Chicago Bears
23. QB Brock Osweiler Houston Texans
24. QB Robert Griffin III Cleveland Browns

Tier Four QBs

25. QB Tyrod Taylor Buffalo Bills
26. QB Sam Bradford Philadelphia Eagles
27. QB Alex Smith Kansas City Chiefs
28. QB Dak Prescott Dallas Cowboys
29. QB Blaine Gabbert San Francisco 49ers
30. QB Shaun Hill Minnesota Vikings
31. QB Trevor Siemian Denver Broncos
32. QB Case Keenum Los Angeles Rams

Tier Five QBs

33. QB Jimmy Garoppolo New England Patriots
34. QB Tony Romo Dallas Cowboys- OUT UNTIL WEEK 9-10
35. QB Paxton Lynch Denver Broncos
36. QB Colin Kaepernick San Francisco 49ers
37. QB Jared Goff Los Angeles Rams
38. QB Brian Hoyer Houston Texans
39. QB A.J. McCarron Cincinnati Bengals
40. QB Nick Foles Kansas City
41. QB Carson Wentz Philadelphia Eagles
42. QB Josh McCown Cleveland Browns
43. QB Geno Smith QB New York Jets
44. QB  Ryan Mallett Baltimore Ravens
45. QB Drew Stanton Arizona Cardinals
46. QB Nick Foles Los Angeles Rams
47. QB Matt Cassel Tennessee Titans
48. QB Kellen Moore Dallas Cowboys
49. QB Colt McCoy Washington
50. QB Scott Tolzien Indianapolis Colts
51. QB E.J. Manuel Buffalo Bills

52. QB Mark Sanchez Denver Broncos
53. QB Teddy Bridgewater Minnesota Vikings- OUT FOR THE SEASON

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2016 WR RANKINGS STANDARD LEAGUE
2016 RB Rankings Standard League
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2016 QB Cheat Sheet Standard League

2016 QB Cheat Sheet Standard League by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

2016 QB Cheat Sheet Standard League- Top 50 NFL Quarterbacks

Tier One QBs

1. QB Cam Newton Carolina Panthers
2. QB Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers
3. QB Andrew Luck Indianapolis Colts
4. QB Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks
5. QB Blake Bortles Jacksonville Jaguars
6. QB Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers
7. QB Drew Brees New Orleans Saints

Tier Two QBs

8. QB Eli Manning New York Giants
9. QB Kirk Cousins Washington
10. QB Tony Romo Dallas Cowboys
11. QB Philip Rivers San Diego Chargers
12. QB Carson Palmer Arizona Cardinals
13. QB Matthew Stafford Detroit Lions
14. QB Tom Brady New England Patriots
15. QB Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons

Tier Three QBs

16. QB Derek Carr Oakland Raiders
17. QB Jameis Winston Tampa Bay Buccaneers
18. QB Jay Cutler Chicago Bears
19. QB Joe Flacco Baltimore Ravens
20. QB Andy Dalton Cincinnati Bengals
21. QB Brock Osweiler Houston Texans
22. QB Ryan Tannehill Miami Dolphins
23. QB Marcus Mariota Tennessee Titans
24. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick New York Jets ***

Tier Four QBs

25. QB Tyrod Taylor Buffalo Bills
26. QB Sam Bradford Philadelphia Eagles
27. QB Alex Smith Kansas City Chiefs
28. QB Robert Griffin III Cleveland Browns
29. QB Blaine Gabbert San Francisco 49ers
30. QB Teddy Bridgewater Minnesota Vikings
31. QB Mark Sanchez Denver Broncos
32. QB Case Keenum Los Angeles Rams

Tier Five QBs

33. QB Jared Goff Los Angeles Rams
34. QB Colin Kaepernick San Francisco 49ers
35. QB Paxton Lynch Denver Broncos
36. QB Brian Hoyer Houston Texans
37. QB Jimmy Garoppolo New England Patriots
38. QB Bruce Gradkowski Pittsburgh Steelers
39. QB A.J. McCarron Cincinnati Bengals
40. QB Kellen Moore Dallas Cowboys
41. QB Carson Wentz Philadelphia Eagles
42. QB Josh McCown Cleveland Browns
43. QB Geno Smith QB New York Jets
44. QB  Ryan Mallett Baltimore Ravens
45. QB Drew Stanton Arizona Cardinals
46. QB Nick Foles Los Angeles Rams
47. QB Colt McCoy Washington
48. QB E.J. Manuel Buffalo Bills
49. QB Matt Cassel Tennessee Titans
50. QB Scott Tolzien Indianapolis Colts

Indianapolis Colts Team Profile 2016

Indianapolis Colts Team Profile 2016 by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

The Indianapolis Colts’ seasons turned around when they drafted QB Andrew Luck first overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. The Colts won the AFC South Division in 2013 and 2014. The Indianapolis Colts’ season also turned around when QB Andrew Luck was injured for most of last year. The Houston Texans won the AFC South Division in 2015.

2016 Team Outlook–
If QB Andrew Luck comes back 100%, the Colts should be the team to beat in the AFC South in 2016. Houston will have major concerns heading into 2016 at the quarterback position and Tennessee is still evolving with their young #2 overall draft pick from the 2015 NFL Draft….QB Marcus Mariota. Jacksonville is an interesting sleeper team in 2016- talented QB Blake Bortles was the #3 quarterback in 2015, and has an outstanding wide receiver duo to throw to.

2016 Fantasy Football Outlook-

QB– The Colts were probably lucky to squeak out  an 8-8 season in 2015, with grampa Hasselbeck playing under center for the Colts for half of the season. Luck battled an assortment of 2015 injuries, the most serious of which was a lacerated kidney. Luck is expected to be fully recovered and ready for the upcoming season. He is in the last year of his rookie deal, and a huge contract extension is coming. Fantasy football owners who drafted Luck ( and GB Aaron Rodgers) early in 2015, may want to wait in fantasy drafts for their quarterback, which I always preach.

RBs– RB Frank Gore was an Utter-Fantasy running back “sleeper” for 2015, but with QB Luck’s injuries, it’s hard to say if the prognostication was a bad one. Defenses were not afraid of Hasselbeck beating them through the air, so boxes were stacked against Gore. He still managed to rank as the #11 running back in the NFL last season, with almost 1000 yards rushing ( 6 rushing TDs.) Gore should return as the starter in 2016, and hopefully the Colts get a better O-Line to help him ( and Luck ) out. UPDATE: Robert Turbin signed a 1-year w/ IND and Jordan Todman signed 1-year deal.

WRs–
One of the biggest “head-scratcher” of the 2015 NFL Draft was the Colts selection of 5’10” wide receiver Phillip Dorsett! For starters….Indianapolis had bigger needs for the rest of team, rather than spending their 1st round pick on a T.Y. Hilton clone at wide receiver. The Colts really needed run-stoppers, O-Line help, and a safety- 2015 IND Colt Team Profile….so what were they thinking? Even with QB Luck out half the seson in 2015, WR Hilton still racked up 1124 receiving yards with 5 touchdowns. ( down from 1345 and 7 TDs in 2015.) The WR Andre Johnson acquisition was not a successful one, and he’ll likely be released. Colts will roll with Hilton, Moncrief and Phillips in 2016.

TEs–
Both tight ends Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen are free agents this year, but Indy is expected to re-sign at least one of them. Allen is the more well-rounded tight end, but Fleener had a better year in 2015, and was a lot healthier. ( Fleener also played with QB Luck at Stanford, and he was drafted the same year as Luck- 2012.)2016 FREE AGENTS-  Update: Colts re-signed TE Dwayne Allen to a four-year, $29.4 million contract. Coby Fleener signed with New Orleans.


K–
Although a free agent in 2015, the Colts are likely to re-sign place kicker Adam Vinatieri, who at 43 years old, still remains one of the league’s best kickers. Vinatieri ended 2015 as the #17 kicker in the NFL, nailing 25 of his 27 field goal attempts.

DEF–
At least the Colts are consistent! In 2014, they were the #13 ranked defense in the NFL, and in 2015, they were the #13 ranked defense in the NFL. Hopefully the Colts do not spend their 1st round- 18th overall pick in 2016, on another 5’10 wide receiver. They need to get an edge rusher or corner early. Indianapolis will really be in trouble if they lose ILB Jerrell Freeman to free agency.

2015 Indianapolis Fantasy Surprises–
When an offense ranks #30, like the Colts offense did in 2015, the fantasy surprises are usually bad fantasy surprises. WR Hilton probably had a better season than expected after QB Luck went out, ending as the 24th wide receiver for 2015.

2016 Free Agents that Indianapolis Needs to Address–
  TE Dwayne Allen (Re-signed), TE Coby Fleener, QB Matt Hasselbeck, RB Dan Herron, K Adam Vinatieri, RB Ahmad Bradshaw, ICB Greg Toler, SS Dwight Lowery, DE Billy Winn, S Colt Anderson, OG Lance Louis, LB Jerrell Freeman

2016 NFL Draft–
The immediate need of Indianapolis are shoring up their weak O-Line, that must keep QB Andrew Luck healthy in 2016, and provide some holes for RB Frank Gore. The Colts can improve their defense by drafting an outside linebacker, cornerbacks, and a free safety. They do not need a 1st round wide receiver- INDIANAPOLIS’ 2015 DRAFT

Did You Know– Johnny Unitas played the role of the head coach of one of the opposing football teams in the 1999 Oliver Stone film, ‘Any Given Sunday’.

All team reports can be seen at this link- TEAM REPORTS

Team Home Page: www.colts.com

Team Profiles – Indianapolis Colts

Team Profiles- Indianapolis Colts by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator Doug Bowles

Team Profiles – Indianapolis Colts. Chuck Pagano is the current head coach for the Indianapolis Colts, and although he’s been coaching in the NFL since 2001, this is his first head coaching position. Pagano has coached for the Cleveland Browns, the Oakland Raiders, and the Baltimore Ravens prior to joining the Colts. Consistency is the best term to use when describing Pagano’s coaching recording in Indianapolis, because in 3 years as the head coach, he has recorded 11-5 seasons in each. The Colts will have at least 11 wins in 2015.

2015 Team Outlook–
Indianapolis has won the AFC South 4 out of the past 6 years (Houston won it in 2010 & 2011.) The Colts have all the pieces in place to easily lead the AFC South in wins again in 2015. The Colts however need a stronger defense, need to figure out their running game and replenish their receiving corps. The Colts will be champs of the AFC South in 2015, with Houston in 2nd place, and Jacksonville and Tennessee well under .500.

QB– How’s this for stability at the quarterback position…since 1990, the Indianapolis Colts have only needed 4 different quarterbacks to be the starting QB the franchise (excluding the 2011). Jeff George (’90-’93), Jim Harbaugh (’94-’97), Peyton Manning (’99-’10) and Andrew Luck (’12-’14). Peyton Manning was selected first overall in the 1998 NFL Draft by the Colts, and Luck was selected first overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. Having only 2 quarterbacks play for a franchise over a span of 16+ years is a luxury only very few teams can boast of having. Luck was the #1 QB in the NFL in 2014 with 4761 yards passing – 43 total TDs. If he stays injury-free, he should be battling QB Aaron Rodgers as the #1 QB again in 2015.

RBs– Only the Colts know why on September 18, 2013 they traded Cleveland for RB Trent Richardson in exchange for a 2014 first-round draft pick. Granted, The Colts were looking for a running back after a season-ending injury to Vick Ballard. Other running backs were available however, and Richardson had shown nothing in Cleveland despite being a third overall by the Browns in 2012. Their willingness to trade him should have told the Colts something about the running back. Right now, the Colts are trying to find grounds to void the $3.184 million left on his contract. This could get messy. The running back that did show promise in 2014 was 3rd year player Dan Herron. Herron became the featured back for Indianapolis from Week 12 on. Although RB Herron handled himself very well in 2014, the Colts seem to consider him “more of a backup than starter”. Look for Indianapolis to grab 1 or 2 RBs in April’s NFL Draft or in free agency. UPDATE: Colts waive RB Richardson and Michael Hill. Colts sign former 49er RB Frank Gore to a 3 year deal. He is one of my favorite sleepers for 2015!

WRs–
Few Colts are as revered in Indianapolis as WR Reggie Wayne is. Johnny Unitas (a Baltimore Colt), Peyton Manning, and Edgerrin James are a few others. On December 14th WR Reggie Wayne broke the Colt’s franchise record of 209 for games played. Wayne has played for the Colts his entire career, since being drafted in 2001. Some great things must come to end however, and although a sensational player, Wayne was a negative impact on Indianapolis’ offense. At 36 years old, Wayne can no longer be the player he was, and had only 791 yards and 2 TDs in 2014. If the Colts are going to keep up with the Pats, the Steelers and the Broncos in the AFC, they need young play-makers. The Colts have a special one in WR TY Hilton and perhaps another in WR Donte Moncrief. (Moncrief was one of the talented young wide receivers drafted in 2014.) WR TY Hilton ended the 2014 as the #10 WR in the NFL. Indianapolis also had veteran Hakeem Nicks playing for them in 2014, but the Colts seriously need to move on from that guy. UPDATE: Colts sign former Texan WR Andre Johnson and former Charger/Raider Vincent Brown. The Colts selected 5’10” WR Phillip Dorsett with their 1st pick, which was odd to say the least! The Colts defense is atrocious, yet they felt they needed another WR for QB Luck, who already has more than he can make happy.

TEs–
In 2014, Indianapolis had not one, but two tight ends that ended the season ranked in the top 15 of NFL TEs. Coby Fleener ranked #6 with 774 and 8 TDs, and Dwayne Allen ranked #14 with 395 and 8 TDs. The Colts have always had tight ends play a big role in their offense, and 2015 will be more of the same.

K–
In 2014, Adam Vinatieri made a career-high 35 field goals last, going 19-of-23 from 40-plus yards out. He is the first kicker ever to win four Super Bowl rings. As of the 2014 season, Vinatieri, 42, is the oldest active player in the NFL. The Colts think he has a ton of leg left, re-signing Vinatieri to a two-year, $5 million contract.

DEF–
The Seahawks and the Patriots went to the Super Bowl in 2014, and the biggest thing they have, that the Colts don’t have, is a championship defense. The Colts made it to the playoffs, but they play in a weak division and their defense was badly exposed in the AFC Championship vs the Patriots. They got their butts kicked…45-7. The Colts need to put a priority on getting some serious run-stopping play-makers for their defense because teams ran all over them last season. There really isn’t any area of the Indy defensive that doesn’t need help. UPDATE: Colts sign CB Deveron Carr, ILB Nate Irving and S Dwight Lowery.

2014 Indianapolis Fantasy Surprises–
This one’s an easy one. Even into week 17, the Colts never gave up on RB Trent Richardson, WR Reggie Wayne or WR Hakeem Nicks, when it was apparent to everyone except the Colts, that other players should be on the field. Indianapolis has other talent that should have been getting playing time and experience earlier in the season. RB Richardson averaged 3 yards carry and had only 3 TDs. WR Wayne and WR Nicks didn’t even end the 2014 season in the top 50 among wide receivers (and that’s with Andrew Luck as the quarterback!)

2015 Free Agents that Indianapolis Needs to Address–
RB Ahmad Bradshaw- WR Josh Cribbs- WR Hakeem Nicks- WR Reggie Wayne- DE Corey Redding (signed w/ Arizona)- DT Ricky Jean Francois- CB Josh Gordy- CB Darius Butler (re-signed)- S Sergio Brown (signed w/ the Jags)- S LaRon Landry-(released)

2015 NFL Draft–
The immediate needs of Indianapolis are at running back, run-stoppers, O-Line help, and at safety. The Colts first need to dump RB Richardson, but hopefully they use their 1st round selection on a defensive player and address the running back position later (RB), right tackle remains the most glaring weakness on Indianapolis’ O- line (OL) and the Colts gave up too many points last year (S). UPDATE: Indianapolis’entire 2015 NFL Draft can be seen at this link- INDIANAPOLIS’ DRAFT

Did You Know– The Indianapolis Colts have had only had one losing season in past 13 years, and that all 12 winning seasons since 2001 have had double digit wins? From 2002-2014, the Colts record is 144 wins and only 64 loses. Only in the 2011 season under HC Jim Caldwell, did the team have less than 10 wins.

All team reports can be seen at this link- TEAM REPORTS

Team Home Page: www.colts.com