By Brian Kalchik @RantsportsBrian on July 16, 2014
In the NFL, dual-threat quarterbacks are both a new trend and an old commodity. Quarterbacks with the ability to extend plays with both their legs and their arm have actually been around since the days of Fran Tarkenton and Roger Staubach, but these types of players are most valuable when it comes to fantasy football. Here are the top five dual-threat quarterbacks heading into the 2014 fantasy season.
As good as Andrew Luck is as a pocket passer, he is a very underrated runner. Playing behind a suspect offensive line since he entered the league in 2012, Luck has averaged at least four yards per scramble and has scored nine touchdowns. Luck will be even better in the passing game as he gets Reggie Wayne back from a torn ACL, along with newcomers like free agent Hakeem Nicks and third-round pick Donte Moncrief.
In just his second NFL season, Russell Wilson led the Seattle Seahawks to their first Super Bowl championship in franchise history. He was also a solid fantasy player, throwing for over 3,300 yards and rushing for over 500 yards. What Wilson lacks for in yards, he makes up for in touchdowns with 26 the past two seasons. He is a very efficient player who rarely makes any bad plays.
Robert Griffin III's 2013 season last year was filled with controversy and speculation, but he was still able to produce good numbers. In just 13 games, RG III threw for over 3,200 yards and ran for 484. With Jay Gruden now running the show instead of Mike Shanahan, who didn't want to draft RGIII, the former Heisman Trophy winner should get back to 2012 form. He'll have help with the additions of receivers DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts.
In his first full season as a starter, San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick had a solid season, throwing for over 3,000 yards and rushing for 521. He is the most gifted running quarterback in the game today, but is still growing as a pocket passer. With a full season under his belt and the arrivals of free agents Stevie Johnson and Brandon Lloyd, Kaepernick should take the next step as a QB to complement his skills as a runner.
Cam Newton's ability to run the ball and score TDs on the ground keeps him in the fantasy top-10 discussion at QB. Last year, Newton threw for over 3,300 yards and rushing for 587. His passing stats should be worrisome early on as he lost three of his top receivers from a year ago, but this also gives him more opportunities to scramble, which will open things up in the passing game.
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