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2014 Fantasy Football: Predicting the 5 Biggest QB Flops

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Fantasy Football 2014: Predicting the 5 Biggest QB Flops

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Quarterback is a deep position for fantasy football owners, as the NFL as a whole has turned more pass-oriented offensively and the traditional running game with one clear-cut workhorse has become rare.

Here are five quarterbacks who are likely to leave fantasy owners wanting more this season.

5. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

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5. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals

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Dalton set career-highs across the board last year, and he finished as a top-10 fantasy quarterback. With fewer pass attempts likely this year he may become more efficient and throw fewer interceptions (20 in 2013), but Dalton's touchdown total (33 last year) is likely to drop as well and that makes it impossible to rely on him as a fantasy starter.

4. Josh McCown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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4. Josh McCown, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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McCown stepped in for an injured Jay Cutler last year and played very well, throwing for 1,829 yards and 13 touchdowns with just one interception in 224 pass attempts. He will become the starter in Tampa Bay, and he will be surrounded by similar talent to what the Bears had in 2013, but any fantasy owner that expects McCown to come close to last year's success is asking for disappointment.

3. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers

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3. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers

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A fast start, with three 400-yard games in the first five weeks, helped Rivers to a resurgent 2013 season (4,478 yards, 32 touchdowns and a career-best 69.5 completion percentage). But he only topped 250 yards through their air once in the final five games, with less than 30 pass attempts three times in that span, which points to a more conservative offense and the likelihood of a drop-off for Rivers this year.

2. Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles

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2. Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles

Nick Foles Fantasy Football 2014
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Foles threw 27 touchdowns and just two interceptions last season in 13 games played (10 starts), but seven of those touchdowns came in one game and a closer look at his numbers shows inconsistency (two 400-yard games, four full games with less than 250 passing yards). Foles may not fall completely off a cliff this year at the helm of Chip Kelly's offense, but I'm hesitant to rely on him as a QB1 without having a very good second option.

1. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

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1. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson 2014 Fantasy Football
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Despite a conservative offense that limits his ceiling, Wilson has finished as a top-10 fantasy quarterback in each of his first two seasons. Not much will change in Seattle this year, so any drop in Wilson's proficiency as a passer (8.2 yards per pass attempt; 63.1 percent completion percentage in 2013) adds risk to the equation. Add in the potential to be overvalued after a Super Bowl win, and Wilson has more downside than may meet the eye.