2014 Fantasy Football: Ranking the Top 50 Quarterbacks For the Upcoming Season

Top 50 Quarterbacks For Fantasy Football 2014

Fantasy Football 2014 Quarterbacks
(Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

When it comes to selecting quarterbacks in fantasy football, it's no secret players like Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, and Aaron Rodgers rank near the top of the list, but what about the others?

With the start of preseason finally underway and the start of 2014 fantasy football right around the corner, here's a look at the top 50 quarterbacks in the league--including key backups for certain teams.

50. Ryan Mallett--New England Patriots

Ryan Mallett
(Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

50. Ryan Mallett--New England Patriots

Ryan Mallett
(Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Obviously, the only chance of Ryan Mallett earning playing time during the regular season would be if Tom Brady were to go down with an injury.

Still, there has been talk over the years about other teams showing interest in acquiring Mallett--who has 17 passing yards in three seasons--from the New England Patriots and if Brady did manage to miss a game in 2014--fantasy owners would quickly pickup the former Arkansas star.

49. Brock Osweiler--Denver Broncos

Brock Osweiler
(Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

49. Brock Osweiler--Denver Broncos

Brock Osweiler
(Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

Speaking of backups to future Hall of Fame quarterbacks, Brock Osweiler is in the same situation as Mallett when it comes to being the backup for Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.

At 23, Osweiler has only appeared in nine games over his first two seasons, but the Broncos hope playing behind one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time will pay off if he's needed at all in 2014.

48. Tarvaris Jackson--Seattle Seahawks

Tarvaris Jackson
(Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

48. Tarvaris Jackson--Seattle Seahawks

Tarvaris Jackson
(Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

It's hard to believe Tarvaris Jackson was the starter for the Seattle Seahawks three years ago, but now he's accepted his role as a backup to Russell Wilson after re-joining the team prior to the 2013 season.

Similar to Wilson, Jackson has proven to be effective using his legs throughout his career--which is why he's still reliable even at 31.

47. Dan Orlovsky--Detroit Lions

Dan Orlovsky
(Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

47. Dan Orlovsky--Detroit Lions

San Francisco 49ers v Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Unfortunately, most fantasy football owners look at Dan Orlovsky as the quarterback who appeared in 10 games in 2008 when the Detroit Lions finished 0-16.

Orlovsky is back with the Lions as the backup to Matthew Stafford after bouncing around for the last five years, but things are different this time around as Detroit has one of the league's most dangerous passing games thanks to Calvin Johnson.

46. Matt Hasselbeck--Indianapolis Colts

Matt Hasselbeck
(Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

46. Matt Hasselbeck--Indianapolis Colts

Matt Hasselbeck
(Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

It's hard to believe Matt Hasselbeck is going to turn 39 in September and even though he's not nearly as effective as his Seattle days--the Indianapolis Colts are lucky to have him as a backup.

Hasselbeck has plenty of experience as a starter (played all 16 games for the Tennessee Titans in 2011) and doesn't seem close to calling it quits any time soon.

45. Jason Campbell--Cincinnati Bengals

Jason Campbell
(Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

45. Jason Campbell--Cincinnati Bengals

Jason Campbell
(Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Andy Dalton has yet to miss a game over the last three years with the Cincinnati Bengals, but the team has to feel better about having a reliable backup in Jason Campbell.

The Bengals will be Campbell's fourth team in four years, but his numbers from 2013 with the Cleveland Browns (2,015 passing yards and 11 touchdowns in nine games) prove he still has what it takes to play quarterback in the NFL.

44. Brandon Weeden--Dallas Cowboys

Brandon Weeden
(Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

44. Brandon Weeden--Dallas Cowboys

Brandon Weeden
(Matthew Emmons/USA Today Sports)

After two disappointing seasons with the Cleveland Browns (23 touchdowns compared to 26 interceptions), Brandon Weeden will have a fresh start with the Dallas Cowboys.

With all of the concern about Tony Romo's health following last season's back surgery, Dez Bryant may have to get used to Weeden throwing him touchdowns at the beginning of the season--but we'll see.

43. Blake Bortles--Jacksonville Jaguars

Blake Bortles
(Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

43. Blake Bortles--Jacksonville Jaguars

Blake Bortles
(Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

As of now, the plan seems to be the Jacksonville Jaguars will sit Blake Bortles--who was the first quarterback selected in May--during his rookie season for learning purposes--which is fine.

Then again, we've seen this happen before where rookies end up playing later in the season depending on how the team is doing--which could end up happening for a team like the Jaguars.

42. Thad Lewis--Buffalo Bills

Thad Lewis
(Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

42. Thad Lewis--Buffalo Bills

Thad Lewis
(Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

That Lewis has some competition with Jeff Tuel for the backup job, but at least he has the advantage from an experience standpoint.

Lewis appeared in six games (only 1,092 passing yards with four touchdowns) for the Bills during the 2013 season and keep in mind there are still some concerns surrounding EJ Manuel at quarterback

41. Derek Carr--Oakland Raiders

Derek Carr
(Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

41. Derek Carr--Oakland Raiders

Derek Carr
(Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The Oakland Raiders hope they finally have a quarterback to build the franchise around in Derek Carr and as crazy as it sounds--the former Fresno State star could push for the starting job as a rookie.

Matt Schaub's anything but a guarantee to be the starting quarterback in Week 1--so keep an eye on Carr during preseason.

40. Bruce Gradkowski--Pittsburgh Steelers

Bruce Gradkowski
(Joe Camporeale/USA Today Sports)

40. Bruce Gradkowski--Pittsburgh Steelers

Bruce Gradkowski
(Joe Camporeale/USA Today Sports)

Bruce Gradkowski hasn't appeared in an NFL game since 2012, but the Pittsburgh Steelers feel confident enough in the veteran quarterback to have him backup Ben Roethlisberger.

If anyone knows Roethlisberger, it's no secret the quarterback takes quite the beating under center--which means you can never count out the possibility of Gradkowski seeing some playing time this year.

39. Matt Flynn--Green Bay Packers

Matt Flynn
(Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

39. Matt Flynn--Green Bay Packers

Matt Flynn
(Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

It's still amazing to think how Matt Flynn is entering the 2014 season as a member to the Green Bay Packers as a backup--just like he was in 2011.

Even though he's seen his fair share of struggles over the last two years, Flynn always seemed to be a good fit with Green Bay and hopefully he realizes that for the long run.

38. Michael Vick--New York Jets

Michael Vick
(Rich Barnes/USA Today Sports)

38. Michael Vick--New York Jets

Michael Vick
(Rich Barnes/USA Today Sports)

Things are different for Michael Vick heading into training camp for the New York Jets as he's accepted his role as a backup to Geno Smith.

The former second-round pick battled the same growing pains as most rookie quarterbacks in his first season, but the Jets have made it clear they see Smith as their quarterback to build the franchise around--which means Vick will only see playing time as a starter if Smith loses it.

37. Mike Glennon--Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mike Glennon
(Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

37. Mike Glennon--Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mike Glennon
(Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Even though the team signed Josh McCown this offseason, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have made it clear they see Mike Glennon as their quarterback of the future.

Glennon did manage to start 13 games for the Buccaneers as a rookie and threw for 19 touchdowns with just nine interceptions--which explains why the team wasn't willing to trade him during the offseason.

36. Mark Sanchez--Philadelphia Eagles

Mark Sanchez
(Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports)

36. Mark Sanchez--Philadelphia Eagles

Mark Sanchez
(Bill Streicher/USA Today Sports)

After spending the first five years of his career with the New York Jets, Mark Sanchez hopes a chance as a backup for the Philadelphia Eagles is just what he needs to turn his career around.

Sanchez has looked good so far in Chip Kelly's offense, but the quarterback hasn't played since 2012 after missing all of last year due to a shoulder injury.

35. Kirk Cousins--Washington Redskins

Kirk Cousins
(Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

35. Kirk Cousins--Washington Redskins

Kirk Cousins
(Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

The argument can be made that Kirk Cousins is one of the most reliable backup quarterbacks in the NFL and could even start on a few other teams if given the opportunity--but the Washington Redskins won't let him go that easy.

With all of the concerns surrounding Robert Griffin III's knee, it always seems like Cousins could have the opportunity to play at any given week--which is why owners will always keep an eye on him.

34. Johnny Manziel--Cleveland Browns

Johnny Manziel
(Jason Miller/Getty Images)

34. Johnny Manziel--Cleveland Browns

Johnny Manziel
(Jason Miller/Getty Images)

If Johnny Manziel earns the starting job for the Cleveland Browns, you can count on plenty of fantasy owners taking a shot at the former Texas A&M star.

Manziel was one of the most competitive players in college football and he has an advantage over most quarterbacks for his ability to do damage with his legs--which means big potential for fantasy points.

33. Chad Henne--Jacksonville Jaguars

Chad Henne
(Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

33. Chad Henne--Jacksonville Jaguars

Chad Henne
(Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Could this be Chad Henne's last chance to prove himself as a starting quarterback with the Jacksonville Jaguars leaning towards sitting Blake Bortles this year? Only time will tell, but one thing is for sure--which is Henne will have to heavily rely on the play of rookies Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson.

32. Teddy Bridgewater--Minnesota Vikings

Teddy Bridgewater
(Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

32. Teddy Bridgewater--Minnesota Vikings

Teddy Bridgewater
(Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Prior to the NFL Draft, many believed Teddy Bridgewater was the most "NFL ready" quarterback after a phenomenal career at Louisville.

If Bridgewater--who threw just 12 interceptions over his final two college seasons--does beat out Matt Cassel for the starting job, he could display some impressive numbers as a rookie from a fantasy perspective.

31. Matt Cassel--Minnesota Vikings

Matt Cassel
(Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

31. Matt Cassel--Minnesota Vikings

Matt Cassel
(Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Matt Cassel looked impressive at times last year for the Minnesota Vikings, but he's still going to have to prove he's still worthy of the starting job during preseason after the team spent a first-round pick on Teddy Bridgewater in May.

Keep in mind the one game Cassel played in last year against the Philadelphia Eagles in which he threw for 382 yards with two touchdowns--proving he still has some gas left in the tank to make an impact.

30. Jake Locker--Tennessee Titans

Jake Locker
(Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

30. Jake Locker--Tennessee Titans

Jake Locker
(Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Will this be Jake Locker's last chance to prove himself with the Tennessee Titans? The former first-round pick only appeared in seven games during the 2013 season (only eight touchdowns with four interceptions) due to a foot injury and if he doesn't put up big numbers this year--the Titans may consider looking for a new quarterback to build the franchise around.

29. Matt Schaub--Oakland Raiders

Matt Schaub
(Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

29. Matt Schaub--Oakland Raiders

Matt Schaub
(Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports)

It's hard to believe Matt Schaub was once the quarterback who threw for 4,000+ yards in three of four seasons from 2009-12 considering how much he struggled with the Houston Texans last year (only appeared in 10 games with 10 touchdowns and 14 interceptions).

Schaub will now have a fresh start with the Oakland Raiders and even though he'll most likely be the Week 1 starter--the quarterback may have to worry about Derek Carr if he struggles.

28. Brian Hoyer--Cleveland Browns

Brian Hoyer
(Jason Miller/Getty Images)

28. Brian Hoyer--Cleveland Browns

Brian Hoyer
(Jason Miller/Getty Images)

One of the biggest quarterback battles this preseason will be between Brian Hoyer and Johnny Manziel of the Cleveland Browns and as much hype as Manziel has been receiving, Hoyer hasn't done anything wrong to lose a chance at the starting job.

Hoyer did look impressive in the three games he started last year (all wins) for the Browns before suffering a torn ACL--which makes this quarterback battle so interesting to follow.

27. Ryan Fitzpatrick--Houston Texans

Ryan Fitzpatrick
(Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports)

27. Ryan Fitzpatrick--Houston Texans

Ryan Fitzpatrick
(Troy Taormina/USA Today Sports)

The starting job with the Houston Texans is Ryan Fitzpatrick's to lose after the veteran quarterback is coming off a disappointing season with the Tennessee Titans in which he appeared in just 11 games (14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions).

Hopefully, Fitzpatrick's numbers will increase in 2014 considering he has one of the league's best wide receivers to throw to in Andre Johnson.

26. EJ Manuel--Buffalo Bills

EJ Manuel
(Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

26. EJ Manuel--Buffalo Bills

EJ Manuel
(Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

EJ Manuel had a few impressive moments from his rookie year in 2013, but he still has a lot to work on before convincing fantasy football owners he's worthy of being an effective quarterback.

Luckily, Manuel has the chance to display big numbers in his second season now that he's fully healthy and the Buffalo Bills traded up to draft Sammy Watkins as their new No. 1 wideout.

25. Sam Bradford--St. Louis Rams

Sam Bradford
(Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

25. Sam Bradford--St. Louis Rams

Sam Bradford
(Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The pressure is on for Sam Bradford after only appearing in seven games last year due to a torn ACL--especially since the St. Louis Rams will have to decide over the next two seasons whether or not he's worth an extension.

St. Louis has invested a lot into Bradford since 2010, but he's only played two full seasons over his first four years--which is why the former No. 1 pick will have a lot to prove in 2014.

24. Geno Smith--New York Jets

Geno Smith
(Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

24. Geno Smith--New York Jets

Geno Smith
(Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Don't let the signing of Michael Vick fool you--the starting job at quarterback for the New York Jets belongs to Geno Smith unless he loses it.

Smith may have gone through the typical rookie struggles at times during the 2013 season, but let's not forget he helped the Jets end the year on a positive note by winning three of their final four games.

23. Ryan Tannehill--Miami Dolphins

Ryan Tannehill
(Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

23. Ryan Tannehill--Miami Dolphins

Ryan Tannehill
(Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

The good news for the Miami Dolphins is Ryan Tannehill improved from his rookie season last year after nearly throwing for 4,000 yards to go along with 24 touchdowns, but 17 interceptions.

Hopefully, Tannehill's numbers can reach a higher level in his second season playing with Mike Wallace and the duo can help the Dolphins compete for the AFC East title.

22. Alex Smith--Kansas City Chiefs

Alex Smith
(Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

22. Alex Smith--Kansas City Chiefs

Alex Smith
(Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Alex Smith was fantastic in his first season at quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs and he'll be motivated to play well again in 2014 with the hope of a possible extension from the organization.

When it comes to fantasy quarterbacks, Smith always seems to be under the radar as he threw for 3,313 yards with 23 touchdowns and just seven interceptions last year--which is impressive.

21. Carson Palmer--Arizona Cardinals

Carson Palmer
(Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

21. Carson Palmer--Arizona Cardinals

Carson Palmer
(Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Who would have thought Carson Palmer would break the 4,000-yard passing mark in each of the last two seasons? The 22 interceptions from one year ago may be a reason for concern, but we expect Palmer to have another solid year in Arizona with targets like Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd.

20. Joe Flacco--Baltimore Ravens

Joe Flacco
(Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

20. Joe Flacco--Baltimore Ravens

Joe Flacco
(Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

There's been plenty of debate over the years as far as whether or not Joe Flacco should be considered an elite quarterback and while he's won a Super Bowl--his highest total for touchdown passes over the last three seasons is only 22. Not to mention the former first-round pick threw a career high 22 interceptions last year as well (previous career high was 12).



19. Eli Manning--New York Giants

Eli Manning
(Ron Antonelli/Getty Images)

19. Eli Manning--New York Giants

Eli Manning
(Ron Antonelli/Getty Images)

Most fantasy owners may want to avoid Eli Manning at first after last year's disappointing season in which he threw for a career high 27 interceptions, but there's plenty of excitement surrounding the New York Giants and their new offense.

Hakeem Nicks may no longer be around, but Manning has plenty of options at wide receiver to hopefully display a bounce-back season in 2014.

18. Andy Dalton--Cincinnati Bengals

Andy Dalton
(Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

18. Andy Dalton--Cincinnati Bengals

Andy Dalton
(Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

If Andy Dalton wasn't feeling pressure about failing to lead the Cincinnati Bengals to a single playoff win over the last three years, he certainly going to feel it now after agreeing to a 5 million contract.

From a statistical standpoint, Dalton's passing yards and touchdown passes have improved each season--not to mention it helps having A.J. Green as your favorite target.

17. Josh McCown--Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Josh McCown
(Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

17. Josh McCown--Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Josh McCown
(Kim Klement/USA Today Sports)

With an injured Jay Cutler, Josh McCown made a name for himself (and a nice pay raise this offseason) after appearing in eight games for the Chicago Bears and throwing 13 touchdown passes with just one interception.

Now, McCown will take over the starting duties with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers--a team many believe is talented enough to compete for the NFC South title.

16. Ben Roethlisberger--Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger
(Karl Walter/Getty Images)

16. Ben Roethlisberger--Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger
(Karl Walter/Getty Images)

Even though the Pittsburgh Steelers failed to make the playoffs in 2013, Ben Roethlisberger's numbers were still impressive as the veteran quarterback threw for 4,261 yards with 28 touchdown passes.

The most impressive thing about Roethlisberger is there's only been one season in which he's thrown for more than 15 interceptions (2006). And with a contract extension hopefully in the works--expect a big year from Big Ben once again.

15. Robert Griffin III--Washington Redskins

Robert Griffin III
(Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

15. Robert Griffin III--Washington Redskins

Robert Griffin III
(Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The main question surrounding the Washington Redskins heading into the regular season will be whether or not Robert Griffin III can return to his dominant rookie form from 2012.

Griffin looks much better than he did one year ago and Redskins will be excited to see what's in store for 2014 as the team added another weapon in DeSean Jackson this offseason.

14. Tony Romo--Dallas Cowboys

Tony Romo
(Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

14. Tony Romo--Dallas Cowboys

Tony Romo
(Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Despite the streak of the Dallas Cowboys falling just short of the playoffs, you can't ignore the fact that Tony Romo has thrown 90 touchdowns over the last three seasons and has one of the most talented wide receivers in Dez Bryant to throw the football to.

Unfortunately, nobody knows what to expect from Romo this year considering the team has been limiting his reps after having back surgery at the end of last season.

13. Russell Wilson--Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson
(Elsa/Getty Images)

13. Russell Wilson--Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson
(Elsa/Getty Images)

Over his first two seasons as the starting quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, Russell Wilson has thrown for 52 touchdowns with just 19 interceptions. Oh yeah--and a Super Bowl win at just 25-years-old.

The future is bright for Wilson and he's obviously going to get better and better each season--especially with a healthy Percy Harvin on offense as well.

12. Nick Foles--Philadelphia Eagles

Nick Foles
(Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

12. Nick Foles--Philadelphia Eagles

Philadelphia Eagles v Dallas Cowboys
(Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Forget the fact that DeSean Jackson is no longer with the Philadelphia Eagles--Nick Foles will be just fine.

Foles was a steal for owners who snagged him up quickly during the 2013 season as finished with 27 touchdowns and just TWO interceptions while appearing in 13 games. With plenty of weapons at running back and wide receiver, expect another big season from Foles in his first full season as the starting quarterback.

11. Jay Cutler--Chicago Bears

Jay Cutler
(Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

11. Jay Cutler--Chicago Bears

Jay Cutler
(Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The good news for the Chicago Bears and their fans is Jay Cutler arguably has the best wide receiver duo in the NFL with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery--which means the potential for big fantasy numbers as long as he stays healthy.

Of course, health is always the main concern as Cutler's missed 12 games over the last three years and hasn't broken the 20-touchdown mark since 2010.

10. Philip Rivers--San Diego Chargers

Philip Rivers
(Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

10. Philip Rivers--San Diego Chargers

Philip Rivers
(Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

How much of a warrior is Philip Rivers? Well, the quarterback hasn't missed a game for the San Diego Chargers since taking over the starting role in 2006 and he's coming off one of his best seasons last year in which he threw for 4,478 passing yards with 32 touchdown passes.

With this in mind, expect another big year from Rivers in 2014.

9. Matt Ryan-Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan
(Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

9. Matt Ryan-Atlanta Falcons

Matt Ryan
(Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

2013 was a year to forget for Matt Ryan (26 touchdowns and a career high 17 interceptions) and the Atlanta Falcons as they turned out to be one of the biggest disappointments with just four wins.

With a healthy Julio Jones and Roddy White hopefully returning to his dominant level, expect a big year for Ryan at quarterback as he hopes to make the Falcons contenders again.

8. Cam Newton--Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton
(Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

8. Cam Newton--Carolina Panthers

Cam Newton
(Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Fantasy owners have loved Cam Newton since his rookie season considering he's a mobile threat with his legs, but that may be more difficult to come by in 2014 after undergoing ankle surgery.

The Carolina Panthers will be cautious with their star quarterback leading up to the regular season, but knowing Newton--everything will turn out to be just fine.

7. Tom Brady--New England Patriots

Tom Brady
(Elsa/Getty Images)

7. Tom Brady--New England Patriots

Tom Brady
(Elsa/Getty Images)

Even at 37, Tom Brady doesn't appear to be slowing down any time soon and will be a top quarterback for owners to consider if Rob Gronkowski--who tore his ACL last year--is fully healthy.

Along with Gronkowski's return, Brady will hope to continue building the chemistry established last year with Julian Edelman--who caught 105 passes from Brady in 2013.

6. Colin Kaepernick--San Francisco 49ers

Colin Kaepernick
(Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

6. Colin Kaepernick--San Francisco 49ers

Colin Kaepernick
(Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

There were some early concerns during Colin Kaepernick's first full season as the starting quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, but he finished the second half of the season on a strong note.

What fantasy owners love about Kaepernick isn't his ability to run the football as well, but he's one of the league's best competitors. Take this into consideration with all of the weapons he has on offense--expect another big year for Kaepernick.

5. Andrew Luck--Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck
(Rob Carr/Getty Images)

5. Andrew Luck--Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck
(Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Two playoff appearances over his first two seasons means fantasy owners can't wait to see what's in store for Andrew Luck in his third year with the Indianapolis Colts.

Luck's touchdown passes may have been the same in 2013 as his rookie season, but he cut down his interception total in half (only nine) last year and has another weapon on offense with the addition of Hakeem Nicks. Plus, Luck has to be excited about the return of Reggie Wayne.

4. Matthew Stafford--Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford
(Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

4. Matthew Stafford--Detroit Lions

Matthew Stafford
(Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Matthew Stafford has thrown for 14,655 yards over the last three seasons and has one of the league's top wide receivers in Calvin Johnson to throw to--which is what makes him a top-10 quarterback target.

With a new coaching staff, expectations are high for the Lions' offense heading into 2014 and owners should expect another season in which Stafford pushes for the 5,000-yard mark.

3. Aaron Rodgers--Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers
(David Banks/Getty Images)

3. Aaron Rodgers--Green Bay Packers

Aaron Rodgers
(David Banks/Getty Images)

His numbers (2,536 passing yards with 17 touchdowns and six interceptions) may have been down in 2013 since he appeared in just nine games for the Green Bay Packers, but it's no secret just how dangerous Aaron Rodgers is when healthy.

The fact that Rodgers threw 84 touchdowns over the previous two seasons prior to 2013 is enough evidence why he's usually selected in the second or third round in most leagues.

2. Drew Brees--New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees
(Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

2. Drew Brees--New Orleans Saints

Drew Brees
(Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

Do we really need to explain what makes Drew Brees the No. 2 quarterback heading into 2014? Not only has the man missed just one game since 2005, but Brees has broken the 5,000-yard passing mark in each of the last three seasons and has never thrown for less than 4,300 yards since joining the New Orleans Saints in 2006.

With a pass-happy offense--don't expect these streaks to end for Brees this season.

1. Peyton Manning--Denver Broncos

Peyton Manning
(Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

1. Peyton Manning--Denver Broncos

Peyton Manning
(Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

After setting records last year with 5,477 passing yards and 55 touchdowns, it's safe to say nobody will be questioning Peyton Manning's previous neck injuries heading into this season as he looks to help the Denver Broncos redeem themselves after flopping in the Super Bowl.

Eric Decker may be gone, but the other weapons he already had on offense along with the addition of Emmanuel Sanders means expect another big year from Peyton.

Follow Dan Parzych on Twitter @DanParzych, “Like” him on Facebook  or add him to your network on Google


Around the Web