By Pasha Hashemzadeh
This post will focus on the top two ranked fantasy quarterbacks by fantasyhaus and arguments for each of them being the first signal caller taken off the board come draft time.
Cam Newton and Aaron Rodgers’ 2015 seasons did not progress the same way. The former ended up with his best season yet, ending up in the Super Bowl, while the latter struggled without his top wideout Jordy Nelson. With Nelson healthy heading into camp, this year should be much different. Randall Cobb struggled as the WR1 in Green Bay and will regain both real-life and fantasy relevance with Jordy back on the field. Jordy’s presence on the field makes for a fantasy dilemma – who to select as the first overall quarterback in drafts. For us at fantasyhaus, it’s a two-man race between Newton and Rodgers. Newton has an established strong floor because of his running game, while Rodgers has the higher ceiling because of the weapons at his disposal. Newton, though at a much lesser extent, was also without his top wideout Kelvin Benjamin last season. While Benjamin’s absence proved not to matter much in their run to the Super Bowl last season, having one of his top targets back in the game will only benefit Newton. In terms of pure passing ability, Rodgers has the clear edge, just as Newton has the edge in rushing despite Rodgers’ scrambling abilities. The Packers had an injury-riddled offensive line in 2015. A healthier offensive line and a reported leaner RB Eddie Lacy should help out Rodgers and co. Fantasyhaus’ pick for the top quarterback in this year’s draft is Aaron Rodgers, with a slight edge over Cam Newton.