Week 1 Fantasy Football 2015 Quarterback Roster Value Picks
With the NFL 2015 regular season soon beginning its time to check out the individual games from week 1 and look for some value from fantasy rosters in the quarterback position.
Matt Ryan (Falcons): Should be a very good game for fantasy draft managers here as the Philadelphia Eagles are at the Atlanta Falcons. The Eagles with their fast pace offense run many plays and expect more opportunities for fantasy points for Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. Monday Night Football games have been trending toward very high scoring games since the rule changes the past several years. This game figures to be a shootout. Matt Ryan will be happy to see Julio Jones line up out wide as his main target in the passing game as he was out for much of 2014 with injury. Roddy White will start out wide, making for a solid starting receiving combo. Jacob Tamme is a capable tight end who can move the sticks in key third downs plays to give more offensive plays for Atlanta. The Falcons running game has been atrocious the past few seasons and don’t see much improvement yet. Loud building will aid the Falcons on a Monday night.
Eli Manning (Giants): Eli Manning showed some good improvement in his quick strike offense as the regular season ended. Wide receiver Odell Beckham emerged as an impact wide receiver in his rookie campaign. Victor Cruz is healthy and will be part of the starting receivers. The Giants have great depth so if they go four wide then Rueben Randle and James Jones enters the pass pattern. A huge addition for key third down plays was the signing of Shane Vereen as a free agent in the offseason. Vereen caught 52 balls in 2014 for 447 yards and three touchdowns. The Giants are at the Cowboys in week one and Manning has had a good history in Dallas.
Matthew Stafford (Lions): Matthew Stafford has a solid 1-2 punch in his wide receiver position with Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. Detroit is at sunny San Diego to open the year so look for a Stafford to put the ball up in the air quite a bit in the opener. Lance Moore has emerged as a weapon in the slot. Greg Salas has shown some positive signs in the preseason that he can line up as the fourth wide receiver.
Carson Palmer (Cardinals): Palmer was an effective quarterback for Arizona in 2014 prior to tearing his ACL in November. Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd is a great duo for Palmer to work with. Arizona doesn’t run well so the ball is in the air as they host a bad defense from New Orleans in the opener.
Andy Dalton (Bengals): There are very high expectations for the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2015 campaign. The organization is tired of early playoff exits and that means Andy Dalton has to play better. It could be a great fantasy football day for draft managers who take Dalton because Cincinnati will travel to Oakland Raiders to open the season. Andy Dalton has capable receivers in A.J. Green and Marvin Jones to pass to. Brandon Tate and Denarius Moore add depth in pass patterns for Cincinnati. The run game for Cincinnati will feature Jeremy Hill and he was outstanding in the final nine weeks of the year for the Bengals. Hill’s big play presence will set up play action deep for good gains in the passing game for Cincinnati.
Sam Bradford (Eagles): The new Philadelphia starting quarterback will be throwing against one of the softest pass rushes for several seasons in the NFL as the Atlanta Falcons are the opponent in week one. Wide our Jordan Matthews is coming off a very good rookie campaign. USC rookie Nelson Agholor has looked good in the preseason. Miles Austin and Riley Cooper add depth in four wide receiver sets. Philadelphia signed running back DeMarco Murray in the offseason giving the Eagles big play potential in the ground game. Sam Bradford played well in the spread offense in his college years at Oklahoma. The Eagles personnel and system seems like a good fit for the veteran quarterback.
2015 NFL Fantasy Football Quarterback Week 1 Value Picks
1. Matt Ryan (Falcons)
2. Eli Manning (Giants)
3. Matthew Stafford (Lions)
4. Carson Palmer (Cardinals)
5. Andy Dalton (Bengals)
6. Sam Bradford (Eagles)