As June turns to July, we’ll begin our multi-part Salary Cap Fantasy Rankings series, assessing the best financial values heading into the 2014 season, starting with the Quarterbacks. We’ll assess 2013 true value statistic ratings, with 2014 salary cap dollars, and projected fantasy auction prices
Best Young Values
Russell Wilson (SEA)
The 2nd best value according to our true value statistic has the 54th highest 2014 cap hit ($817,302) among active quarterbacks. At just 25 years old, Wilson is the prototypical long-term fantasy value, and is pricing out at just $6 in auction leagues thus far.
Ryan Tannehill (MIA)
Tannehill had a better year than many remember, posting nearly 4,000 yards along with 24 touchdowns, both major improvements from his rookie campaign. His $3,455,046 cap figure ranks 30th among QBs, comparing to the 4th best valued QB in our efficiency ratings for 2013. He’ll cost you next to nothing in auction leagues.
Nick Foles (PHI)
Foles averaged 15 completions for 225 yards and 2 touchdowns through 13 2013 games with the Eagles. The 7th best value’s $770,880 cap hit for 2014 ranks 55th among QBs, and he’s pricing out at $8 in fantasy leagues – a bit of a high price for a such a small sample size.
Best Veteran Values
Peyton Manning (DEN)
His $17.5 million cap hit ranks 7th among active quarterbacks, but this doesn’t hold back Peyton Manning from being a worthy value in salary cap/auction leagues. Manning outperformed ALL quarterbacks in terms of our true value statistic in 2013, and there’s little reason to believe he won’t do so again in 2014.
Drew Brees (NO)
Brees put together another 5,100, 40 TD season in 2013 utilizing his plethora of offensive weapons. He heads into 2014 with the potential rookie of the year in Brandin Cooks adding to the mix, and an $18.4 million cap figure (4th among QBs). Brees turned in the 5th most efficient season according to our TVS rating, and should continue down that path with just a $1M increase in cap dollars.
Philip Rivers (SD)
Rivers quietly put together a 4,500 yards, 32 TD (just 11 INT) 2013 season with a less than exceptional arsenal at his disposal. He enters 2014 with just two years remaining on his contract, and a $16.6M cap hit (9th among QBs). A bolstered and healthy running game should open up even more air space for Rivers, who chimed in as the 3rd best valued QB in 2013.
Salary Cap Best Values
Auction League Best Values
2014 Quarterback Salary/Fantasy Data
Each QB’s 2014 cap hit, 2013 True Value Statistic, and projected Fantasy Auction Price.
Related: Ranking Quarterback 2014 Cap Hits
TVS ratings calculated here
All statistics drawn from Pro Football Reference
Auction Fantasy Figures from ESPN