Chris Kay’s Top 10 Quarterbacks for 2016

My buddy Chris Kay is always talking college football and he wanted to get a head start on his rankings for 2016. If you don’t follow him on Twitter yet (highly unlikely if you visit the site), you can do so here @RealestChrisKay. Here are his preseason QB rankings for 2016.

  1. Seth Russell, Baylor – There is no quarterback battle at Baylor. He threw for 29 touchdowns and just six interceptions last season… in seven games! Russell also ran for 402 yards and six touchdowns on the ground in 2015. No. Brainer.


  1. Patrick Mahomes, Texas Tech – Mahomes led the FBS in total yards per game in 2015 (393), and has a ridiculously soft schedule in 2016. His ability to evade defenders on designed run plays or while scrambling is a huge bonus for Mahomes in the pass heavy Texas Tech offense.


  1. Deshaun Watson, Clemson – Watson is coming off a broken record (most total yards in championship game), was a Heisman candidate, and has an explosive offense ready to go in 2016, making him a shoe-in considering his dual-threat ability (4,000 passing yards/1,000 rushing yards in 2015).


  1. Greg Ward Jr., Houston – Ward was extremely dynamic in 2015, rushing for 1,100 yards and throwing for another 2,800. His touchdown numbers through the air were pedestrian (17), but his ability to find paydirt on the ground (thanks Coach Herman!) is ridiculous in their system (21 rushing touchdowns).


  1. Luke Falk, Washington State – I don’t know Falk’s middle name, but I’m pretty sure it’s “Amazingly Safe Option.” The Washington State quarterback is in his second year as a starter in this offense and returns some of his best receivers for the 2016 season (Marks, Cracraft, and Lewis).


  1. Chad Kelly, Ole Miss – Kelly has the potential to be a superstar if Ole Miss allows him to run more in 2016, something they might have to do without Laquon Treadwell out wide. His loss is big, but his numbers weren’t out of this world in 2015 (82/1,153/11). Kelly will run more in 2016 or see another wide out step up in Treadwell’s absence.


  1. Quinton Flowers, South Florida – Flowers really evolved as a player in 2015, rushing for just under 1,000 yards while throwing for another 2,200. He scored 17 of his 34 touchdowns in the final five games of the season (13 games played in 2015), making him a player who really hit his groove heading into the offseason.


  1. Dane Evans, Tulsa – Evans isn’t the best quarterback in terms of NFL prospects, or close to it at all, but his system has allowed for him to be extremely viable in fantasy formats. He attempted 485 attempts last season (37.3 attempts per game), and sees Keevan Lucas and Josh Atkinson return to an offense ranked in the top five in adjusted pace last season.


  1. Skyler Howard, West Virginia – We all saw Howard’s potential when he torched Arizona State for 532 passing yards, a Cactus Bowl record, but he does have rushing potential on the ground as well. He rushed for 502 yards and six touchdowns last season and will be facing a Big 12 defensive group that is just not built to stop any above average offense.


  1. Lamar Jackson, Louisville – Do I want to rank Jackson this high? Yes and no. He’s an inefficient sophomore built more for the run in a system that would prefer a passer over a runner. Coach Petrino made it work this past season, as Jackson ran for 960 yards and 11 touchdowns, but he only completed 54.7% of his passes in 2015. His offense returns basically every skill player possible, which is a nice site for a young quarterback like Jackson.




    1. Yeah. I was pretty amazed at how well these were going until this little blunder. I’ll assume he’s not an osu fan and hope I play against him in my CFF league.

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