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The new Fab Five
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - If basketball doesn't work out, at least Blake Griffin will have an acting career to fall back on.

Griffin's latest commercial is flat-out hilarious.

First the sweatsuit-clad Griffin goes back in time to provide his younger self with an overwhelming amount of sunscreen. Then near the end of the commercial as future Blake is about to leave, the 2002 version of Griffin offers this question:

"What's my future like?"

Griffin's response is priceless.

"It's bright ... very bright." Then Griffin throws on a pair of shades and walks away.

If the future is bright for the time-traveling, Kia-endorsing Blake Griffin, then it's even brighter for the NFL's next generation of star quarterbacks.

Of course I'm referring to the Fab Five, a group that includes five of the league's most dynamic signal callers. Their names are Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, Cam Newton and Colin Kaepernick. All five are under the age of 26 and each will be gone in the blink of an eye on fantasy draft day.

But which domino will be the first to fall? Since you asked, here are my Fab Five rankings.

5. Luck: There's plenty to like about Luck. He set a rookie record with 4,374 yards passing while leading the Colts to the postseason a year after going 2-14. His seven fourth quarter comebacks were the most ever by an NFL rookie.

The downside is, Luck usually ends up throwing the ball to the other team at least once a game (18 picks last season). His low completion percentage (just 54.1 percent) is also a red flag.

Luck isn't a terrible athlete but he lacks the quickness and raw speed possessed by some of the other quarterbacks on this list. That's why he's No. 5.

4. Wilson: In 2012, Wilson's first half wasn't bad (10 TD, 8 INT, 82.4 passer rating) but his second half was sensational. Over his final eight games, Wilson threw for 16 TD, 2 INT and 1,652 yards with a 120.3 QB rating and a 67.2 completion percentage.

And those are just the passing stats. Here's what Wilson accomplished with his feet over that same span: 361 rushing yards, 6.2 ypc, four TD.

The guy's a winner. Wilson went a combined 3-0 last season in head-to-head matchups against Griffin, Kaepernick and Newton.

I slotted Wilson at No. 4 but it wouldn't surprise me if he finishes with more fantasy points than RG3, especially with Griffin still recovering from offseason knee surgery.

3. Griffin III: What can you say about Griffin? Well for starters, his 815 rushing yards last season were the most by a QB since Michael Vick in 2006 (1,039 yards on 123 carries). Among quarterbacks, only Cam Newton (eight TD) finished with more rushing scores than RG3 (seven).

Griffin was equally spectacular with his arm, completing 65.6 percent of his passes for over 3,000 yards. His 102.4 QB rating was even higher than the ones posted by Tom Brady (98.7) and Drew Brees (96.3).

Griffin would easily be a top-five fantasy pick if he were healthy but we'll knock him down a couple pegs because of his ongoing recovery from a torn ACL.

2. Kaepernick: Kaepernick made his first start of the season in Week 9. He's been a fantasy rockstar ever since.

His regular season stats were decent (215.6 passing yards per game in eight starts) but his playoff numbers were other-worldly (266 passing ypg, 88 ypg on the ground).

Kaepernick owners probably gulped when they heard about Michael Crabtree's torn Achilles. But remember, he still has ultra-talented Anquan Boldin (380 receiving yards in the playoffs last season) and bruising tight end Vernon Davis (41 catches in 2012) to throw to. Ultimately, I don't think Crabtree's absence will affect Kaepernick in the slightest.

Add it all up and you've got one heck of a fantasy player. Don't be afraid to grab Kaepernick in the second round.

1. Newton: Newton's team didn't make the playoffs last season but that didn't stop him from producing another excellent fantasy campaign. Only Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady racked up more fantasy points than Newton in 2013.

Newton's accuracy slipped a little last season (57.7 percent versus 60.0 the year before) but he still managed to throw for nearly 4,000 yards while eating up another 741 on the ground.

When it comes down to it, a fantasy player needs to score touchdowns in order to be effective. Newton has 62 of those since 2011 (40 passing, 22 rushing).

For a scrambler, he's also been surprisingly durable. Newton has never missed a start in two NFL seasons.

He's big. He's fast. He's healthy. And he's the leader of the Fab Five. Put it on the board.

Is that bright enough for you?




Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Jesse Pantuosco at jpantuosco@sportsnetwork.com.