Moving on to the bread and butter of your fantasy team, the quarterbacks. This is the one player on your team that will be guaranteed to touch the ball on every snap in each game so choose wisely my friends. Let’s take a look at who’s atop the mountain.
1 – Aaron Rodgers – One ring to rule over them all, the memories that is, of Favre in Green Bay. Before the ring though, Rodgers was a fantasy beast at the position throwing for at least 28 TDs each of the 3 season he has been the starter. What has made him elite, is the use made of Rodgers in the red zone to run the ball in due to Green Bay’s lack of a power run game. Each of the 3 season he has started he has averaged around 4.3 rushing TDs and even if he were to be limited a bit more on the goal line Rodgers has a strong arm and great command of a potent offense and the consistency to back it. It is also important to note that Rodgers missed a game due to a concussion last season which would have made his numbers closer to the 2009 season where he threw for 4,400 yards and 35 TDs (30 passing and 5 rushing). Clear cut number one QB in fantasy.
2 – Drew Brees – Minus an increase in INTs last season, Brees has been the money in fantasy leagues year in and year out since arriving in New Orleans averaging close to 4,700 yards over the past 3 season along with 33.6 TDs. He is a lock for 4,000 yards as long as he doesn’t get hurt. The addition of Mark Ingram should bring some power to the Saints run game and may scare some owners looking for a drop in passing attempts for Brees, and this looks like it may happen if Ingram assimilates into the system quickly. Just remember that if that does happen it will open up the pass for Brees, something he can only benefit from. It’s a win win.
3 – Michael Vick – Vick is a tough call, because Vick could easily be the top QB on the boards and after the surge he had last season I wouldn’t blame someone taking him as the first QB off the boards or even in the first round for that matter. However, I tend to be hesitant when taking players who have inconsistent track records and a history of injuries. That warning aside, Vick found his arm last season in Andy Reid’s pass first offense and it paid huge fantasy dividends. Vick was the first option in the red zone to run the ball. The gamble comes down to if Vick can recreate his play from last season where running was his last option all while staying healthy. If he does Vick could be winning fantasy championships for managers again this season.
4 – Peyton Manning – If there was ever a archetype for a no worries pick in fantasy football at the QB position it is Peyton Manning. He hasn’t missed a game since coming into the league, mostly due to him diving to the ground and taking few hit. While some fans might question his toughness, others in fantasy have to credit his IQ when he does that because it keeps him safe from those big hits that defensive players salivate over. He has only been short of 4,000 yards passing twice in his career and never thrown less than 26 TDs in his career. He has proven year in and year out that whoever he is throwing to, he can get the ball too. Manning is likely the safest pick in fantasy across the boards. Take him without hesitation.
5 – Philip Rivers – Over the past 3 seasons Rivers has gotten progressively better throwing the ball and last season showed that he can spread the ball around and make the offense work with or without a star spending many times last season without Antonio Gates and most of the season without top wide out Vincent Jackson. Both of who should be back and healthy this season. With the emergence of Mike Tolbert and a talented young back in Ryan Mathews, Rivers will have more solid talent around him and can only improve on his play from last season.
6 – Tom Brady – Wow. That’s all I can say about Brady’s play last season where he tossed 36 TDs to only 4 INTs, gaudy numbers and worthy of the unanimous MVP vote he received. As of right now Brady lacks a top option receiver and though he will clearly spread the ball around and put up numbers, the lack of a stand out receiver could bring his numbers down a bit this season, especially in close games and against the tougher defenses the Patriots will face. Brady is an elite fantasy QB nevertheless and has a favorable fantasy playoffs. Also the elite fantasy numbers may drop off a bit after this point for fantasy QBs.
7 – Tony Romo – Romo will be coming off a shoulder injury suffered last season. Luckily it was on his non throwing shoulder and had the season not already been lost, looked capable of playing at the end of last season. Romo will have another strong offense around him again this season with Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, and Jason Witten. Coupled with the question marks Dallas has at the running back position Romo could be in line throw the ball more under new head coach Jason Garrett.
8 – Matt Schaub – Schaub has the firepower and a top 5 player at the WR and RB positions. The Texans leaned towards the run more last season with the emergence of Arian Foster, but with the return of Owen Daniels the passing game should level out for Schaub and return him to solid QB1 form.
9 – Ben Roethlisberger – Big Ben missed the first 4 games last season, but when he returned he was a solid play each week. He has great rapport with Mike Wallace and Hines Ward. His numbers can sometimes be unpredictable when the Steelers get into a grind it out game, especially against their division rival Ravens. Roethlisberger is a threat to sneak it in on the goal line which will certainly help his lower end TD numbers though not by much. He has all the tools, the question comes down to which Steeler offense we see this season. The run team or the pass team.
10 – Josh Freeman – Freeman has a lot of hype coming in after a great sophomore year where Tampa Bays young offense began to shine. He threw for 25 TDs and close to 3,500 yards as the Bucs slowly handed the offense over to Freeman and let him run with it. Freeman has a high ceiling and a group of young talented offensive players around him which is why I would place him in the top 10 though tentatively. The one drawback I would consider when looking at Freeman is that he never topped 300 yards last season. The potential is there, just be wary.
Please post any questions or comments on my rankings. Take care guys.
About the Author
Written by David Willow
My name is David Willow. Your NFL and Fantasy Jedi. I have lived in Dallas, TX most of my life. I have been following both football and basketball since I was a child. I love being able to research and analyze different players and teams. I've been a fantasy sports enthusiast for around 8 years with some titles to back that. I have a Bachelors degree in History with a minor in English. Other hobbies include me being part of an acting workshop for five years, playing guitar, and working out. Hit me up with any comments, questions or opinions.