We aren’t even a week removed from the Super Bowl, but what better time to start exploring the 2013 fantasy football quarterback landscape. There has been a changing of the guard at the QB position, which will be quite evident as you peruse the rankings.
1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Rodgers continues to pile up the numbers. He threw for 4,295 yards and 39 touchdowns with just eight interceptions. That’s 84 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in the past two seasons. He’s also always good for 200 yards or more on the ground with a couple of rushing touchdowns.
2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Back-to-back 5,000-yard seasons and 89 touchdown passes. Are you serious? His interceptions (33 over the past two years) and lack of a ground game keep him out of the top spot, but he’s close.
3. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Newton was a monster down the stretch. He still didn’t deliver a ton of passing touchdowns, but he was close to the 4,000-yard mark. Plus, he has ran for at least 700 yards and eight touchdowns in each of his first two seasons.
There were a lot of young quarterbacks that received the hype thanks to their team’s success, but in fantasy terms, Newton is the best, young quarterback.
4. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Brady will never confuse anyone for being a mobile quarterback, but he does have seven rushing touchdowns over the past two seasons. You already know what he brings to the table with his arms. Plenty of yards and touchdowns with a low interception total.
5. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
The more mobile quarterbacks (RG3, Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson) got plenty of love, which almost overshadowed just how fine of a season that Luck had. Replacing a legend, Peyton Manning in Luck’s case, is never easy, and Luck did about as fine a job as Rodgers (Favre) or any other quarterback has.
Year two should be special.
6. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
I think Ryan puts up better numbers with his arm than Luck, but Luck has a little of Rodgers’ ability in that he can give you the bonus points with his feet. Luck and Ryan are in the same tier, in my opinion, I just give Luck a slight edge.
With that said, Ryan has two of the game’s top receivers. Last season was not a fluke. He should challenge 5,000 yards and 35 touchdowns.
7. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
What else can be said about Peyton Manning? He certainly didn’t disappoint in his new home.
While his arm strength wasn’t what it once was, you cannot help but be impressed by the 4,659 yards, 37 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions.
8. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
Kaepernick has the “it factor.” He is equally as impressive with his arms as he is with his feet.
That’s saying a lot.
He’ll have to improve in the red zone to take the next step as a quarterback, both in fantasy and reality.
9. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Stafford quietly approached the 5,000-yard mark for the second straight year. He had 20 touchdowns to 17 interceptions. He should provide great value as a low-end QB1.
10. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Wilson had modest passing totals (3,118 yards, 26 touchdowns), but he only threw 10 interceptions. He also ran for 489 yards and four touchdowns.
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