Fantasy Football: Ranking Top Quarterbacks for 2013-14 Fantasy Season

Matt Schreiber@@schreiberstakeAnalyst IIIJuly 4, 2013

ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 13:  Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks reacts during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on January 13, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The 2013-14 NFL season is just over two months away from kickoff. Over the next week, I will be ranking every position available for your fantasy football roster.

I'll get the ball rolling by ranking the top quarterbacks.

The only guys really worth selecting early on are Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Colin Kaepernick. By early on, I mean within the first two rounds if there aren't solid running backs, receivers or Jimmy Graham's available on the board.

Depending on whether or not your league gives six or four points for a passing touchdown would also play a huge role in what you do as far as quarterbacks go. If your league gives six points, you probably want to grab one of the guys above in the first round.

While Robert Griffin III led most fantasy leagues in total points for the majority of the 2012 season, his knee injury is a huge red flag. Drafting him within the first two rounds is a risky move.

Then you have reliable guys like Russell Wilson—who received a new target in Percy Harvin—Matt Ryan, Eli Manning and Matthew Stafford

There are so many guys that could put up numbers for you, so the quarterback position isn't one to stress over too much this year.

As far as sleepers go, Carson Palmer is an interesting option. He has come to an Arizona Cardinals team with some quick, athletic receivers in addition to Larry Fitzgerald. It's a huge upgrade from what he was working with in Oakland.

If you think back to his days in Cincinnati, he used to put up some of the most consistent, jaw-dropping fantasy numbers while tossing bombs to T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Chad Johnson. 

People tend to focus on Carson Palmer's interception totals, but he only threw 14—less than one per game—in 2012-13. Some of those interceptions came off of poor route running by receivers and bobbled balls winding up in defenders' hands.

Palmer is a guy you can likely snag in the seventh or eighth round of your draft if you don't get a chance to draft the signal-callers worthy of a pick in the top three rounds.

Then there is Michael Vick.

I have him ranked 25th on my list mainly because there is no guarantee he beats out Nick Foles for the starting job in Philadelphia. Vick is hit-or-miss if he starts.

Three years ago, he led all fantasy scorers. After being limited by injuries over the last two years, his value has taken a huge hit.

With Chip Kelly on board moving a high-tempo offense, you never know what Vick could do. He did beat LeSean McCoy, who is one of the faster backs in the league, in a footrace. If Vick is named the starter, he could be a solid option to take in the later rounds of the draft.


For all the fantasy football managers trying to get a jump on their competition, this is for you.

Rank Player Position Team
1 Aaron Rodgers QB GB
2 Drew Brees QB NO
3 Peyton Manning QB DEN
4 Tom Brady QB NE
5 Colin Kaepernick QB SF
6 Matt Ryan QB ATL
7 Russell Wilson QB SEA
8 Eli Manning QB NYG
9 Matthew Stafford QB DET
10 Robert Griffin III QB WAS
11 Andrew Luck QB IND
12 Cam Newton QB CAR
13 Carson Palmer QB ARI
14 Ben Roethlisberger QB PIT
15 Tony Romo QB DAL
16 Joe Flacco QB BAL
17 Andy Dalton QB CIN
18 Philip Rivers QB SD
19 Jay Cutler QB CHI
20 Ryan Tannehill QB MIA
21 Matt Schaub QB HOU
22 Sam Bradford QB STL
23 Josh Freeman QB TB
24 Brandon Weeden QB CLE
25 Michael Vick QB PHI
26 Alex Smith QB KC
27 Christian Ponder QB MIN
28 Jake Locker QB TEN
29 Kevin Kolb QB BUF
30 Nick Foles QB PHI
31 Blaine Gabbert QB JAX
32 Matt Flynn QB OAK
33 Mark Sanchez QB NYJ
34 EJ Manuel QB BUF
35 Geno Smith QB NYJ


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