Training camp will be here before you know it. It's a perfect time to revisit the 2013 fantasy football quarterback landscape.
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 last season. 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 run 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. 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. He has the best receiver trio in the league to work with. Expect another monster year.
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 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. 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 arm: plenty of yards and touchdowns with a low interception total.
Rob Gronkowski's uncertainty, Aaron Hernandez's release and Wes Welker's departure bring Brady's value down.
8. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
Kaepernick has the “it" factor. He is equally as impressive with his arm 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.
Losing Michael Crabree hurts his value, but I am confident that he'll overcome the loss.
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. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
RGIII is taking a page out of Adrian Peterson's knee recovery guide. He's a risk because of his playing style, but worth it as a low-end QB1.
11. 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.
The addition of Percy Harvin adds dramatically to Wilson's appeal.
12. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Romo threw for 4,903 yards and 28 touchdowns last year. It was the fourth time in the past six years that Romo has thrown for at least 4,000 yards. Dez Bryant truly emerged last year.
Romo is a great value pick.
13. Eli Manning, New York Giants
Manning fell just shy of reaching 4,000 yards for the fourth straight year. He also threw 26 touchdown passes. He's a guy to look at after the first 10 quarterbacks come off the board.
14. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
Flacco made an unbelievable run during the postseason that allowed him to break the bank. He has yet to put up big fantasy numbers, but he doesn't hurt you with interceptions either.
He still isn't an elite fantasy quarterback, but he's a very capable backup.
15. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Big Ben was limited to 13 games last year, but he still finished with 3,265 yards, 26 touchdowns and just eight interceptions. He has the potential to be a QB1.
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