Fantasy Football Rankings 2013: Updated Look at Top QBs Heading into Draft Day
Fantasy football owners don't need to worry about depth at the quarterback position in 2013.
Barring injuries and unexpected hiccups in development/production, there is enough wealth at this position to supply quality starters for every single owner in standard fantasy leagues.
This is a key factor in deciding how to construct your fantasy team.
The most important position as it relates to weekly production is running back. But unlike the depth we see at the quarterback position, top-tier running backs are not as easy to come by.
For this reason, many smart fantasy owners will opt to wait until after they've collected a cache of top running backs and wide receivers to land their quarterbacks.
But that doesn't mean you can simply close your eyes and point to a name on a list.
With that in mind, here's a look at the top 10 fantasy quarterbacks heading into the regular season.
1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Those who wonder how much the loss of Greg Jennings will affect Rodgers should remember that the Packers went without Jennings for most of the 2013 season and still managed to produce big numbers through the air.
Which quarterback should be No. 1?
2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Some might argue Drew Brees deserves to headline this list, and they'd have a strong argument.
Brees led all fantasy football scorers a year ago (per NFL.com), and the Saints offense is likely to flourish under Sean Payton, who is one of the league's best play-callers.
That said, as much as Payton loves to aggressively throw the ball downfield, he's also a pragmatic man who realizes the value of a strong running game.
3. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Tom Brady has taken his game to a new level this summer while working with a group of rookie receivers—two of whom are undrafted free agents—and Danny Amendola. Through two preseason games, he's completed 18 of 20 passes for 172 yards with two touchdowns.
No matter whom the Patriots roll out to catch passes on Sundays, Brady will put up big numbers this season.
4. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Think Cam Newton is too high here?
5. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
If not for a shaky offensive line, I'd have Peyton Manning higher on this list.
But given the way he's gotten hit in his first two preseason games, it seems clear Manning will need to keep his head on a swivel in 2013.
Still, with Welker, Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker giving opposing secondaries fits all year, Manning will put up impressive numbers.
6. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
By the end of the year, Matt Ryan may prove to be worthy of a higher pick.
Tony Gonzalez is returning for his swan song, Steven Jackson will likely improve the Falcons' chances of featuring an effective rushing attack, and the duo of Roddy White and Julio Jones is among the best in the league.
Oh, and don't forget about Harry Douglas. He's capable of breaking off huge gains at the drop of a hat, and he's a sleeper you should keep an eye on late in your draft.
7. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
The biggest question I have regarding Robert Griffin III is whether Mike Shanahan will limit the amount of carries he allots to his superstar quarterback in 2013.
As a rookie last season, RG3 was the fifth-ranked fantasy scorer in the NFL. It seemed like every week he did something to make our eyes pop out of their sockets—both on the ground and through the air.
But as you're likely aware, RG3 is recovering from knee surgery—which he earned while displaying a tendency to sacrifice the safety of his own body for a few extra yards.
If Griffin III can prove to his coaches that he'll take care of his body while on the run, perhaps Shanahan will feel comfortable letting his young colt run wild, which would be a tremendous boon for fantasy owners across the nation.
If not, it'll be interesting to see how he performs as a more traditional pocket passer.
8. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
The Lions love to throw the ball. Matthew Stafford led the league in passing attempts last year, and this season should be no different.
The addition of running back Reggie Bush should give Stafford and the Lions offense a huge boost, as he's one of the best receivers out of the backfield in the NFL.
Plus, Calvin Johnson—he's kind of good.
9. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
That said, given the way Kaepernick has been talked up around the Bay Area, it may not matter whom the 49ers trot out.
He's reportedly gotten significantly better at putting touch on his passes, and perhaps just as frightening for opposing defenses is the fact that he's gotten faster this offseason while working with Olympic sprinters.
10. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Don't fall asleep on Andrew Luck.
T.Y. Hilton has continued to turn heads this summer as he did all of last season, catching five passes for 97 yards and two touchdowns in limited action this preseason.
Reggie Wayne is still brilliant too. Last Sunday, he made a one-handed grab on one play and then hauled in a tricky touchdown pass shortly thereafter off of a pass that could have easily been intercepted.
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