In a year rich with quarterback options, who should fantasy owners be targeting? Who is on the rise, and who is a long shot to produce? Let’s take a look at how things currently stack up:
- Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
- Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
- Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
- Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
- Tom Brady, New England Patriots
- Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
- Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
- Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
- Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
- Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
- Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
- Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
- Eli Manning, New York Giants
- Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
- Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles
- Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams
- Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
- Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
- Matt Schaub, Houston Texans
- Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
- Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
- Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins
- Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans
- Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns
- Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
- Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs
- Terrelle Pryor, Oakland Raiders
- EJ Manuel, Buffalo Bills
- Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings
- Unbelievably it appears like Matt Flynn has once again played himself out of a starting quarterback job. Talk about cashing in on one game, huh? Terrelle Pryor, albeit a risky option, suddenly becomes at least a little bit intriguing (though he’d be more intriguing if he actually had some good receivers to throw the football to).
- EJ Manuel appears primed to be the starting quarterback for the Bills, assuming that he’s healthy. If he’s not, Matt Leinart could step in… Considering some of the other questionable situations around the NFL, Manuel still holds potential value, but he easily could be out for Week 1.
- It could be tough sledding for Ben Roethlisberger without much of a running game keeping defenses honest. While that could mean more opportunities to throw the football, that doesn’t necessarily mean success. Drop him down a few spots on the rankings.
- Jake Locker is starting to gain some late round appeal, especially with Kenny Britt seemingly healthy. He was highly impressive in the third preseason game (11-of-13 for 133 yards and a touchdown) and definitely is a viable option in two-quarterback formats.
- Will Michael Vick stay healthy? Time will tell, but if he does, he has the potential to thrive in the Chip Kelly offense. He gave us a glimpse in the team’s third preseason game, going 15-of-23 for 184 yards, one touchdown and one interception while adding seven rushes for 53 yards. He’s not a starter, given the risk of him playing all 16 games, but he’s become worth targeting in all formats.
Make sure to check out all of our 2013 preseason rankings:
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