Fantasy Football Rankings 2013: Underrated QBs Who Will Have Huge Seasons
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The quarterback position is incredibly deep for this fantasy football season, meaning you can find amazing bargains in the later rounds.
However, there will be legitimate starters available to you in the final rounds. The points they put up compared to the points many of the quarterbacks selected in Round 5 or earlier will score won't be much different—if at all.
The urge to land a top signal-caller won't be easy to shove down, but smart fantasy owners realize that building a team for a championship is all about value. Instead of landing Andrew Luck in Round 4, consider drafting another running back—the real money-maker position in fantasy football.
With that in mind, here's a look at my top fantasy quarterbacks for the 2013 season, followed by a closer look at a few undervalued players who will have huge seasons.
|1||Aaron Rodgers||Green Bay Packers|
|2||Drew Brees||New Orleans Saints|
|3||Tom Brady||New England Patriots|
|4||Cam Newton||Carolina Panthers|
|5||Peyton Manning||Denver Broncos|
|6||Matt Ryan||Atlanta Falcons|
|7||Robert Griffin III||Washington Redskins|
|8||Matthew Stafford||Detroit Lions|
|9||Colin Kaepernick||San Francisco 49ers|
|10||Andrew Luck||Indianapolis Colts|
|11||Russell Wilson||Seattle Seahawks|
|12||Tony Romo||Dallas Cowboys|
|13||Carson Palmer||Arizona Cardinals|
|14||Michael Vick||Philadelphia Eagles|
|15||Eli Manning||New York Giants|
|16||Ben Roethlisberger||Pittsburgh Steelers|
|17||Sam Bradford||St. Louis Rams|
|18||Josh Freeman||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|19||Andy Dalton||Cincinnati Bengals|
|20||Jay Cutler||Chicago Bears|
|21||Philip Rivers||San Diego Chargers|
|22||Ryan Tannehill||Miami Dolphins|
|23||Matt Schaub||Houston Texans|
|24||Joe Flacco||Baltimore Ravens|
|25||Brandon Weeden||Cleveland Browns|
Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys (No. 12)
Despite an unflattering 1-7 record in games that actually mean something, Tony Romo is a fantasy football stallion.
Since 2007, he's been one of the NFL's most prolific passers. Here's a quick look at his production, along with a breakdown of his per-game averages:
|YEAR (GAMES)||COMP. %||YARDS||TD||INT|
Receiver Dez Bryant continues to improve, and he looks ready to challenge Calvin "Megatron" Johnson as the NFL's top receiver this season. He, along with Miles Austin, Jason Witten and rookies Gavin Escobar and Terrance Williams, will give Romo an endless supply of big-play opportunities.
Throw in the fact that the Cowboys haven't been able to consistently run the ball in years and you have a recipe for another monster season for Romo, who doesn't get enough respect for the job he does leading this offense.
Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals (No. 13)
The Arizona Cardinals featured one of the most incompetent offenses in the NFL last year, but it should be much improved this season under new head coach and offensive guru Bruce Arians.
Rashard Mendenhall will give the Cardinals a bit of balance in the running game, but Carson Palmer and the aerial attack will be the focus for Arians this season—much like it was with Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts in 2012.
The loss of rookie guard Jonathan Cooper, who broke his leg in the preseason and was placed on the IR, as noted by Mark Dalton of the Cardinals, will be a heavy blow:
Among today's roster moves @AZCardinals place guard Jonathan Cooper on season-ending IR (broken leg)— MarkDalton (@CardsMarkD) August 30, 2013
That said, with Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, Andre Roberts and tight end Rob Housler, Palmer won't have any problem finding open receivers. Arians' vertical passing attack suits his skill set to perfection, which will make the Cardinals a dangerous team from week to week.
If you're still having doubts about Palmer's ability to put up big numbers with the Cardinals this year, consider this: Last season he passed for over 4,000 yards and threw for 22 touchdowns with the Oakland Raiders.
Which underrated QB will have the biggest season?
Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams (No. 17)
NFL fans around the country have been quick to write off Sam Bradford as a bust after his first few rocky seasons. Since being drafted No. 1 overall in 2010, he's posted a record of 15-26-1 and hasn't put up impressive numbers.
Don't write off Bradford just yet, however.
He's better than his record and stats indicate. During his first three seasons, Bradford hasn't been properly protected up front and has been playing with a talent-starved group of receivers and tight ends.
But this season, Bradford has solid protection up front, thanks to the free-agent addition of left tackle Jake Long, and finally has a receiving corps worthy of his talents.
Rookie receiver Tavon Austin will be a dynamo in PPR leagues, and you can be sure he'll see plenty of balls coming his way this season in the middle of the field. Free-agent tight end Jared Cook is also going to have a big season, and receiver Chris Givens is a proven deep-threat receiver.
Bradford will finally show why he was drafted No. 1 overall with his best season as a pro.
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