Fantasy Football Guide: Quarterbacks

Bobby HoltContributor IJune 11, 2009

Throughout the next few weeks, I will be breaking down each position and giving out my guide to help you win your fantasy league. This time, we start with quarterbacks.

1.  Drew Brees, New Orleans

It is no secret that the Saints love to throw the football, with weapons like Reggie Bush, Marques Colston and the emergence of Lance Moore, who wouldn’t.

Drew Brees will continue to put up big numbers throughout the season.  Which makes him the number one quarterback on the list.

2.  Tom Brady, New England

Tom Brady could be the best quarterback in all of the National Football League.  He is surrounded by Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Lawrence Maroney and with the editions of Joey Galloway and Fred Taylor, he will only get better.

One thing to keep an eye on is his ability to bounce back from the torn ACL he suffered last season.  If he is able to play at anywhere near 100%,  he will put up big numbers.

3.  Peyton ManningIndianapolis

It’s Peyton Manning, he is always one of the top quarterbacks at the end of the season and that warrants him the number three spot on the list.

Reggie Wayne could be one of the best wide receivers in the game, which gives Manning an excellent target to throw to.  Combined with Anthony Gonzalez and Dallas Clark, he will have plenty of weapons to help him get the job done.

4.  Kurt Warner, Arizona

There are two reasons that Kurt Warner will have a great season, Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin.  The Cardinals have the best wide receiver duo in football.

As long as Warner cuts down on turnovers, look for him to be a solid option that could be had at a reasonable price.

5.  Tony Romo, Dallas

Going into the 2009 season, Dallas have many question marks surrounding the wide receiver position.  With the loss of Terrell Owens, Romo is lacking a reliable target to throw the ball to.  Of course, Jason Witten, who is one of the best tight ends in the NFL, is one option.  However, the deciding factor to Romo’s success will rely on Miles Austin and Patrick Crayton.  If they are unable to step up, it could be a long season for Romo and the ‘Boys.

6.  Philip Rivers, San Diego

Last season, Rivers threw for over 4,000 yards and over 30 touchdowns.  All of which came without a consistent running game.  If LT bounces back, look for Rivers to have more chances to spread the field with defensives stacking the box.

With Antonio Gates, LT, Chris Chambers and Vincent Jackson, look for Rivers to continue his production into next season.

7.  Donovan McNabbPhiladelphia

Even without a solid set of wide receivers,  McNabb has always managed to put up points.  Last season he just missed the 4,000 yard mark by 84 yards.  His 23 touchdowns to 11 interceptions is not the best ratio at 2:1 but, with the lack of talent around him, he certainly made it work.

If DeSean Jackson matures, he could give McNabb the deep threat he needs.  Jackson and Kevin Curtis, combined with one of the best pass catching running backs in Brian Westbrook, give the Eagles a solid offense that will give McNabb a chance to put up big numbers.

8.  Jay Cutler, Chicago

Cutler has one of the best arms in all of football, but he now finds himself in Chicago without his safety blanket in Brandon Marshall.  He lost Marshall, but he did gain a very solid running back in Matt Forte and a great defense backing him up.

Since Cutler was traded to the Bears in the off-season, his value dropped.  His best wide receiver is now Devin Hester, who has the speed, but has not quite made the full transition from defensive back.  This season will prove how good of a QB Cutler really is.

9.  Matt Ryan, Atlanta

Matt Ryan is coming off an impressive rookie campaign and looks to repeat his solid numbers.  He has arguably the best running back in football, in Michael “Burner” Turner behind him.  However, Turner is both a blessing and a curse.  He takes away an annoying amount of touchdowns from Ryan when the ball is within the ten yard line.  But, he is able to set up the play action extremely well and opens the defensive up very well.

On the heel’s of Roddy White’s Pro Bowl season,  the Falcon’s added another Pro Bowler to their roster.  Tony Gonzalez, a sure Hall of Famer, joins Atlanta’s already potent offense.  If Ryan can avoid the sophomore slump, he will have an outstanding season.

Best of the rest:

10.  Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay

11.  Carson Palmer, Cincinnati

12.  Matt Schaub, Houston

13.  Eli Manning, New York Giants

14.  Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh

15.  Trent Edwards, Buffalo

16.  Matt Cassel, Kansas City

17.  Chad Pennington, Miami

18. Joe Flacco, Baltimore

19.  Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle

20.  Jason Campbell, Washington

21.  Jake Delhomme, Carolina

22.  Marc Bulger, St. Louis

23.  Mark Sanchez, New York Jets

24.  David Garrard, Jacksonville

25.  Sage Rosenfels, Minnesota

26.  Kyle Orton, Denver

27.  Kerry Collins, Tennessee

28.  Shaun Hill, San Francisco

29.  Brady Quinn, Cleveland

30.  JaMarcus Russell, Oakland

31.  Matt Stafford, Detroit

32.  Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay

Up next: Running Back Edition

Special thanks to Steve Gosman for getting past his love of Matt Ryan and helping me make an acceptable list.

-Bobby Holt


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