Every year most leagues start from scratch, and they hold an original draft or a redraft. These are generally serpentine, or auction drafts. You play only for the season in front of you, so all that matters is how well a player will do THIS season. This is generally the mindset you want to take in most leagues, but with a redraft league there is no worrying about the future, there is only the now!
While running backs have been the fantasy mainstay in football leagues year after year, one cannot dismiss the fact that your quarterback will almost always bee your No. 1 fantasy point producer.
With that in mind let’s take a look at the current rankings based on a combination of prior performance combined with anticipated performance in 2010. As teams make personnel changes and implement new offensive schemes (or Favre retires yet again), these rankings will change over the next several months. However, the top tier of guys is not likely to alter much, if at all.
I would feel comfortable heading into the season with any of the top dozen guys leading my team, but the first tier ends with Tony Romo.
|1||Aaron Rodgers||GBP||26||Five years younger than Brees, and he runs too|
|2||Drew Brees||NOS||31||No reason he shouldn’t be in the top two again on ‘10|
|3||Peyton Manning||IND||33||Expect a slight drop off from ‘09|
|4||Tom Brady||NEP||32||Expect a slight improvement in ‘10, or more…|
|5||Philip Rivers||SDG||28||He could end 2010 in the top three|
|6||Matt Schaub||HOU||28||No running game, no Owen Daniels, no problem|
|7||Tony Romo||DAL||29||Better than Brady and Rivers last season|
|8||Ben Roethlisberger||PIT||28||Big Ben throwing the ball, and eluding tackles|
|9||Eli Manning||NYG||29||Not flashy, but good young receivers mean points|
|10||Brett Favre||MIN||40||Will he or won’t he? One great year left if he plays|
|11||Matt Ryan||ATL||24||Rough sophomore year, but should rebound|
|12||Joe Flacco||BAL||25||Needs weapons, but has the cannon|
|13||Donovan McNabb||PHI||34||Not a 4000 yard thrower, but still a solid option|
|14||Jay Cutler||CHI||26||A rebound season is in store with right team moves|
|15||Carson Palmer||CIN||30||He has to be better than last year…right?|
|16||Matt Hasselbeck||SEA||34||If only he could stay healthy…dream a little dream|
|17||Alex Smith||SFO||25||Averaged two TDs a game as starter. Sleeper/keeper|
|18||Matt Cassell||KCC||27||Expect a better & healthier season in 2010|
|19||Matthew Stafford||DET||22||If he can stay healthy, he can do big things in ‘10|
|20||Matt Lienhert||ARI||26||He has the tools, he has the skills, can they collide?|
|21||Matt Moore||CAR||25||High upside, Steve Smith, nice sleeper QB|
|22||Jason Campbell||WAS||28||Better things to come under Shanahan, if he stays|
|23||Kyle Orton||DEN||27||If he loses Brandon Marshall… Ouch|
|24||David Garrard||JAX||32||If he isn’t pushed out he’s a decent No. 2 QB option|
|25||Mark Sanchez||NYJ||23||Very raw, INT prone, on a run first team|
|26||Chad Henne||MIA||24||More poise than Sanchez, but fewer tools|
|27||Josh Freeman||TBB||22||If he keeps the job he could surprise on a bad team|
|28||Vince Young||TEN||26||He’ll need more than 156 passing yards per game|
|29||Brady Quinn||CLE||25||Somewhere over the Cuyahoga promise lives…|
|30||Trent Edwards||BUF||26||Let’s see what Chan Gailey does with him|
|31||Marc Bulger||STL||32||Will likely be gone by training camp|
|32||JaMarcus Russell||OAK||5||There is no team in I, says Russell, and the fans cry|
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