King of the Hill: Who's the No. 1 QB in the 2010 NFL Fantasy Football Season?

Ray TannockSenior Analyst IJune 10, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers drops back to pass during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game against  the Arizona Cardinals at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals defeated the Packers  51-45 in overtime.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Remember long, long ago when we would all toil over who was going to be our starting QB selection?

In the not too far past, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady ruled supreme with every other option in fantasy football being ancillary at best.

Well, meet the new boss(es).

This year’s QB position is probably one of the deeper in recent memories, but the names are starting to change a bit. Brett Favre is back among the elite, Philip Rivers can’t be ignored anymore, and if Tony Romo builds on last year, that’s just another name to add to the mix.

But the two biggest QBs right now aren’t the perennial household gunslingers we’ve been used to all these years.

One was awarded a Super Bowl, while the other was king of all fantasy QBs all year long: Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers.

But amidst the two leviathans of fantasy, the question remains the same: Who do I pick?

In 2009, Rodgers led all quarterbacks in fantasy points, even beating out the almighty Brees by 40-plus points. He led in all fantasy points (scores included) for QBs, and despite being sacked more times than one could imagine, he still threw for 4,434 yards and 30 TDs (his second straight year of passing for over 4,000 yards as a starter) while only throwing seven INTs.

Rodgers is riding a 63.9 percent completion rate, which is right up there with “you know who,” and to reiterate, the success that came last year was synonymous with a sack percentage of 8.5...almost unbelievable.

But then again, there’s Drew Brees.

Brees is a QB who AVERAGES 4,575 yards and 30.5 TDs a season. Brees is a guy who has been a fantasy leader at QB for almost five straight years. Brees is a gunslinger who will enjoy 11 home games this year—indoors, might I add.

Brees has always been a workhorse with the pigskin since his days at Purdue, he has always been an accurate passer throughout his pro career (64.8 percent to be exact), and his sack percentage is a comfortable 3.7 percent lifetime.

So, who exactly is the No. 1 QB in all of fantasy?

Drew Brees has Marques Colston, who was a driving force all year long, Robert Meachem, who was a bit disappointing but came through when needed, and Jeremy Shockey, who is a goal-line threat no matter what.

Aaron Rodgers has Donald Driver, the longtime backbone to the WR corps, who just underwent surgery on both of his knees, Greg Jennings, who is as polished as a receiver as anyone in the NFL right now, and Jermichael Finley, who is an incredible threat over the middle and a rising superstar.

The Saints have a suspect running game that hosts a feeble Reggie Bush and a breakout player waiting to happen in Pierre Thomas

The Packers have Ryan Grant, who had a career year in 2009, and a subpar backup in Brandon Jackson, who is best suited for blocking.

The Saints were ranked 25th in defense and first in offense in 2009; the Packers were ranked second in defense and sixth in offense in 2009.

It almost seems a moot point, doesn’t it? Well, that’s because it is.

No matter who you target, you are getting the best of the best that is out there in 2010, but it’s your surrounding team and supporting cast that will ultimately wind up being the deciding factor.

You’ll still get 4,000-plus yards and at least 30 TDs from the two of them (although Brees is more prone to INTs), but without a solid team around these fine young lads, there really isn’t any reason to have this debate, aside from the fun of it.

So go ahead, pick Brees if you want, or pick Rodgers, because either way you’re gonna wind up with the two top QBs in football right now, which is a win-win situation.

But if you want my personal opinion...go with Aaron Rodgers. ;)

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