Take a look at my top 20 fantasy qb's for the upcoming 2010 season. You may be surprised.
David Garrard is one of those consistent qb's that you can count on for points nearly every game. It doesn't always equate into real team wins, but you can always rely on him as a backup qb and you don't need to sweat if your top qb goes down. Just don't count on him to carry your team.
Cassel had problems avoiding the pass rush last year, but that mainly fell on the shoulders of the offensive line. Cassel has proved that he can put up good numbers, i.e. 2008 Patriots (3,693 yds 21 TD 11 INT,) but not lead a team to the playoffs. Now with Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones handling the running game and Dwayne Bowe 1 year older and hopefully mature, Cassel has a chance to break out his shell and lead a team to the playoffs.
Matthew Stafford was the top draft pick a year ago. He has the potential to live up to the hype this year. I love what the Lions are doing here. They have a top notch receiver in Calvin Johnson and Jhavid Best to handle the ground game. With this balanced attack, expect Stafford to thrive.
Kolb walks into a average situation. The running game is unsure with LeSean McCoy supposedly leading the charge. However, Kolb is given DeSean Jackson to throw to... but he is the only one. If LeSean McCoy can help take the pressure off Kolb, then Kolb will impress because the potential is definitely there. He's put up decent numbers when he got the opportunity to play, so I like Kolb as a solid #2 QB.
Chad Henne has a brand new toy. And it doesn't need molding. Brandon Marshall should make an immediate impact on the Dolphin's passing game and will affect Henne's the most. Assuming Henne doesn't regress, he makes a safe pick in the later rounds as a sleeper.
Big Ben has a knack to get into trouble... with little girls. As a Bengals fan, I hate Ben and I may have under ranked him here, but sometimes the beginning of the season is important for fantasy owners. You can't drop 3 out of 4 games in the beginning and expect to get into the playoffs. It's definitely not impossible but is an uphill climb. He has the talent of a number 1 qb, but don't draft him as that. However, if you do, get some good insurance.
Palmer didn't cease to dissapoint last year. If he had the same weapons as last year, he wouldn't be in the top 20. This year though, he has Antonio Bryant along with Dez Briscoe and Jordan Shipley. There is a good chance that two of those players make an immediate impact on this team. Oh, and you can't forget Mr. Ocho.
I don't think the Benson probable suspension will have much affect on his stock.
Flacco improved in his sophomore season by throwing 700 more yards and 7 more td's. Flacco may be underrated here because he now has Anquan Bodin to throw here, but with it being the Ravens, I want to see it before I believe it.
Not too much to say here. Offense remained pretty much the same except we now have a healthy Michael Turner and more experienced Matt Ryan. I expect him to break out being 25 and in his 3rd year.
Same story here for Eli. Pretty much the same offensive staff with the recievers starting to enter their prime. Eli usually makes the best of his offense and can be drafted as a #1.
Ah, and here we are at number 10. McNabb. After a tumultuous tenure with the Eagles, he gets to start fresh with the Redskins. He gets Santana Moss and a safety outlet in Chris Cooley along with a supportive running game with Clinton Portis leading it. It all looks promising and he should put up great numbers but let's not get ahead of ourselves. After all, this is the Redskins.
Brett is baaaaack! At least I'm planning on it because it's become pretty obvious. Brett at the age of 40 going on 41 will still be very effective and can be drafted to be your number 1. He has his entire cast returning except for Chester Taylor who is replaced by Toby Gerhart.
Look for Cutler to put up some impressive passing numbers across the board. Except for interceptions which he will continue to throw. Other than that is the concern that he will be able to stay healthy. In Mike Martz's system, the QB's tend to get beat up, so I guess only time will tell.
Matt Shaub puts up impressive numbers in all fantasy leagues... when he's on the field. Last year he managed to play the whole season despite missing 5 games in each of the previous 2 seasons, and put up great numbers (4,770 yds 29 td 15 int.) Look for him to be a solid QB yet again this season, especially when he still has Andre Johnson.
Tom Brady is perennially a top fantasy qb, and he still has Moss to throw to. Don't be worried one bit that Brady will dissapoint, because I'll tell you right now that he won't.
Not a big fan of his off-season this year but Romo has too much talent to put lower than 5. Especially with a returning cast and another year of experience.
Peyton Manning always puts up great numbers, but it's time for him to step aside and make room for Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Phillip Rivers. He seems good at the 4 spot with the questionable running game. Manning is another one that will not disappoint.
Big Phil is going to have another great year. He has a new running game manned by Ryan Matthews. Vincent Jackson is a great red zone threat. Look for Rivers to put up a career year.
A lot of people were expecting Rodgers to be at the #1 spot, but I need to wait for him to make a career season before I put him there. Especially with a man like Drew Brees there.
Brees is an easy number one pick and should continue to thrive this year with most weapons back. However, no matter who you take at number 1, whether it be Rodgers here, you can't go wrong.