Finding a ranking system that suits their franchise’s current position as either a contender or a builder is one of the challenges any owner in a dynasty league has.
Fantasy football players who excel in dynasty leagues have a commitment to building excellence. That requires much more than a simple set of rankings in a “one size fits all” category.
With that in mind, here are our top 15 quarterbacks presented in two distinctly different categories.
Competing Team = Use these if you have a team competing to win a title in the next two-three years.
Rebuilding Team = Use these if you have a team rebuilding and not in contention in the near future.
COMPETING TEAM RANKINGS
1. Aaron Rodgers, GB
Rodgers followed up a solid 2008 with 4,434 passing yards, 30 touchdowns, and just seven interceptions in 2009. When you add an additional 316 yards and five rushing touchdowns from Rodgers, you had the No. 1 quarterback in fantasy football last year.
He should have similar stats in comparison to Brees, Manning, or Brady. I’d take the youth, even on a competing team.
2. Drew Brees, NO
He still has more than a few elite seasons left in him as the spearhead to a dynamic offense. His owners will take a repeat of 4,388 yards and 34 TDs any year.
3. Peyton Manning, IND
Hard to argue the consistency here. Last season marked his third straight season with at least 4,000 passing yards and 13th in a row with at least 26 touchdown passes.
4. Phillip Rivers, SD
After an amazing season that featured 4,254 passing yards, and 28 touchdowns against just nine interceptions, Rivers erased any doubt that he’s a top-five quarterback in dynasty leagues.
5. Tom Brady, NE
After missing virtually all of 2008, Brady returned to play all sixteen games and post a line of 4,398 passing yards, 28 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions in 2009. While that’s nowhere near his 50-touchdown bonanza from 2007, it’s still a fantastic season for a quarterback. At age 32, he’s played more seasons than he has left, but he remains one of the few elite signal callers in fantasy football.
6. Tony Romo, DAL
Tony Romo’s here to stay. He finished last season with 4,483 passing yards, 27 TDs, and just nine INTs. There’s really no question about his long-term value in dynasty circles. He’s a top signal caller, just under the top tier of Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers.
7. Matt Schaub, HOU
Schaub finished his first full season as the Texans starter posting 4,770 yards, 29 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions while completing nearly 70 percent of his passes. It certainly helps to have Andre Johnson, but Schaub is for real. His quarterback rating of 98.6 from last year reflects his accuracy and sound decision-making ability.
8. Matt Ryan, ATL
He experienced a little bit of a stepback last year after his completion percentage and yards were down, while his INTs were up. However, it’s obvious he possesses the “it” factor and much of his troubles can be attributed to being forced into some tough game situations and losing his best offensive weapon in Turner. This should be the season where Ryan transcends to “elite” QB status in Dynasty leagues.
9. Eli Manning, NYG
He may be the most underrated fantasy quarterback in dynasty leagues around the country. Manning is finding himself being drafted outside the top 10 quarterbacks in most start-up dynasty drafts, despite coming off a season that featured 4,021 passing yards, and 27 touchdowns.
10. Brett Favre, MIN
He’s truly in a category by himself. He’s not in his prime, that’s for sure. However, his incredible season that featured 4,202 yards, 33 touchdown passes, and just seven interceptions show there’s still some gas in that tank of his. His value is the same as it has been for the past six years. He’s a veteran player who can win you a fantasy football championship in any given year, then walk away forever.
11. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT (keep in mind the rebuilding rankings are for teams in contention for the next 2-3 years, not just 2010).
12. Jay Cutler, CHI
13. Carson Palmer, CIN
14. Joe Flacco, BAL
15. Donovan McNabb, WAS
REBUILDING TEAM RANKINGS
1. Aaron Rodgers, GB
2. Phillip Rivers, SD
3. Drew Brees, NO
4. Peyton Manning, IND
5. Tony Romo, DAL
6. Matt Schaub, HOU
7. Matt Ryan, ATL
8. Tom Brady, NE
9. Jay Cutler, CHI
10. Eli Manning, NYG
11. Ben Roethlisberger, PIT
12. Joe Flacco, BAL
13. Matt Stafford, DET
14. Mark Sanchez, NYJ
15. Kevin Kolb, PHI
For further explanation on the difference between the two sets of rankings, click here.
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