2008 NFL Season: Top 15 Fantasy QBs

gregory caldarellaAnalyst IAugust 5, 2008

1) Tom Brady

Not much needs to be said aside from the fact that Brady broke the single-season record for TD passes. The Pats' offense revolves around Brady, and that will continue to be the case this year, despite people predicting the Pats will implement a more balanced offensive attack after last year's pass party.

With Moss as a deep field threat and Welker operating out of the slot, Brady will enjoy another ridiculous season, probably just not of the record breaking variety.


2) Peyton Manning

Manning is the definition of consistency. You know exactly what you are getting from Peyton: 30 TDs and 4,000-plus passing yards. He also doesn't get hurt; he's the modern day iron man. He runs the Colts' offense and he knows what to call in any kind of situation.

Joseph Addai still keeps defenses honest and his offensive line protects him pretty damn well. Not much else needs to be said as Brady and Peyton are the consensus No. 1 and No. 2 quarterbacks.


3) Carson Palmer

Palmer had somewhat of a down year last year but even his sub-par year would be a career year for most others. Palmer is just too talented to not bounce back.

His INT numbers were way too high last year, as he tallied 20 picks. That is an unusually high number for the former No. 1 pick. He still has Chad and Housh at his disposal, and you don't get much better WR help than that.

With the Bengals' defense still miserable, the offense will have to play catch up in plenty of games, which will lead to Palmer airing it out more often than not.


4) Drew Brees

Another player who experienced an increase in INT numbers last season. Brees got off to a horrific start (1 TD, 9 INT through the first four weeks) but started to catch fire down the stretch. Without that stumble out of the gate Brees would have had a fine season.

The Saints have added Shockey to his arsenal and now he has more than just Colston as a viable receiving threat. The Saints look to return to the playoffs and Brees will get them there, and could lead your fantasy team there as well.

Brees will have a very rock solid season for sure.


5) Tony Romo

Romo really had a monster year last season in Big D as the Dallas offense was one of the most explosive in the league. Romo was quite the maestro in conducting the Dallas aerial attack and he should have similar success this year.

I still don't view him as a truly elite quarterback yet. He falters big time on the big stage, but lucky for you he won't be playing any playoff games while on your team.


6) Ben Roethlisberger

Most would not have guessed that Big Ben would hurl 32 TD passes, especially since he was coming off a disappointing season where he threw more picks (23) than TDs (18).

The Steelers finally got away from their smash-mouth style of play and let Big Ben air it out. New Coach Mike Tomlin clearly has more faith in Ben's decision making than Cowher ever did and you should have faith that he will continue to produce such gaudy numbers.

The emergence of Santonio Holmes gave him another threat opposite solid vet Hines Ward. Rookie wideout Limas Sweed should also prove to benefit Big Ben this year, giving him even more weapons to work with.


7) Donovan McNabb

D-Nabb had a solid season this past year but still did not return to the old Donovan form. He is now two years removed from knee surgery and should see an increase in production this year.

He is by no means washed up and is still capable of big numbers through the air. He is smart with the ball as he only served up seven INTs last year, so you don't have to worry about taking a huge hit with bad decision making.

The Eagles are primed for a bounce-back year and the same holds true for their QB. But can somebody please give McNabb a solid No. 1? (T.O. doesn't count). Westbrook should not be consistently leading the team in receptions from the RB position.


8) David Garrard

Speaking of good decision makers, Garrard is the best of the bunch. He really manages the game well and understands the importance of protecting the ball.

He won't blow you away with his stats most games but he's as steady as they come. He has the chance to improve on his passing outputs, as he has proven to have a rocket arm. The Jags say they want to open up the passing game more this year and that can only mean bigger days for Garrard.


9) Derek Anderson

Talk about bursting onto the scene. Anderson always showed an adequate skill set for a QB, but no one would have ever predicted such a successful year.

The Browns are probably kicking themselves for drafting Brady Quinn and you will be kicking yourself if you draft Anderson too highly this draft. I like his game and see him as a Marc Bulger type player but don't overvalue him.

If he is still on the board after these other QBs are gone, then by all means take him, but let's see him do it another year first before we get all crazy about this guy.

However, I am not saying he can't enjoy the same kind of season as last year's because the Browns offense is very talented and Braylon Edwards and Kellen Winslow are beasts.


10) Eli Manning

Manning is probably the most debated player in fantasy drafts this year. Fresh in the mind of many viewers is his great performance during the playoffs. He evolved right in front of the whole sports world's eyes on the biggest of stages but that shouldn't overshadow the fact that he had yet another mediocre regular season.

Eli just can't stay consistent during the year, but you've got to figure that his confidence is sky-high after the Super Bowl and hope his erratic past is behind him.

I see him truly maturing this year and taking that next big step forward. He has all the offensive tools in place and plays behind a very underrated O-Line. Eli is for real and you better believe it.


11) Matt Hasselbeck

When Shaun Alexander went down, Hasselbeck put the Seahawks offense on his back. He carried the team to the playoffs with no real running attack. He looked as good as he's ever been in his career, but this year he won't be duplicating his nice stats.

It won't because of him, but rather because of the lack of receiving options. He lost DJ Hackett, who signed with Carolina, and Deion Branch has been a big bust since being acquired a few years ago.

Bobby Engram is his best option out of the slot and he is getting very old and Nate Burleson has served primarily as a return man the last couple of years. A lack of firepower will be the downfall for Hasselbeck, but he still could prevail if he is as good as I think he is.

Buyers just better beware of the thin WR core he has to work with.


12) Marc Bulger

2007 was a year to forget for Bulger and the Rams. He had an injury-plagued season and probably rushed his return to the lineup. His O-Line was one of the worst in recent memory and no Steven Jackson certainly didn't help things.

With a healthier Jackson and O-Line, Bulger will have a year in which he returns to fantasy football prominence. He is still a solid passer on an above-average offense and he should be a nice buy-low option this coming draft. If you are lucky enough to have him fall to you late then you will probably enjoy one of the better bargains this year's draft has to offer.


13) Jay Cutler

Unlike others, I'm quite not sold on Cutler being a superstar just yet, but I do feel that he will progress from last year. If he can knock off the mental blunders and replace some of them with smart decisions he will have a far better year.

The Broncos looked to the air more last year and Brandon Marshall's rise played a huge role in Cutler's success. Marshall is only suspended for the first two games of the regular season, so don't worry over that too much. The Marshall-Cutler connection should be back and better than ever this coming season.


14) Matt Schaub

Schaub was a true breakout candidate last year but was robbed of a chance to prove his talents thanks to the injury bug.

He and Andre Johnson showed a great rapport early on and both went down with injuries after the first few weeks. Schaub still has a good arm and Johnson is emerging as one of the more dominating targets in the league. As long as he stays healthy Schaub will have his breakout season in '08.


15) Jason Campbell

Campbell was another breakout candidate going into the '07 season, but he flopped right on his face until an injury sidelined him for the remainder of the year.

The departure of Joe Gibbs might benefit the young QB the most. The Redskins' offense was conservative at best and Jim Zorn brings in a West Coast style of offense, one similar to the system in which Campbell thrived in at Auburn.

The Skins added two young WRs this draft but it remains to be seen if Malcolm Kelly or Devin Thomas will be effective as rookies. This seems to be a make or break year for Campbell and the front office will be watching closely as they evaluate whether or not he is the QB of the future.


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