Field Your Fantasy: Top 10 Fantasy Football Quarterbacks
It's time for some (fantasy) football! The NFL regular season is just around the corner and already fantasy football drafts are underway.
In this article I am going to give my insight on the top 10 quarterbacks to draft in your fantasy football league. These ten players are going to be the best QB's in the NFL and a possible No.1 QB for your fantasy team. I will include my predictions on when the quarterbacks should be taken and how they will fare throughout the season.
I hope you enjoy and find my countdown useful!
No. 10: Brett Favre
The old man is out of retirement (surprising I know) and ready to lead his team into the playoffs once again. Sadly, he will not have anything close to a 33 TD - 7 INT like he had a year ago.
Brett Favre is 40 years old and has a plethera of injuries that are plagueing him. However, he is an iron man having never missed one game he was scheduled to start.
His wide recievers have the injury bug Sidney Rice has a hip problem and will miss half the season and Harvin is struggling with migrains. That leaves Favre with Berrian, newly acquired wideouts Camarillo/Walker, Shiancoe, and Peterson to throw too so his stock is lowered without Rice and Harvin on the field.
Favre with or without his starting wide recievers will still have a good season with 26 plus TD's for around 3,600 yards.
Brett Favre is a low-end No.1 QB that should be targeted between the end of round 8 to round 9.
No. 9: Carson Palmer
As much as I hate to put a Trojan in this list Carson Palmer is deserving. This is the year he has the best chance to equal or surpass his stats in 03' before the knee injury.
In most of my fantasy leagues I am targeting Carson Palmer to be my starting quarterback. He has everything a good QB needs a nice wide recieving core (Ochocinco,Owens,Bryant,Gresham) a great run game, and a solid offensive line.
He had an okay year last year, throwing 24 Total TD's (3 Rushing) and 13 INT's. The best stat of all is his average draft position, on cbssports it's 72.
This year Palmer is going to slip down in most drafts to round 7 or 8, so don't draft him to early. I like Carson Palmer as a low end No.1 QB with major upside and he should be targeted in the end of the 6th-8th round.
No. 8: Joe Flacco
This kid is ready to explode onto the scene as a top QB in the NFL. Joe Flacco is now in his 3rd year; he has the expierence and players around him to be a great fantasy option.
In the offseason Baltimore signed Anquan Boldin to give him a legitiamate No.1 WR and they brought in Donte' Stallworth to add some depth. They also drafted TE Dennis Pitta out of BYU to challenge TE Todd Heap so I expect more production at the tight end position this year for Baltimore.
Flacco has all the tools needed to achieve elite status this year. Unfortunatly he is on a lot of owners radars so you may have to draft him earlier than projected.
I like Joe Flacco as a solid No.1 QB with up side and he should be targeted in round 6.
No. 7: Phillip Rivers
Phillip Rivers is this low on the list because he is more than likely going to be without his No.1 WR Vincent Jackson and his starting left tackle Marcus Mcneil. Since Jackson and Mcneil are holding out River's stats and fantasy appeal will take a hit.
He still has good options to throw to in Antonio Gates and Darren Sproles out of the backfield, but Malcolm Floyd is there only deep threat and he must produce.
Rivers is still going to be one of the most accurate quarterbacks in the NFL and each year he always seems to improve in most statistical areas. A lot of owners are going to be down on him this year, but don't hesitate to nab him up if he's there later in your draft.
Phillip Rivers is a solid option as a No.1 QB and don't be afraid to draft him when all the other "elite" quarterbacks are gone. Take Phillip Rivers in rounds 5 or 6.
No. 6: Tony Romo
He finally did it! Romo won a playoff game last year and if you had him on your fantasy team you probably did too.
I love Tony Romo going into the 2010 Fantasy season; he has a new toy in rookie WR Dez Bryant and two studs in Miles Austin and Jason Witten.
The Cowboys are a balanced team with there three headed monster backfield of Barber, Jones, and Choice so defenses are going to have to choose their poison when playing them.
Romo could have been higher on this list, but I'm not entirely sure if the Cowboys are for real. Tony Romo is a good starting quarterback and if Dez Bryant and Roy Williams play well his stats will sky rocket. Look for Romo at the end of round 4 to round 5.
No. 5: Tom Brady
I'm putting Mr. " I hate the Jets" in the middle of my countdown at number 5. I can't make up my mind on Brady; I'm not sold on him this upcoming season.
Since all signs are pointing towards Logan Mankins sitting out the 2010 season Brady is going to be without his starting pro bowl left guard. The Patriots are a passing team and Logan Mankins was a major contributing factor in keeping defensive linemen off of him.
With all the time he has in the pocket Tom Brady was easily finding his favorite target Wes Welker. Sadly, he may not have those easy fantasy points if Welker remains sidelined with the ACL/MCL tears he suffered last season.
Although Brady has that going against him we can't forget the positives surrounding him. Randy Moss is in a contract year ("straight cash homie") which will keep him motivated to produce, and it's TOM BRADY! This guy is used to proving people wrong he was drafted in the 6th round!
I have been seeing Brady getting drafted in the 2nd round of most drafts. I wouldn't draft him that early because you can get the same or better value out of the next QB on this list at a later round. If Tom Brady is still on the board in the 3rd round take him, otherwise let someone else use a 2nd round pick on him.
No. 4: Matt Schaub
Andre Johnson... Okay next slide!
On a serious note, last season Matt Schaub threw for a league leading 4,770 yards with 29 TD and 15 INT. Schaub put up those numbers with little to no run game and he was without his starting TE Owen Daniels for half the season.
He is tossing the pigskin to the best wide reciever in football along with players like Kevin Walter, Jacoby Jones, and a healthy Owen Daniels to complete the recieving core.
Schaub's stats are only going to improve in the upcoming season. I think he is good for 30 plus touchdowns next season as long as all his recievers remain healthy.
Schaub will be a 1st round talent available as low as the 4th round. Don't be afraid to reach on him because it will pan out in the end.
No. 3: Peyton Manning
Four-time NFL MVP, the most consistant player in the game, and he gets the third spot on my list.
With Peyton Manning you know what your going to get. He'll give you 26+ TD's/9-18 INT's and 4,000 yards. He's never missed a game in his entire career so you are always going to start him at QB besides the bye week (week 7).
Peyton has arguably the best options on offense he's ever had in his career. The Colts are stacked at WR with Wayne, Garcon, Gonzalez, Collie and they have the best TE in the NFL with Dallas Clark. The RB situation in Indy would stink everywhere else, but for Peyton Manning it is perfect. Joesph Addai and Donald Brown are both good blockers as well as pass catchers and can rush for 3-4 yards when needed.
You should draft Peyton Manning at around pick 11 in the first round, he is a star and will contribute big numbers every week to your fantasy team.
No. 2: Drew Brees
Drew Brees is the king of New Orleans, a defending super bowl champion and an unbelievably talented quarterback. Last season Brees threw for 4,338 yards 34 TD's/11 INT's with a passer rating of 109.6.
He is surrounded by quality recievers; players like Marques Colston, Robert Meachem, Jeremy Shockey, and Reggie Bush to pass to. With that kind of talent around him it'll be hard for him not to have a third straight 4,000 yard season.
Brees has been consistant in his last two seasons and with little changes on offense during the offseason he will be a top fantasy quarterback once again.
I would take Drew Brees in the 1st round from pick 9 on.
P.S Drew Brees was honored on the cover of Madden 11, so superstitious owners take that into consideration.
No. 1: Aaron Rodgers
My number one fantasy quarterback and possible number one fantasy scorer overall (again) is Aaron Rodgers.
In 2009, Aaron Rodgers showed the world why the Packers chose him over Brett Favre in 2008. Rodgers was the top fantasy scorer last season having thrown for 4,434 yards, 35 Total TD's (5 Rushing) and only 7 INT's.
He still put up those great numbers despite being sacked an astounding 50 times last season!
In 2010, the sacks on him will go down and the stats will rise up.
Rodgers is a dual threat, he is an excellent passer and he can also run the ball if he is pressured.
In Green Bay they have a solid supporting cast around him. Greg Jennings and Donald Driver on the outside at WR, Jermichael Finley at TE, and a strong RB in Ryan Grant. Also the Packers defense will create turnovers giving Rodgers more snaps to pick apart his opponent.
Aaron Rodgers will be the number 1 fantasy quarterback in the NFL. He will pass for more than 4,100 yards, have more than 34 total TD's, and he will throw fewer than 13 picks next season.
I would take Aaron Rodgers as the first quarterback in your draft at picks 6 or 7 and ride him all the way to your leagues superbowl!