Its Friday and most of you Fantasy Football team owners are busy scratching your heads, desperate to slot in the best possible combination of players in order to guide your team to victory this week.
The running back is normally considered the most valuable position in fantasy football. They run the ball, catch the ball, and usually accumulate the most touchdowns, therefore giving them the most points.
But, what people don't seem to know is that with a consistent, top of the line quarterback, your team can win weeks solely on his shoulders. The QB is becoming a more coveted position lately, and here are the top 10 field generals to start this week in your fantasy leagues.
Mark Sanchez is maturing right in front of our eyes, and I will say, its been fun to watch.
He had a tough go against the Ravens in Week 1, but then again, who doesn't? Over the past two weeks, he has really shown his stuff, throwing six touchdowns and no interceptions, a far cry from his 12 touchdowns and 20 interception totals from last year.
The Jets go to Buffalo where they will face a solid secondary, but the Bills are a struggling football team, and the Jets are hungry after beating down the Patriots and handling the Dolphins. Braylon Edwards and Dustin Keller are starting to mesh with Sanchez, and with LT running like he is, it should make things a lot easier for Mr. Sanchez.
I am not going to call him "The Sanchise" yet, but he is earning some respect out there. Look for Sanchez to have numbers somewhere around 220 yards and two touchdowns, making him a solid option for this week.
In the loss to the Jets last week, Henne played a very good game against a great defense, throwing for 363 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Henne and Brandon Marshall connected 10 times for 166 yards and a score, making the potent Jets secondary look like a high school team out there.
Henne is another guy who is maturing fast, and with Marshall starting to get his feet under him in his new home, it bodes well for Henne's fantasy owners.
Chad will face the a struggling New England defense that surrendered 30 points and 247 yards passing to the Ryan Fitzpatrick and the lowly Bills. The Patriots secondary has struggled mightily and this weekend, Henne will take advantage of that.
I personally think Henne is a smart start this week, even if you have a quarterback better than him. He is playing well, starting to mesh with his receivers, and has a favorable matchup at home.
I'm not a big fan of Jay Cutler. He comes off as a very arrogant and cocky player who gets easily frustrated with his teammates and makes very questionable decisions.
This year has been different, though.
Cutler looks more mature than ever and he has been fitting the ball into tight spaces and has limited the turnovers immensely. He has six touchdowns to only two interceptions and has averaged 290 yards per game through the air. He can move around in the pocket and has exhibited good down field vision.
This week, Chicago travels to New York to face the Big Blue. The Giants secondary is solid, but Mike Martz loves to throw. This makes Cutler a smart pick to start any week.
He's only at number eight on the list because I think his numbers will be down from the first three weeks, but stats somewhere along the line of 250 yards, two touchdowns, and an interception are numbers I would take any week in fantasy.
I had to get bold and pick Eli here. Although his receivers have struggled with some dropped balls, which have lead to four of his six interceptions, I love the matchup at home against the Bears.
Coughlin probably ripped them apart this week after that embarrassment against Tennessee, and I think that Eli, Nicks, and Steve Smith will get into a rhythm leading to some big numbers the younger Manning. Chicago also has a pretty weak secondary, making it easy for Eli to pick apart the defense and put up some big numbers.
Even in that debacle of a game last week, Eli threw for 386 yards and really distributed the ball evenly amongst his weapons. He has been very good this year, even though his stats may disguise that fact.
Look for another big game for Manning, with numbers around 300 yards and two touchdowns, making him a solid start for this week in any fantasy format.
Matt Schaub puts up big numbers, but this week he is lower on the list than normally would be. Going into Oakland against a tough secondary will be a daunting task, but when you have Andre Johnson, Kevin Walter, Jacoby Jones, and Owen Daniels, it makes life a little bit easier.
Schaub has thrown for 845 yards through three games and completed almost 70 percent of his passes. With those kind of numbers, I think its the Oakland secondary that should be worried.
If there's one thing the Texans know how to do, its throw the ball. Matt Schaub led the league in passing last year and is a smart start in fantasy in all formats and every week.
Philip Rivers has impressed a lot of people this year, despite his team starting off the season 1-2. He is leading the league in passing without his favorite target and safety net, Vincent Jackson.
He has a very favorable matchup at home against the Arizona Cardinals. The Cards have a below average pass defense and Rivers has been letting it loose this year. With Ryan Mathews coming back from injury this week, it could take some pressure off of Rivers too, which will help his cause, but it could also mean less throws and subsequently, less points.
Nonetheless, Rivers is a stud and he will put up monster numbers this week. He comes in at number five, but don't be surprised if he has the best week of any quarterback.
At number four, you could say doing Drew dirty putting him this low, but Carolina's secondary—for how porous it is—has been very opportune picking off passes. Drew threw two last week in the loss to Atlanta, and seemed to struggle at times.
I think he will have a bounce back week and put up numbers in the 300 yard, three touchdown range. Chris Gamble has lost a step and Carolina is a team in shambles.
The Panthers pass rush is also as close to non existent as possible, so Breezy can sit there, have a sandwich, call his mother, and schedule a doctor's appointment before throwing a long touchdown to Colston or Dev Henderson.
Three words. Start. Drew. Brees.
The Michael Vick Experience is back and in full form. This week, the Eagles get a visit from their former poster child, Donovan McNabb, as the Washington Redskins come to town for a divisional matchup.
Vick has been nothing short of spectacular this year, showing off his new found pocket presence, while using his legs to move around and make the big throws we so dearly missed when he was in Atlanta.
This is a new Michael Vick—a better one. A guy who doesn't think run first, but complements his tremendous throwing arm with his feet, escaping pass rushers and getting the ball down field.
The Redskins pass defense has been pretty terrible this year, and I think that after last week's great performance, Mike will do it again. He will throw for around 250 yards and two touchdowns, while running for 60 and a score.
Fantasy owners who drafted him late—like myself—or picked him up in free agency can all smile, knowing Mike Vick is in top form, and is here to stay.
Coming in at two on my list, Aaron Rodgers has been a delight for fantasy owners. With a very favorable matchup at home against the 0-3 Detroit Lions, we could seem some unfathomable numbers this week.
Rodgers has turned himself into an elite quarterback, and with Ryan Grant out for the season, its all on his shoulders. Weapons like Donald Driver, Jermichael Finley, Greg Jennings, and James Jones make it easy to pick apart any defense, let alone the Lions'.
Detroit's pass defense is currently ranked 26th, and with Rodgers completing over 68 percent of his passes and averaging 250 yards per game, Jim Schwartz better call air traffic control to regulate the balls flying everywhere.
I would not be surprised if we saw a performance along the lines of 350 yards and four touchdowns.
Number one on the list is no surprise. In fact, I don't think anyone from number five and on was a surprise, as most of the elite quarterbacks had very good matchups this week.
Peyton Manning is the best, hands down. Anything a defense throws at him, he has the answer. If you are lucky enough to intercept him, be sure that he will come back next drive with a quick touchdown strike.
This week, the Colts travel to Jacksonville. We all know what Michael Vick did in Jacksonville last week. Now, just imagine what Peyton is going to do. With Reggie Wayne, Austin Collie, Dallas Clark, and Pierre Garcon, the weapons are endless. And with the way Jacksonville looks against the pass—ranked 29th in the NFL—Manning will have a field day.
The best quarterback in the league will have the best fantasy week. 400 yards and four touchdowns, en rout to a very, VERY big victory.
Look for some fantasy rankings every week, and good luck in your matchups. If you follow what I told you, you can't go wrong!
Phil Lombardo is a Bleacher Report writing intern and a senior journalism/mass communications major at St. Bonaventure University.
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