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NFC North Fantasy Showdown: Top QB's

Zac Jones@zrojonesCorrespondent IJune 16, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24:  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings warms up against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints won 31-28 in overtime.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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When my fantasy football draft come around each year, the hardest decision isn't what running backs I want on my team. While, having two quality running backs is still the way to go, picking a great quarterback is just as important.

Look no farther than my 2008 championship team.

After my draft I was sure I had a winning team. Two great running backs, a solid receiving core, and even my backups were good. I figured I had drafted the perfect team. Except one little thing.

That year I drafted Ben Roethlisberger as my quarterback. Aside for the recent legal issues, he is a good quarterback, so I figured his mediocre fantasy numbers would be enough to hold me through. 

After the first two games I was in shock to see that I was 0-2.

So I hit the waiver wire and saw a one-time great, Kurt Warner, putting up pretty good numbers.

Long story short, I never again lost another game. Warner almost doubled Big Ben's touchdowns and threw for over 1,000 more yards. The perfect sleeper, and perfect complement to the rest of my team.

So now that you've heard my story, lets get to the NFC North quarterbacks and hope you don't make the same mistake I made with an early selection. We'll do this in a list, and number one through four on who's the best in the black and blue.

No. 1 Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

If this comes as a surprise to you then I don't know where you have been the last two years. Rodgers, who finally got his chance to start in 2008, has made a nice transition past the Favre days.

All he's done is light up the scoreboard.

Whats even more impressive is his accuracy. He throws the ball with scary good precision, throwing just 20 interceptions in his two years as a starter, with only seven last season.

Averaging 29 touchdowns and 10 interceptions per year, I'd look for more of the same this season. 

Expect Rodgers to be off the board anywhere for the late first to early third round, depending on league sizes. 

I rank him as my number one overall quarterback heading into the 2010 fantasy football season.

No. 2 Brett Favre, Minnesota Vikings

Yes, the man the world loves to hate around this time of the year.

Will he retire? Will he play another season? Who knows? 

Lets skip the big question for a moment, and just say he is going to come back for now. 

Last season, Favre threw for 33 touchdowns, his most since 1997, and even better, threw for a career low seven interceptions. I don't think anyone could have predicted that stat line.

So, seeing how we said Favre is going to come back, I expect him to throw around 25 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. I can't see him having another year like the last, but this guy is always amazing me. Expect Favre to be off the board by the fifth round.

Because, he's going to play next season. Right?

No. 3 Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions

Call me a bit biased, but I fully believe this will be Stafford's breakout season.

With all the recent additions that the Lions made this offseason, Stafford is going to have a lot of new, explosive weapons.

Not to mention an improved line in front of him.

This upcoming season, he won't have to always look at Calvin Johnson as his main target, and therefore, he will be able to spread the ball around more. 

Stafford is my one and only sleeper at the quarterback position so far this offseason. Expect his numbers to be around 25 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.

I wouldn't suggest drafting Stafford as your number one quarterback based on the fact that he's only in his second season, but I think he's a solid choice as your number two.

No. 4 Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears

It was hard for me to put Cutler here at number four. But after watching last season, I'm willing to bet that he throws 20+ interceptions again.

The one positive thing I can say about the Bears offense is that they added Chester Taylor. He gives Cuter a great option out of the backfield.

Still, with a weaker receiving unit than any other team in the NFC North, a new offensive coordinator, and his wild child attitude, I'd stay away from him. 

Expect more of the same from him this season. 27 touchdowns and 24 interceptions is my prediction.

I would take a shot at him as your back up quarterback, as Cutler has shown in the past that he can be a great fantasy play. Yet, he has always been inconsistent and that's why I wouldn't rely on him as the starter this season.

The NFC North Fantasy Showdown is going to be a five part series covering a short, to the point rankings on your favorite NFC North fantasy football players.

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