Top 25 Fantasy Football Quarterbacks For 2010

Eric StashinSenior Writer IJune 18, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers throws a pass during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game against  the Arizona Cardinals at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals defeated the Packers  51-45 in overtime.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Peyton Manning not a top-two option? Tom Brady outside the top five? The landscape of NFL quarterbacks is certainly changing. Let’s take a look at my rankings for the 2010 season:

  1. Aaron Rodgers - Green Bay Packers
  2. Drew Brees - New Orleans Saints
  3. Peyton Manning - Indianapolis Colts
  4. Matt Schaub - Houston Texans
  5. Philip Rivers - San Diego Chargers
  6. Tom Brady - New England Patriots
  7. Tony Romo - Dallas Cowboys
  8. Brett Favre - Minnesota Vikings
  9. Joe Flacco - Baltimore Ravens
  10. Eli Manning - New York Giants
  11. Donovan McNabb - Washington Redskins
  12. Jay Cutler - Chicago Bears
  13. Matt Ryan - Atlanta Falcons
  14. Kevin Kolb - Philadelphia Eagles
  15. Carson Palmer - Cincinnati Bengals
  16. Vince Young - Tennessee Titans
  17. Matthew Stafford - Detroit Lions
  18. Matt Leinart - Arizona Cardinals
  19. Chad Henne - Miami Dolphins
  20. Mark Sanchez - New York Jets
  21. Ben Roethlisberger - Pittsburgh Steelers
  22. Alex Smith - San Francisco 49ers
  23. Matt Cassel - Kansas City Chiefs
  24. David Garrard - Jacksonville Jaguars
  25. Jason Campbell - Oakland Raiders


  • Aaron Rodgers has huge numbers with the arm, but don’t overlook the yards he picks up on the ground as well. Over the past two years he’s rushed for nine TD, helping to push him above the rest of the field.
  • Has Peyton Manning really fallen to the third-best quarterback in the league? It’s hard to imagine, but “settling” for him doesn’t seem like such a bad thing.
  • Matt Schaub and Andre Johnson form one of, if not the most, lethal QB-WR tandem in the league. I know some people may be concerned about his health, but he played in all 16 games in 2009 and blew away the field in yards (4,770 vs. Peyton Manning’s 4,500). It’s impossible to overlook that success.
  • We still have not “officially” heard that Brett Favre is coming back, but who is he kidding? Even at 40 years old, he’s one of the top options on draft day.
  • I don’t care if Kevin Kolb does have the better receiving corps; he’s unproven and I just can’t rank him ahead of Donovan McNabb. McNabb is going to have a big chip on his shoulder and will go out there with something to prove. Considering he will get to square off with Philadelphia twice during the season, look for some big outings.
  • Matt Ryan struggled last season, but he’ll have a full year of Tony Gonzalez as well as Roddy White, who has the potential to take the next step forward in his development. It could be a big year for Ryan.
  • Adding Brandon Marshall is going to do wonders for the performance of Chad Henne, don’t you think? I discussed this new duo recently, and you can click here for the full article.
  • The fact that Ben Roethlisberger is going to miss the first six weeks of the season causes his value to plummet.  He’s worth stashing away, and is a solid late round pick in two-quarterback leagues, but that’s about it.

What are your thoughts on these rankings? Who is ranked too high? Who is ranked too low?

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