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Friday, July 19, 2013

Fantasy Football: Quarterback Rankings

By: Steve Zoladek
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1. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Projection: 1st-2nd Round

Brees has been dominating the league ever since he arrived in New Orleans, teaming up with the equally brilliant Sean Payton.  After a year apart due to the Bountygate scandal, Brees and Payton will be together again, and Brees will be looking for his fourth 5,000 yard season.  Brees does throw a ton of interceptions, but his amount of TDs more than makes up for it.  Brees throws to the best tight end in football, Jimmy Graham (Sorry Gronk, I like my tight ends to play the whole season), and best receiving back in the league, Darren Sproles.  He returns almost his entire repertoire of weapons, save for Devery Henderson, who can be easily replaced.  With Sean Payton's offensive playcalling and Brees' throwing ability, I expect him to lead the NFL in fantasy points.

2. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Projection: 1st-2nd Round

Aaron Rodgers have been perhaps the most efficient QB in the NFL these past two seasons.  He's completed about 67.7 percent of his passes and has thrown only 14 interceptions combined.  That's five less than Tony Romo threw last season and in twice the number of games.  Last season, the emergence of Randall Cobb gave Rodgers even more weapons and made Greg Jennings expendable.  He has one of the best receiving cores in the league, although I do hate Jermichael Finley.  The Packers also added Alabama RB Eddie Lacy to a lacking backfield. Roll Tide. Draft Rodgers.

3. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
Projection: 2nd Round

Peyton Manning returned to the NFL with a vengeance last season, throwing for 4,659 yards and 37 TDs.  After a HEARTBREAKING DEFEAT to the Ravens (Broncos fan here), the Broncos revamped their offense by replacing Brandon Stokley with Wes Welker and drafting Montee Ball out of Wisconsin. Manning was always one of the first QBs taken off fantasy boards throughout his career, but many were afraid of how he'd look after four neck surgeries.  We had our answer last season.  Getting Manning in the second round would be a steal.  Don't let him slip past you.

4. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
Projection: 3rd Round

After years of promising it, the Falcons finally unleashed their offense on the league and allowed Matt Ryan to throw at will, leading to his best season as a pro (4719 yards, 32 TDs, 14 INTs).  With perhaps the best one-two wide receiver punch in the entire league (Roddy White and Julio Jones), the newly added Steven Jackson, and the ageless wonder Tony Gonzalez, Matty Ice has no lack for weapons.  For the first few years of his career, you could get Ryan in the 5th-8th rounds.  Now, he will go as early as the second and as late as the third.

5. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Projection: 3rd Round

This is the year.  The year we will finally see Tom Brady fall from elite to very good.  After another stellar year (4827 yards, 34 TDs, 8 INTs) for Brady and a loss in the AFC Conference Championship, many expected the Patriots to retool in the offseason.  They tried, but I believe they failed.  They let Welker walk and replaced him with a very talented, but oft-injured Danny Amendola.  They released Aaron Hernandez after learning of the crimes he's been accused of.  Rob Gronkowski can't seem to stay healthy, undergoing back and arm surgeries this offseason.  Brady won't fall because of a lack of skill.  He'll fall because of the lack of talent around him.

6. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Projection:  4th-5th Round

7.  Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Projection:  4th-5th Round

8. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
Projection:  4th-5th Round

9. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Projection:  6th Round

10. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
Projection:  6th Round

11. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
Projection: 7th Round

12. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Projection: 7th Round

13. Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles
Projection: 9th-10th Round

14. Eli Manning, New York Giants
Projection: 9th-10th Round

15. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Projection: 10th Round


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