The Fantasy Fool's Top 32 Quarterbacks
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Not quite in a category by himself, but not far
1 Aaron Rodgers GB 2 4643 45 6 3 from it, either. He should be the first QB off the
board in every league.
Another no-lose proposition, he arguably has
the deepest receiving corps in the biz, with
2 Tom Brady NE 3 5235 39 12 3 Welker, Lloyd, Gronk and Hernandez. Gets a
nod over Brees because of a less-experienced
The only other fantasy QB consistently in
Rodgers' and Brady's league, he should have
3 Drew Brees NO 1 5476 46 14 1
little trouble moving on without HC Sean
He joined the elite ranks last season, and
should continue to be a fantasy force to be
4 Matthew Stafford DET 4 5038 41 16 0 reckoned with, as long as Megatron is on the
same field. Injury to non-throwing hand
shouldn't be a factor in regular season.
His rushing TDs made him formidable in 2011.
5 Cam Newton CAR 5 4051 21 17 14 Can he keep up his amazing pace this
season? Not sure I'd bet on it.
If he can just get his receivers back on the
field, Romo can approach elite status again.
6 Tony Romo DAL 7 4184 31 10 1
The problem is, they're dropping like flies, and
there's still no No. 3 WR solidified.
The Eagles (and Vick) finished 2011 strong,
and they should again be formidable
7 Michael Vick PHI 11 3303 18 14 1 competitors this season. But you have to be
worried after the QB was knocked out of 2
consecutive preseason games (finger, ribs).
Just as he appeared to put the "injury-prone"
label behind him, he suffered another string of
8 Matt Schaub HOU 24 2479 15 6 2 problems that kept him out of 6 games in 2011.
Healthy again, he has a chance to return to
lofty heights. Love him as a borderline QB1.
The ultimate high-risk, high-reward candidate,
Manning finally took (and survived) his first
9 Peyton Manning DEN -- -- -- -- -- meaningful hit since his series of neck
surgeries. He looked sharp in Week 3 of the
preseason, so optimism reigns in Denver.
The two-time Super Bowl champ never gets
10 Eli Manning NYG 6 4910 29 16 1 his due, but with Cruz and Nicks on the wings,
Eli should continue to be a strong, though
dumb-faced, fantasy QB.
After a very slow start that soured many of us
on him (yes, I'm still bitter), Rivers finished the
year strong. He has a healthy Gates back, but
11 Philip Rivers SD 9 4624 27 20 1
V-Jax is now a Buc. Suspect talent on the
outside, and last year's erratic play, depresses
You gotta love his receiving corps. Yet Ryan
12 Matt Ryan ATL 8 4177 29 12 2 rarely puts together a dominant outing that
makes him a fantasy stud.
Nicked up again (ankle) heading into the
season, Big Ben needs to get Mike Wallace
13 Ben Roethlisberger PIT 12 4077 21 14 0 back in the fold quickly. Did you know
Roethlisberger has only thrown for more than
21 TDs twice in his career (2007, 2009)?
He'll be measured against Newton because
he's a lethal passing and rushing threat, but
14 Robert Griffin III WAS * * * * * that's setting the bar a bit high fantasy-wise. I
see him as a terrific backup QB with
Heads an up-and-coming offense with one of
15 Andy Dalton CIN 15 3398 20 13 1 the most electrifying WRs in the game. Should
only improve with time and experience.
Sure, he gets to play catch with Marshall again;
but he's still Jay Cutler -- a guy who's cracked
16 Jay Cutler CHI 25 2319 13 7 1
the Top 10 ranks just once in his six-year
Perennially over-rated by fantasy experts
(yours truly excepted), he's now totally under-
rated, even going undrafted in many mock
17 Joe Flacco BAL 14 3610 20 12 1
drafts. With Torrey Smith developing into an
elite receiver, Flacco should see his aerial
production improve significantly.
Now armed with V-Jax on the outside,
Freeman has a chance to bounce back nicely
18 Josh Freeman TB 16 3592 16 22 4
from his junior slump. But he hasn't looked
sharp in preseason. There are worries here.
Perched precariously on the hot seat, Smith's
job seems more secure than ever. If Randy
19 Alex Smith SF 17 3150 17 5 2
Moss can be Randy Moss again, it won't matter
that his other WRs under-perform.
Fitz's job isn't exactly etched in cement, so he
needs to develop some consistency -- and
20 Ryan Fitzpatrick BUF 13 3832 24 23 0 string together some wins. Only Stevie
Johnson can be considered a reliable weapon
on the outside.
The old man has had a full offseason to
21 Carson Palmer OAK 26 2751 13 16 1 prepare, and a group of young receivers with
more talent than durability.
He won the job even sooner than projected.
Now he just has to play the game. There's
22 Jake Locker TEN 18 542 4 0 1
some upside here, if Britt, Jared Cook and his
other receivers step up their games.
His team desperately needs him to play up to
23 Sam Bradford STL 31 2164 6 6 0 his potential. His WRs are suspect and Steven
Jackson can't do it all.
Has won the starting job over Matt Flynn, in a
fairly significant surprise. Hard to imagine him
24 Russell Wilson SEA * * * * *
having much consistency in his rookie season,
especially with a mediocre WR corps.
He'll be under a microscope, but the rookie has
a dearth of talent to help him adjust to the
25 Andrew Luck IND * * * * * speed of the NFL. Don't count on much early
on, but he could prove to be a decent mid-
season bye-week sub, in the right matchup.
Ponder showed some flashes of potential last
26 Christian Ponder MIN 28 1853 13 13 0 season. But he still has a long ways to go, as
does the rest of his offense.
Dwayne Bowe finally signed his tender, so now
it's a sprint to prepare for the season. Even
27 Matt Cassel KC 32 1713 10 9 0
with his top WR back Cassel's prospects are
still fairly suspect.
If his value wasn't already depressed enough,
28 Mark Sanchez NYJ 10 3474 26 18 6 imagine coming out of the game when your
team reaches the red zone. No thanks.
29 Blaine Gabbert JAX 27 2214 12 11 0 Uh, no.
30 Brandon Weeden CLE * * * * * Maybe next year.
You know you're in trouble when John Skelton
is nipping at your heels. In fact, Skelton could
31 Kevin Kolb ARI 30 1955 9 8 0
win the starting job for the season opener.
The rookie just won the job, vaulting over Matt
Moore more quickly than most experts
32 Ryan Tannehill MIA * * * * *
predicted. With pretty meager receiving
options, this could be a very rough first season.