I can’t pretend to be a fantasy football expert. As much I want to be, I’m just a football starved fan who happens to spend his free time pondering this year’s sleeper running back. All of his free time.
I’ve played this beautiful thing called fantasy football half of my life, and these entries are simply my advice. I don’t claim these to be fact.
I will sometimes be wrong, and while I will most likely place the blame of the wrongness on some thing aside from myself, it happens. Rarely.
That being said, here is my top 10 list of QBs for this year.
Abide by this list or prepare to lose.
Fantasy Top 10’s
1. Aaron Rodgers- You could park an 84’ Cadillac in the space between Aaron Rodgers and QB #2. Two of the last three years have ended with Discount Double Check at first in fantasy points scored, the other year he finished second. His weapons are all back, and a second year building chemistry with Jermichael Finley will help to put up more of the same filthy numbers.
2. Tom Brady- 5,000 yards, 39 TDs last year, with basically one competent wide receiver. Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is back reminding folks of the 16-0 year in which Brady threw for 50 touchdowns. The other thing missing since that year? A playmaking wideout. Brandon Lloyd should fill in nicely.
3. Mike Vick- No player in the NFL possesses the upside that The Michael Vick experience does. If the man could simply piece together a healthy season, we could witness a fantasy masterpiece. WR Jeremy Maclin is a year removed from a deathly illness and poised for a breakout, while Desean Jackson finally got paid and his mind back on the game.
4. Matthew Stafford- The 5th ever player to throw for 5,000 yards just turned 24-years-old. When a team gets a taste of the playoffs, they get hungry for more. And a machine like Calvin Johnson makes it pretty damn easy to capitalize on that hunger. Titus Young looks to offset on Megatron’s double teams by going deep, and rookie WR Ryan Broyles is there to work the slot. Detroit also boasts two of the most under rated Tight Ends in the game in Brandon Pettigrew and Tony Scheffler.
5. Drew Brees- One of the usually more safe picks in all of fantasyland looks a little shakier after an extended hold out paired with head coach Sean Payton out for the year. But the Saint’s offense really started looking video game-esque when Offensive Coordinator Pete Carmichael took over. Coach Pete will be back this year and so will most of Brees’ weapons. Jimmy Graham is unstoppable, and in the red zone, Brees might as well be throwing to Dwight Howard. Darren Sproles, Marques Colston, Devery Henderson and Lance Moore, round out an explosive offense.
6. Matt Ryan- Roddy White and Julio Jones might emerge as the best one-two punch in football this year, and Matty Ice will love new OC Dirk Koetter’s vertical offense. The whole world knows that Michael Turner is about to break down and less carries for the Burner, means more opportunity for Mr. Ryan.
7. Cam Newton- Cam brought together the best rookie season any has ever seen. It won’t happen again. With DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart, and the bowling ball himself, Mike Tolbert in the fold, Cam Newton won’t be seeing nearly as many goal line carries. But if Cam-Cam can come close to matching his 4,000 passing yards while improving on his TD total, he will still be a very productive fantasy option.
8. Peyton Manning- I feel sinister for featuring Peyton this low on the list. But no one knows what we’re going to see out of him. He could come out and be the Manning of old, and make this list look dumb. Or he could look terrible and get hurt, and make this list look dumb. The weapons are there for him, the offensive line is better than most, and no one will work harder than Peyton to get back to this game. But it all will ride on his health. This is the exact definition of a feast or famine pick, and I will be avoiding it.
9.Philip Rivers- The off year for P.Riv last season was a bit over blown, 4,600 yards with 27 TDs is solid, but throwing 20 picks was his downfall. The departure of Vincent Jackson looks like it should hurt, but in 2010, when Jackson was watching from home, holding out for the cash, Philip had his best season. New addition Robert Meachem should help out along side Malcom Floyd, Vincent Brown and Antonio Gates.
10. Eli Manning- It’s like he finally got it last year. But will this turn out to be another case of the career year hang over? Even after Mario Manningham’s departure, his weapons are upgraded. Hakeem Nicks has looked like a rival to Calvin Johnson, and should continue to achieve, even if a foot injury slows him down. Victor Cruz was a surprise that is here to stay, new addition Reuben Randle will be an impact rookie, and new tight end Martellus Bennett has a load of potential.
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