Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings
posted Jul 28 2013, 08:28PM
posted in NFL, Fantasy

The fantasy football season is nearing, so here are my fantasy football quarterback rankings heading into the 2013 NFL season. Quarterback is a very deep position with the emergence of several budding stars, but which QB will succumb to the inevitable sophomore slump?



Rank         Player (Team-Bye Week)


  • 1. Drew Brees (NO-7): Sean Payton is back on the sidelines and the Saints will be be a group playing with an edge in 2013, which makes the #1 fantasy QB of last season look as dangerous as ever. Great offensive line and weapons all over the field, but Brees will have a tough schedule in 2013. The Saints horrendous defense cannot go unnoticed. The Saints will have to score a lot of points on a weekly basis just to stay in games, and since their defense is one of the worst units in football, I expect a shootout whenever the Saints hit the field.


  • 2. Aaron Rodgers (GB-5): A gunslinger with an abundance of great weapons; offensive line is a big question going into 2013 with everyone, but left guard Josh Sitton, disappointing in 2012. Semblance of running game will do wonders for the best quarterback in the league. Green Bay’s running game has been in the bottom half of the NFL for three years running, which is why they addressed that hole in the draft selecting Alabama’s Eddie Lacy and UCLA’s Jonathan Franklin.  


  • 3. Cam Newton (CAR-4): One of the most dynamic and fascinating players to watch in the league. Amazing combination of speed, size and power. Good for 3,900 yards -20 TDs through the air and 700 yards-9 TDs on the ground. One of the best running quarterbacks in the league needs to be more consistent in the passing game. Favorable schedule will help, but Carolina’s offensive line was nothing to brag about in 2012. Everyone not named Ryan Kalil and Jordan Gross need to step up.


  • 4. Peyton Manning (DEN-9): Arguably the best quarterback ever has the best receiving trio in the game today at his disposal with Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker outside and newly acquired Wes Welker in the slot. Very favorable schedule in 2013; injuries at center are not ideal (Jeff Saturday is on speed dial), but the rest of the line is exceptional (LT Ryan Clady, LG Zane Beadles, RG Louis Vasquez, RT Orlando Franklin). Whispers of Manning being dinged up need to be monitored. Adding Welker, Vasquez and running back Montee Ball are just three more examples of the Broncos doing everything in their power to give Manning everything he needs to succeed on the offensive side of the ball. Defense is still questionable so the Broncos will have to score points to win games.


  • 5. Matt Ryan (ATL-6): The Falcons possess some of the best skill position players in football, but the offensive line is a big question mark. The line was not great last season, and Ryan was still able to get the job, so expect the same high octane offense in 2013 as we see in 2012 in Atlanta. The major difference is that Julio Jones will likely emerge as the team’s WR1 by season’s end.  


  • 6. Tom Brady (NE-10): Brady is one of the best ever, and this ranking isn’t as much an indictment on him, but how well I expect the five guys before him to do this year. Brady is playing behind one of the best offensive lines in the league in New England, but the cupboards haven’t been this bare for the Patriots in years. Brady’s week 1 receivers are: Danny Amendola, Michael Jenkins, Julian Edelman and rookies Aaron Dobson and Josh Boyce. At tight end, the Patriots will be relying on Jake Ballard or Daniel Fells until Rob Gronkowski returns from offseason surgery. The duo of Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen will be coming out of the backfield (Vereen will likely be asked split out more to maximize the team’s limited weapons) proves that Tom Brady will need to learn to play with a whole new offense after losing his top FIVE receivers from last season until Gronkowski comes back.


  • 7. Matt Stafford (DET-9): Pass first offense with the most dominant receiver in the game to throw to in Calvin Johnson. Stafford is a gunslinger with a solid offensive line with a new and versatile weapon in the form of Reggie Bush to go along with Megatron and Nate Burleson. Stafford will need more from his tight ends, Tony Scheffler and Brandon Pettigrew, if he looks to regain his form from 2011 where he recorded 41 TD. I think Stafford won’t have quite the year he had in 2011, but will bounce back from a 20 TD campaign in 2012 and finish closer to 29-30 TD in 2013.  


  • 8. Russell Wilson (SEA-12): Wilson is mature beyond his years. When a play breaks down he uses his feet to buy time to find an open man down the field, but make no mistake, Wilson also is ready and willing to get the yards necessary through the ground to keep drives going. The offensive line in Seattle was solid in 2012, but not exceptional. LT Russell Okung and C Max Unger are among the best at their positions, but beyond that the line is average, at best. There is also word, that Seattle’s prize free agent acquisition receiver Percy Harvin may miss part, if not all, of the 2013 campaign due to a hip injury. Having Harvin will give Wilson another weapon, but I expect solid production from the second year quarterback, regardless.


  • 9. Robert Griffin III (WAS-5): RGIII’s combination of athleticism, speed and precise passing is a sight to see for any football fan. I would have RG ranked higher if not for concerns about his surgically repaired knee, but I still expect him to be one of the year’s top fantasy quarterbacks, especially with the Shanahan's calling the shots.


  • 10. Colin Kaepernick (SF-9): Kaepernick reminds me a lot of the guy before him on this list. Kaepernick is a great runner with exceptional speed and he plays behind the most physical, and arguably the best, offensive line in all of football. Playing behind road graders like left guard Mike Iupati and left tackle Joe Staley it is no wonder why Kaepernick had so much success on the ground in 2012. In addition to the great line in SF, Kaepernick also possesses some great passing skills. Kaepernick can make all the throws and is as accurate as any quarterback in the league on deep balls. He is a rare talent, and with his first full season as starter I expect big things from the second year starter.


  • 11. Tony Romo (DAL-11): An array of weapons, a favorable schedule and more control over the offense lead me to believe Romo will have a very productive 2013 campaign.


  • 12. Andrew Luck (IND-8): Inevitably, one, if not more, of the second year quarterbacks can expect to see a decline in their production from their rookie year, and if I were to pick one it would be Luck. A tough schedule and a mediocre offensive line will not make things easier in 2013. A change in offensive philosophy to the west coast offense will eliminate many of Luck’s gaudy numbers as a rookie. And overall, I think everything surrounding the Colts and head coach Chuck Pagano’s fight with cancer enabled the team to rally and overachieve in 2012, and I expect them to, collectively, come back to reality this year.  


  • 13. Eli Manning (NYG-9): The Giants boast one of the league’s top receiving corps, but with a defense that looks to have some holes in the back 7, Manning and the offense will be called upon to carry the team through the air in 2013. Key note: both Giant starting receivers, Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks are playing for contracts in 2013.


  • 14. Ben Roethlisberger (PIT-5): The o-line is still shaky, but has the potential to be the best Steelers line in years. Big Ben will find a way to get it done one way or another. Look for Manny Sanders to have a breakout year.  


  • 15. Jay Cutler (CHI-8): The o-line looks to be better than it has been in years, and with new coach Marc Trestman’s system and a contract year in the balance, expect big things from a usually disappointing Cutler in 2013.


  • 16. Andy Dalton (CIN-12): The pieces are in place, but Dalton is the biggest question going into the Bengals 2013 campaign. If Dalton, plays within himself and doesn’t get caught up in the moment the Bengals can be one of the AFC’ most dominant teams in 2013. Having one of the best receivers in the game in A.J. Green and the arrival of rookie playmakers Gio Bernard and Tyler Eifert won’t hurt, either.  


  • 17. Joe Flacco (BAL-8): The man who just received an enormous contract from the Ravens will disappoint in 2013. The Ravens offense does not impress me. Their offensive line, aside from Marshal Yanda, is mediocre, and the skill positions are thin. Ray Rice and Torrey Smith are solid RB1 and WR1 options, but things thin out quickly after those two. Not to mention a tough schedule and a season ending injury to starting tight end Dennis Pitta. Things aren’t looking too good for the Ravens offense in 2013.


  • 18. Sam Bradford (STL-11): The Rams have assembled their best offensive line since drafting Bradford with the first overall pick in 2009. Though the line should be solid, it’s Bradford’s weapons that are more of a mystery in 2013. Lots of speed and youth out there in St. Louis. The Rams drafted Tavon Austin this past year, selected Chris Givens and Brian Quick last year and Austin Pettis two years ago. In addition, to the free agent signing of Jared Cook the Rams are clearly doing everything they can to allow their franchise quarterback to succeed.   


  • 19. Philip Rivers (SD-8): The Chargers offensive line was not very good in 2012, and the team did not do much to change that in 2013. They drafted D.J. Fluker to play RT and brought in Max Starks to play LT, but that likely won’t be enough to revamp a porous unit that watched a great pass protector in Louis Vasquez sign with division rival Denver. Rivers has solid weapons in Danario Alexander, Vincent Brown, Malcolm Floyd, rookie Keenan Allen and tight end Antonio Gates, but if the line can’t keep Rivers off his back none of that will matter.  


  • 20. Josh Freeman (TB-5): The left side of the line is very formidable, but the rest of the line is mediocre, at best. Freeman will be playing for a contract, and with elite weapons such as Vincent Jackson and Doug Martin at his disposal Freeman should be able to be a decent bye week option.


  • 21. Carson Palmer (ARI-9): I think Palmer might have a little bit more left in his tank, and being paired up with the best receiver he has ever played with in Larry Fitzgerald will help his cause substantially. I also expect the offensive line to be much better in 2013 than it was in 2012 with the addition of rookie Jonathan Cooper and veteran tackle Eric Winston. I think this Cardinal team will sneak up on some people in 2013.


  • 22. Ryan Tannehill (MIA-6): Tannehill is the forgotten member of the 2012 QB class, but I think he will have a respectable sophomore season. The Dolphins have surrounded him with a solid receiving corps and offensive line. The Dolphins did not successfully address the loss of LT Jake Long, and current projected starter Jonathan Martin is not the answer to protect their franchise QBs blindside.


  • 23. Alex Smith (KC-10): Andy Reid has a knack for getting the most out of his quarterbacks and I don’t think it will be any different with Smith. The Chiefs boast a solid offensive line and two of the premier weapons in the league in Dwayne Bowe and Jamaal Charles.  


  • 24. Matt Schaub (HOU-8): Houston is a run heavy offense, with several unproven weapons in the receiving game. The Texans drafted DeAndre Hopkins and DeVier Posey in consecutive seasons to play opposite All-Pro Andre Johnson, but on a team that loves to run I doubt Schaub will generate the numbers to be anything more than a QB2 option.


  • 25. Michael Vick (PHI-12): Vick may or may not be the starter come September, but in head coach Chip Kelly’s offense Vick will be a boom-bust type prospect. 
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