With the NFL preseason games starting, it's time to start breaking down the top players at each position for fantasy football. This week I give you my top 25 quarterbacks
Spending an early pick on a signal caller in your fantasy league is not only a smart investment, but a crucial one. And when I say early, I would draft a QB in at least the first 4 rounds.
1. Aaron Rodgers - Packers are pass happy, and Rodgers has plenty of weapons. Overlooked is his ability to run. Rodgers has scored 13 rushing TD's in the last 3 years.
2. Drew Brees - Since we're in Saints country you can bet he'll be taken in the 1st round. He had a down year last year throwing a career high INT's, but that being said, Brees still connected for 33 TD's. You can bet will be back with a vengeance this season.
3. Tom Brady - Tom Terrific seemed to be even better last year (36 TD / 4 INT) and had no real down field threat. I like the addition of Ochocinco at WR, who I think has at least 2 good years left in him.
4. Michael Vick - Coach Andy Reid seems allergic to running the football, so expect tons of passes. Plus, if Vick doesn't have any open targets, he will take off and can rack up some decent rushing yards for you. Only real concern is injury.
5. Philip Rivers - Played without WR Vincent Jackson for most of last year, and TE Antonio Gates missed the final weeks of the season, yet Rivers still managed 4,710 yards and 30 TD's.
6. Peyton Manning - Manning not in the top 5?!? I know you're thinking I'm nuts, but there are concerns about the Colts offensive line and in the running game.
7. Matt Shaub - His yardage and TD's dropped last year due to the emergence of RB Arian Foster. Shaub does have WR
Andre Johnson and TE Owen Daniels though as well as a strong o-line. With Foster not being a secret anymore, defenses have to respect the Texans run, so Shaub's numbers could soar.
8. Tony Romo - His season was cut short last season due to a fractured collar bone, but he has a lot of skilled players around him. There are major concerns on the Cowboys O-line though.
9. Matt Ryan - The Falcons offense looks to become more explosive in the passing game this year by drafting WR Julio Jones to help soften double teams on Roddy White. I just can't rely on a rookie though to make an impact his first year with the Falcons, especially a WR.
10. Josh Freeman - Had a breakout year, 4 times as many TD's (25) as INT's (6). Can he continue to progress and top that this season with the Bucs?
11. Ben Roethlisberger - The Steelers are a run first offense, but when it's time to pass you can bet Big Ben will hang on to the ball, take the hit, and deliver for a low interception rate. He is an elite QB, just not fantasy elite.
12. Eli Manning - Doesn't get much respect around the NFL or fantasy circles. His interceptions hurt his stock, but he has some good Giants targets around him. Not an ideal starter for fantasy, but a good backup when your main man has a bye week or is hurt.
13. Joe Flacco - Guy's got a great arm, but the Ravens are just not a pass first team. Even with the addition of Anquan Bolden last season, Baltimore ran it about 50% of the time. Plus, Flacco was sacked 40 times last year. OUCH! They usually count for negative points in leagues.
14. Sam Bradford - Surprised a lot of folks his rookie year, especially with the lack of talent at WR on the Rams. The receivers are still not desirable, but new offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels will bring a more exciting pass game. RB Steven Jackson is still the main man in St. Louis though.
15. Matthew Stafford - Health makes it hard to draft Stafford. He has played in just 13 of a possible 32 games in his career. Has a top WR in Calvin "MEGATRON" Johnson, the Lions look to be on the rise, but it's hard not to be worried about Stafford's shoulder.
16. Kevin Kolb - There's a ton of hype surrounding this cat while only playing in 20 games and having 11 TD's and 14 picks. He is an improvement under center in Arizona, but he had a lot more weapons in Philly.
17. Jay Cutler - Da Bears O-line hasn't done Cutler any favors the past 2 seasons and isn't improved from last season. Add to that the lack of a top tier WR. Cutler can sling it, but to whom and will he have enough time?
18. Matt Cassel - Formed a great bond with WR Dwayne Bowe last year, but performed poorly against tough competition.
19. Kyle Orton - New head coach John Fox is very conservative, and Orton has Tim Tebow challenging him for the starting gig in Denver. No doubt Orton is a better passer, but he is on a short leash.
20. Mark Sanchez - Is in a very conservative Jets offense, plus isn't very accurate.