QB Rankings

Standard Leagues

July 1st 2013

No change for me in the top two spots in my rankings from last year, but a rejuvenated Peyton Manning Peyton Manning makes his way back to familiar territory as he sits as my third overall QB.  After the top three it starts to get interesting as Cam Newton looks to continue his strong late season form from 2012 and I dropped Tom Brady down to 6 as I expect his touchdown totals to come down with all the problems in New England.  Matt Ryan has a chance to continue his accent up the rankings as one of his favorite targets Tony Gonzalez decided to come back for one more chance at a Super Bowl.  Robert Griffin III was one of the harder QBs to slot as his knee injury makes for a cloudy outlook when projecting his running potential.  I still believe he has the upside of top 5 fantasy QB, but if he continues to take big hits he may not be long for this league.

Tony Romo, Matthew Stafford and Russell Wilson represent some of the deepest talent at the QB1 position I have ever seen.  They can all reach 30 touchdown totals and Romo and Stafford are yardage machines.  Russell WilsonWilson still sits at 12 for me just because of Seattle’s reliance on the run.  Marshawn Lynch should continue to lead that offense, but I expect big things in the future from Mr. Wilson.

My top QB2s start at Eli Manning and end with Jay Cutler.  Eli should bounce back from a poor 2012 as he has a very motivated receiving corp and a dangerous young running back in David Wilson.  The Bears hiring of Marc Trestman could be just what Jay Cutler needs to make the jump to elite level.  I’m not counting on it, but I could see it happening.

Josh Freeman is in a make or break season with the Tampa Bay Bucs and he could be a late round steal.  Former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano tried to light a fire under his butt by drafting Mike Glennon and questioning his standing as franchise QB, but lately he has started to build back up Freeman in the hopes that Freeman can realize his immense potential.  Former 1st overall pick Sam Bradford is starting to run out of excuses and this year could be his make or break year as well.  The Rams traded up to get Tavon Austin and signed Jeff Fisher favorite Jared Cook to give him some legitimate NFL weapons.

Some late round QB2s that could be solid streaming options or injury fill-ins are Brandon Weeden and Ryan Tannehill.  Tannehill will benefit from the signing of speedster Mike Wallace and the development of Lamar Miller.  Weeden has two young wide receivers that look the part in Josh Gordon and Greg Little, but he really benefits from having Trent Richardson in the passing game.  Richardson’s run after the catch ability racks up the yardage and any screen pass has the potential to go to the end zone.

Drew Brees (NO/7)
Aaron Rodgers (GB/4)
Peyton Manning (Den/9)
Cam Newton (Car/4)
Matt Ryan (Atl/6)
Tom Brady (NE/10)
Robert Griffin III (Was/5)
Colin Kaepernick (SF/9)
Matthew Stafford (Det/9)
Andrew Luck (Ind/8)
Tony Romo (Dal/11)
Russell Wilson (Sea/12)
Eli Manning (NYG/9)
Andy Dalton (Cin/12)
Ben Roethlisberger (Pit/5)
Michael Vick (PHI/12)
Jay Cutler (Chi/8)
Sam Bradford (STL/11)
Josh Freeman (TB/5)
Joe Flacco (Balt/8)
Matt Shaub (Hou/8)
Phillip Rivers (SD/8)
Alex Smith (KC/10)
Carson Palmer (ARI/9)
Brandon Weeden (CLE/10)
Ryan Tannehill (MIA/6)
Jake Locker (TEN/8)
Christian Ponder (MIN/5)
E.J. Manuel (BUF/12)
Geno Smith (NYJ/10)
Matt Flynn (OAK/7)
Blaine Gabbert (JAC/9)
Chad Henne (JAC/9)
Kevin Kolb (BUF/12)
Mark Sanchez (NYJ/10)
Matt Barkley (PHI/12)
Matt Cassel (MIN/5)
Ryan Fitzpatrick (TEN/8)
Shaun Hill (DET/9)
Kirk Cousins (WAS/5)



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