Three Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks were in the running for Number 1 in our rankings. But all three came up short of the top spot. Read on to see who ranks first in our Top 10 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings...
1. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
Rodgers was second in the NFL in total yards (4,434 passing yards, 316 rushing yards) and touchdown-to-interception ratio (30 TDs, 7 INTs). So why is he now Number 1? Because the Packers’ play one of the NFL’s softest schedules when it comes to opposing pass defenses. He’s also one of the best running quartebacks in the NFL.
2. Drew Brees, Saints
Obviously, Brees isn’t far behind Rodgers. No one has thrown for more yards (9,457) or touchdowns (68) over the past two seasons. Though the fact that Brees and the Saints will now wear a “bulls-eye” as Super Bowl champs is slightly worrisome.
3. Peyton Manning, Colts
Manning should be right up there with Rodgers and Brees. He’s thrown for 4,000 yards or more in 10 of the past 11 seasons, and 30 or more touchdowns in three of the past four years.
4. Tom Brady, Patriots
Brady looked great, but not quite his old amazing self, in his first season back from a major knee injury. He should be healthier this season. If his favorite receiver Wes Welker proves he’s all the way back from his knee injury (we’re not so sure that will happen, though), Brady could end up Number 1 on this list.
5. Tony Romo, Cowboys
Romo has plenty of weapons, from breakout speedster Miles Austin and super rookie Dez Bryant at wide receiver, to Jason Witten, one of the best pass-catching tight ends in football. Romo is set up for a career year, but the Cowboys’ shaky offensive line has to give him enough protection. First-year starter Doug Free is set to start at left tackle, the most important spot on the o-line.
6. Matt Schaub, Texans
Schaub finally stayed healthy for a full season in 2009 and delivered huge statitstics. He led the NFL in passing yards (4,770) and should be up there again as he throws to superstar receiver Andre Johnson. The only thing standing in Schaub’s way is the risk of injury.
7. Jay Cutler, Bears
Cutler had a nightmarish first season in Chicago, throwing an NFL-worst 26 interceptions. He’ll have a chance to improve this season under new offensive coordinator Mike Martz. Martz was the brains behind the Rams’ “Greatest Show on Turf” offense of the late 90’s and early 2000’s. His teams always rank among the league leaders in passing yards.
8. Kevin Kolb, Eagles
Kolb takes over for Donovan McNabb in Philly. While he doesn’t have D-Nabb’s arm strength, Kolb is one of the most accurate passers in the NFL. And with receivers like DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin, who can take a short pass and turn it into a huge gain, Kolb has a chance to pile up big-time yardage.
9. Philip Rivers, Chargers
If the Chargers were at full strength, Rivers would be higher on this list. But top wide receiver Vincent Jackson and left tackle Marcus McNeill, the most important pass protector on the offensive line, are both threatening to hold out this season. It would make Rivers much less of a sure thing going into the year.
10. Carson Palmer, Bengals
His elbow should be a little healthier this year than it was last season, and the Bengals loaded up with weapons in the offseason. In addition to Chad Ochocinco, Palmer will now have Terrell Owens as a possession receiver and Antonio Bryant as another deep threat. With an improving running game led by Cedric Benson, teams won’t know how to stop this Cincy offense.