Top 15 Quarterbacks For 2011: An Early Look

It is still early and there are a lot of unknowns, but let’s jump in with our first look at the quarterback rankings for 2011.  Who’s the top choice?  Where do Peyton Manning & Tom Brady fit in?  Let’s take a look (this will list will definitely be updated and expanded as we get closer to draft day):

  1. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers
  2. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers
  3. Michael Vick – Philadelphia Eagles
  4. Peyton Manning – Indianapolis Colts
  5. Tom Brady – New England Patriots
  6. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints
  7. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys
  8. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons
  9. Matt Schaub – Houston Texans
  10. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers
  11. Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams
  12. Eli Manning – New York Giants
  13. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens
  14. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears
  15. Josh Freeman – Tampa Bay Buccaneers


  • Michael Vick had an electric 2010 campaign, both with his arms (3,018 yards, 21 TD, 6 INT) and his legs (676 yards, 9 TD) in just 12 games.  It’s an amazing story, but there are certainly reasons to be concerned.  Only once has he played in 16 games in a season.  Prior to 2010 he had only once surpassed 2,500 yards throwing.  Injuries have always been a concern, based on his style of play, as well, which helps drop him down the rankings a few pegs.  Of course, depending on what the team does in the off season, his ranking could change.
  • It was an impressive season for Matt Ryan, throwing for 3,705 yards and 28 TD while being intercepted just 9 times.  When the Falcons moved up to select Julio Jones in the first round, they added a much needed weapon.  Ryan is entering his fourth year in the league and has the potential to emerge as one of the elite in the game, making him a great option once the top names come off the board.
  • Ben Roethlisberger played in just 12 games, yet he produced 3,200 yards and 17 TD.  He was a man on a mission and there’s no reason to think much has changed.
  • When the New Orleans Saints selected Mark Ingram in the first round (the first running back selected), they likely made a dedication to run the ball more than they did in 2010.  More running means less opportunities to throw for Drew Brees (he was one of just two quarterbacks to attempt over 600 passes, at 658, in 2010).  He should remain one of the better quarterbacks in the league, but I wouldn’t consider him a Top 3 option.
  • Sam Bradford had a tremendous rookie campaign, but will he have the receiving corps necessary to produce a viable fantasy campaign?  That’s one thing that is really holding him back from opening as a Top 10 option.
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  1. Tim Barrett says:

    I agree with the Top 6 although I might go a bit differently. But you could make a case for any of those.

    The only one that really seems out of place for me is Romo. Not saying that he won’t have a great year but at this point, I take the sure thing in Ryan & Shaub – better offenses (and better O-lines). I would even consider taking Flacco, Cutler or Freeman ahead of him.

    Can Sam Bradford’s receiving corps be any worse than it was last year?

  2. 9ers Fan says:

    I love P. Rivers but I would feel more comfortable with him at #2 only if his WR corp is back. VJax and M. Floyd could both be gone as well as his dynamic check down back in D. Sproles. At this point I would draft Vick ahead of him just for those running stats he provides. However, I rarely draft a QB before round 4 or 5.

    • That certainly is a great point and how the offseason progresses (whenever that is) will probably determine Rivers’ final value. If, at the end of the day, the receiving corps ends up sub par, he will be moved down. Time will tell, at this point.

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