Top 30 Quarterbacks For 2011: Updated as of August 30

For the most part we have gotten all of the information we will from the preseason.  Sure, starters may play a little bit in the final preseason game, but it likely won’t be a long stay in the game.  With the data we have, how do things stack up?  Let’s take a look:

  1. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers
  2. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers
  3. Michael Vick – Philadelphia Eagles
  4. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints
  5. Tom Brady – New England Patriots
  6. Peyton Manning – Indianapolis Colts  
  7. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys
  8. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons
  9. Matt Schaub – Houston Texans
  10. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers
  11. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens
  12. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions 
  13. Josh Freeman – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  14. Eli Manning – New York Giants 
  15. Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams
  16. Kevin Kolb – Arizona Cardinals
  17. Matt Cassel – Kansas City Chiefs
  18. Kyle Orton – Denver Broncos
  19. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears
  20. Mark Sanchez – New York Jets
  21. Ryan Fitzpatrick – Buffalo Bills
  22. Chad Henne – Miami Dolphins 
  23. Matt Hasselbeck – Tennessee Titans
  24. Donovan McNabb – Minnesota Vikings
  25. Colt McCoy – Cleveland Browns 
  26. Jason Campbell – Oakland Raiders
  27. Alex Smith – San Francisco 49ers
  28. John Beck – Washington Redskins
  29. David Garrard – Jacksonville Jaguars
  30. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers



  • Things are looking more and more like Peyton Manning will actually play in Week 1 of the 2011 season.  Alex Marvez (click here for the article has a quote from a Colts’ press release saying, “Manning will participate in practice on a limited basis. All of his practice work will be scripted and on a controlled basis. The participation in limited football activity is a standard procedure in the club’s rehab protocol.”  While it remains unknown if he will be able to maintain his consecutive games streak, this definitely is a step in the right direction.  It’s hard to move him up based solely on this news, though it keeps his stock from falling any further.
  • We all know that Chad Henne is a huge question mark, having never quite lived up to expectations.  He didn’t show much in the first preseason game (4-8, 77 yards, 1 TD and 2 INT), but the past two games have helped to completely change our opinion of him.  He’s gone 25-37 with 369 yards and 1 TD.  Is he flying up draft boards?  Of course not, but with Brandon Marshall, Reggie Bush and company joining him in the offense, he has the potential to be a nice buy in two-quarterback formats.
  • The concerns over Kyle Orton losing his job to Tim Tebow are diminishing by the day.  Orton is coming off a year where he threw for 3,653 yards, 20 TD and 9 INT and has looked good in the preseason.  He should be bumped up draft boards immediately.
  • John Beck has looked impressive this preseason and suddenly has vaulted himself into the fantasy discussion.  We’ll take a closer look at him (as well as the rest of the Redskins skill positions) later this afternoon.  I wouldn’t trust him as a starting option, even in two-quarterback formats, but he has the potential to be a high-upside backup.
  • It has not been an impressive preseason for Cam Newton in the least.  His best completion percentage has been 7-14 (50%) and he is coming off a 6-19 outing in Game 3.  He has yet to throw for a TD, either, though he has rushed for one.  His legs are the only thing that helps him out right now, though seeing him struggle would not be a very big surprise.
  • If anyone had a question whether or not the Falcons would actually open up the offense this season, Matt Ryan went out in the third preseason game and threw the ball 42 times (22 completions) for 220 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT.  The potential is there for him to produce as a Top 5 fantasy option this season and makes him a very good buy on draft day.
  • Matthew Stafford has made a statement in the preseason, throwing for 5 TD vs. 0 INT.  In the third game (against the Patriots) he went 12-14 for 200 yards and 2 TD.  It’s looking like he could be a viable option in all formats, assuming he stays healthy of course.  If you draft him you will certainly like to get one of the next 3-5 QB just to protect yourself.

Make sure to check out all of the rankings from Rotoprofessor:

Top 40 Running Backs For 2011: Updating for Arian Foster, Chris Johnson & More
Top 20 Tight Ends For 2011: Updated August 29


  1. Thomas says:

    Took a gamble on Manning late in the draft. At best he’ll be out 2-4 weeks tops. In the meantime, I have McNabb as my backup. I can’t imagine him being as bad as he was last year with AP carrying the rock. If Farve can excel so can McNabb. At least that’s the hope.

    • I probably would’ve preferred a little bit of a better backup, just in case. While Manning is well worth the risk, having someone like Kolb or Orton at least would ensure that you have another starting option in case Manning’s issues linger.

      My fingers are crossed for you!

  2. GT says:

    Any thoughts on Ryan Fitzpatrick? Ok, I know he’s not a QB1, but I feel like there is potential there given a few factors:
    an offensive minded head coach, developing young talent and unknown quantities all around him (Spiller, Johnson, Nelson, Jones), a smarty pants pedigree, he can run when he needs to (and he will need to), and the fact that the Bills will always be playing from behind necessitating a lot of throws in the second half. Of all of the QBs tabbed as the next big thing -Stafford, Kolb, Bradford, Freeman- only Freeman outscored him in 2010 standard formats and that was with a 3 game advantage. I’m not thinking of him as a fantasy standard, but you can’t discount the 5-10 sleepers that come out of nowhere every year.

    • I would agree that he has the potential as a sleeper, but just don’t go into the season expecting much from him. In the last few rounds as a flier, assuming you have a trustworthy #1, he could really pay off.

  3. 9er Nation says:

    Wow! Matt Stafford has looked great, I know it is preseason but he has to move ahead of Flacco in your next rankings.

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