by Eric Stashin (aka “The Rotoprofessor)
Quarterback appears to be exceptionally deep as we head towards our 2013 fantasy drafts. That, of course, does not mean that all options are created equally. Who are the best options for 2013? Let’s take a look at how things currently stack up:
- Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers
- Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints
- Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos
- Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers
- Tom Brady – New England Patriots
- Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons
- Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts
- Colin Kaepernick – San Francisco 49ers
- Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions
- Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks
- Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys
- Robert Griffin III – Washington Redskins
- Eli Manning – New York Giants
- Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals
- Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens
- Josh Freeman – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers
- Matt Schaub – Houston Texans
- Michael Vick – Philadelphia Eagles
- Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams
- Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers
- Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals
- Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears
- Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins
- Jake Locker – Tennessee Titans
- The Broncos have continued to add talent around Peyton Manning as they take their shot at winning a Super Bowl. Already with Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, first they go out and add Wes Welker. Than they select Montee Ball in the draft to give the offense potential in the running game as well. This offense has the chance to be the most explosive in the league and, after Manning proved healthy in 2012, he should post another big season.
- Aaron Rodgers “only” threw for 4,295 yards (eighth most in the league), though he did have 39 TD, 8 INT and a pair of rushing touchdowns.
- By all accounts it was a disappointing season for Cam Newton, though it’s not like he was a complete bust (741 yards and 8 TD). He also showed us exactly what was possible from weeks 12-15 when he threw for at least 230 yards in all four games while throwing 9 TD and 0 INT, adding another 3 TD on the ground. He needs to take the next step in his development, but he has the potential to be an elite QB in the NFL.
- Let’s not forget that Colin Kaepernick was not the 49ers starter until late in November. Initially there had been concern that he wouldn’t be able to be a “typical” NFL QB, but he quickly proved his skeptics wrong lighting it up both through the air and on the ground. He’s going to draw comparisons to Cam Newton, but he has the potential to be even better. However, the loss of Michael Crabtree, who proved to be his favorite receiver, is a major blow to his upside and drops him down a few spots on the rankings. That said, he remains a solid QB1 at this point.
- Concerns about the health of Robert Griffin III is the only reason he falls short of our initial Top 10. If he proves healthy, however, he is going to fly up draft boards.
- There is always going to be some questions regarding Tony Romo, but he threw for over 4,900 yards last season and has the benefit of Dez Bryant (who is emerging as a Top 5 WR). While Romo may not get it done in the playoffs, he always seems to produce in the regular season.
- Matt Ryan or Andrew Luck? Andrew Luck or Matt Ryan? We may consistently flip-flop these two on the rankings as they are on almost even footing. It’s more of a preference at this point.
- The loss of Anquan Boldin cannot be underestimated when it comes to Joe Flacco. While he should be a good option, the hype is probably going to be much higher than his actual value after his Super Bowl run. Someone like Andy Dalton, who has the potential to fully breakout this season, should not be overlooked in favor of him.
- Michael Vick is a rather big risk, though one that also has upside. We all know he can produce, the new system would seem to fit him and he has ample skill players around him. Can he stay healthy, though? That’s the big question.
What are your thoughts of these rankings? Who are you targeting on draft day? Who do you think we are overvaluing?