Week 1 Rankings (2013): Top 25 Quarterbacks

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Quarterback is as deep as anyone can remember, and it’s on full display in the opening week of the season.  There are seemingly countless viable options, but who is the best of the best?  Who should we be skeptical about?  Let’s take a look at our Week 1 rankings:

  1. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints – vs. Atlanta
  2. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons – at New Orleans
  3. Tom Brady – New England Patriots – at Buffalo
  4. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos – vs. Baltimore
  5. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers – at San Francisco
  6. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions – vs. Minnesota
  7. Colin Kaepernick – San Francsico 49ers – at Green Bay
  8. Robert Griffin III – Washington Redskins – vs. Philadelphia
  9. Michael Vick – Philadelphia Eagles – at Washington
  10. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers – vs. Seattle
  11. Russell Wilson – Seattle Seahawks – at Carolina
  12. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys – vs. New York Giants
  13. Eli Manning – New York Giants – at Dallas
  14. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts – at Oakland
  15. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers – vs. Tennessee
  16. Ryan Tannehill – Miami Dolphins – at Cleveland
  17. Matt Schaub – Houston Texans – at San Diego
  18. Andy Dalton – Cincinnati Bengals – at Chicago
  19. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens – at Denver
  20. Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams – vs. Arizona
  21. Josh Freeman – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – at New York Jets
  22. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears – vs. Cincinnati
  23. Carson Palmer – Arizona Cardinals – at St. Louis
  24. Brandon Weeden – Cleveland Browns – vs. Miami
  25. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers – vs. Houston


  • For Matt Ryan, his performance against the Saints in 2012 was the tale of two games.  In their first meeting he threw for 411 yards, 3 TD and 1 INT, but in the second he managed just 165 yards, 1 TD and 0 INT.  However, the second game was the exception not the rule.  In his last four matchups with New Orleans he has thrown for over 350 yards three times.  With the potential for a shootout high, it’s hard not to like Ryan as one of the best options for Week 1.
  • Tom Brady is going to be without virtually all of his top options from a year ago in Week 1.  So what?  Considering he completed 77.3 percent of his passes this preseason, he clearly doesn’t lack chemistry with his receivers.  There is plenty of upside, especially against the Bills.
  • It appears that Robert Griffin III is all clear and ready to go for Week 1 against the Eagles.  Exactly what does that mean, though?  He obviously isn’t going to be running as much as he did a year ago, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to simply be pinned in the pocket either.  While we will have to suppress him slightly on the rankings, this could be the only time this season that he’s not a Top 5 option.
  • Matthew Stafford has thrown for 300+ yards in three of his past four games against the Vikings.  Considering the addition of Reggie Bush, which should only help the team produce, he’s got to be viewed as one of the better options.
  • We have to like Andrew Luck as an option this season, but is it hard to imagine the Colts running up to a big lead over the Raiders?  That would obviously limit Luck’s opportunities this week.
  • A year ago the Redskins’ passing defense was among the worst in the NFL (281.9 passing yards per game).  Throw in the success Michael Vick showed in Chip Kelly’s offense in the preseason and he’s worth considering as a QB1 for the opening week.
  • Last season the Jets’ passing defense was among the best in the league, even without Darrelle Revis.  Will it continue, however?  It’s far from a lock…  That could mean a good day for Josh Freeman.

Make sure to check out all of our Week 1 rankings:

Week 1 Rankings (2013): Top 15 Kickers
Draft Day Strategy: Is There A Specific Position To Target In Round 3?


  1. chris says:

    hi prof, should i start vick or newton in week 1?

  2. Nick says:

    I am having a tough time deciding wether to start VIck or Stafford. There is a -.4 points per incompletion and just 4 points per touchdown. I was thinking Vick because of his running any thought? Thanks for your time!

  3. Ross says:

    So cam over Wilson even with the Seahawks stiff D?

    • Yes, I would still go Cam. His upside is still higher in my opinion. It is close, though, considering they are back-to-back on the rankings so I wouldn’t have an issue flipping them.

  4. wish says:

    who should i start
    Russell Wilson.

  5. Steven says:

    Should I start Vick or Romo week one?

    • I’d go Vick. As I’ve said, he proved that he can thrive in the new offense and, when healthy, he brings the ability to throw and run. While Romo has a decent matchup, I see Vick’s upside as a bit higher this week.

  6. jeremy says:

    Andrew Luck or Cam Newton???im stuck because of the matchups

    • I know Newton has a tough matchup, but I’d still roll with him. Against Oakland, would it be surprising if Luck’s attempts are limited? Plus, Newton’s ability to run gives him a slight edge for me.

      That said, it is a scary matchup so I don’t have an issue sitting him down in favor of Luck this week. I’d consider it a gut call. Newton’s upside is higher, but so is the risk.

  7. Jerry Jepsen says:

    Who should I play first week…Rogers or Rothlesberger

  8. Chris says:

    Cam or Romo…love the matchup for Romo but he is Romo

  9. wish says:

    Who should I start for my flex RB/WR 1
    10 yards= 1 point
    Lamar Miller RB (Dolpins)
    Antonio Brown WR (Steelers)

    who should i start for my QB
    25 yards=1 point
    Interception=-2 point
    10 yards rushing=1 point

    Russell Wilson
    Eli Manning

    • I want to say Miller, but for this week the Dolphins talk has got to scare you a bit. Brown is a fine option, so I’d go that way.

      As for the QB, I’d go with Wilson, but it’s close because of the matchup.

  10. Romo says:

    Should I start Wilson or stafford!??!

  11. Romo says:

    Thanks! How about Trent Richardson, Alfred Morris, or Stevan Ridley? I can choose two of them..

    • That’s a tough one, as all are good options, but it’s Richardson and Morris for me. The Patriots are a bit too unpredictable to trust Ridley given the other options.

      • Romo says:

        I was leaning on that decision as well. I keep hearing how Ridley was against the bills and that he’s a must start. Aaahhhh so difficult!

  12. Matthieu says:

    I was up against Peyton this week, so I’m REALLY playing from behind. Looking for guys that have higher upside, so thinking of playing Nicks instead of Bowe or Miles Austin. Also wondering if Vick might be worth playing over Stafford, since I need a player or two to go off. 6 pts per passing/rushing/receiving touchdown, 1 pt per 50 passing yards. 3pt bonus at 300 yds passing, 100 yds rushing/receiving. Thoughts?

    • I’m not a big fan of Bowe, so I’m definitely fine with Nicks over him and Austin.

      As for the QB, that’s definitely an interesting debate. I do like Stafford, but I can understand the idea of Vick having a slightly higher ceiling due to his ability to run. That said, Stafford threw for over 300 yards in both matchups against the Vikings a year ago and should be primed to throw for significantly more TD this season. I’d still go with him.

  13. Pat says:

    Hey Prof,
    Who should I start at QB this week, Luck or Brady? I ran into D.THOMAS on Thursday so I’m playing from behind already. I’m leaning towards Brady but still not sure. What do you think. Thanks.

    • Can’t sit Brady. He has the higher upside as it is and both have cushy matchups that could lead to fewer attempts.

      There’s just no way not to roll with one of the top QB in the game

      • Pat says:

        Thanks man,
        I’m a New Englander so I agree with you. I just hope the young wideouts are ready until GRONK is back. AMEDNDOLA and EDELMAN will have to shoulder the load. Hopefully VEREEN is involved in passing game more this year. Thanks again, enjoy the games today.

  14. wish says:


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