Seth's 2013 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings:

 

1. Aaron Rodgers, GB

2. Drew Brees, NO

3. Peyton Manning, Den

4. Cam Newton, Car

5. Tom Brady, NE

6. Matt Ryan, Atl

7. Tony Romo, Dal

8. Russell Wilson, Sea

9. Colin Kaepernick, SF

10. Andrew Luck, Ind

11. Matthew Stafford, Det

12. Robert Griffin III, Was

13. Joe Flacco, Bal

14. Eli Manning, NYG

15. Ben Roethlisberger, Pit

16. Josh Freeman, TB

17. Andy Dalton, Cin

18. Sam Bradford, Stl

19. Philip Rivers, SD

20. Michael Vick, Phi

21. Carson Palmer, Ari

22. Ryan Tannehill, Mia

23. Matt Schaub, Hou

24. Jay Cutler, Chi

25. Jake Locker, Ten

26. Alex Smith, KC

27. Matt Flynn, Oak

28. Christian Ponder, Min

29. Brandon Weeden, Cle

30. Chad Henne, Jax

 

Positional Breakdown:

A lot of people in the fantasy football community believe quarterback is deep this year. There are four elite QBs (Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Cam Newton) who I would invest a high draft pick in. However, if I didn't get any of these 4 in a standard 10 team league, I'd probably wait to draft one. There are four 2nd year starting quarterbacks in my top 12, when you include Kaepernick, who have a lot of potential.

If you don't wind up drafting one of my “elite 4” in a standard league, I recommend you load up on skill position players and be the last person in your league to draft a QB. I'm a big fan of Tony Romo this year but is there really a reason to reach for him early when you can wind up with Ben Roethlisberger in the later rounds?

 

Seth's Recommended QBs:

Did you know that Cam Newton had more fantasy points last year than Peyton Manning? While he will go out there and lay a few eggs every season, Newton is one of the best running QBs in the league. In his 2 years in the NFL, he has 22 rushing touchdowns which is more than Ray Rice! And that's not even mentioning the 20 touchdowns he averages in the air. While Cam may be hot and cold at times, he is very much worth a mid 3rd to 4th round pick.

Andrew Luck reminds me a lot of Tony Romo. He's great at extending plays, he was forced to throw a lot due to a shaky running game, and has the misfortune to play behind a bad offensive line. Luckily for Luck this young team is another year older and wiser, plus he'll have a better running game with both Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard behind him. In addition to what changes around him, I expect Andrew Luck to decrease the turnovers in year two. If you are the last person to draft a QB in a 10 team league, Luck may be your guy.

Talking about Tony Romo, I think he's one of the safest plays in fantasy football. Yes, he throws a lot of interceptions, but he also threw for the 6th most touchdowns last season. With one of the best receiving corps in the league, Romo will pile up yardage almost every single week.

 

Seth's Deep League Recommended QBs:

If you can't get one of my top 15 QBs, Sam Bradford would be a very solid choice. The Rams finally seem to be surrounding him with solid skill players such as Tavon Austin and Jarod Cook. They also brought in 4 time Pro Bowler Jake Long to solidify one of the weaker offensive lines in the league. NFL scouts seem to think Bradford is still a very solid quarterback and now that help looks to be on the way, I think Bradford really takes off in 2013.

I also think Philip Rivers is worth a late round flier in a deep league, but don't draft him as your starter as he has been too prone to the turnover the past few seasons. Remember, just a few years ago Rivers was considered an elite QB. I thought the Chargers had one of the best drafts in the league, adding D.J. Fluker to keep Rivers' up straight along with free agent pickup Max Starks. He may never return to his elite form, but I think Philip Rivers is worth a gamble just in case he becomes fantasy relevant once again.

 

Seth's QBs to avoid:

I am not high on Tom Brady this year. If Rob Gronkowski starts the year on the sidelines, the Patriots will be without their leading 5 receivers from last season. Brady has done a lot with nothing earlier in his career, but I think the Patriots will rely a lot more on the running game. I still think Brady could have a solid season, but I don't have him as an elite fantasy starter anymore.

I'm also trying to stay away from Robert Griffin III in 2013. As a rookie he already tore his ACL and took some big hits. While he has enormous upside if he can stay healthy for 16 games, I don't think that will happen.

If you do want to take the risk of drafting RG3, make sure you draft a very serviceable backup plan just in case he gets injured. I'd recommend doing the same for Ben Roethlisberger and Michael Vick.

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