2013 Updated Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings

Jul 22, 2013

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We aren’t even a week removed from the Super Bowl, but what better time to start exploring the 2013 fantasy football quarterback landscape. There has been a changing of the guard at the QB position, which will be quite evident as you peruse the rankings.
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1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Rodgers continues to pile up the numbers. He threw for 4295 yards and 39 touchdowns with just eight interceptions. That’s 84 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in the past two seasons. He’s also always good for 200 yards or more on the ground with a couple of rushing touchdowns.
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2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Back-to-back 5000-yard seasons. Are you serious? 89 touchdown passes. His interceptions (33 over the past two years) and lack of a ground game bonus keep him out of the top spot, but he’s close.
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3. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Cam was a monster down the stretch. He still didn’t deliver a ton of passing touchdowns, but he was close to the 4000-yard mark. Plus, he has ran for at least 700 yards and eight touchdowns in each of his first two seasons. There were a lot of young quarterbacks that received the hype thanks to their team’s success, but in fantasy terms, Cam is the best young quarterback.
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4. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
What else can be said about Peyton Manning? He certainly didn’t disappoint in his new home. While his arm strength wasn’t what it once was, you can’t help but be impressed by the 4659 yards, 37 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions. He has the best receiver trio in the league to work with. Expect another monster year.
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5. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
I think Ryan puts up better numbers with his arm than Luck, but Luck has a little of Rodgers’ ability in that he can give you the bonus points with his feet. Luck and Ryan are in the same tier, in my opinion, I just give Luck a slight edge. That said, Ryan has two of the game’s top receivers. Last season was not a fluke. He should challenge 5000 yards and 35 touchdowns.
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6. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Brady will never confuse anyone for being a mobile quarterback, but he does have seven rushing touchdowns over the past two seasons. You already know what he brings to the table with his arm. Plenty of yards and touchdowns with a low interception total. Gronk’s uncertainty and Hernandez’s release, along with Welker’s departure bring down Brady’s value.
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7. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
The more mobile quarterbacks (RG3, Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson) got plenty of love, which almost overshadowed just how fine of a season that Luck had. Replacing a legend, Peyton Manning in Luck’s case, is never easy, and Luck did about as fine a job as Rodgers (Favre) or any other quarterback has. Year two should be special.
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8. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
Kaepernick has the “it factor”. He is equally as impressive with his arms as he is his feet. That’s saying a lot. He’ll have to improve in the red zone to take the next step as a quarterback, both in fantasy and reality. Losing Michael Crabree hurts his value, but I am confident that he’ll overcome the loss.
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9. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Stafford quietly approached the 5000-yard mark for the second straight year. He had 20 touchdowns to 17 interceptions. He should provide great value as a low-end QB1.
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10. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins
RGIII’s is taking a page out of Adrian Peterson’s knee recovery guide. He’s a risk because of his playing style, but worth it as a low-end QB1.
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11. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
Wilson had modest passing totals (3118 yards, 26 touchdowns), but he only threw ten interceptions. He also ran for 489 yards and four touchdowns. The addition of Percy Harvin adds dramatically to Wilson’s appeal.
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12. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Romo threw for 4,903 yards and 28 touchdowns last year. It was the fourth time in the past six years that Romo has thrown for at least 4,000 yards. Dez Bryant truly emerged last year. Romo is a great value pick.
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13. Eli Manning, New York Giants
Manning fell just shy of reaching 4,000 yards for the fourth straight year. He also threw 26 touchdown passes. He’s a guy to look at after the first ten quarterbacks come off the board.
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14. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
Flacco made an unbelievable run during the postseason that allowed him to break the bank. He has yet to put up big fantasy numbers, but he doesn’t hurt you with interceptions either. He still isn’t an elite fantasy quarterback, but he’s a very capable backup.
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15. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Big Ben was limited to 13 games last year, but still finished with 3,265 yards, 26 touchdowns and just eight interceptions. He has the potential to be a QB1.
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3 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. rob
    August 27th, 2013 at 3:45 pm #

    Hi Lester I am so ready for football season and I have my fantasy team already. Tell me what you think and also who would you start for the first season of 2013? Here my team Qb A. Luck, C. Kaepernick. RB C. Spiller, M. Forte, F. Gore, M. Ball. Wr. B. Marshall, R Cobb, M. Colston, C. Shorts, N. Washington. Kicker G. Zuerlin, A Vinatieri. Def Chicago bear, Cincy

  2. rob
    August 27th, 2013 at 3:54 pm #

    In my league we start one QB, 2 Rb, 3 Wr. one kicker and one def.

  3. LestersLegends
    August 27th, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

    Nice squad. I’d start kaep, spiller, forte, marshall, cobb, colston, greg the leg and chic.

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