2011 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings
1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
This one is a no brainer. Had a great 2010 but I think he'll actually improve on his 32 total touchdowns. Great receiving corp, unguaradable tight end, improving offensive line, weak running game. All the ingredients to a potent passing attack. Easily a 1st round talent.
2. Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles
A dual threat in every sense of the phrase. I have a feeling teams are going to game plan big time to stop Vick but he still should put up big numbers both passing and rushing. The guy was unstoppable at times last season.
3. Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts
Peyton has to slow down at some point but I don't see that happening in 2011. If his receivers and backs can stay healthy he should have another monster season. Plus getting Dallas Clark back can't hurt.
4. Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
Rivers, like Manning, didn't have all his weapons available to him in 2010. Even without Antonio Gates and Vincent Jackson he still had a career year with 30 touchdowns. Always underrated as a fantasy quarterback, Rivers will have all his favorite targets back. I can see him approaching 35+ touchdowns easily.
5. Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Brady didn't top his record breaking 2007 campaign but he came close. He had 36 passing touchdowns and only 4 interceptions. Brady doesn't have a stud receiver like he did with Moss but the Pats offense doesn't seem to need one. Adding Ocho Cinco should only increase his value.
6. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Before last season Brees was a top 3 fantasy quarterback. What happened to him? Nothing really. His peers just got better. Honestly Manning, Brees, Brady, and Rivers are a mixed bag. Anyone of them could go in any order. Just base it on personal preference and keep it moving.
7. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
When I'm doing my drafts this summer I'm targeting Romo heavily in all of them. He is always overlooked and his injury in 2010 didn't help his cause. He is surrounded by amazing talent (top 5 fantasy tight end and two top twenty receivers).
8. Matt Schaub, Houston Texans
Schaub is in one of the best offenses in the NFL. He has Andre Johnson and Arian Foster at his disposal. Those two guys alone make him a top 10 QB in 2011.
9. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
I love Matty Ice this season. He has 11 games indoors and we all know his stellar record in the Georgia Dome. Oh yea plus he now has 1st rounder Julio Jones opposite Rowdy Roddy White. I like what I see.
10. Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs have one of the best young offenses in the league. Freeman threw 25 TDs in 2010 and the Bucs have the 13th easiest schedule in 2011. Bit of a gamble as your QB1 but tons of upside.
11. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
Ravens have one of the easiest schedules in the NFL in 2010. Despite the loss of Derrick Mason and Todd Heap, the team will hopefully let him air it out more in 2011. His QB rating has increased every season he's been in the league.
12. Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
I like Cutler but his receivers are average and his offensive line is like Swiss cheese (he was sacked 52 times last season). The team drafted Gabe Carimi and signed center Chris Spencer so we will see if things get better in 2011. Great talent but his turnovers and sacks kill his value in some leagues.
Every year it seems Eli improves on his touchdown totals. Yet he never even sniffs the top 10 in fantasy circles. If he can cut down on the interceptions he will be a great value pick in the middle rounds.
14. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Some fantasy sites have him as a top 10 QB but I don't see it. The Steelers offense is definitely shifting to more pass heavy but he only threw 17 TDs last season. Ideal QB2 though.
15. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
Tons of talent but staying healthy is the reason for his average ranking. I would not be confident at all with him as my starting QB but tons of upside with all the young talent on offense.
16. Matt Cassel, Kansas City Chiefs
Last year he threw 4 touchdowns in a game twice and 3 touchdowns in a game three times. In his other 10 starts he only threw for a total of ten scores. It's feast or famine with Cassel. Be warned.
17. Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams
Bradford is a rising star and in a weak division he will no doubt improve on his 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions from last season. The receiving corp is still weak and might be the only thing preventing Bradford from being a top 10 QB.
18. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills
Fitzpatrick was a great midseason pickup for fantasy owners last year and will make an ideal QB2 in 2011. The Bills will be behind in a majority of their games so Fitzy will be throwing early and often.
19. Kevin Kolb, Arizona Cardinals
The Cardinals spent a pretty penny to get Kolb to the desert. He showed glimpses of his potential when Vick was injured for three games last season. This time last year Kolb was labeled "the chosen one" in Philly and with talent like Larry Fitzgerald and Todd Heap he could live up to those expectations in 2011.
20. Kyle Orton, Denver Broncos
The Broncos were very close to trading Orton when the lockout was lifted but after seeing Tebow struggle in training camp I'm guessing they're glad that didn't happen. Orton was a pleasant surprise for fantasy owners last season and if he remains with the team is a fringe QB1 you can land late in drafts.
21. Mark Sanchez, New York Jets
The Sanchize is too inconsistent to count on week to week but he's a reliable QB2 or bye week fill in. He's like Big Ben...way better in actual football than fantasy football. I'm sure Jets fans don't mind that one bit.
22. David Garrard, Jacksonville Jaguars
The team drafted Blaine Gabbert so he might get the call if Garrard struggles. He had a decent 2010 (28 total touchdowns) but at this point he is nothing more than a bye week replacement in all formats.
23. Tarvaris Jackson, Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks added Zach Miller and Sidney Rice to an offense that already included Marshawn Lynch and "Big" Mike Williams. All they need is a quarterback right? Unfortunately Tarvaris hasn't proven he can produce at the NFL level consistently but a change of scenery may improve his chances.
24. Chad Henne, Miami Dolphins
Henne was a popular sleeper a year ago but never seemed comfortable in the Dolphins offense. With Brandon Marshall having a full year to learn the offense that may change. However, the Dolphins have been a run first team under head coach Tony Sparano and I doubt that changes in 2011.
25. Donovan McNabb, Minnesota Vikings
I really feel like McNabb got a raw deal in DC last season. The organization basically set him up to fail so hopefully things will go better in Minnesota. He'll have Percy Harvin who McNabb should be able to utilize similar to D-Jax during his Philly days. I'd take a "wait and see" approach on McNabb until we determine if he will be able to rebound after a tough 2010.
26. Alex Smith, San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers have built an offense of Vernon Davis, Frank Gore, and Michael Crabtree around Alex Smith but he always seems to disappoint. I would draft him only if I land an elite QB and wouldn't have to worry about the position.
27. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Similar to Tebow, Newton is very raw but should be a fantasy contributor solely because he is so versatile. If Steve Smith does leave though he has zero talent around him to help his rookie campaign.
28. Colt McCoy, Cleveland Browns
McCoy is a steady QB that will help the Browns win some games but he won't help your fantasy team. Your best bet is to keep an eye on him and if he somehow turns into Bernie Kosar Jr. pick him up.
29. Jason Campbell, Oakland Raiders
Campbell will have big games against weak defenses so check out his schedule. If you go with a one QB roster he might be valuable when the bye weeks arrive, especially if the young receiving corp takes the next step in their development.
29. Matt Hasselbeck, Tennessee Titans
The Jake Locker era is on hold in Tennessee as Hasselbeck takes the helm. He should be a good mentor to the rookie and as far as fantasy goes he's a decent backup QB. Jared Cook and Kenny Britt should be his favorite targets in the rebuilding Titans offense.
30. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
No TO or Ocho Cinco and a quarter of your schedule is against the Ravens' and Steelers' defenses? Not a pleasant welcome to the NFL for the TCU alum. Proceed with caution.