For the past couple days I have brought to you who I thought would be the top ten fantasy running backs in 2013.
In this 2-part series, I will now be presenting to you my top ten fantasy quarterbacks , while comparing my list to those from ESPN.com and NFL.com.
Before I begin though, I will like to note that there has been a dramatic change from last year, as our quarterbacks list has been dominated by a wave of young dual threat passers. So if you add the fact that we are in a pass happy league, with the draft class of 2012, you have yourself a list of quarterbacks that you can’t go wrong with drafting in 2013.
With that said, here are my 1-5 fantasy quarterbacks in 2013.
1. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints- ESPN.com (2) NFL.com (1)
The 2013 projections on NFL.com has Drew Brees passing for 5,232 yards and 38 passing touchdowns, while collecting 154 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown.
2012 was a record breaking year for Drew Brees. He broke the record for most consecutive games with at least 1 touchdown pass (54), surpassing Johnny Unitas’s record. According to NFL Network’s “Top 10 Records Never to be Broken,” Unitas’ 47 consecutive games with a touchdown pass was listed at number two.
Brees was also the fastest player in NFL history to reach 40,000 yards passing. He is also the all-time NFL leader in career passing yards per game, and he is the only player in NFL history with multiple 5,000 yard passing seasons. Brees also became the Saints’ all-time leader in career wins, pass attempts, pass completions, passing yards, and passing touchdowns.
With Sean Payton returning to his position as the head coach of the New Orleans Saints, you can expect Brees to continue his dismantling of opposing defenses with his arm in 2013.
2. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos- ESPN.com (3) NFL.com (3)
The 2013 projections on NFL.com has Peyton Manning passing for 5.014 yards and 40 passing touchdowns, while rushing for 54 yards and no rushing touchdowns.
In 2012, Manning silenced all his critics who thought he would never return to the same form after he underwent neck surgery to alleviate neck pain and arm weakness he dealt with during the previous few seasons.
Manning finished the season with 4,659 passing yards, which ranked him 6th among all active quarterbacks. He also threw for 37 touchdowns for the Broncos, which also earned him the 2012 AP Comeback Player of the Year Award.
During the offseason, the Broncos were able to land former New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker to a 2-year deal. Adding a guy like Welker to a receiving core that already rosters players like Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, who are both coming off career seasons with Manning at quarterback, have made the Broncos the team to beat in the AFC.
More weapons for Manning just means more records that will be broken. And just maybe, if they can get the chemistry together in time, it could mean a Vince Lombardi trophy for the city of Denver.
3. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers- ESPN.com (1) NFL.com (2)
The 2013 projections on NFL.com has Aaron Rodgers passing for 4,452 yards and 37 touchdowns, while collecting 346 rushing yards and 2 rushing touchdowns.
I almost feel like I am betraying Rodgers by ranking him at number three in my fantasy top ten quarterback list because I feel like he is currently the best quarterback in the league.
But fantasy points has to do with a players production, not a players potential. And a quarterbacks production relies heavily on the weapons that surrounds him, and I feel like Rodgers doesn’t have the weapons that the two players above him have.
Statistically speaking, with Greg Jennings signing with the Minnesota Vikings in the offseason, I feel like Randall Cobb will have the best year among all wide receivers on the Green Bay Packers squad. Jordy Nelson proved to us last season that he can’t take on the number one receiver role for the Pack, while James Jones just catches touchdown passes.
All in all, I still believe Aaron Rodgers will have a great, yet typical, fantasy year in 2013.
4. Tom Brady, New England Patriots- ESPN.com (4) NFL.com (5)
The 2013 projections on NFL.com has Tom Brady passing for 4,907 yards and 33 touchdowns, while collecting 80 rushing yards and 2 rushing touchdowns.
In 2013, Tom Brady will be without four of his five top receiving targets from 2012. They are: Wes Welker (Denver Broncos), Brandon Lloyd (free agent), Aaron Hernandez (released from team), and Danny Woodhead (San Diego Chargers). With that said, I still believe Brady will be a top 5 fantasy quarterback once the 2013 season ends.
Throughout his career, Brady has always been known to make no-name receivers into Pro-Bowl caliber kind of guys.
Wes Welker wan’t anywhere as good in Miami as he was in New England. I never knew who Rob Gronkowski was until he tore up the league in 2011. And heck, he literally revived Randy Moss’s career in that almost perfect season in 2007.
So when it comes to needing someone to get the job done and doing it better than everyone else, Tom “Terrific” is the man to call. Just check his track record, his history will tell it all.
5. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers- ESPN.com (5) NFL.com (6)
The 2013 projections on NFL.com has Cam Newton passing for 3,903 yards and 18 touchdowns, while collecting 764 rushing yards and 6 rushing touchdowns.
From the wave of dual threat quarterbacks that have entered the NFL, I believe Cam Newton is the most accurate passer from the bunch.
Even with a slow start to his 2012 season, Cam Newton still finished the year with 3,869 passing yards and 19 passing touchdowns, while running for 741 yards and scoring 8 rushing touchdowns.
Rather you like his style of play or not, Cam Newtown will still be one of the top quarterbacks taken off the board in your fantasy league in 2013.
Tune in tomorrow to see who I have as my 6-10 fantasy quarterbacks in this upcoming season.
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