Yesterday, I brought to you who I thought would be the top five fantasy quarterbacks in 2013. In numerical order, they were: Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Cam Newton.
Today, I will present to you who are my 6-10 fantasy quarterbacks of 2013. You may notice that there has been a wave of young talent on this list. But like they say, age is just a number.
So without further ado, here are my 6-10 fantasy quarterbacks of 2013, compared to the list of ESPN.com and NFL.com.
6. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons- Espn.com (6) NFL.com (10)
The 2013 projections on NFL.com has Matt Ryan, aka “Matty Ice,” passing for 4,758 yards and 31 touchdowns, while rushing for 64 yards and no touchdowns.
For those of you who disagree with my Matt Ryan pick, I find it hard not to have the guy at number six. Besides Peyton Manning, I believe Matt Ryan has the best weapons surrounding him on his team.
Tight end Tony Gonzalez (93) and wide receiver Roddy White (92) ranked in the top ten in receptions last season, while wide receiver Julio Jones was tied in 7th in total receiving touchdowns (10).
But the scary apart about this offense is that they have gotten better during the offseason. The Falcons were able to reach an agreement with former St.Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson for a three-year deal.
Jaskson wanted to play for a contender, and his wish was granted. But the upgrade at the running back position for the Falcons also means that defenses won’t just have to worry about the Falcons passing game. Less stress on Matty Ice means a better performance out of the 6th year player from Boston College.
7. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks-Espn.com (8) NFL.com (9)
The 2013 projections on NFL.com has Russell Wilson passing for 3,595 yards and 24 touchdowns, while collecting 550 rushing yards and 4 rushing touchdowns.
I have mentioned this before in a previous article, but if I was a GM of a NFL team and I had to redo the 2012 NFL Draft all over again, I would pick Wilson first among all quarterbacks who were drafted that year.
He is a dual threat quarterback, which separates himself from Andrew Luck. He is also a leader and understands his roll as the quarterback on his team. Unlike RG III, Wilson showed that he thinks pass first, and only runs once he feels like the pocket is starting to collapse on him. I also believe he is a better accurate passer than RG III.
With adding a possession guy like Percy Harvin to their wide receiver mix in Seattle, I think expectations are through the roof now for this Seahawks team. Wilson will need to just manage the game for his team (which is something he has done very well since his college days), and he will find his Seahawks team back in the playoffs battling for a NFC Championship game bid once again.
8. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts- ESPN.com (11) NFL.com (4)
The 2013 projections on NFL.com has Andrew Luck passing for 5,145 yards and 27 touchdowns, while collecting 328 rushing yards and 3 rushing touchdowns.
Talk about a perfect rookie season for the 1st overall pick in last year’s draft.
Luck finished 2012 with 4, 374 passing yards and 23 passing touchdowns, while rushing for 255 yards and 5 rushing touchdowns. Luck broke the record for most passing yards by a rookie, which was previously held by Cam Newton. But most importantly, his nine-win-turnaround from the season before earned his team an 11-5 record and a wild card spot in the AFC Playoffs.
Now that we have realized that Andrew Luck is for real, I believe it is now time for him to make the next step forward and make that leap into the elite class of quarterbacks.
One of the main reasons why Luck is projected to throw for so many yards in 2013 is because he attempts so many passes. As a rookie, Luck threw 627 pass attempts, which ranked him 5th among all quarterbacks in the league.
But it’s his crazy athleticism, which allows him to get away from the pass rush, that lets him get off, and most of the time complete, all the passes he attempts. Expect a big season out of Luck and the rest of the Colts club in 2013.
9. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers- ESPN.com (7) NFL.com (7)
The 2013 projections on NFL.com has Colin Kaepernick passing for 3,752 yards and 20 touchdowns, while collecting 740 rushing yards and 4 rushing touchdowns.
In his short stint as a starter for the 49ers in 2012, we realized that Coach Jim Harbaugh probably made the wise decision replacing former starter Alex Smith with Kaepernick at the quarterback position, after Smith suffered a concussion.
Kaepernick has a laser of an arm, but like many other players on this list, he also has the ability to run the ball very effectively as well. That combination has 49ers fans stoked to start this season, especially since they were a game away from winning the Super Bowl in 2012.
With the acquisition of wide receiver Anquan Boldin to this already loaded 49ers roster, Kaepernick now has a guy that every quarterback in the league would want to have, which is someone they can trust. But that’s especially important since this year would be the first full season as a starter Kaepernick will have under his belt.
10. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins – ESPN.com (9) NFL.com (8)
The 2013 projections on NFL.com has RGIII passing for 3,342 yards and 21 touchdowns, while rushing for 741 yards and 4 rushing touchdowns.
If it wasn’t for his leg, which looks like it has turned from human to robot over the past couple years, I believe RGIII would be right behind, if not in front of, Cam Newton on this top fantasy quarterbacks list.
I was the owner of RGIII last season for one of my fantasy leagues and I have to admit that I did not like the hits he was receiving at quarterback. Mike Shanahan and company will have to figure out a new system where his quarterback can run the ball, but also will not take the vicious hits he was receiving in 2012.
His history with injuries is the only reason why he is ranked number 10 on my list. As a quarterback, I don’t believe he thinks pass first all the time, which is something he needs to change. If RGIII and the coaches in Washington don’t figure out something soon, we would probably see an ending to a NFL career that was so promising in the former Heisman Trophy winner.
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