Early 2013 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings

All over the web, the first quarterback rankings are being posted in preparation for the upcoming fantasy football drills. At this early stage, it’s mostly hardcore fantasy owners who are starting to build their ratings. But it’s also these owners who are likely to win their leagues year after year.

With that said, here are some early quarterback rankings for the 2013 fantasy football season:

  1. Aaron Rodgers: Honestly, the top spot could have gone to Rodgers or Drew Brees. But we’re going with Rodgers at this early stage because of his fighting skills and the implications surrounding Sean Payton’s return, which are outlined below.
  2. Drew Brees: Technically, Brees scored the most fantasy points in 2012. His 432 total fantasy points they were slightly better than Rodgers’ 420s. However, coach Sean Payton made it clear that in 2013 the team will return to the same style of open-mouthed football that helped propel them to a Superbowl victory. Because of this, Rodgers beats him, who will likely lead a high-powered passing attack once more.
  3. Tom Brady: Brady has been one of the best fantasy artists for as long as I can remember and this year should be no different. Brady was third among quarterbacks in fantasy total points in 2012, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him somewhere in the top 5 again this year.
  4. Peyton Manning: It’s safe to say that Payton’s first year in Denver was a success. If there were any naysayers left, Payton surely proved them wrong in 2012. In 2013 he is looking to take the next step, and a solid WR corps should ensure he remains among the elite quarterbacks this year.
  5. Matt Ryan: Ryan put on a show in 2012 and established himself among the best quarterbacks in the league. This will be his second season connecting with Julio Jones and the addition of running back Steven Jackson can only help his cause.
  6. Cam Newton: Since entering the league, Newton has consistently produced solid individual numbers. Carolina’s ongoing fights will only mean that Newton is throwing the ball more often, which means he can expect Newton’s top 10 numbers no matter how the rest of the team performs.
  7. Tony Romo: Romo has never become the elite quarterback that many thought he would be. But this offseason he got more backing from owner Jerry Jones when he declared that Romo will have an even bigger role on offense in 2012. At worst, you can expect Romo’s top 10 numbers once again.
  8. Colin Kaepernick: If ever there was a Cinderella story in 2012, it was Colin Kaepernick’s rise to fame as the 49ers starting quarterback. This is further proof that getting injured, even for a short time, could be very detrimental to your career as an NFL quarterback. Kaepernick has high expectations this year, but you can be sure that with his mobility he will finish in the top 10.
  9. Andrew Luck: Luck redefined the rookie quarterback’s expectations in 2012 when he quickly assumed the starting role and led the Colts to the playoffs. Second-year lows are common among quarterbacks, but luck isn’t a typical quarterback. He should improve his 2012 ranking as the 10th best fantasy quarterback.
  10. Russel Wilson: Wilson was another rookie quarterback who stunned the fantasy world by leading his team to the playoffs (and winning). His numbers were very similar to Luck’s in 2012 and I also expect him to improve in 2013.

There’s a long time between now and the start of the 2013 fantasy football season, but it never hurts to get ahead of the competition. These QB ratings should get you started as you prepare for your fantasy football drafts.

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