Are We Witnessing a Quarterback Renaissance in Fantasy Football?

On Thursday, Week 3 will kick off for the NFL and this means it’s a third opportunity for you to find success with your fantasy teams. Sometimes that’s easier said than done but so far this year, there appears to be one trusty weapon for any team: the quarterback.

In Week 1, there were 20 quarterbacks that had more than 20 points. If you had Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, congratulations, you grabbed 60.3 points. Right behind him was his little bro, New York Giants Eli Manning, with 36.8 points.

With the exception of the Giants wide Victor Cruz, the top 10 players for Week 1 consisted of quarterbacks.

But by the second week, their production started to slip with other players cracking into the Top 10 such as the Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (31.5 points) and San Diego Chargers wide receiver Eddie Royal (27.0 points). One player notably absent both weeks was New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. A quarterback is only as good as the weapons he has and well, this couldn’t be more evident than with this one.

For the last few seasons Brady and his team have been at the top of fantasy numbers for passing. Aside from Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers, New Orleans Saints Drew Brees and Peyton Manning, he’s always a highly coveted fantasy quarterback. Not this season as he’s without his usual targets of  Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowskiand Aaron Hernandez.

In Week 1, Brady sat at No. 36 with his 19.1 points and in the second week, he was No. 61 with 13.2 points. Even Big Ben had higher points at 14.6.

Fortunately Brady will get Gronk back soon but the Patriots as we’ve known them with this dynamic trio is gone. Hopefully Welker’s replacement, Danny Amendola, will return soon and help Brady to wrack up some points.

I wouldn’t count him out yet.

But will the rest of the quarterbacks continue their good numbers throughout the season? As we enter Week 3, 13 quarterbacks sit in the Top 20. Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler sits on the fringe of breaking into the Top 20. If Pittsburgh continues playing like they have been, Cutler could rise in fantasy points and break through.

Right behind him is Brees and Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton. They’re also one or two games away from sitting in the Top 25 to 3 for fantasy points.

Without a crystal ball, it’s hard to predict what will happen for the rest of the season but for now, there appears to be a quarterback renaissance in this year’s fantasy leagues. Now they just have to stay healthy as well as their favorite weapons. Is it time to pick up an extra quarterback? Maybe.



Debbie Baratz

Deb has been writing about the NFL and NCAA football for the last few years. She is a full-time writer and an avid sports fan. Follow her on twitter @ldbar.

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