With NFL quarterbacks passing more and more each season, this position in fantasy football is as important–if not more–than ever.
According to NFL.com, last season 18 quarterbacks had more than 500 pass attempts with six players at more than 600 and one exceeding 700 attempts (Detroit Lions Matthew Stafford).
But this doesn’t necessarily change things when selecting a quarterback for your fantasy team because at the end of the day, the best quarterbacks are still the ones to choose.
Here’s a look at 2013’s top 10 fantasy quarterbacks.
Peyton Manning (Denver Broncos) – Entering his second yard with the Broncos, Manning doesn’t have the same arm strength he used to have but last season’s 4,659 yards, 37 touchdowns with 11 interceptions is something to write home about. His new receiver Wes Welker should help this already talented offense; we all know that Manning doesn’t like to lose.
Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers) – Last season seems disappointing with the team’s postseason run but Rogers still had a great year, throwing for 4,295 yards, 39 touchdowns and only eight picks. In the last two seasons, he’s had 84 touchdowns with 14 interceptions. He has two talented rookie running backs and the healthy Rodgers is hungry for some January playing time.
Drew Brees (New Orleans Saints) – His stats always speak for themselves with two straight 5,000-yard seasons and 89 touchdowns. He’s been challenged by interceptions (33 over the last two seasons), a weak running game and the distraction by Bountygate in 2012 but he’ll be back in 2013.
Tom Brady (New England Patriots) – The Patriots will have new offensive players as they bid goodbye to receivers Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd but added the injury prone Danny Amendola and Donald Jones. Tight end Rob Gronkowski’s 2013 season is a question mark. Will Tom Brady have chemistry with his new weapons? Will change be good?
Brady is still at the top of this bunch but he could see a drop off in production this season.
Matt Ryan (Atlanta Falcons) -Matty Ice, maybe because of a meh personality, seems to fly under the radar as a top fantasy quarterback pick. He has a good arm and in 2012, he had 4,719 passing yards and 32 touchdowns. Lucky for him, he has the top receiving duo of Julio Jones and Roddy White, not to mention veteran tight end Tony Gonzalez, who wants one more opportunity to reach the Super Bowl.
I’ve picked him twice as my fantasy quarterback and would do so again.
Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco 49ers) – It’s been an interesting road for Kaepernick and after last season, he has arrived as a top NFL dual threat quarterback. There’s room for improvement (see the red zone) but he’s a talent. The absence of Michael Crabtree could affect his numbers but he’ll find a way to grab yards and wins.
Robert Griffin III (Washington Redskins) – RG3 met the high expectations placed on him in his rookie season but had that little knee problem at the end. He showed he is also a top dual threat quarterback in the league and should return to his old self for his sophomore season. The Redskins may change their game a bit and this could include more passing by RG3 than running.
There is a risky side to him should he not recover but so far he may be a freak of nature like Adrian Peterson.
Cam Newton (Carolina Panthers) – After starting his sophomore season in a slump, Newton rallied in the end. He had 3,869 passing yards with 19 touchdowns plus more than 700 yards and eight scores on the ground in 2012. The quarterback has veteran receiver Steve Smith who has a lot of competitive fire left, Brandon LaFell, as well as a host of receivers looking for playing time.
If Newton can keep his head straight, he’s quite talented.
Andrew Luck (Indianapolis Colts) – The top draft pick in 2012 had big shoes to fill when going to the Indianapolis Colts and he succeeded. His name got lost in the mix thanks to the successes of Russell Wilson and RG3 but his rookie season included 4,374 yards and 23 touchdowns as well as a number of records.
There’s no reason why Luck’s production won’t rise this year.
Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks) – Wilson was a pleasant rookie surprise last season. He started in all 16 games for the Seahawks but sat at No. 25 in the league with his pass attempts. He can run and almost grabbed 500 yards–No. 3 among quarterbacks. For 2012, he had 3,118 passing yards with 26 yards.
With the addition of receiver Percy Harvin plus Sidney Rice and Golden Tate already in the stable, look for his numbers to rise.