As we approach the 2012-2013 season, there are many elite quarterbacks today, but only 5 of them will be on this list. Many players will have a similar season, while others will improve on an already astounding previous season. There have been some questions about the #1 quarterback in all of fantasy football, and because of this I have composed my rankings for the Top 5 QBs this season, and they are as follows:
5. Cam Newton – Cam Newton is coming off a sensational rookie season with the Panthers, and I expect nothing more than a repeat this season. Newton is the most physically gifted quarterback, and a threat with his arm and legs. Although Cam Newton threw 17 interceptions, Newton also amassed over 4,000 passing yards, and 21 passing TDs. In the running game, Newton piled up an astounding 14 TDs, and 706 rushing yards. Newton should improve on his game all-around, so expect an amazing sophomore season.
4. Matthew Stafford – While Stafford’s injury history is a concern for many owners, expect Stafford to remain healthy again this year. Stafford had a relatively healthy season last year, amassing over 5,000 yards and 41 touchdowns. If Stafford could stay healthy this season, another big season is in store for him. Stafford has many options to pass to, but whether it’s Calvin Johnson, Titus Young, or Nate Burleson, expect Stafford to get the job done and lead the Lions to a very successful playoff run.
3. Drew Brees – Drew Brees is coming of an amazing 2011 season. Brees had the most passing yards and touchdowns among all quarterbacks in the NFL. Brees amassed to 5,476 yards and 46 TDs, which shows he is an elite QB. Drew Brees has a great receiving core along with an outstanding arm. Brees is very accurate in the passing game and leads a high-powered Saints offense. Brees is the definition of elite, and he is still on top of his game.
2. Tom Brady – Listing Tom Brady at #2 was a very hard decision. In my perspective, Brady is not going to beat out Rodgers for the #1 QB, but it will be a dogfight for that spot. Brady has compiled 5,235 passing yards and 39 touchdowns in his 2011 season. Brady has the best arsenal at his disposal in Rob Gronkowski, Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd, Aaron Hernandez, and others. Brady could be the best passing QB in the NFL, but the best fantasy QB is Aaron Rodgers.
1. Aaron Rodgers – Aaron Rodgers led all of the NFL in fantasy points, playing in 15 games last season. Rodgers passed for 4,643 yards with 45 TDs. To combine with his passing, Rodgers had 257 rushing yards and 3 rushing touchdowns. Rodgers has the physical gifts you want for a QB, and truly takes advantage of them. Rodgers also has the ability of to lead his team downfield and converting to many players. At 28, Rodgers might remain as the #1 QB for many years.
By: Charlie DiSturco