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Sunday, June 19, 2011

FANTASY FOOTBALL QB RANKINGS: A FIRST LOOK


With the NFL lockout showing signs that it will be ending soon in order to have the full season fully underway in September, I am proceeding like normal when it comes to covering the upcoming fantasy football season.  I will have all the various draft guides available on here all preseason so be sure you purchase your copies.  With that said, here are the first set of fantasy football QB rankings for the 2011 season.

1.  Aaron Rodgers
2.  Drew Brees
3.  Peyton Manning
4.  Tomy Brady
5.  Phillip Rivers
6.  Tony Romo
7.  Michael Vick
8.  Matt Schaub
9.  Matt Ryan
10. Joe Flacco
11. Eli Manning
12. Josh Freeman
13. Ben Roethlisberger
14. Jay Cutler
15. Sam Bradford
16. Matt Cassel
17. Matthew Stafford
18. Ryan Fitzpatrick
19. Carson Palmer
20. David Garrard

-Aaron Rodgers is the top dog for the 2011 fantasy football season and his extreme ability to contribute both through the air and on the ground puts him over the top.  As consistent a fantasy football option as you can get.
-After Rodgers, you can pretty much shuffle up and put Manning, Brees, and Brady in any order you want.  I honestly don't have any qualms about any of these three other than that they are aging a bit.  If you want to slot Brady first followed by Manning and than Brees, be my guest. 
-Big time sleepers who could explode this season are Josh Freeman and Matthew Stafford.  Freeman was a revelation and played great all last season.  He too has the ability to do things with his arm and his feet, while Stafford just has to stay on the field and enjoy all the big time weapons he has at his disposal.  These guys make the perfect number 2 QB's in both setups that employ one or two starters.
-Matt Ryan has been solid but unspectacular as a fantasy football QB so far in his career.  This season though figures to be his best yet.  Ryan is surrounded with top notch talent all over the field and he has two big time WR weapons in Roddy White and rookie Julio Jones.  If you miss out on the top guys, look this way.
-I am not sold on Matt Cassel as a fantasy football QB if its a one starter format.  In two starters leagues he is solid but he is not starting material in my book in those leagues that require only one passer.  The team wants to run heavy like last season and I cant see such a wide disparity in TD's and INT's for this upcoming season.  Be leery of the guy and don't go overboard in trying to add him to your roster.

That's how I see it.  As always these lists will be updated continuously as we go get closer to the season.  Lets hear what you think about this list.  Tell me where I went wrong .

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