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Friday, August 19, 2011

2011 FANTASY FOOTBALLL UPDATED QB RANKINGS



Fantasy football drafts continue to go unabated with the season three weeks away.  Here are the latest QB rankings according to yours truly.

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

-Aaron Rodgers is the clear cut number 1 guy which is indisputable.  The issue arises right after him as I strongly disagree with the many pundits who have Michael Vick as the number two guy.  Sure its like getting a running back combined with a QB in one, but remember that as great as Vick was last season, he still missed time with injury which is an annual problem for the guy.  He got whacked in Thursday night's preseason game while scrambling and so he once again will be opening himself up to injury.  I cant endorse using a top draft pick on a guy who is mor elikely than anyone to get hurt.
-As far as the rest of the guy who make up the next tier, you have Brees, Manning, Rivers, and Brady.  I have seen all four go in a million different orders and I cant argue with any of them.  I will say this.  Peyton might get off to a slower start due to offseason surgery and with Brady there is always the worry about snow and wind when the fantasy football playoffs begin.  Brees and Rivers are the more safer options but again you cant go wrong no matter where you go.
-Matt Ryan is shooting up draft boards and fightfully so.  The Falcons will throw the ball more this season and why notwith Roddy White, rookie Julio Jones, TE Tony Gonzalez, and the rest of their explosive offense running down the field.  Ryan could very well lead the league in touchdowns at a fraction of the price as the top guys.
-Another guy I annually dont like is Ben Roethlisberger whose game-to-game production is up and down like an elevator.  He is just too inconsistent for my taste.
-Tony Romo will come cheaper than he has in years this season due to yet another injury related campaign.  I actually ended up with Romo as my QB and I got him in the sixth round which I thought was a steal.  Of course I backed him up with Eli Manning due to the injury scare but thats part of what you have to do with Romo.  If he can make it through the season, 30 TD's is possible.
-Matt Cassel is a big bust candidate for many reasons.  Do yourself a favor and dont use him as your starter.
-I really like the chance of Matthew Stafford being a huge bust out candidate this season.  He showed what he can do in his limited time last season and he already opened the preseason with two TD tosses in the opener.  Liek with Vick and Romo, He has to stay on the field which has been a big issue.  Grab him as your backup and if he takes off, you got a big trading chip.

Thats how I see things.  Let me know what you think. 

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