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Early Bird 2010 Fantasy Football Rankings: Quarterbacks - 5 comments

By R.J. White

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers drops back to pass against the Chicago Bears during the second quarter at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin on September 13, 2009. UPI/Brian Kersey Photo via Newscom

They say that the early bird gets the worm — replace “worm” with “championship” and “bird” with “fantasy football strategist” and you have a pretty good idea as to why we’re serving up rankings in June. In the Internet age, fantasy football mania runs 24-7-365, so it’s never too early to start preparing rankings and formulating strategies. Be warned in advance, though — these rankings are only meant to be a jumping off point. Don’t print this list now, stroll into your fantasy draft in late August, and be shocked when your No. 1 QB has already been deemed out for the season. With that warning out of the way, let’s get to the good stuff. Today’s set of rankings focuses on quarterbacks.

Big props go to bungle613, joejlitz, aaawall91, Dan Lambskin, dream_017, flux, LS2throwed and bazzy_51 for joining me in ranking players.

June Quarterback Rankings

1. Aaron Rodgers
2. Drew Brees
3. Peyton Manning

Welcome to Tier 1. These three guys earned all of our panel’s first-place votes. Rodgers came out on top by grabbing five of the nine first-place votes, while Brees took three top billings. Mr. Consistent Peyton Manning earned a lone first-place vote from Cafe veteran bungle613. If I’m drafting with a top-two pick, I’d love to grab CJ4.24 or All Day in the first and follow it up with Manning and a good No. 1 WR.

4. Matt Schaub
5. Philip Rivers
6. Tom Brady
7. Tony Romo

This is your clearly defined Tier 2. Of the 36 total 4-7 spots our nine rankers could dole out (nine fourths, nine fifths, nine sixths and nine sevenths), the seven guys above had 35 of the 36, with only joejlitz going out on a limb and placing Kevin Kolb in the top seven. Schaub averaged a nice, round 5.0, while Romo checked in at a 5.9. Clearly there’s not much separating this group in our minds.

8. Jay Cutler
9. Eli Manning
10. Brett Favre
11. Kevin Kolb
12. Matt Ryan

This rounds out your QB1s in a normal, 12-team league. Cutler + Mike Martz = happy fantasy owners, as long as your league doesn’t count interceptions too heavily against quarterbacks. Eli has turned into just about as reliable a guy as his brother — over half of us placed him in the top ten. Expect Favre to play and probably outperform his slot. Kevin Kolb is going to garner so much sleeper buzz that I’ll probably avoid drafting him at a projected inflated price.

13. Donovan McNabb
14. Carson Palmer
15. Joe Flacco
16. Matthew Stafford
17. Chad Henne

McNabb was our seventh rated QB in 2009, but the change-of-address and separation from BFF Andy Reid has us tenatively picking McNabb only as a QB2 with upside. Gotta love young QBs and their stud receiving targets — Flacco now has Anquan Boldin to give his numbers a boost, while Henne gets the benefit of throwing to Brandon Marshall (and not much else). Stafford of course will be throwing TDs to Megatron.

18. Alex Smith
19. Vince Young
20. David Garrard
21. Ben Roethlisberger
22. Matt Leinart
23. Matt Cassel
24. Mark Sanchez
25. Jason Campbell
26. Matt Moore
27. Kyle Orton
28. Matt Hasselbeck

Big Ben will be serving a suspension to start the season, and Vince Young may be joining him. Both guys present nice upside later in the year, so don’t be afraid to nab one if you take a QB1 with a late bye-week (bye week notation will be coming in the next iteration of the Cafe Rankings). Leinart has big shoes to fill in Arizona, while Campbell has tiny shoes (but HUGE pants) to fill in Oakland. Mark Hasselbeck down as a sleeper at that going rate.

29. Josh Freeman
30. Sam Bradford
31. Jake Delhomme
32. Trent Edwards
33. Byron Leftwich
34. Michael Vick
35. Derek Anderson
36. Charlie Whitehurst
37. Jimmy Claussen
38. Brian Brohm
39. Tarvaris Jackson
40. Brady Quinn
41. Seneca Wallace
42. Josh Johnson
43. Dennis Dixon
44. Tim Tebow
45. A.J. Feeley

Not much needs to be said about this group of guys, except that if you’re drafting one and expecting him to get significant time in your league, your starting rosters may be too big. If I’m taking upside out of this group, I’ll go with Anderson in Arizona. It’s not surprising he struggled in Cleveland throwing to awful receivers — it’s actually more surprising he ever had success in the first place.

The Strategist

If I can’t land Manning at the 2/3 turn, I’m definitely getting one of those Tier 2 guys in rounds 4-7. If that doesn’t happen either, I’m looking at nabbing Cutler or Favre a little later and then pairing them up with a potential breakout guy like Flacco or Henne. What’s your fantasy? Let us know in the comments…

R.J. White is a fantasy blogger at the sports site FanHouse. Check out his work both here and there, and feel free to talk to him in the forums, where he posts under the name daullaz.
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5 Responses to “Early Bird 2010 Fantasy Football Rankings: Quarterbacks”

  1. bonjovi786 says:

    Awesome… really like the when to draft tips. Waiting for RB’s and WR’s rankings.

  2. User avatar joejlitz says:

    Yup – I put Kolb at 7. And it isn’t Philly bias as much as it is Philly knowledge. Kolb will definitely outperform his ADP, work his way into the top-10 QBs and I think into the top-7. Philly has so many good, young weapons. If you’re in a Keeper, you might wanna trade for him before he plays this season. After that, his value will skyrocket and you will have to mortgage the farm. Mark my words: once Andy Reid starts having him sling it 40+ times per game, you’re gonna see a lot of 300 yard games, ala Schaub last year.

  3. User avatar joejlitz says:

    great comment by bonjovi, too. I love the Tier system and use it myself. I haven’t seen a magazine yet that lists selections in Tiers. Very well done!

  4. shmity72 says:

    great list though i would put kolb, carson, and flacco at the same tier. it’d be nice to platoon

    carson/flacco this year.


  5. User avatar joejlitz says:

    Article on Kolb was submitted for editing. Check out Sleepers tab tonight or tomorrow if you are interested in why I ranked him #7. (thumbs up emoticon) :)


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