No, I don't consider Manning to be the top fantasy QB. He should be, but he's lacking a quality #2 receiver, and realistically you've got to give this newly drafted TE a year to develop. If the Colts make a big move before the season to get a #2 guy, Manning will move up, but the #2 WR spot and the disappearing running game are all taking their toll on Manning's numbers. He's certainly among the elite NFL QB's but he's gonna have a tough time making the fantasy top 5 I'll wager.
Jake Plummer? Last year I read an article about Plummer which reminded us that "every year" we hear that "this is gonna be the year" for Plummer. None of us bought it last year. I don't think many of us are going to buy it this year. Until Plummer proves himself, he's a #2 QB AT BEST. I suspect he may rejuvenate Rod Smith's performance ... but there's no reason to think that Plummer's play will be elevated in Denver. With the strenth of Portis's running game, I suspect that Denver won't be asking much of Plummer. He may turn out great for the team, but he's unlikely to be great for fantasy owners. It's like Emmitt Smith. I'd love to have him on any real football team, but I don't have any high fantasy hopes for him.
Tommy Maddox has to be considered one of the best available QB's this season, with Ward, Burress, and probably a decent running game.
I like Brady again this year. Yeah, he couldn't get anything done in the second part of last season, but he still has a top notch receiver corps, two good tight ends, and some guys who can catch out of the backfield. The Pats need some production at RB or they need to go no huddle to exploit the defenses they face. He proved last year that the Superbowl performance was no fluke, and I think he will be back with a vengeance this year.
Dallas has some great receivers. If they can show me a QB, I'll be interested ....
Holcomb impressed the hell out of me in his pre-injury games last year. If he hasn't lost anything, it's almost crazy not to draft this guy with all the WR talent the Browns have.
Warner wasn't tossed on the scrapheap, so I don't even begin to trust the Rams. Bulger made Torry Holt shine, whereas Warner never even seemed to notice that Holt was on the field. Kind of makes you wonder if Warner had any vision or if he was just extremely accurate and powerful so he could get away with forcing the ball to Bruce. If Bulger is named the starter EARLY, then I will be very high on Bulger. If it's a last minute decision or Warner gets the nod, I'm not touching either of them, because it will show that the Rams aren't committed to their best guy.
There are alot of other QBs I like but these guys are ones I've been thinking about lately for one reason or another. Some of the better QBs worry me because they only have one decent WR and if he goes down, their numbers go in the toilet. I like the guys who have a heavy arsenal of receivers, the ones that have the fans yelling at the coaches to start the 3rd and 4th receivers.
In most of my leagues, I won't be drafting a QB before the 5th round, so I probably won't find Manning around. I bet whoever I draft will give him a run for his money though