Fantasy football drafts are kicking off all around the country and the 2013 season will be the deepest ever as far as quarterbacks. There are easily 10 quality quarterbacks to rely on in one quarterback leagues this fantasy season, which makes reaching for a premier signal-caller a strategy of the past.
To help you draft this season, here is my full fantasy football quarterback report.
Top 10 Average Draft Position (ESPN):
1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers – 9.0
2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints – 12.1
3. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos – 15.5
4. Tom Brady, New England Patriots – 20.5
5. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers – 30.8
6. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons – 34.9
7. Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers – 40.6
8. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins – 47.2
9. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions – 56.0
10. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks – 59.2
Top 5 Sleepers:
1. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
2. Eli Manning, New York Giants
3. Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns
4. Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
5. Alex Smith, Kansas City Chiefs
The Injury Concern:
In recent seasons, many of the premier quarterbacks in fantasy have ended up in the med room. It is a physical game and injuries are just part of the sport. However, some quarterbacks have had a tougher time than others staying on the field.
Michael Vick – One complete season in his 10-year career, including 17 missed games since coming to Philly.
Robert Griffin III – RG3 is coming off a torn ACL, incase you haven’t heard already.
Ben Roethlisberger – Big Ben has missed eight games in the last three years.
The Quarterback Handcuff:
Everyone always talks about running back handcuffs, but quarterback handcuffs can be just as important in dynasty leagues.
Here are some popular handcuffs to watch under center:
Michael Vick – Nick Foles
Matthew Stafford – Shaun Hill
E.J. Manuel – Kevin Kolb – Jeff Tuel
Mark Sanchez – Geno Smith
Josh Freeman – Mike Glennon
Blaine Gabbert – Chad Henne
Matt Flynn – Terrelle Pryor – Tyler Wilson
Christian Ponder – Matt Cassel
It is always important to have a stud quarterback, but this season there are a dozen of quality options. If you can’t get ahold of Aaron Rodgers in the second round, don’t be afraid to settle with Tony Romo in the sixth round.
Make sure to check out my top 100 Facts to Remember Before Drafting.