Final Rankings For 2013 Fantasy Football Quarterbacks

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Ranking the Top 2013 Fantasy Quarterbacks

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The 2013 NFL season is quickly approaching and as the final preseason games wind down, fantasy owners are starting to put a game-plan together on what fantasy quarterbacks that are worth targeting and which aren't worth a second look.

Some jokes can be made that Mark Sanchez will be the top quarterback on everyone's mind with Geno Smith at a close second. However, I'm assuming people want to win their fantasy league. In that case, I have compiled a list of the top 15 quarterbacks, in my opinion, for the 2013 fantasy football season.

Two years ago, many people may have made the biggest fantasy draft mistake of all-time: drafting Peyton Manning in the first round of their respective draft. Last year, people were very cautious of this and he ended up falling in many drafts just because he was coming off major surgery and missed an entire year of play in 2011. Manning ended up having an MVP-caliber season and proving many doubters wrong. There could be some guys who fall in the draft this season and end up being some of the best quarterbacks in the league.

There were also many new young guns that burst onto the scene in 2012. Colin Kaepernick, Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson all experienced tremendous first seasons as starting NFL quarterbacks and every single one of them led their teams to winning seasons and playoff appearances. There could potentially be a couple of those type of guys this season as well, but with a poor quarterback draft in 2013, there aren't too many rookies outside of EJ Manuel with a good chance at making an impact.

Let's take a look at the final quarterback rankings for the 2013 fantasy football quarterbacks.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at muldown5@gmail.com.

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15. Josh Freeman

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Josh Freeman is having a dreadful preseason, but he is coming off his best season as an NFL quarterback. He racked up over 4,000 yards and 27 touchdowns last season.

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14. Ben Roethlisberger

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Although Roethlisberger didn't have quite the season he had hoped for in 2012, he still passed for over 3,200 yards, 26 touchdowns and only eight interceptions. Not too shabby.

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13. Andy Dalton

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Andy Dalton has been solid for the Bengals since being drafted three years ago. He has improved each season, but it's only a matter of time before he breaks out and that could be 2013.

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12. Eli Manning

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Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

With a couple Super Bowl rings on his finger, Eli Manning doesn't have much to prove anymore, but he still needs to produce in 2013 in order to be considered one of the best in the NFL. I believe he can get over 4,000 yards.

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11. Russell Wilson

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Russell Wilson was a rookie sensation in 2012 and surprised a lot of people. He only passed for 3,100 yards, but if he can improve on that mark, he will be a fantasy stud once again in 2013.

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10. Colin Kaepernick

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Taking over the starting role from Alex Smith in the middle of last season, Colin Kaepernick was a sensation and quickly became everyone's favorite player. This guy has a rocket arm and a wealth of potential.

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9. Andrew Luck

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Andrew Luck had a great first year in the NFL. He passed for over 4,300 yards and 23 touchdowns, but his 18 interception mark was a bit high. He helped Colts fans forget Peyton Manning a little bit.

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8. Matthew Stafford

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Matthew Stafford has thrown for over 10,000 yards in the past two seasons with 61 touchdowns. This makes him a near lock to pass for over 4,500 yards and 30 touchdowns once again. Good thing he's got Calvin Johnson on his side.

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7. Matt Ryan

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Ryan had a career-year in 2012, passing for over 4,700 yards and 32 touchdowns, but he could definitely be even better this season. I wouldn't doubt that he throws for over 5,000 yards, especially with the targets he has.

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6. Cam Newton

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As one of the best dual-threats in the league, his draft stock is sure to be elevated a bit. He is a solid passer, but his run game makes him a valuable choice at quarterback.

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5. Robert Griffin III

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Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Robert Griffin III racked up over 4,000 yards of total offense and 27 total touchdowns last season before injuring his knee. He became an instant superstar and will be one of the top quarterback picks in this year's draft. Let's just hope his knee holds up.

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4. Tom Brady

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Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady will always be a top fantasy pick at quarterback. No matter who his receivers are, he finds a way to put up huge numbers. The 2013 season will be no different.

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3. Drew Brees

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Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Drew Brees is coming off two straight seasons with at least 5,100 passing yards and at least 40 touchdowns. This guy is just a magician at quarterback and will be back once again in 2013.

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2. Peyton Manning

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Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Peyton Manning could easily put up numbers good enough to win him the MVP this season -- at age 37. He had an outstanding comeback season in 2012 following his year off in 2011 and could be even better in 2013. Yeah, I said it.

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1. Aaron Rodgers

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Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

No matter how anyone else does, I still think Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback in the NFL. His accuracy is on-point and his lack of interceptions is a must for any fantasy quarterback.

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Ranking the Top 2013 Fantasy Quarterbacks

quarterbacks
Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013 NFL season is quickly approaching and as the final preseason games wind down, fantasy owners are starting to put a game-plan together on what fantasy quarterbacks that are worth targeting and which aren't worth a second look.

Some jokes can be made that Mark Sanchez will be the top quarterback on everyone's mind with Geno Smith at a close second. However, I'm assuming people want to win their fantasy league. In that case, I have compiled a list of the top 15 quarterbacks, in my opinion, for the 2013 fantasy football season.

Two years ago, many people may have made the biggest fantasy draft mistake of all-time: drafting Peyton Manning in the first round of their respective draft. Last year, people were very cautious of this and he ended up falling in many drafts just because he was coming off major surgery and missed an entire year of play in 2011. Manning ended up having an MVP-caliber season and proving many doubters wrong. There could be some guys who fall in the draft this season and end up being some of the best quarterbacks in the league.

There were also many new young guns that burst onto the scene in 2012. Colin Kaepernick, Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and Russell Wilson all experienced tremendous first seasons as starting NFL quarterbacks and every single one of them led their teams to winning seasons and playoff appearances. There could potentially be a couple of those type of guys this season as well, but with a poor quarterback draft in 2013, there aren't too many rookies outside of EJ Manuel with a good chance at making an impact.

Let's take a look at the final quarterback rankings for the 2013 fantasy football quarterbacks.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google. You can also reach him at muldown5@gmail.com.

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15. Josh Freeman

freeman
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Josh Freeman is having a dreadful preseason, but he is coming off his best season as an NFL quarterback. He racked up over 4,000 yards and 27 touchdowns last season.

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14. Ben Roethlisberger

roethlisberger
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Although Roethlisberger didn't have quite the season he had hoped for in 2012, he still passed for over 3,200 yards, 26 touchdowns and only eight interceptions. Not too shabby.

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13. Andy Dalton

dalton
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Andy Dalton has been solid for the Bengals since being drafted three years ago. He has improved each season, but it's only a matter of time before he breaks out and that could be 2013.

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12. Eli Manning

manning
Jim O'Connor-USA TODAY Sports

With a couple Super Bowl rings on his finger, Eli Manning doesn't have much to prove anymore, but he still needs to produce in 2013 in order to be considered one of the best in the NFL. I believe he can get over 4,000 yards.

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11. Russell Wilson

wilson
Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Wilson was a rookie sensation in 2012 and surprised a lot of people. He only passed for 3,100 yards, but if he can improve on that mark, he will be a fantasy stud once again in 2013.

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10. Colin Kaepernick

kaepernick
Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Taking over the starting role from Alex Smith in the middle of last season, Colin Kaepernick was a sensation and quickly became everyone's favorite player. This guy has a rocket arm and a wealth of potential.

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9. Andrew Luck

luck
Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Andrew Luck had a great first year in the NFL. He passed for over 4,300 yards and 23 touchdowns, but his 18 interception mark was a bit high. He helped Colts fans forget Peyton Manning a little bit.

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8. Matthew Stafford

stafford
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Matthew Stafford has thrown for over 10,000 yards in the past two seasons with 61 touchdowns. This makes him a near lock to pass for over 4,500 yards and 30 touchdowns once again. Good thing he's got Calvin Johnson on his side.

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7. Matt Ryan

ryan
Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan had a career-year in 2012, passing for over 4,700 yards and 32 touchdowns, but he could definitely be even better this season. I wouldn't doubt that he throws for over 5,000 yards, especially with the targets he has.

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6. Cam Newton

newton
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

As one of the best dual-threats in the league, his draft stock is sure to be elevated a bit. He is a solid passer, but his run game makes him a valuable choice at quarterback.

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5. Robert Griffin III

griffin III
Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Robert Griffin III racked up over 4,000 yards of total offense and 27 total touchdowns last season before injuring his knee. He became an instant superstar and will be one of the top quarterback picks in this year's draft. Let's just hope his knee holds up.

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4. Tom Brady

brady
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady will always be a top fantasy pick at quarterback. No matter who his receivers are, he finds a way to put up huge numbers. The 2013 season will be no different.

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3. Drew Brees

brees
Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Drew Brees is coming off two straight seasons with at least 5,100 passing yards and at least 40 touchdowns. This guy is just a magician at quarterback and will be back once again in 2013.

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2. Peyton Manning

manning
Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Peyton Manning could easily put up numbers good enough to win him the MVP this season -- at age 37. He had an outstanding comeback season in 2012 following his year off in 2011 and could be even better in 2013. Yeah, I said it.

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1. Aaron Rodgers

rodgers
Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

No matter how anyone else does, I still think Aaron Rodgers is the best quarterback in the NFL. His accuracy is on-point and his lack of interceptions is a must for any fantasy quarterback.


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