Thursday, August 14, 2008

Fantasy Football: Quarterback Rankings

Here are your Joe & Joe Sports top 15 quarterbacks for the 2008 fantasy football season. (These rankings assume 25 passing yards per point, 10 rushing yards per point, 4 points per passing TD, 6 points per rushing TD).
  1. Tom Brady - If Randy Moss had left New England, Brady would've slipped at least one spot on this list. As it is, Moss is still there, and Brady will still be a monster.
  2. Peyton Manning - As sure a bet as there is in football, fantasy or otherwise. If you get Manning, just sit back and enjoy.
  3. Drew Brees - He had 1 touchdown and 9 interceptions entering week six, and still managed to finish as a top 5 quarterback. Oh, and the Saints added a top 5 tight end talent in Jeremy Shockey.
  4. Tony Romo - Even a small regression would leave him with a ton of yards and a ton of touchdowns. And an improvement in efficiency is likely as Romo becomes more comfortable in the pocket.
  5. Carson Palmer - It was a down year for Palmer, but he's too good to not justify being selected as the fifth QB off the board, especially with two elite wide receiver weapons.
  6. Ben Roethlisberger - He seems to be getting more and more comfortable in a balanced offense. At least as importantly, the Steelers have shown a propensity to pass in the red zone.
  7. Matt Hasselbeck - He's quietly put together productive season after productive season. At some point, it's time to acknowledge that he's just a very good quarterback.
  8. Derek Anderson - He's got great weapons and seemed comfortable working with them last year, but always be wary of the guy with a career year. Considering he's also got the golden boy Brady Quinn behind him, it's important to temper your expectations.
  9. Donovan McNabb - His days as a prominent runner are behind him, but he's quietly become a very efficient passer. His constant injury problems are a definite concern, but while healthy, he's very, very good.
  10. Jay Cutler - In his first full season as a starter, Cutler looked pretty sharp. He'll suffer without his #1 receiver Brandon Marshall (suspended for the first 3 games), but when the fantasy playoffs come around, he'll be a fantasy force.
  11. Marc Bulger - Like McNabb, the constant injuries are becoming troublesome. But with his offensive line healthy again, Bulger should be able to perform at a high level.
  12. Jake Delhomme - Delhomme was excellent in the few games he played last year, and has seemed on the cusp of taking his game to the next level for a couple years now.
  13. David Garrard - There's no way he matches his efficiency from last year (18 TD, 3 INT), but he should still be a solid if unspectacular option at QB. His general lack of receivers keeps him from being higher.
  14. Brett Favre - I couldn't put together a list without including Favre, but he could be bad, just as likely as he could be good. He's only 2 years removed from a 29 INT season, and he's not getting younger. Laveranues Coles, Jerricho Cotchery, and Leon Washington give him weapons, but it's no sure thing that he'll flourish with them.
  15. Philip Rivers - I'm in the minority of people in that I really like everything about Rivers. He's jawing at fans? Perfect. Those fans have a story to tell for the rest of their lives. Independent of any of that, though, Rivers is also becoming a pretty decent quarterback for a team whose passing game keeps looking better.

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