Seven of the top 10 fantasy quarterbacks made the playoffs in2010. Coincidence? No, absolutely not. The NFL is a passing league. In a passing league it’s the quarterbacks that do the passing.
I’d be willing to bet real money that one Super Bowl team, if not both of them, will feature one of the guys on this list. Sorry, Joe Flacco. So let’s talk about some quarterbacks who played good football in 2009 and what 2010 might bring:
Aaron Rodgers — To paraphrase Jay-Mo, what more is there to say about Rodgers? The Green Bay QB moved into the top tier, like the Chinstrap Ninjas expected in the preseason. He’s good. He’s got weapons. People in some redraft leagues will pick him in the first round in 2010. They won’t be disappointed.
Matt Schaub — So, it helps when you’ve got someone like Andre Johnson to throw to, right? That’s not the end of the story. Take a look at what tight end Owen Daniels did until he got hurt. No. 1 or 2 tight end in the league, amirite? Schaub has shown flashes of greatness that have been extinguished due to injury in the past. He stayed healthy in 2010 and lived up to the preseason hype bestowed upon him by jzak, and other people who are less ninja-y.
Drew Brees — You could argue he’s the most productive fantasy QB on the planet. You’d be wrong technically because, y’know, he’s third on this list, but remember he took some time off at the end of the year. He should still be the top QB taken in 2010.
Peyton Manning — Speaking of taking time off … undefeated? … OK, I’m going to stop. Just understand that with his brother-in-arms Marvin Harrison completely out of the picture, Manning didn’t skip a beat. Dallas Clark and Reggie Wayne are superstars because of Manning, and he made fantasy stars out of Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie.
Tony Romo — As great as Romo was this year — he set club records in completions, attempts and yards — I still have this feeling he’s going to be undervalued next year. Should we put him in the same class as Brees, Manning and Rodgers, and by that I mean potential first or second round selections? I’m going to answer that question with another question, and you’re not going to be ticked off because it is a legitimate answer in question form. Is he still throwing to Miles Austin and Jason Witten?
Brett Favre — It befuddles me that Favre waited until he was 97 years old and playing for a team that doesn’t wear green and yellow to have his best fantasy season. that’s right, I said befuddles and I’m loving it. He’ll be back next year Ninjas, and you won’t be able to get him in the final round of your draft, either. Will Favre be worth his draft spot? Probably not, but he’ll be a solid starter again in 2010. Yes, I did write that because the last three words rhyme.
Tom Brady — Terrific Tom didn’t look Totally Terrific at the end of the season. Then again, it takes a little while to be back from an injury that severe — don’t forget he got an infection in that knee that delayed the recovery process. He’ll be better in 2010, and if his name wasn’t Brady, Tom, he’d be a value pick in next year’s draft.
Ben Roethlisberger — Big Ben is one of the quarterbacks nominated for a Platinum Shuriken MVP award. After a down 2008, he went for good value in 2009 drafts. Then he erupted onto the scene and finished as the No. 8 QB. He’ll be one of those guys that all the ‘perts say isn’t getting enough respect in the magazines. Then, by the time you draft, he’ll be going ahead of Brady and Brees. Don’t do that. But understand that with the aging Ward teamed with Santonio Holmes and Mike Wallace, Roethlisberger’s going to be an intriguing fantasy pick for years.
Philip Rivers — It’ll be interesting to see where Rivers goes in early drafts and where outlets have him ranked next season. When they play in the Super Bowl, he’ll get some hype added to his basket. The basket is not full by any means, because he’s got a legitimate shot to be a top 5 quarterback as long as that offense stays intact, and he’ll be drafted post-Favre and post-Brady. Probably shouldn’t neither.
Eli Manning — As a Giants fan, I feel a bit vindicated to relate this anecdote. After drafting Hakeem Nicks in one redraft league and expressing the pleasantness I felt with the pick, a fellow owner quipped “yeah, but he’s got Eli throwing to him.” Let it be said that Eli Manning, at least in the standard-type format I’m basing this list on, was a Top-10 quarterback in 2010. Let it also be noted that the Giants collapse was horrific and Eli Manning played a part. He threw for a career high in yards (4,071) and TDs (27), but also tied a career high in fumbles (13), set a high in fumbles lost (8) and threw 14 picks to amass the highest turnover total (22) of his career. But in 2010, he’s still throwing to Steve Smith, Hakeem Nicks, Kevin Boss, Ahmad Bradshaw and Mario Manningham, so expect more offensive production and a potential return to the top 10.