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Sizing Up Fantasy Quarterbacks
David Dorey
June 20, 2013
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In all positions, size does matter to at least some degree. Obviously talent is critical but without the size to play in the NFL - does it really matter how fast a player is or how well he can pass the ball? The intent of these positional reviews is to arm yourself with the conventional wisdom about fantasy positions and typically what is successful. There are always exceptions to every rule, but it is nice to know the rule in the first place. There is a surprising amount of consistency in the measureables of star players.

# Team 2012 Top Ten Ht. Wt. Age Exp.
1 NO Drew Brees 6'0" 209 34 12
2 GB Aaron Rodgers 6'2" 225 30 8
3 NE Tom Brady 6'4" 225 36 13
4 CAR Cam Newton 6'5" 245 24 3
5 ATL Matt Ryan 6'4" 220 28 5
6 DEN Peyton Manning 6'5" 230 37 15
7 DAL Tony Romo 6'2" 230 33 9
8 IND Andrew Luck 6'4" 234 24 1
9 DET Matthew Stafford 6'3" 232 25 4
10 WAS Robert Griffin III 6'2" 217 23 1
Top 10 Average 6'3" 227 29 7

Height - Not a lot of variation since the taller players are preferred but Drew Brees not only is an exception, but he comes in rated #1 from last year. Typically the runners in the crowd tend to be shorter though Cam Newton ruins that absolute.

Weight - The height and weight averages are nearly the exact same as they were 5 years ago (6-4, 226). Almost all tend to fall between 220 and 235 pounds. Weight correlates to height of course.

Age - The average age is tending lower thanks to Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin Jr. Usually the average is around 30 to 31 years old. We are nearing the changing of the guard since Brees, Brady and Manning have been constant top ten quarterbacks but are sure to be stepping aside within the next few years. With four quarterbacks are still only 25 or less. There is almost always five guys over 30 and five under 30. No magic age here.

Rookies

Drafted Team Name Ht. Wt. Age
1.16 BUF Manuel, EJ 6'5" 237 23
2.07 NYJ Smith, Geno 6'2" 218 22
3.11 TB Glennon, Mike 6'7" 225 23
4.01 PHI Barkley, Matt 6'2" 227 23
4.13 NYG Nassib, Ryan 6'2" 227 23
4.15 OAK Wilson, Tyler 6'2" 215 24
4.18 PIT Jones, Landry 6'4" 225 24
7.15 SD Sorensen, Brad 6'4" 229 23
7.28 DEN Dysert, Zac 6'3" 231 23
7.31 SF Daniels, B.J. 6'0" 217 24
7.43 ATL Renfree, Sean 6'3" 219 23

The top drafted quarterbacks are really not that tall considering the prototype but Mike Glennon's 6'7" could make him the tallest NFL starter if he ever gets past Josh Freeman. Rookie quarterbacks tend to be slightly lighter than older players not unlike you probably not the same size as when you were 23. Interesting too that the quarterback position in college is not something that players just jump into and then bolt in their junior year for the NFL. Most of them red-shirted or at least played a full college career.

2013 Possible Starters

Team Name Ht. Wt. Age Exp. Team Name Ht. Wt. Age Exp.
ARI Carson Palmer 6'5" 235 34 10 MIN Christian Ponder 6'2" 229 25 2
ATL Matt Ryan 6'4" 220 28 5 NE Tom Brady 6'4" 225 36 13
BAL Joe Flacco 6'6" 245 28 5 NO Drew Brees 6'0" 209 34 12
BUF Kevin Kolb 6'3" 218 29 6 NYG Eli Manning 6'4" 218 32 9
BUF E.J. Manuel 6'4" 237 23 0 NYJ Mark Sanchez 6'2" 225 27 5
CAR Cam Newton 6'5" 245 24 3 NYJ Smith, Geno 6'2" 218 22 0
CHI Jay Cutler 6'3" 220 30 7 OAK Matt Flynn 6'2" 225 28 5
CIN Andy Dalton 6'2" 220 26 2 PHI Nick Foles 6'6" 243 24 1
CLE Brandon Weeden 6'3" 220 30 2 PHI Michael Vick 6'0" 215 33 11
DAL Tony Romo 6'2" 230 33 9 PIT Ben Roethlisberger 6'5" 241 31 9
DEN Peyton Manning 6'5" 230 37 15 SD Philip Rivers 6'5" 228 32 9
DET Matthew Stafford 6'3" 232 25 4 SEA Russell Wilson 5'11" 206 25 1
GB Aaron Rodgers 6'2" 225 30 8 SF Colin Kaepernick 6'4" 230 26 3
HOU Matt Schaub 6'5" 239 32 9 STL Sam Bradford 6'4" 224 26 3
IND Andrew Luck 6'4" 234 24 1 TB Josh Freeman 6'6" 240 25 4
JAC Blaine Gabbert 6'4" 235 24 3 TEN Jake Locker 6'3" 234 25 2
KC Alex Smith 6'4" 217 29 8 WAS Robert Griffin III 6'2" 217 23 1
MIA Ryan Tannehill 6'4" 222 25 1  

Quarterbacks Sorted

Height Weight Age Experience
Joe Flacco 6'6" Joe Flacco 245 Peyton Manning 37 Peyton Manning 15
Nick Foles 6'6" Cam Newton 245 Tom Brady 36 Tom Brady 13
Josh Freeman 6'6" Nick Foles 243 Carson Palmer 34 Drew Brees 12
Carson Palmer 6'5" Ben Roethlisberger 241 Drew Brees 34 Michael Vick 11
Cam Newton 6'5" Josh Freeman 240 Tony Romo 33 Carson Palmer 10
Peyton Manning 6'5" Matt Schaub 239 Michael Vick 33 Tony Romo 9
Matt Schaub 6'5" E.J. Manuel 237 Matt Schaub 32 Matt Schaub 9
Ben Roethlisberger 6'5" Carson Palmer 235 Eli Manning 32 Eli Manning 9
Philip Rivers 6'5" Blaine Gabbert 235 Philip Rivers 32 Ben Roethlisberger 9
Matt Ryan 6'4" Andrew Luck 234 Ben Roethlisberger 31 Philip Rivers 9
E.J. Manuel 6'4" Jake Locker 234 Jay Cutler 30 Aaron Rodgers 8
Andrew Luck 6'4" Matthew Stafford 232 Brandon Weeden 30 Alex Smith 8
Blaine Gabbert 6'4" Tony Romo 230 Aaron Rodgers 30 Jay Cutler 7
Alex Smith 6'4" Peyton Manning 230 Kevin Kolb 29 Kevin Kolb 6
Ryan Tannehill 6'4" Colin Kaepernick 230 Alex Smith 29 Matt Ryan 5
Tom Brady 6'4" Christian Ponder 229 Matt Ryan 28 Joe Flacco 5
Eli Manning 6'4" Philip Rivers 228 Joe Flacco 28 Mark Sanchez 5
Colin Kaepernick 6'4" Aaron Rodgers 225 Matt Flynn 28 Matt Flynn 5
Sam Bradford 6'4" Tom Brady 225 Mark Sanchez 27 Matthew Stafford 4
Kevin Kolb 6'3" Mark Sanchez 225 Andy Dalton 26 Josh Freeman 4
Jay Cutler 6'3" Matt Flynn 225 Colin Kaepernick 26 Cam Newton 3
Brandon Weeden 6'3" Sam Bradford 224 Sam Bradford 26 Blaine Gabbert 3
Matthew Stafford 6'3" Ryan Tannehill 222 Matthew Stafford 25 Colin Kaepernick 3
Jake Locker 6'3" Matt Ryan 220 Ryan Tannehill 25 Sam Bradford 3
Andy Dalton 6'2" Jay Cutler 220 Christian Ponder 25 Andy Dalton 2
Tony Romo 6'2" Andy Dalton 220 Russell Wilson 25 Brandon Weeden 2
Aaron Rodgers 6'2" Brandon Weeden 220 Josh Freeman 25 Christian Ponder 2
Christian Ponder 6'2" Kevin Kolb 218 Jake Locker 25 Jake Locker 2
Mark Sanchez 6'2" Eli Manning 218 Cam Newton 24 Andrew Luck 1
Smith, Geno 6'2" Smith, Geno 218 Andrew Luck 24 Ryan Tannehill 1
Matt Flynn 6'2" Alex Smith 217 Blaine Gabbert 24 Nick Foles 1
Robert Griffin III 6'2" Robert Griffin III 217 Nick Foles 24 Russell Wilson 1
Drew Brees 6'0" Michael Vick 215 E.J. Manuel 23 Robert Griffin III 1
Michael Vick 6'0" Drew Brees 209 Robert Griffin III 23 E.J. Manuel 0
Russell Wilson 5'11" Russell Wilson 206 Smith, Geno 22 Smith, Geno 0

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