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2011 Player Rankings: Top 10 Quarterbacks
Updated: September 8, 2011
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Tier One
Michael Vick - NYJ YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 1
Keeper: 1
Auction 10: 18%
Auction 12: 20%
2008                    
2009 PHI 12 6 13 86 1   24 95 2
2010 PHI 12 233 372 3018 21 6 100 676 9
Avg   12 120 193 1552 11 3 62 386 6
Proj NYJ       3500 26 9   700 8

Vick was a huge surprise when he took over in 2010 and easily turned in his career best season despite missing four games with a rib injury. The three years away from being a starter apparently were spent well - he rushed for 676 yards and nine scores and threw for 21 touchdowns and 3018 yards. With Kevin Kolb gone there is even less reason to worry about Vick not remaining the franchise player here. Entering his second season in the offense, Vick even has a decent schedule this year.

Aaron Rodgers - GBP YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 2
Keeper: 2
Auction 10: 18%
Auction 12: 20%
2008 GBP 16 341 536 4038 28 13 56 207 4
2009 GBP 16 350 541 4434 30 7 58 316 5
2010 GBP 15 312 475 3922 28 11 64 356 4
Avg   16 334 517 4131 29 10 59 293 4
Proj GBP       4100 28 13   300 3

There's not much mystery here: the Green Bay offense still flows through the quarterback position, where Rodgers will put up something in the neighborhood of 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns, with a dozen multiple-touchdown games and a half- dozen 300-yard efforts. The only caution may be Rodgers backing off on the rushing a bit so as not to risk another concussion and his schedule strength has gone from average to one of the worst.

Tom Brady - NEP YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 3
Keeper: 3
Auction 10: 16%
Auction 12: 18%
2008 NEP 1 7 11 76          
2009 NEP 16 371 565 4398 28 13 29 44 1
2010 NEP 16 324 492 3900 36 4 31 30 1
Avg   11 234 356 2791 21 6 20 25 1
Proj NEP       4360 34 8   40 1

Brady had surgery on his right foot in January and has recovered completely in time for camp. Brady enters his 12th season and the Pats are retooled for a playoff run this year. Not only does Brady never have a "bad" year other than his knee injury in 2008, he should be poised for an ever better than normal season with plenty of running backs, Ocho Cinco on the team and one of the easier schedules he has seen in many years.

Drew Brees - NOS YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 4
Keeper: 4
Auction 10: 14%
Auction 12: 15%
2008 NOS 16 413 635 5069 34 17 22 -1  
2009 NOS 15 363 514 4388 34 11 22 33 2
2010 NOS 16 448 658 4620 33 22 18 -3  
Avg   16 408 602 4692 34 17 21 10 1
Proj NOS       4380 33 15   10  

The worst you get over the last five seasons in New Orleans with Brees is 4418 yards and 26 touchdowns. He has turned in 33+ scores in each of the last three years and remains among the elite, can't miss players. A stronger rushing game this year may detract, but then again it didn't in 2009 when they ended with the Lombardi Trophy.

Philip Rivers - SDC YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 5
Keeper: 6
Auction 10: 12%
Auction 12: 15%
2008 SDC 16 312 478 4009 34 11 31 84  
2009 SDC 16 317 486 4254 28 9 26 50 1
2010 SDC 16 357 541 4710 30 13 29 52  
Avg   16 329 502 4324 31 11 29 62 0
Proj SDC       4460 29 10   50  

Rivers has thrown for over 4000 yards in each of the last three seasons and returns a healthy crew once again. Always a lock for a decent game, Rivers only had only four games with more than two scores last year and three of those were against opponents he will not face in 2011. The schedule is tougher this year and the running game is no longer as dominant which will show up more this season. He's still a lock to be one of the top passers.

Tier Two
Tony Romo - DAL YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 6
Keeper: 7
Auction 10: 10%
Auction 12: 12%
2008 DAL 13 276 450 3448 26 14 28 41  
2009 DAL 16 347 550 4483 26 9 35 105 1
2010 DAL 6 148 213 1605 11 7 6 38  
Avg   12 257 404 3179 21 10 23 61 0
Proj DAL       4500 28 10   60  

Tony Romo was on a hot pace of 321 pass yards per game last year but then suffered a broken collar bone that forced him out for the final 11 games. Romo has been good for no less than 27 TDs and 4300 pass yards when healthy the entire year and has as good of weapons as any QB. He's stepped up in the offseason and taken a bigger role as a leader. His schedule is slightly softer than last year.

Ben Roethlisberger - PIT YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 7
Keeper: 8
Auction 10: 7%
Auction 12: 10%
2008 PIT 16 281 469 3301 17 15 34 101 2
2009 PIT 15 337 506 4328 26 12 40 82 2
2010 PIT 12 240 389 3200 17 5 34 176 2
Avg   14 286 455 3610 20 11 36 120 2
Proj PIT       4180 27 10   180 1

With no league-mandated vacation on the horizon, Big Ben has the weapons and the schedule to match last season's fast start (12 of his 17 TDs came in his first six games). If he's able to finish--and again, the schedule should help him out-- he'll give you borderline elite QB production for a fraction of the draft-day cost. Check out who he plays during fantasy playoffs - CLE, @SF and STL. Reason enough to take him.

Matt Ryan - ATL YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 8
Keeper: 9
Auction 10: 8%
Auction 12: 10%
2008 ATL 16 265 434 3440 16 11 55 104 1
2009 ATL 14 263 451 2916 22 14 30 49 1
2010 ATL 16 357 571 3705 28 9 46 122  
Avg   15 295 485 3354 22 11 44 92 1
Proj ATL       3960 32 8   90  

Ryan enters his fourth year and is already a borderline fantasy starter on the verge of becoming an elite player. He passed for 3705 yards and 28 touchdowns last year and that was with little more than Roddy White and an aging Tony Gonzalez. Now the Falcons drafted the hot rookie Julio Jones and Ryan will have more targets than he has ever had. This could be a monster year for Ryan going against an easier schedule than last season.

Matt Schaub - OAK YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 9
Keeper: 10
Auction 10: 8%
Auction 12: 10%
2008 HOU 11 251 380 3043 15 10 31 68 2
2009 HOU 16 396 583 4770 29 15 48 57  
2010 HOU 16 365 574 4370 24 12 22 28  
Avg   14 337 512 4061 23 12 34 51 1
Proj OAK       4400 25 12   80 1

Schaub comes off his second straight 4300+ yards season though his numbers dropped slightly from 2009 thanks to the newly found rushing game with Arian Foster. The schedule is roughly the same strength and all the same players are on the roster and familiar with the system. Schaub should do no worse than last year... and maybe better.

Josh Freeman - FA YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 10
Keeper: 11
Auction 10: 4%
Auction 12: 4%
2008                    
2009 TBB 10 158 290 1855 10 18 30 161  
2010 TBB 16 291 474 3451 25 6 68 364  
Avg   13 225 382 2653 18 12 49 263 0
Proj FA       3600 26 8   350  

Freeman has come a long way in just two years, playing on a below average offense and yet producing 3451 pass yards and 25 touchdowns against only six interceptions last year. The downside to him is that he almost never has more than two scores in any game or more than around 220 yards. The upside is that he scored in all but one game last year and he throws in around 20 or 30 rush yards per game. Not great but never bad. A reliable fantasy backup.

   
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