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Sizing Up Quarterbacks
David Dorey
June 27, 2005
Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers | Tight Ends

Team Quarterback Ht Wt Age Exp
ARI McCown, Josh 6'4'' 223 26 3
ARI Warner, Kurt 6'2" 220 34 5
ATL Vick, Michael 6'0'' 215 25 4
BAL Boller, Kyle 6'3'' 225 24 2
BUF Losman, J.P. 6'2" 217 24 2
CAR Delhomme, Jake 6'2'' 205 30 4
CHI Grossman, Rex 6'1'' 217 25 2
CIN Palmer, Carson 6'4'' 235 26 2
CLE Dilfer, Trent 6'4" 225 33 12
DAL Bledsoe, Drew 6'5" 240 33 13
DEN Plummer, Jake 6'2'' 202 31 8
DET Garcia, Jeff 6'1" 200 35 8
DET Harrington, Joey 6'4'' 220 27 3
GB Favre, Brett 6'2" 225 36 14
HOU Carr, David 6'3'' 230 26 3
IND Manning, Peyton 6'5'' 230 29 7
JAX Leftwich, Byron 6'5'' 240 25 2
KC Green, Trent 6'3'' 210 35 8
MIA Feely, A.J. 6'3" 225 27 4
MIN Culpepper, Daunte 6'4'' 260 28 5
NE Brady, Tom 6'4'' 220 28 4
NO Brooks, Aaron 6'4'' 205 31 5
NYG Manning, Eli 6'4" 218 24 2
NYJ Pennington, Chad 6'3'' 225 29 4
OAK Collins, Kerry 6'5" 245 32 11
PHI McNabb, Donovan 6'2'' 226 29 6
PIT Roethlisberger, Ben 6'5" 241 23 2
SD Brees, Drew 6'0'' 221 26 4
SD Rivers, Philip 6'5" 226 24 2
SEA Hasselbeck, Matt 6'4'' 233 30 6
SF Rattay, Tim 6'0'' 215 28 4
SF Smith, Alex 6'4" 212 21 R
STL Bulger, Marc 6'3'' 215 28 3
TB Griese, Brian 6'3'' 215 30 6
TEN McNair, Steve 6'2'' 225 32 10
TEN Volek, Billy 6'2'' 214 29 2
WAS Ramsey, Patrick 6'2" 217 26 3

In fantasy football, the quarterback can usually be the top scorer for your team and finding players that most likely fit a "standard" helps increase your chances of drafting a true difference maker. Consider the Top 12 fantasy scorers from 2004 using the standard performance scoring:

#
Team
Top 12 - 2004 FF Pts Ht Wt Age Exp
1 MIN Daunte Culpepper 358 6'4'' 260 28 5
2 IND Peyton Manning 334 6'5'' 230 29 7
3 PHI Donovan McNabb 288 6'2'' 226 29 6
4 KC Trent Green 273 6'3'' 210 35 8
5 DEN Jake Plummer 272 6'2'' 202 31 8
6 NO Aaron Brooks 259 6'4'' 205 31 5
7 GB Brett Favre 257 6'2" 225 36 14
8 CAR Jake Delhomme 255 6'2'' 205 30 4
9 STL Marc Bulger 247 6'3'' 215 28 3
10 ATL Michael Vick 242 6'0'' 215 25 4
11 NE Tom Brady 235 6'4'' 220 28 4
12 SD Drew Brees 232 6'0'' 221 26 4
Average for Top 12 6'3'' 220 30 6

Height - Last season was unusually consistent - it almost never happens as cleanly as the above table shows and is by no means a given for 2005. The best quarterbacks from 2004 rather neatly split between the top six and the next six, split by Brett Favre who fit neither side. The most productive were over 6'3" tall and the bottom six were almost two inches shorter excepting Tom Brady.

Weight - Accompanying the taller height was the heavier weight of the very best quarterbacks. The average weight of 220 was only that high because the top three quarterbacks were all over the mark. Only Favre also exceeded the average and he's shown up in camp this year weighing well under the mark.

Age/Experience - Here is where an interesting breakdown occurred. The best quarterbacks were all between five and eight years in the league. Then Favre pops up as the aberration. And then the next five best quarterbacks were all in their third or fourth year. Oddly enough, the 2001/2002 class was not considered very strong and yet five are poised right outside the top six in the position.

Clearly it takes an experienced quarterback to reach the heights but only two were over the age of 32 in spite of so many quarterbacks that exceed that age.

# Top Rookies Team Ht Wt Age
1.01 Smith, Alex  SF 6'4" 217 21
1.24 Rodgers, Aaron  GB 6'2" 223 21
1.25 Campbell, Jason  WAS 6'5" 230 23
3.03 Frye, Charlie  CLE 6'4" 225 24
3.05 Walter, Andrew  OAK 6'6" 233 23

Rookies - The top rookies are almost all taller than what worked best in 2004 and that's not unusual. The NFL loves tall quarterbacks even if they haven't proven to be any more effective than those around 6'2".

Charlie Frye comes in as the oldest while the top two picks - both juniors - come out at the tender age of only 21 years by the end of the season. Given the age and experience shown in the Top 12, it's unlikely you will see any of these players as fantasy stars for the next three years. While any of these players could end up with a starting job in the next year or two (at least possibly), that inexperience will depress their fantasy value for many seasons.