1. Michael Vick - Last season Vick was the highest scoring QB and second-highest scoring player in fantasy football (FF) (according to ESPN.com), and he only played in 11 games. Just looking at his throwing numbers, Vick wouldn't have been a Top 10 QB last year but, when you add in his rushing numbers he rises to the top faster than he runs the 40. According to ESPN's FF expert Matthew Berry, Vick's rushing numbers alone would have made him the 16th rated running back last season.
2. Aaron Rodgers - Last Year's MVP has an extreme advantage over every other quarterback in the NFL, Greg Jennings. You'll hear all about my man crush on Jennings in the wide receiver edition. The Packers didn't make a lot of personal moves this offseason but they are getting back so many players off injury they may be better than they were last season. Rodgers completes 65 percent of his passes and averages 12 yards a completion. He threw for almost 4,000 yards, 28 TD's and only 11 picks.
3. Tom Brady - Originally I had Brady at No. 4. With the addition of Chad Ochocinco I had to move him up. Brady consistently has amazing years with less than mediocre talent at wide receiver. Brady's last target who was as good as Ochocinco was the recently retired Randy Moss. That year Brady set the record for TD passes in a season and he lead the Patriots to an undefeated regular season.
4. Matt Ryan - My sleeper pick of this season is Matt Ryan. Sleeper may be a little strong but most FF rankings won't have Matt Ryan as the fourth rated QB. Ryan and Rodney White really found a groove together last season. The addition of first-round pick Julio Jones creates a dynamic tandem for Ryan to throw to. Ryan has increased his number of touchdowns each of his first three seasons in the league.
5. Philip Rivers - Rivers maybe your best value pick at quarterback. He's more of a sure thing than Ryan and has been the sixth or seventh quarterback off the board in most of the mock drafts I've done. Rivers is in the conversation of Manning and Brady when it comes to getting the most out of the least. Yes, he has Antonio Gates but with no Vincent Jackson Rivers was still able to lead the league in passing yards and he lead the Chargers to the No. 1 offense in the NFL. More weapons for Rivers would shoot him up the list.
6. Drew Brees - Drew Brees throws the ball a lot. His attempts are second only to Peyton Manning, but his interceptions are second only to Eli Manning. If you drafted him he's going to score you an abundance of points because he throws the ball so much, you'll just have to deal with the interceptions. Each of the last three seasons, Brees has had better than 4,300 yards, 30 touchdowns, and a 65 percent completion percentage.
7. Peyton Manning - Peyton is Peyton, so as long as he is suiting up he is going to make the top 10; but he isn't going to be the Manning we've seen in the past. I'd be very worried about drafting Manning this season. He is coming off neck surgery and may not play Week 1. His body is eventually going to pay for the beating he takes. The pros to taking Manning: he is going to sling the rock a million times a game, Reggie Wayne can't be more useless than he was last year, and he still has Austin Collie, Blair White and Anthony Gonzales.
8. Tony Romo - Romo is coming off an injury-shortened season last year and will look to start fresh under new head coach and friend Jason Garrett. Garrett's offense will be more wide-open this season. The Cowboys add by subtraction. Getting rid of Roy Williams and Marion Barber means more touches for Dez Bryant and Felix Jones. It also means fewer distractions. Bryant, Miles Austin and Jason Witten give Romo multiple targets he can rely on.
9. Matt Schaub - Schaub has slipped in the rankings mostly due to the running game the Texans discovered with Arian Foster last season. I know I had Andre Johnson. The Texans haven't done anything offensively this offseason to help take attention away from Johnson, who remains Schaub's only real down field target.
10. Ben Roethlisberger - Big Ben missed the first four games last season for being a sleazeball. When he returned, he put up some pretty big numbers. His yards per game – 266 - was fifth best out of the guys on this list. He had 17 TDs and only five interceptions. He has the Usain Bolt of wide receivers, Mike Wallace, at his disposal. The Steelers love to run the ball which hurts Roethlisberger a bit but in return, sets up the play action to Wallace down the field; a fair trade off.
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