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2013 Fantasy Football Rankings – Quarterbacks

A list of the top quarterbacks to draft for the 2013 fantasy football season.

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1. Aaron Rodgers (GB)

  Passing Stats Rushing Stats
Year Att Yds TD Int Avg Att Yds TD Avg
2013 Projections View Aaron Rodgers's 2013 projected stats.

Rodgers threw for an impressive 4,295 yards in 2012, but there's actually room for improvement as he recorded the lowest YPA (7.8) since he became a starter in 2008. The quarterback started the season with an average of only 251 yards and one passing touchdown per game over the Packers' first three contests. Don't expect that to happen again. Further, there's a good chance Rodgers' touchdown total will increase as well. He threw 39 touchdowns in 2012 but actually had fewer attempts inside the opponent's 10-yard line than the other top scorers – Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Cam Newton and Matt Ryan – and by a wide margin. Brees alone had nearly twice as many passes (55) as Rodgers (29) in that area. At worst, you can probably expect Rodgers' 7.1 percent touchdown rate – down from 9.0 percent in 2011 – to remain steady in 2013. And don't forget about what the Packers quarterback can give you on the ground. Rodgers has never failed to rush for 200 yards in a season, and he's averaged nearly four rushing touchdowns per year since he became a starter. Rodgers snuck into the end zone on the ground just twice last season, so there's yet another area where the superstar's stats could "regress" in a good way.

2. Cam Newton (CAR)

  Passing Stats Rushing Stats
Year Att Yds TD Int Avg Att Yds TD Avg
2013 Projections View Cam Newton's 2013 projected stats.

Newton has been such a controversial and oft-discussed quarterback it's easy to forget he's been in the NFL for only two years. Newton failed to improve upon his stellar rookie year, compiling fewer passing yards, passing touchdowns and rushing touchdowns in 2012. As a result, he scored 88 fewer fantasy points, leading many to claim he was a bust. Nonetheless, he still threw for nearly 4,000 yards, turned in improved efficiency at 8.0 YPA, decreased his interceptions to 12 and managed to run for more than 700 yards and eight scores. No matter how you slice it, that's one heck of a season for any passer, especially one in his second year in the league. We shouldn't let Newton's abnormal rookie stats cloud our judgment of just how productive he was in his sophomore campaign. One of the easiest ways for Newton's fantasy performance to improve is simply by throwing the ball more often – something that could very well happen this year. Newton's 485 passing attempts ranked him only 19th in the NFL last year. If that total jumps to around 550, you're looking at a player who could easily lead the league in fantasy points. On top of all that, you can expect Newton's rushing totals to remain steady. Quarterback rushing totals are the most consistent of all fantasy football stats – one reason Newton was actually able to improve upon his 706 rushing yards as a rookie. Newton also had 14 carries inside the opponent's five-yard line in 2012 and converted seven for scores, so you can expect the Panthers will keep calling his number from in close.

3. Peyton Manning (DEN)

  Passing Stats Rushing Stats
Year Att Yds TD Int Avg Att Yds TD Avg
2013 Projections View Peyton Manning's 2013 projected stats.

After missing a year due to multiple neck surgeries, Manning not only returned to form in 2012 – he actually performed at a level not seen since his prime. Manning's 8.0 YPA was the third best mark of his career, his 37:11 TD:INT ratio was in line with his best seasons and he led the league in completion percentage at 68.6. Things could get even better for Manning this year as Wes Welker’s presence should make the Broncos' passing game even harder to defend, and Manning's rapport with Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker should only improve during their second seasons together. Moreover, Manning could see more attempts as Welker gives him an elite chain mover and short-yardage weapon the team lacked last season. The only issue to monitor is age – Manning will be 37 this season – but the quarterback has taken such great care of his body you'd think he'll be able to sidestep any setbacks.

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