Fantasy Football Quarterbacks

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Fantasy Football Quarterbacks

Having a good quarterback is a key to success in fantasy football. Every year, the league is based more around passing than running. A lot of teams will throw to their running backs almost as much as they hand them the ball. When you are drafting, you should consider the following three QBs to be at the top of the list.

Most fantasy football players draft quarterbacks early, but not as early as they draft their running backs and wide receivers. That’s in spite of the fact that fantasy football quarterbacks will consistently score more points for a team than a running back or a wide receiver. The difference is that you can only start a single quarterback, but you can almost always start two running backs and two wide receivers.

That being said, quarterbacks are important, and here are some tips and suggestions about some quarterbacks to keep an eye on in 2011.

1. Tom Brady

Last year, he got the ball to Danny Woodhead, a Division Three, undrafted rookie, and two rookie tight ends. He got no help from Randy Moss and had to throw to Deion Branch, who is well out of his prime. He still threw for a nine to one touchdown to interception ratio. With Ochocinco in the lineup this year, he will be unstoppable.

2. Aaron Rodgers

All he did was win the Super Bowl, and he will have more talent this year with the return of both Ryan Grant and Jermichael Finley.

3. Philip Rivers

Rivers just puts up numbers. Even when the Chargers lose, he throws for two hundred and fifty yards. With Vincent Jackson returning, he will have a huge year.

4. Tony Romo

People like to make fun of Tony Romo, and maybe he deserves some of this derision. But with starters like these, Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, and Jason Witten, he’s going to put numbers on the board this year for sure.

5. Matt Schaub

Schaub would be higher on this list, but the running game on his team is going to reduce the number of passes that he’s going to throw. That’s going to affect his fantasy football performance. He’s still a good pick, but he’s not as good as some of the other quarterbacks on this list.

6. Matt Ryan

He’s been playing long enough to consider him a veteran. He could be a great value pick in your league this year, because he usually goes late. So keep your eye on him.

7. Matthew Stafford

If he can avoid getting injured, he should be able to put numbers on the scoreboard for you.

There are a few QBs not mentioned that could contend for these spots, including Peyton Manning.

John Clifton has written more about fantasy football quarterbacks at FantasyFootballTips.org.

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The Packers hope the 3-4 will produce a better pass rush. Don't bet on it.

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The Packers offense is good enough to win. The D has been good but not good enough. The specific shortcoming was lack of a solid pass rush. The team is trying to convert to the 3-4 but still have 4-3 personnel. They may take a step back before getting enough 3-4 talent.

There isn’t much of a problem with the QB. The only area in which QB Aaron Rodgers has struggled in is 4th quarter comebacks. He also is not as productive inside the red zone as he is in the middle of the field. But that comes with experience. This is his second year as the starter and he should get better in that aspect of his game. He has all the physical skills to be a top QB. He just needs time to develop. Matt Flynn and Brian Brohm will battle for the 2nd QB spot.

HB Ryan Grant averaged less than 4 yards per carry. I am not a Grant fan. He tends to dance more than he should and seemed somewhat tentative after injuring a hamstring in the preseason. He is over valued in Fantasy drafts this year. The team plans to run more and we will see how that works out. FB Korey Hall is a good receiver and more than adequate lead blocker. Brandon Jackson backs up Grant and is just OK.

The receivers are outstanding. The starters are Greg Jennings and Donald Driver. In a somewhat short list of WR these two will have very good years for Fantasy Football. James Jones and Jordy Nelson are solid backup one of which will replace Driver when he retires or is traded to the Jets. Donald Lee. and Jermichael Finley are in a training camp battle for the starting TE spot. Both are a little above average receivers.

The line is back in tact. It has LT Chad Clifton, LG Daryn Colledge, C Jason Spitz, RG Josh Sitton and RT Allen Barbre. Clifton is getting old and his performance slipped last year no matter what you read elsewhere. RT Barbre is the weak link and is the most likely to be beaten out in training camp. The rest are OK and look better in pass protection because of Rodgers getting rid of the ball quickly. They deterioration of the running game is in part their fault. C Scott Wells and T/G T.J. Lang are the prime backups. The wild card is veteran free agent Mark Tauscher. He is recovering from knee surgery and may be signed if there is an injury or lack of production.

The D line starts rookie B.J. Raji and Cullen Jenkins at the ends and Ryan Pickett at NT. Jenkins missed most of the year with a chest injury and his condition is not clear yet. Pickett is new to the NT job and should be able to do a decent job. He is not going to collapse the pocket often. The team is betting that Raji has enough athleticism to handle the DE spot. The bench contains Es Johnny Jolly and Justin Harrell. Both have experience but Harrell is coming back from an injury again.

The real issue to the success or failure of the 3-4 will be the linebackers. The change to a 3-4 is a game of Chinese checkers. DE Aaron Kampman moves to OB. OB A.J. Hawk moves inside. Kampman was all pro at 4-3 DE. Whether he can or will be effective at OB is very much up in the air. He has been silent on the move. Hawk should thrive inside if he is allowed to use his instincts to blitz more. Nick Barnett starts inside but is coming off an injury and was inconsistent when healthy. He is still out due to surgery last season. Former DE Jeremy Thompson wasn’t very good at that so there is no reason to believe he will do any better at OB. Rookie Clay Matthews and former starter OB Brady Poppinga are the primary bench strength.

The DBs are solid and deep. Charles Woodson and Al Harris are as good as any in the league. They have excellent depth in CBs Will Blackmon, Pat Lee and Brandon Underwood. FS Nick Collins was all pro last year. The only semi-question in this group is SS Atari Bigby. He is recovering from surgery and did not participated in the OTA.

OVERALL: The Pack will be fine offensively. I think the change to the 3-4 will take a couple of seasons to improve the D. Look for them to battle the Bears for second in the division behind the Vikes.

That’s what I think. Tell me what you think.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He is a senior writer for and edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and edits .

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