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Top 10 Quarterbacks for 2011

Tuesday, May 31, 2011


With no end to the current NFL lockout in sight, many fantasy football fanatics may have to partake in a new game to fill the void. And, if there is no professional football, what better game to play than fantasy college football? The teams and players are different, but the game remains the same.

To begin preparing you for the upcoming season, here are the top 10 quarterbacks to target on draft day.

1. Landry Jones – Oklahoma
There's not much to dislike about Jones from a fantasy perspective. After playing in just part of the 2009 season in place of the injured Sam Bradford, Jones erupted last year, posting 4,718 yards and 38 touchdowns, impressive numbers that could even improve in his junior season. With favorite target Ryan Broyles still running routes for the Sooners, Jones should finish the 2011 season as the top fantasy quarterback.

2011 Projection: 4,700 yards, 39 touchdowns

2. Case Keenum – Houston
Most college athletes stay in school for four years, and sometimes less. Case Keenum isn't a normal college athlete. Keenum will return to the Cougars for his sixth season in 2011 after missing most of last season due to injury. It's not certain yet whether the injury will have any effect on his play on the field, but with the consistency he has shown so far in his career, it is very difficult to push him any lower in the rankings.

2011 Projection: 4,850 yards, 37 touchdowns

3. Bryant Moniz – Hawaii
Moniz led the nation with over 5,000 passing yards and 39 touchdowns last season, but he falls to No. 2 behind Jones because his top-two targets—Greg Salas and Kealoha Pilares—were drafted into the NFL. But even without those guys, the Warriors' Run n' Gun attack doesn't figure to slow down much, meaning Moniz is a good bet to finish the fantasy season among the game's elite.

2011 Projection: 4,800 yards, 35 touchdowns

4. Brandon Weeden – Oklahoma State
Weeden finished the 2010 season ranked third in the nation in passing yards and sixth in touchdowns, and that was in just his first full season as the Cowboys' starter. With a full year of experience under his belt and a receiving corps features the nation's best returning wide receiver in Justin Blackmon, we could see Weeden's numbers get even better in his senior campaign.

2011 Projection: 4,350 yards, 35 touchdowns

5. Dominique Davis – East Carolina
Davis might be the quietest fantasy producer on this list, but in his first season as a starter his numbers were anything but quiet. Davis totaled nearly 4,000 yards and threw 37 touchdowns for the Pirates, even adding nine more scores on the ground. The Pirates are by no means a NCAA powerhouse, but their quarterback is a surefire bet to be an elite fantasy contributor again in 2011.

2011 Projection: 4,000 yards, 33 touchdowns, 200 rushing yards, 6 touchdowns

6. Denard Robinson – Michigan
Some of the names on this list may be unfamiliar to casual college football fans, but Robinson surely isn't one of them. He electrified the nation last season not with his arm, but with his legs, finishing second in the nation in rushing yards from the quarterback position, totaling 1,702 rush yards and 14 touchdowns. Couple that with 2,570 passing yards and 18 touchdowns and you have the most dynamic dual-threat fantasy player in the game.

2011 Projection: 2,700 passing yards, 20 touchdowns, 1,500 rushing yards, 15 touchdowns

7. Kellen Moore – Boise State
If you're looking for a model of consistency at quarterback, look no further than Kellen Moore. The three-year Bronco starter has been nothing but excellent in his tenure, finishing with more than 3,500 yards and 35 touchdowns each of the past two seasons while throwing just nine interceptions in that span. He lost his top two targets to the NFL, but there's no shortage of talent in Boise, so expect Moore to continue to be high-end fantasy producer.

2011 Projection: 3,500 yards, 33 touchdowns

8. Andrew Luck – Stanford
How is that the presumed 2012 No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick is only ranked as the No. 7 fantasy quarterback? That's because the real world and fantasy world are different places. Luck might easily be the most talented passer in the game, and he will finish with solid stats, but Stanford likes to run a balanced offensive attack, meaning Luck's yardage and touchdown numbers won't be quite as spectacular as the pass-happy players ranked above him.

2011 Projection: 3,300 yards, 31 touchdowns

9. Kyle Padron – SMU
SMU head coach June Jones may run the most pass-heavy system in the sport, and Padron is the current quarterback reaping all the statistical benefits. He finished his sophomore campaign with 3,828 passing yards and 31 touchdowns in his first full season as a starter, numbers which should be improved upon as he gets more experience in Jones' system. If you miss out on the elite quarterback options, be sure to consider Padron.

2011 Projection: 3,900 yards, 33 touchdowns

10. Robert Griffin III – Baylor
If you're a fan of dual-threat quarterbacks and missed out on Denard Robinson, Griffin is your guy. Thirteenth in the nation last season with 3,501 passing yards, Griffin also ran for 635 yards and eight touchdowns, 15th among quarterbacks. Griffin won't put up the sparkling rushing numbers of Robinson or passing stats of Jones, but you could do much worse once to top quarterbacks are off the board.

2011 Projection: 3,500 yards, 26 touchdowns, 600 rushing yards, 5 touchdowns


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