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Dynasty Ranks: Quarterbacks

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

This is the second of Rotoworld's four-part Dynasty ranks series to kick off the fantasy football offseason. The running back ranks ran early in the NFL playoffs, and wide receivers will be up this weekend prior to the Super Bowl. We'll wrap up with tight ends early next week.

Tier One

1. Aaron Rodgers, Packers
2. Philip Rivers, Chargers
3. Drew Brees, Saints
4. Peyton Manning, Colts
5. Tom Brady, Patriots

Despite the twin concussions in 2010, Rodgers remains at the top of the list due to his talent, age, and weapons. … Rivers owners avoided a pitfall when top-notch playcaller Norv Turner escaped the firing line following a disappointing season. … Brees finished as the No. 3 fantasy QB while playing through a torn MCL. … Manning is a rock with 12 straight top-six fantasy finishes. He has five more of those left. … Brady led the league in TDs for the second time in four years.

Tier Two

6. Michael Vick, Eagles
7. Tony Romo, Cowboys
8. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers

Confession: I own Vick in both of my main Dynasty leagues, and I wouldn't trade him straight-up for any other QB in the league. It's impossible to ignore his risks, though -- injury and otherwise. … Romo has the most talented pair of receivers in the NFL to go with an elite tight end. … Big Ben may be the best QB in the NFL, but that hasn't translated to fantasy dominance.

Tier Three

9. Matt Ryan, Falcons
10. Joe Flacco, Ravens
11. Sam Bradford, Rams
12. Josh Freeman, Buccaneers
13. Matt Schaub, Texans
14. Eli Manning, Giants

Ryan has shown steady improvement as a franchise QB, but he desperately needs to add an impact receiver with Tony Gonzalez losing several steps in 2010. … Flacco is the most underappreciated QB in the game, in NFL and Dynasty terms. He had every bit the year that MVP candidate Ryan did and his career is off to a similar promising start. … I pushed Bradford ahead of Freeman when the Rams hired OC Josh McDaniels.

Freeman enjoyed an excellent second season against a soft schedule. Just beware that too many are getting carried away with his fantasy prospects after a five-TD aberration in Week 16 skewed his final numbers. … Schaub has always been a better fantasy than NFL QB, and he spent the majority of the season as a borderline fantasy starter. … Eli is a fine No. 2, but owners are constantly on the lookout for an upgrade.

Tier Four

15. Tim Tebow, Broncos
16. Matthew Stafford, Lions
17. Jay Cutler, Bears
18. Mark Sanchez, Jets
19. Carson Palmer, Bengals

Tebow is another player I own in both of my main Dynasty leagues. I'm treating him as a top-10 QB for the next five years after he closed out the season averaging 28.8 fantasy points in three starts. Again, he's not without risk, however, and I realize my riverboat gambling style isn't for everybody. … Like Tebow, Stafford is a high-ceiling, low-floor Dynasty investment. He could be an impact fantasy QB as soon as 2011 if he stays in one piece for 16 games; that's a big "if."

Cutler has a million-dollar arm, but I've got a good idea about that five-cent head. … Sanchez may have the "it" factor, but he's not accurate enough for consistent fantasy success. … Palmer may be tired of wasting his time with an organization that refuses to commit to winning, but nobody out-stubborns Bengals owner Mike Brown. The larger problem is that Palmer "pretty much failed every test" in 2010 and is "more the problem than the answer."

Tier Five

20. Vince Young, Titans
21. Matt Cassel, Chiefs
22. Kevin Kolb, Eagles
23. Kyle Orton, Broncos
24. Colt McCoy, Browns
25. David Garrard, Jaguars
26. Donovan McNabb, Redskins

Young's intangibles are a mess, but there's no question that the Titans have been a much better team with him in the lineup. He wouldn't be the first QB to go from the outhouse to the penthouse. … Cassel is my No. 1 "sell" of the offseason. His impressive 2010 season came against the softest pass defense schedule any of us have ever seen. … Kolb's numbers in 19 career games: 60.8 completion rate, 11:14 TD-to-INT ratio, 6.5 YPA, and 73.2 rating. For comparison's sake, those numbers are down from Chad Henne's rate stats across the board.

Orton is going to miss Josh McDaniels dearly. Owners should hope for a trade to Arizona. … Despite a late-season funk, McCoy still exceeded expectations as a rookie. … Garrard may be a fine Dynasty No. 2, but he lacks long-term job stability. … McNabb would fare much better in Minnesota than he did in D.C.

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Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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