|1. Aaron Rodgers (30)||13. Joe Flacco (19)|
|2. Michael Vick (2)||14. Mark Sanchez (7)|
|3. Tom Brady (14)||15. Sam Bradford (15)|
|4. Drew Brees (22)||16. Matthew Stafford (32)|
|5. Peyton Manning* (11)||17. Kevin Kolb (8)|
|6. Phillip Rivers (9)||18. Kyle Orton (28)|
|7. Tony Romo (4)||19. Jay Cutler (25)|
|8. Ben Roethlisberger (12)||20. Matt Cassel (25)|
|9. Matt Rayn (27)||21. Donovan McNabb (31)|
|10. Matt Schaub (28)||22. Matt Hasselbeck (16)|
|11. Josh Freeman (20)||23. David Garrard (24)|
|12. Eli Manning (3)||24. Rex Grossman* (5)|
On the Cusp: Alex Smith (9); Tavaris Jackson (18); Bruce Gradkowski* (13); Tim Tebow (28); Colt McCoy (17); Chad Henne (1); Ryan Fitzpatrick* (6); Tyler Thigpen* (6); Cam Newton (23); Jake Locker* (16); Andy Dalton* (13); John Beck (5); Troy Smith; Billy Volek
Comments: Aaron Rodgers is still ranked ahead of Michael Vick as Rodgers has been one of the most consistent top performing fantasy quarterbacks for some time now, and Vick has a propensity to get injured from time-to-time. (See previous rankings.) Still, Vick looked good in his preseason debut. If Vick did not miss four weeks of the 2010 regular season, he likely would have finished as the top fantasy QB, and it likely would not have been close. So, if you feel Vick should be ranked first, there would be nothing wrong with that. Rodgers is simply the more conservative fantasy draft pick between the two.
After Rodgers and Vick, the next six quarterbacks — Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Phillip Rivers, Tony Romo, and Ben Roethlisberger — should all be solid fantasy quarterbacks in 2011. Manning continues to down-graded insofar as he is still recovering from his neck injury. Monitor the situation because if Manning’s neck problem should linger, this would adversely affect the value of most Colts offensive players.
After that, Matt Schaub, Josh Freeman, and Joe Flacco carry some risk given, in part, what appear to be some of the more difficult schedules for quarterbacks in 2011. All three, however, are surrounded by various offensive weapons that still make them some of the best in the league. As for Eli Manning, you either love him or hate him given some inconsistency on his part where he plays like an elite quarterback at times, and at other times, plays as if he cannot tell the difference between team colored jerseys. No question he is a good quarterback but he seems to be a quarterback where you have to be willing to accept some modicum of “taking the good with the bad.” Quarterbacks that could break through and have stellar seasons in 2011 include: Josh Freeman, Joe Flacco, Mark Sanchez, Sam Bradford, Matthew Stafford, Kevin Kolb., Kyle Orton, Matt Cassel, and Donovan McNabb. In fact, Kevin Kolb is now playing with arguably one of the best wide receivers in the league, and is certainly in position to excel on a team that needs a quarterback that can get their star receiver the ball.