Tick tock…your draft is coming up and I’ve got you covered with the DeCon’s player rankings. Let’s start with the trigger men, the ones that bring it home for your squad. I am talking about the QBs. If you are in 6pt for passing TD leagues, you shouldn’t sleep too long on your QB, because they will, by and large, score the most for your team this year. I play mostly in 10 team leagues, so let’s have a look at my top 10 QBs for the 2011 season…on the other side…
- Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay – As much as it pains me, Rodgers is as close to a sure thing as you’re gonna get at the QB position. Coming off a Superbowl victory and with the offense in tact from last year, plus a healthy Jermichael Finley and Rodgers should eclipse his stats from last year. I would be willing to bet he will easily surpass 30 TDs and have single digit interceptions.
- Michael Vick, Philadelphia – Probably the highest ceiling of all the QBs when you factor in his rushing ability. However, that means he also could crash and burn hard. His last preseason game was terrible with 3 INTs and I could definitely see that stat going up this year with the TD total remaining relatively flat. Big risk, but could net you a big reward.
- Philip Rivers, San Diego – Talk about making chicken salad out of chicken S**T last year and Rivers still lead the league with 4,710 yards. The kid just has IT and will likely be available after some of the QBs I have rated lower on my board, so he is a SOLID value pick.
- Tom Brady, New England – I think Mr. Bundchen will put up similar numbers in TDs this year and with the addition of Chad Ochocinco, I think he is primed to surpass 4,000 yards passing. Plus, Mr. Bundchen hasn’t been to the Superbowl in a few years and Father Time is looming larger in his career.
- Drew Brees, New Orleans – In his Madden offense, I do not expect a drop in Breesy’s production, except in the INT category. He is always in the discussion of someone who could break Dan Marino’s single season yardage record and this year will be no different.
- Peyton Manning, Indianapolis – If Father Time is looming larger in Brady’s rearview mirror, he may be sitting in the car alongside Peyton Manning. Still, if this neck issue subsides, Manning is still worthy of a top 15 pick.
- Jay Cutler, Bears – Yeah, you probably could have guessed this one being a Bears Blog and all, but consider these facts…JC ranks 6th in TDs and 6th in yardage in the last 3 years combined. Also, 2011 will mark only the second time in his career that JC has played a 2nd full season in the same offense as in the previous year. The last time was in Denver in 2007 and 2008 and in that span JC went from 20 TDs to 25 TDs (a 25% increase) and 3,497 yards to 4,526 (a 29% increase). In Martz’s pass happy offense, I think JC will increase both his TDs and yardage this year and will be a later round steal.
- Matt Schaub, Houston – With Andre Johnson on the outside and a running game anchored by Arian Foster, Schaub could be primed for a huge season. I don’t think 30 TDs is out of the question and you may be able to pick him up in round 5 or 6, which would be great value.
- Eli Manning, NY Giants – Hakeem Nicks much? Manning has the skills and the players around him to post consistent numbers from last year. His TDs have gone up in each of the last 3 seasons and he had 31 last year. The younger Manning is definitely a QB to have on your radar in the later rounds.
- Tony Romo, Dallas – The former Mr. Jessica Simpson is back after an injury shortened season last year. With Dez Bryant and Miles Austin at the WR positions, I expect him to have a solid comeback season and will be good value later in the draft.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments or hit me at [email protected] or on Twitter @DeCon76. Check back for my RB and WR rankings coming soon…
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