2011 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings Outlook
The days of the ground and pound are over in the NFL, if you want to win you have to have a solid passing attack and offensive coordinators around the league are relaying even more on their quarterbacks. What this means in terms of fantasy is that there are many great options and strategies to go with when thinking about your QB spot. The elite quarterbacks have grown to six which includes Rodgers, Peyton, Brady, Rivers, Brees, and now Vick. To get one of these quarterbacks you will have to burn a top 40 pick but it could be well worth the investment. Barring injuries you can count on these six to produce for you every week.
The next sets of quarterbacks have a three time winning Super Bowl Champion, a guy returning from injury with arguably the best talent around him, a passer who threw for over 4300 yards, a few young guys will all upside. Big Ben, Romo, Schaub, Freeman, and Ryan are all very productive quarterbacks and anyone would be happy with any of these guys starting for them. Out of this bunch Matt Ryan and Freeman have slightly higher ceiling because their best days are ahead of them but also some risk to the youth factor. One great fact about Matt Ryan is he plays 12 games in a dome this season more than any other QB in 2011.
So above we discussed 11 great fantasy options but if you are in a deeper or 2 quarterback league you still have the great options. Eli Manning, Matt Stafford, Joe Flacco, and last years offensive rookie of the year, Sam Bradford could all give you great numbers. Even in the later rounds grabbing guys like Kolb or Tebow could pay off a great deal if they move into the right situations. (Orton leaving Denver and Kolb getting traded to the right team)
Draft Day Advice
What this all means is the QB position is the deepest it has been in years and there is no reason at all to reach on a quarterback. Typically, once someone take a QB the waterfall begins and people start to worry about filling their own quarterback position and might reach to ensure they get a quality one. If this happens be smart and capitalize on it. Grab the wideouts and backs that are slipping then take one or even two middle of the road QBs since the middle of the road is pretty damn good this season.