We are one week into preseason so with only three weeks left until the start of the regular season, it's time to dust off the fantasy football knowledge and start putting out some rankings. Looking at schedule, team additions/losses and performance last year, here are my rankings for the top 15 fantasy football quarterbacks heading into this season.
1. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers – The defending SuperBowl QB narrowly edges out Michael Vick for this top spot for the simple fact that he has so many more weapons than last season due mainly to players being healthy.
2. Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles – Michael Vick will face no greater pressure to perform in his career than the one he faces this season. Expectations are huge and Philly and Vick has the talent. Now he just has to stay healthy.
3. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints – Always dangerous and always explosive, an improved running attack this year could leak into an even more productive passing attack.
4. Tom Brady, New England Patriots – Always a threat to score while keeping his turnovers down, Brady is as sound a first round pick as you can get.
5. Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts – Normally a top three fantasy QB, Peyton is entering the season with a big question mark at health. If he is 100%, he vaults back up into the mix as the best fantasy QB.
6. Phillip Rivers, San Diego Chargers – The offseason saw little change for the Chargers offense which is a good thing for Rivers. Nothing helps a quarterback more than knowing what he's got going on the field.
7. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons – Atlanta's offense is a work in progress but another year of experience under the belt of Ryan should make for improved stats.
8. Matt Shaub, Houston Texans – Shaub is coming off a season that vaulted him into top fantasy football relevance. The question is can he do it again?
9. Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys – Coming off an injury that killed his last season, Romo is poised to return to the upper echelon of quarterbacks. With a talented receiving corp and a solid running game, Romo could be very relevant this season.
10. Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers – No suspension for the first four games means that Roethlisberger can get off to a solid start. He also has a very favorable FF playoff schedule as well.
11. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens- Some new weapons in the likes of Ricky Williams and Lee Evens should help open up this offense. It's a put up or shut up season for Flacco and the Ravens.
12. Eli Manning, New York Giants – Eli lost a lot of trusted weapons this offseason so there's a big question mark hanging over his head. Plus his 25 interceptions from a season ago may scare off potential owners.
13. Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Freeman is looking to capitalize off of a solid last season. He has the weapons around him to do it.
14. Kevin Kolb, Arizona Cardinals – Kolb has looked sharp in camp so far and with Larry Fitzgerald as your lead receiver, points will be had.
15. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions – The key to Stafford's season is simple, stay on the field.
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