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2013 Fantasy Football: Top 5 QBs

Ryan Fowler previews the top five fantasy football quarterbacks for 2013.
Ryan Fowler previews the top five fantasy football quarterbacks for 2013.
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Ryan Fowler

Ryan Fowler has spent the past 10 years covering and talking sports on TV and radio, in newspapers and on the web. He joined FOXSports.com as lead Fantasy Sports Editor and also acts as Digital Content Manager at WhatIfSports.com. Follow him on Twitter. Listen to his FOX Sports Team Report Podcasts on SoundCloud and iTunes

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My 2013 fantasy football top five quarterbacks are:

1) Aaron Rodgers

  • Consistency is key for Rodgers
  • Finished second in fantasy points per game in 2012 (26.2)
  • Averaged over 4,400 passing yards, 42 TDs, 7 INTs past two seasons
  • Was sacked a league-high 51 times
  • No Greg Jennings - no problem - Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and James Jones will step up in the passing game

2) Drew Brees

  • Led all quarterbacks in fantasy points in 2012 (26.9 FPPG)
  • Threw 19 interceptions last season - second-most in career for single-season
  • He'll be good for 5,000 passing yards and 40 touchdowns in 2013
  • Sean Payton returns - helps create stability in Saints' offense

3) Peyton Manning

  • Finished 4th in scoring among fantasy quarterbacks (23.9 FPPG)
  • Had more touchdowns and fewer interceptions than final full season in Indianapolis (37 / 11 vs. 33 / 17)
  • Remember Manning made chicken soup out of chicken droppings with Colts' slot receivers (remember Blair White, Austin Collie) - this opens the door for Wes Welker to have monster year

4) Colin Kaepernick

  • Finished with 1,800 passing yards with 10 touchdowns and averaged 6.6 yards per rush with five touchdowns last season
  • Lost Michael Crabtree, but did start to gel with Vernon Davis in the final two games of the playoffs
  • Anquan Boldin becomes security blanket in passing game

5) Matt Ryan

  • Finished 5th in scoring quarterbacks (24.1 FPPG)
  • Two of his wide receivers finished in the Top 10 in scoring
  • Tony Gonzalez finished third in fantasy scoring among tight ends
  • In our first mock draft, Ryan fell to the sixth round.  Will be overlooked in favor of Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson and, perhaps, RG3.

Tagged: Falcons, Broncos, Packers, Colts, Saints, 49ers, Matt Ryan

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