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Early Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings

Each day I’m slowly immersing myself deeper and deeper into the world of fantasy football and the more and more I like it! I took a year of from playing fantasy football the year before last because I just wasn’t enjoying it all that much. It was taking me away from my love of actual football, as I cared more about the fake players on my fake team scoring me all those fake points rather than I did the real team (the New York football Giants) that I was rooting for week in and week out. Why did I care more about whether or not Chris Johnson would score a touchdown than I did if the Giants were losing? You get a little irrational when it comes to fantasy football, I guess.

Last season my best friend and former fantasy football co-manager started his own league and that was all that I needed to get back into the game. I think the part I love most about fantasy football is the research that goes into your draft preparation and I kind of missed that. Every day there’s a new article for me to read and I just can’t get enough of them. One day I’m reading something about Value Based Drafting and the next I’m reading about potentially underrated PPR players that I can target in my upcoming draft.

When I did play fantasy football before I retired I only played in one league and it was a league where you had to start two quarterbacks. I found the 2-QB league format to be the most challenging and most enjoyable one around because of how difficult it can be to have two starting quarterbacks dressed for an entire season. You never know which QB will eventually suck, get injured, or both and which QB will come out of nowhere to dominate your league.

This year I’m going to be in two leagues: my usual 2-QB league and a PPR league. For the foreseeable future here at GMEN HQ I’m going to start revealing my ranks at each fantasy football position, minus defensive players, in order to both get myself ready for draft day and get a discussion going in the comments section of this blog. If it’s one thing I learned about fantasy football it’s that everybody has an opinion when it comes to fantasy football and wants to talk about their teams or go off on some rant about which player will probably suck this year and who could be a potential sleeper. We all have them so have it in the comments sections; talk about your team, your draft plans, your rankings, tell me how dumb my rankings are, etc. We want your opinions so don’t hold back.

For now I’m only going to provide rankings and leave the analysis for later on in the pre-season when I’ll be updating my rankings. Today’s article will be focusing on my quarterback rankings…

1. Aaron Rodgers
2. Matthew Stafford
3. Drew Brees
4. Tom Brady
5. Cam Newton
6. Eli Manning
7. Ben Roethlisberger
8. Philip Rivers
9. Robert Griffin III
10. Jay Cutler
11. Peyton Manning
12. Tony Romo
13. Michael Vick
14. Matt Schaub
15. Matt Ryan
16. Andy Dalton
17. Andrew Luck
18. Jake Locker (*if he wins the starting job, which I think he will)
19. Carson Palmer
20. Joe Flacco
21. Sam Bradford
22. Ryan Fitzpatrick
23. Josh Freeman
24. Mark Sanchez
25. Matt Flynn (*if named starter)
26. Tim Tebow
27. Alex Smith
28. Matt Moore (should beat out Tannehill)
29. Matt Cassel
30. Brandon Weeden
31. Christian Ponder
32. Matthew Hasselbeck
33. Kevin Kolb
34. Ryan Tannehill
35. Joe Webb
36. John Skelton
37. Blaine Gabbert
38. Chad Henne
39. Colt McCoy
40. T.J. Yates
41. Brady Quinn
42. Brian Hoyer
43. Kyle Orton
44. Jason Campbell
45. Tarvaris Jackson
46. Russell Wilson

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