Fantasy Football has changed over the years. In the past, teams drafted running backs with their first two picks and might even grab one with their third pick if a sleeper dropped to them.
With the landscape of the NFL changing and more teams adapting a running back by committee approach, running backs have dropped in worth which makes quarterbacks on the rise. Players like Peyton Manning and Drew Brees are more important to fantasy football teams now than ever.
Here are the top 10 quarterbacks to target in your 2010 fantasy football draft.
1. Peyton Manning – Peyton Manning is still the king of fantasy football quarterbacks. 2010 will be more of the same. Reggie Wayne is still a stud, Anthony Gonzalez will be back this year and both Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon proved last year to have what it takes. Add in tight end Dallas Clark, and fantasy football owners can expect Manning to break 4,000 yards with at least 35 touchdowns.
2. Drew Brees – Last year’s Super Bowl MVP will be back this year and is closing in on Peyton Manning’s position as the best fantasy quarterback in the NFL. New Orleans is a team that lives by the pass and that won’t change in 2010. Marques Colston and Devery Henderson return as the top wideouts and Reggie Bush is always a threat when he catches a pass. Brees will break 4,000 yards with 35 touchdowns and might even eclipse Manning’s fantasy totals.
3. Aaron Rodgers – Aaron Rodgers stepped forward in 2010 and proved Green Bay is just fine without Brett Farve. Rodgers was the leading quarterback in 2009 in standard-scoring leagues with 4,434 yards and 30 touchdowns. He also ran for 316 yards and five touchdowns. Expect his fantasy passing numbers to remain consistent in 2010 with possibly less rushing points.
4. Matt Schaub – Matt Schaub lit the NFL up in 2010, leading the league in yards (4,770). However, he threw 29 touchdowns, which were slightly offset with his 15 interceptions. Imagine how much better those numbers would have been if tight end Owen Daniels had not missed most of the season. Expect Schaub to reach the same totals as Aaron Rodgers with a higher interception rate, hurting his fantasy numbers.
5. Carson Palmer – The Cincinnati Bengals are a strong power running team but, with the addition of Terrell Owens, Antonio Bryant and rookie tight end Jermaine Gresham, Palmer has a chance to eclipse his prior fantasy passing totals. While Palmer’s passing totals won’t be the same as the quarterbacks above him, he will have a chance to tear it up with his touchdown totals in 2010.
The Best of the Rest
6. Tony Romo
7. Philip Rivers
8. Tom Brady
9. Eli Manning
10. Jay Cutler