October 24th marks the one unofficial one third way mark of the NFL season. Fantasy football does imitate life most of the time but there is the occasionally anomaly that creates a fantasy football hero. Who would have ever considered Alex Smith or Shaun Hill (now out of the season), top fantasy football back ups before the season began? The following twenty quarterbacks have earned the most points in fantasy football.
Peyton Manning: Indianapolis Colts
There is not much more to say about Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts. The man is a fantasy football machine and he out points his nearest fantasy football quarterback competition but five points a game on average. In fantasy football leagues that are weighted towards quarterbacks, Manning is either a keeper or first round fantasy football draft pick. He is Mr Reliable.
Phillip Rivers: San Diego Chargers
Some fantasy football owners fretted over Phillip Rivers importance after Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeil elected to hold out to begin the the 2010 season. Many fantasy football owners who passed on Rivers in the draft were proved wrong after Rivers vaulted to the number two spot of the 2010 fantasy football point earning quarterbacks.
Kyle Orton: Denver Broncos
Kyle Orton has stunned most fantasy football owners that did not rank him in the top 15 of fantasy football quarterbacks. Orton has done most his damage despite a legitimate number one wide receiver or a solid go to tight end.
Drew Brees: New Orleans Saints
Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints Super Bowl champions has dropped in production and he is still ranked in the top five of fantasy football quarterbacks.
Tony Romo: Dallas Cowboys
Tony Romo’s performance as a fantasy football quarterback does not translate to wins for his Dallas Cowboys. A dismal 1-4 record to start the season will not get Romo and his Cowboys to the Super Bowl but he is not a bad fantasy football quarterback for the remainder of the season.
Aaron Rodgers: Green Bay Packers
A number one pick in quarterback slanted leads, Rodgers has disappointed but he is still a number one fantasy football starter on any fantasy football team. Rodgers has been hampered by two key injuries. Ryan Grant & Jermichael Finley had both become important to Rodgers success and now both are gone.
Matt Schaub: Houston Texans
With his former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in Washington with Donovan McNabb, Matt Schaub has struggled. The addition of a potent running game with Arian Foster has Schaub’s number down but he is still in the top ten of fantasy football quarterbacks.
Donovan McNabb: Washington Redskins
Donovan McNabb is now enjoying working with Kyle Shanahan on the Washington Redskins this season. With little talent in the receiver department, McNabb has done well for what he has to work with.
Eli Manning: New York Giants
The New York Giants have been inconsistent but Eli Manning has been the one shining light on the team and for fantasy football owners. Manning has never been a top ten fantasy football quarterback but is posting his best numbers of his career.
Matt Ryan: Atlanta Falcons
Inconsistent is the perfect word for the Atlanta Falcons starting quarterback Matt Ryan. Ryan has had difficulty consistently hooking up with his two key receivers, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez. Fantasy football owners need to be patient and Ryan should be a decent back up or number one in a 12 man fantasy football league.
Shaun Hill: Detroit Lions
Shaun Hill was putting up some big numbers on the Detroit Lions and was a good start for fantasy football owners looking for an emergency starter on bye weeks. He is out for the year now with a broken elbow. His numbers bode well for owners of Matt Stafford now that he is returning.
Alex Smith: San Francisco 49ers
As bad as Alex Smith is he, is in the top 20 of the fantasy football point producers. His numbers are skewed by two games though. Don’t be fooled and pick up Smith.
Joe Flacco: Baltimore Ravens
The offensive weapons acquired for Joe Flacco on the Baltimore Ravens were brought in to bring up Flacco’s offensive production. Despite a few big performances Flacco has struggled.
Sam Bradford: St Louis Rams
Rookie Sam Bradford of the St Louis Rams has been a pleasant surprise but now his number one receiver, Mark Clayton is out.
Tom Brady: New England Patriots
Tom Brady may be ready to move up the fantasy football point producer list with the addition of his old number one receiver Deion Branch.
Carson Palmer: Cincinnati Bengals
Carson Palmer of the Cincinnati Bengals posted two 300 yard plus games and he is still only ranked sixth among fantasy football quarterbacks. This should explain everything about Palmer’s value as a fantasy football quarterback.
Mark Sanchez: New York Jets
Mark Sanchez has done well in his position for the New York Jets and made some big plays as their quarterback. This does not make him any better than a 17th ranked fantasy football point producer.
Chad Henne: Miami Dolphins
Chad Henne has done well as quarterback for the Miami Dolphins but he will not ever be much of a fantasy football quarterback.
Jay Cutler: Chicago Bears
Jay Cutler has suffered a concussion already in the 2010 NFL season and he is behind a horrible offensive line playing for the Chicago Bears. Cutler will improve on his number nineteen status in fantasy football’s average points. Cutler is still a back up at best.
Josh Freeman: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Josh Freeman is a good spot pick up against a weak pass defense and is a surprise at number 20.
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