posted on June 22, 2012 17:14
NFL Player Rankings
Before training camp starts in late July, we’ll take a look at the top players at each position. That’s not necessarily about fantasy football, which is totally based on stats. It’s also based on production, wins and talent. We’ll leave Peyton Manning out only because we don’t know how good and how healthy he’ll be after missing the entire season due to a neck injury. If he has back to form, he's a top five guy.
Top 10 Quarterbacks
1)Aaron Rodgers., Green Bay Packers: The best in the game right now. He’s athletic, has a strong arm and his team won 15 games last year.
2)Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints: Great competitor who broke the NFL single-season passing yards record in 2011. Very accurate and precise passer who is also a great leader. Is still mobile.
3)Tom Brady, New England Patriots: Only thing that separates him from the top two is his lack of mobility. Is coming off throwing 5,235 yards with 39 TDs and 12 picks. One of the best pocket passers ever.
4)Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers: Tough choice between Eli Manning, but Big Ben has done it more consistently. Has big arm and great escapability. Hasn’t played behind a very good offensive line.
5)Eli Manning, NY Giants: Proved he was elite last season after helping to carry the Giants, who lacked a strong running game. Threw for 9 TDs and just one pick in postseason.
6)Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions: When healthy, nobody has a stronger arm or more potential. It also helps to have Megatron Calvin Johnson in the fold. He threw for over 5,000 yards last year. Get used to it.
7)Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers: Is this high for him? Well it’s based on talent and potential. Few qbs, ok, nobody has his size, speed and arm strength combo. If he only had better weapons. Threw for 4,051 yards in his first year.
8)Phillip Rivers, San Diego Chargers: Rivers seems to be on the decline. He struggled last year with interceptions and had issues behind a struggling offensive line. Rivers’ strength is not his mobility. It’s his release and accuracy.
9)Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens: He just wins and gets his team to the playoffs every year. Forget the stats. Flacco outplayed Tom Brady in the AFC Championship and if Lee Evans held on the ball in the end zone, the Ravens going to the Bowl. Big arm but lacks poise in pocket, or much of an O-line.
10)Matt Schaub, Houston Texans: Schaub is a very accurate passer who just can’t stay healthy. When he is healthy, Houston is a contender.