The NFL Rank ‘Em Up: #12-9 QBs

June 25, 2011 at 6:00 pm (Sports) (, , , , , )

Some quarterbacks walk the tightrope between being a low-end QB1 and a high-end QB2.  Don’t get me wrong:  you can draft the guy ranked 12th as your starter, or the guy ranked ninth as your backup, and no one will give you any grief.  At least I won’t, I can’t vouch for your opponents.

Eli Manning is 12th on this list.  Ranking Manning is kind of difficult, because, like Jay Cutler, his value depends on the point system of your league, because both quarterbacks are extremely high risk/high reward.  If your league deducts only one or two points for interceptions, go nuts on both Eli and Jay, they will serve you well this season.  But, if your league deducts four, five, or six points for an interception, Manning and Cutler will probably both rank outside the top 15 for quarterbacks in your league.  Check your league settings before making a decision on either quarterback, but Manning in particular.  I have him down for throwing 30+ touchdowns and 20+ interceptions again this season.

The Jew-fro is alive and well with Josh Freeman.

My new favorite quarterback, Josh Freeman, is right outside my top ten in 11th.  Freeman has the awesome ability to win games he has no business winning.  His connection with Mike Williams is quickly becoming one of the most feared in the NFL.  And he’s also been working well with tight end Kellen Winslow and the winner of the annual “NickyV presents The Where-The-Hell-Did-He-Come-From Award”, LeGarrette Blount.  I also think that Arrelious Benn could be an extremely deep sleeper this season.  Expect Freeman to be an elite talent in a few short seasons.

Does Matt Schaub have to cut a bitch?

Matt Schaub has become a bit of a forgotten man in the QB ranks.  People always think about Arian Foster and Andre Johnson in the Houston offense, but someone needs to hold this team together, and Schaub is that guy.  He’s stayed healthy for the last two seasons, and has thrown for over 4,300 yards both years.  He still does carry a bit of an “injury warning” on him; drop it.  The two times he was injured in 2007 and 2008 were freak accidents.  He should be fine for this season.

Well, look who bounced back from that sexual assault charge like a champ.  Ben Roethlisberger is ninth here, and this could very easily be his best season to date.  Mike Wallace has become one of the fastest receivers in the game.  He’s a down field threat who can score on any reception.  Hines Ward might be getting older, but he’s still one of the most physical receivers.  Rashard Mendenhall is now a first-round worthy pickup in any draft this season.  And look for Emmanuel Sanders to potentially jump into the #2 role once Hines Ward retires.  One thing I noticed about the Steelers is that they don’t really have a slot, reception-heavy receiver (ala Wes Welker, Davone Bess, Danny Amendola).  Hines Ward was filling that role somewhat, but I don’t think that’s his primary job any more, both Wallace and Sanders are big play receivers, and Mendenhall isn’t a huge part of the passing game.  Might be something that the Steelers look into in next year’s draft.

In the next article, we take about solid starter who will be available in the later rounds, so that you can focus on the other positions early in the draft.

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