Thursday, February 7, 2013

Fantasy football: QBs plentiful in 2013

The days of worrying about settling for a so-so fantasy quarterback if you didn't take Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady in the first round are over.

Fantasy QBs will be so plentiful in 2013 your first round might be completed with only a few off the board. With the position so deep, the waiting could be the hardest part. Don't worry, fantasy QBs will be overflowing in 2013.

Expect Rodgers to be the No. 1-rated fantasy QB again in '13, but the dropoff from him to the likes of Peyton Manning and Matt Ryan aren't as drastic as one might think. Those QBs can be had most likely in the mid-rounds. There's other top-notch options too.

In The News-Herald's 12-team league, 10 quarterbacks scored at least 300 fantasy points. The scoring system is the same as most: 4 points for a passing TD and 1 point for every 25 yards passing.

The top three from 2012 was no surprise: Brees (370), Rodgers (363) and Brady (355). Not far behind were Cam Newton (347), Robert Griffin III (338), Ryan (331), Manning (326), Tony Romo (308), Adrew Luck (308) and Matthew Stafford (300).

Don't forget about Russell Wilson, who checked in at No. 11 with 291 points, but was one of the top fantasy QBs down the stretch last season. There's also Colin Kaepernick, who scored 180 points in eight starts (22.5 points per game average) for the 49ers. That's 360 points over a 16-game season.

The 2013 season has the potential to be one of the deepest ever for fantasy QBs with at least 12 viable options for outstanding production. It might pay off to wait on your fantasy signal-caller and target a top-flight running back or wide receiver in Round 1. There will plenty of QBs available after that.

- Mark Podolski | @MPodo


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