Well, we have covered the Tight Ends.
We have covered the Wide Receivers.
We have covered the Running Backs.
Now it's time for the most important position of them all. Many would say the most important position in sports. It's time to talk about the Quarterbacks.
We are in a period where the Quarterback position is changing as radically as it has ever done. We had 4 of the 5 season in history with 5000 yards passing LAST SEASON. We are about to have more starting rookie Quarterbacks in week one than we have ever seen. The spread offense is coming in to the league, and it is arriving, not coincidentally, with the influx of the second generation of high school spread quarterbacks. These guys have been running these passing concepts since middle school. They have been reading defenses for years in a way that prior generations of quarterbacks just didn't get the opportunity to do.
They are more ready, and more effective. Add in the changes in the rules which make it increasingly more difficult for defenses to slow down these dynamic passing attacks, and you have a perfect storm. What does this mean for FFL? It means that the Quarterback is the most important single position on your roster. It will be the highest scoring, and therefore the one that you can least afford to take a hit.
The best of them are
1. Aaron Rodgers
2. Tom Brady
THE most explosive player in the NFL. But he's just so damned small and takes so many hits. They have him wearing military grade body armor now to try to keep him healthy. If it works, look for bit things for Vick and the Eagles. Or maybe the body armor is to protect him from PETA.
7. Peyton Manning
He is back, don't doubt it. But, he is also 36 years old and is working with a new cast in a offense. He could very easily overtake Vick, but I don't love the weapons he has in Denver as much as some. Look for a very efficient offense, and a lot of wins, but I am not sure how many explosive plays we can expect.
8. Philip Rivers
Rivers does 2 things consistently. He produces, and he loses his mind. He is one of the more outwardly competitive and vocal players in the league and has garnered no small number of enemies for that. Losing Vincent Jackson to the Bucs and now Vincent Brown to injury will not help, but the Chargers had solid depth at Wide Receiver and I expect another 4500 yards and 25+ TD's out or Rivers. I also expect his Chargers to find out that their division is the toughest it has been in a few years.
9. Tony Romo
Tony Romo, the current 'can't win the big one' whipping boy of the NFL, is back for another round. Romo had one of his best season last year, and I see no reason to expect anything different from him this year. With DeMarco Murray and Felix Jones on his team, he isn't going to throw for 5000 yards, but 4200 and 25+ TD's is absolutely in reach. I don't know if he will ever win a Super Bowl, but he is always a good FFL option.
10. Eli Manning