Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees have locked down the top three spots for the last two years. According to a survey of popular fantasy football sites , they are the only quarterbacks guaranteed to be selected in the first two rounds of the fantasy football draft.
Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, who has moved up to the No. 4 slot, is considered a 4th round draft selection. Despite a NFL winning percentage in the 30-35% range, Stafford has consistently compiled big fantasy football numbers since the Lions’ 2011 appearance in the NFC playoffs.
The biggest tumble between seasons is Cam Newton falling from No. 4 in 2013 to No. 8 this year. Fantasy football sites point to the loss of his top two pass receivers – Steve Smith and Brandon LaFell – as the reason for Newton not being rated higher among quarterbacks.
No. 5 Andrew Luck may pass Stafford this year if the Lions quarterback fails to master the new offense brought in by new head coach Jim Caldwell. Injuries in 2013 have pushed Dallas quarterback Tony Romo and Bears QB Jay Cutler out of the top 10.
Here are the 20 best quarterbacks available for the 2014 fantasy football draft.
- Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
- Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
- Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
- Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
- Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts
- Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers
- Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles
- Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
- Robert Griffin III, Washington
- Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
- Tom Brady, New England Patriots
- Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
- Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
- Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks
- Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
- Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
- Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
- Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
- Carson Palmer, Arizona Cardinals
- Eli Manning, New York Giants
SLEEPER PICK: Jay Cutler of the Chicago Bears
IF Cutler can avoid injuries this year, then he will be a top 10 quarterback in 2014 and the Bears will be a playoff contender. He has two outstanding wide receivers in Brandon Marshall and Alston Jefferies. He has the No. 4-ranked running back in Matt Forte and a reliable tight end in Martellus Bennett. When Cutler is healthy, he directs the most potent offense in the NFC North Division