Week 1 of the 2013 fantasy football season has been a very high scoring week, with numerous players having outstanding games. Two quarterbacks on Sunday, Sept. 9, threw for over 400 yards, and Eli Manning would have done even better if he had not thrown three costly interceptions to drop his total fantasy football points slightly.
Here is a look at the top quarterbacks in the Sunday games from week one of the fantasy football season.
Eli Manning – The best quarterback of the week is still Peyton Manning from his Thursday night performance, but his brother tried to match him on Sunday night against Dallas. He came close too, with 450 yards passing and four touchdown passes. However, he also threw three picks, which lowered his value, including one at the end of the game.
Colin Kaepernick – Kaepernick was one of the trendy sleeper picks for 2013, with many fantasy football players hoping he could play as well starting out the season as he did coming in as relief in 2012. The fantasy owners who took a chance on him had to be happy, as he threw for 412 yards, the most ever on opening day for a San Francisco 49ers quarterback. He also threw three touchdown passes and ran for 22 yards.
Aaron Rodgers – Aaron Rodgers continues to be one of the most consistent fantasy football stars on the planet. In the Green Bay Packers opening day loss, Rodgers threw for 333 yards and three touchdowns with one interception.
Drew Brees – Sean Payton is back on the sidelines for the New Orleans Saints, and Drew Brees has to be happy. In the first game of 2013, Brees hopes to turn the tides and start winning again and did well with 357 passing yards and two touchdowns. He also tossed one interception.
Matthew Stafford – The Detroit Lions won their opening game of 2013 because they had the best running back in the NFL on opening day and one of the best quarterbacks as well. Matthew Stafford finished the game with 357 passing yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
Ben Roethlisberger – With the Pittsburgh Steelers losing Mike Wallace and promising to run the ball more, things looked bleak for Big Ben. However, when Isaac Redman was named starting running back, it looked like the Steelers would have to throw the ball more. Then, they lost their center to a torn ACL. By the end of the game, Big Ben threw for 191 yards, one touchdown and one interception and fantasy football owners should avoid him at all costs until further notice.