1. Peyton Manning-He’s one of the best ever to play the game and he’s in his prime. He’s only thrown 2 picks all season and, in standard ESPN leagues, he’s only had one game in which he scored less than 18 points. You want consistent, big numbers from your QB each week and no one does it better than #18.
2. Aaron Rodgers-Just like the old guy previous to him, he’ll throw the ball all day and rack up unbelievable yardage. However, his value is among the best in the league because he’s also able to find the endzone with his legs. Injuries have held the Packers back, but Rodgers has still been good enough for 4th most points this year from the QB position. He doesn’t have the most favorable schedule the rest of the way, but that’s never stopped him before.
3. Philip Rivers-If you own him, you already know why he’s ranked so high. If you don’t, I’ll simply tell you there’s a reason the Chargers have the #1 pass offense in the NFL. That, paired with the fact that they’ve been playing behind only inflates Rivers value to the point that he’s accumulated more fantasy points than any other QB this year. The guy is a stud and have favorable matchups basically the rest of the season.
4. Drew Brees-I don’t know what 300 passing yards and 2 TDs every week add up to in your league, but in mine, that’s victory and that’s exactly what Brees has been doing week in, and week out. With Reggie Bush coming back any week now and the offense finally in sync after a big victory against Pittsburgh, I fully expect Brees to one of the best from here on out.
5. Tom Brady-Well, he’s the QB for, perhaps once again, the best team in football. He doesn’t put up the ridiculous numbers he has in recent years, but he spreads the ball around well and gets scores when the Patriots need ‘em. Granted, the loss of Moss hurts, but fantasy owners are the only ones disappointed as New England has gone 3-0 since the trade.
6. Michael Vick-Easily the most difficult player to rank, but certainly worthy of the top 10. When he plays, he’s one of the top fantasy players in the league, let alone at quarterback. However, “when” doesn’t happen often enough for fantasy owners, but if it comes with consistency the second half, look out!
7. Matt Schaub-Although Schaub has under-performed this year, I still have him in as the last of the premier fantasy QBs. Obviously the emergence of Arian Foster has diminished his value, but he still has the most talented receiver in football that seems to be back in stride after early injury problems this year. Expect Schaub to bounce back strong in the second half.
8. Kyle Orton-How ’bout this guy?! He hasn’t thrown for more than 2 TDs any game this year, but he also hasn’t scored less than 13 points in any given week this year due to the yardage he piles up week after week. Reminds me distinctly of Schaub a year ago.
9. Matt Ryan-Has so much talent around him, but is also pretty talented in his own right. Manages the game really well and the nickname “Matty Ice” is no fluke-the guy is clutch. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to have the best fantasy receiver in the game on the other end.
10. Eli Manning-Perhaps the best way to describe Eli is a poor man’s version of older brother, Peyton. However, when older brother is one of the best to ever play the game, you still make the top 10. That receiving corp in New York certainly helps as well.
Honorable mentions: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Carson Palmer, Joe Flacco