While rankings are important, it’s equally important to rank players in tiers. Being able to realize whether the difference between Drew Brees at two and Cam Newton at three is the same as Cam Newton at three and Peyton Manning at four is very important as you go through your draft. Jake Axelrod begins his series with his top six quarterback tiers, and will be going position by position in the coming days.
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1. Aaron Rodgers
2. Drew Brees
3. Cam Newton
Notes: In my opinion, Cam’s upside is higher than anyone in fantasy. That easily lands him in the top tier.
4. Peyton Manning
Notes: Peyton isn’t top tier but he’s definitely a fair amount in front of Brady because he has incredible weapons
5. Tom Brady
6. Matt Ryan
7. Matthew Stafford
8. Russell Wilson
9. Robert Griffin III
10. Colin Kaepernick
Notes: Russell Wilson threw for 385 and ran for 60 versus the Falcons in the playoffs, he has a high upside with a pretty high floor….RGIII has top tier potential but will he be the same?…Kaepernick improved a lot as the year went on, but isn’t as mature of a passer as anyone on this list. He also has nobody to pass to. His upside as a real player is much higher than his fantasy upside
11. Tony Romo
12. Andrew Luck
13. Eli Manning
Notes: Luck’s YPA will go up, resulting in a ton more yards. His rushing TDs should go down as will his passing attempts (See Pep Hamilton)
14. Andy Dalton
15. Carson Palmer
16. Sam Bradford
17. Ben Roethisberger
18. Michael Vick
Notes:Dalton has tons of weapons and Baltimore and Pittsburgh’s defenses won’t be as good…Carson to Fitz for the 45 yard Touchdown….We’ll be able to see Vick’s adjustment to the system Week 1. If he isn’t good, cut him. Worth a flier though.
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