Fantasy football is very easy to play and the variety of systems and sites provide everything you need to get started. Fantasy football lets you try your skills as a fantasy coach. I suggest joining a random public league if this is your first time playing, rather then joining your friends in a league and being the butt of all jokes.
To join a public league all you need to do is go to one of the many fantasy football sites and sign up. Here are a few suggestions of popular fantasy football sites: FleaFlicker, Yahoo Fantasy Football, ESPN Fantasy Football, MSN Fantasy Football.
After you join a league, you scout for and draft players, compete against other fantasy coaches, and use all your skills to make it to the playoffs. This is where I come in. I am going to help you figure out who you should draft based on where you are picking. These picks are for traditional scoring leagues which do not give points for receptions. Today we will take a look at the quarterbacks.
When selecting a quarterback you want one thing and one thing only, accuracy. You want your quarterback to have the least amount of turnovers possible while scoring as many touchdowns as he possibly can for your team. You usually prefer the passer over the runner but in some cases a good combination of both makes your quarterback a complete weapon. Below are your top choices in this years fantasy draft.
1 - Drew “Cool” Brees – New Orleans Saints. Brees has the package, and in a wide open unpredictable offense picking Brees is a no brainer, unless of course you believe in the Madden Curse. Grab him in the late first round if you can.
2 - Aaron “Buck” Rodgers – Green Bay Packers. Rodgers has been prolific the past two seasons throwing for over 4000 yards is each season. Rodgers can only get better as he gets more experience. He will be one to watch for the next couple of years. Grab him in the early second round if you can.
3 - Peyton “The Franchise” Manning – Indianapolis Colts. There was a time when he would have been first on everyone’s list. Times have changed a little as the Colts mix the run in a little more, but he’s still a good pick 1, 2, or 3. Grab him in the early second round if you can.
4 - Matt “Cotton” Shaub – Houston Texans. Shaub is a real up and comer on this list. He has come a long way since his days as a backup to Mike Vick. He is now the ring leader of an offense with a lot of weapons. It doesn’t hurt to have the best wide receiver in the game. Grab him in the late second or early third round if you can.
5 - Tom "Beiber" Brady – New England Patriots. Before you criticize me for putting him so low remember that Brady does pile up the stats in spurts but I expect the Pats to get back to running the rock a little more this year. Last year they started looking pretty predictable. Grab him in the late second or early third round if you can.
6 - Philip “Rocky” Rivers – San Diego Chargers. I wanted to put Rivers higher but he doesn’t have anyone but Antonio Gates to throw to right now. Expect him to struggle some early but pile up the yards at the end of the year when San Diego decides to pay Vincent Jackson and Marcus McNeil. Legitimate third round pick if he’s still on the board.
7 - Tony “Pause No” Romo – Dallas Cowboys. Romo is a wildcard. He is usually feast or famine for fantasy owners. He has games where he may throw 4 interceptions on a regular basis. I guess that is what you get with a risk reward quarterback. Grab him in the middle to late third round if you can.
8 - Joe “Wacka” Flacko – Baltimore Ravens. The strong armed quarterback will finally get to put his skills on display as he finally gets a wing man. Anquon Boldin coming to town is sure to help his numbers go up. A great pick in the fourth round of the draft if he’s still on the board.
9 - Matt “Flat Iron” Ryan – Atlanta Falcons. Matt Ryan should be better after two years of growth. Matt now has a go to man in tight end Tony Gonzalez. Not to mention his go to guy Roddy White. A great pick in the fourth round if he’s still on the board.
10 - Jay “Low Blow” Cutler – Chicago Bears. Cutlers numbers could really be good this year if the wide receivers get a little better. Last year, the Bears looked like bad news. Receivers running the wrong routes and Cutler making the wrong reads hurt them a lot. I expect better things with Mike Martz running the show offensively. Cutler is a solid late fourth round pick.
11 - Eli “Whitney” Manning – New York Giants. Eli would be a little higher if his team wasn’t so committed to the run and Hakeem Nicks was going to be healthy earlier. No doubt he has some skills but I can’t see him doing it with just the other Steve Smith. If you get Manning in the late fourth round you should be excited.
12 - Carson “Advil” Palmer – Cincinnati Bengals. Palmer has all the tools and has weapons but I expect the Bengals will stick to the championship formula that had them undefeated in the division last year. Running the rock and defense. Palmer is a legitimate late fourth round pick.
13 - Michael "Con" Vick – Philadelphia Eagles. Vick is somewhat of a gamble but I like this kid. He can make all the throws and it doesn’t hurt that he has the best wide receivers in his division and one of the elite tight ends in the league. I expect he will be up and down. Grabbing a quarterback like Vick in the late fourth to early fifth round is a good pick up.
14 - Donovan “Chunky” McNabb – Washington Redskins. McNabb would be higher but he has no weapons. I expect he will still do a pretty good job as a passer but he will be up and down. I still like his ability to get you steady fantasy points and he would be a great pickup in the fifth round.
15 - “Big” Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers. The only reason Ben is this low is because he has to serve a suspension at the beginning of the year. Were it not for that he would definitely be a top 10. I expect coming in the season around mid season it will also take him a while to get on track but he will be an asset to any team by the end of the season. Excellent pickup in the fifth round.
The Best of the Rest
Vince “Forever” Young
Chad “Coke and” Henne
Matt “White” Cassell
Jason “The Butcher” Campbell
Alex “Wild Thing” Smith
“Easy” Matt Leinart
Disclaimer – If Brett “Lorenzo” Favre shows up, he assumes the 8th position bumping everyone else down one.