Written by James Fraser from FanDuel.com
While the quarterback position in fantasy football might not be important as in actual games, it is still essential to get a solid, dependable signal caller in your draft. Heading in 2013, there appears to be certain tiers of quarterbacks, with only five in that upper echelon. Before you draft, decide which tier you want to focus on and go from there to build your team at the quarterback position.
Tier 1 includes four guys who are pretty much Hall of Fame locks already, and one guy who is the perfect hybrid of passing and running. Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady are the classic quarterbacks, capable of sitting in the pocket all game and providing a ton of points each and every game. All are veterans with a solid track record, and all will probably go within the first three to four rounds overall.
Cam Newton joins that tier, simply because of his ability to pass and run the ball. Many don’t realize that the Panthers quarterback was a top-25 rusher in the NFL in 2012, and he is capable of rattling off a ton of yardage at once.
For those who want to focus on running backs and wide receivers to being the draft, the next tier of quarterbacks might be the way to go. That next tier is pretty big, it can basically be broken up into two sections: Tier I (Young) and Tier II (Old). The young group consists of Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson. All of these quarterbacks came onto the scene just last season, so while their track record isn’t long, they have more potential as fantasy football sleepers.
The older tier consists of Matt Ryan, Matthew Stafford, Tony Romo, Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Joe Flacco. Sure, none of these guys are truly “old” in the strictest sense, but they have all pretty much reached their full potential. They are dependable, but they are most likely going to stay where they are.
Since most leagues max out at 12 teams, your starting quarterback should fall in one of these categories. Plan your draft accordingly, depending on who you would like to target. Remember that there is no exact science, so if you really, really want a certain player, you might need to to reach slightly.