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Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 10 Quarterbacks for 2013

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With football season fast approaching, here’s a look at the top 10 quarterbacks to draft in fantasy football

Fantasy Football Rankings: Top 10 Quarterbacks for 2013

Fantasy football has been such a remarkable development that it's taken even the flimsiest of football fans into weekly watchers. It has to be a great boost for NFL viewership to have people outside of the regular fans tune in to see how certain players perform. After all, come Sunday afternoon, every one with a team is checking their roster, adjusting their lineups, and watching to see how the points add up.

And fantasy football has become super competitive, too. From the draft to weekly matchups to waiver wire pick-ups, everybody is always trying to gain an edge over the other opponents in their league. That's why it's never too early to start preparing for the season.

First up in our Fantasy Football Rankings series, we have the top 10 quarterback options:

1) Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

Not only is Rodgers largely considered the best quarterback in the NFL, he's also the best fantasy option. Rodgers has multiple, highly reliable targets like Randall Cobb, Jordy Nelson, and James Nelson that quickly add up yards and points. He can run a little, too, registering over 200 rushed yards last season and two rushing touchdowns.

2) Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

Brees doesn't always put up the monster stat lines that Rodgers does (and his receivers aren't quite as good), but he's still been an amazingly productive quarterback the last six years. He's thrown for over 5,000 yards in three of the last five seasons, and those long bombs can add up points quickly. Whomever drafts Brees is going to be a competitor in their league.

3) Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

Despite his old age, Manning had a great comeback year in Denver last season, and his team looks to get even better with the addition of Wes Welker who was being weirdly pushed out the door in New England. He throws lots of completions and a healthy amount of touchdowns -- what's not to like?

4) Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

Newton is of the non-traditional breed of quarterbacks who will take the rush as one of his first options. In fact, he rushed over 700 yards last season. His numbers dropped a bit from his rookie to sophomore season, but Newton is too talented to suffer a continuous drop-off. He still has the wondrous Steve smith to throw to, too, so those receiving yards are still worth a lot.

5) Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

There are questions as to how Kaepernick will fare as a full-time starting QB, and they're all fair concerns. However, if his end-of-season explosion was proof, he could be one of the top points-earners in 2013. He can run the ball like few others and bomb it, too. Taking him too early could be a major flop or it could be a hugely rewarding move.

6) Tom Brady, New England Patriots

Talented as Tom Brady is, it's fair to question how he'll keep his performance up with the loss of Wes Welker, Aaron Hernandez, and the delayed return of Rob Gronkowski. The Patriots replaced Welker with Danny Amendola, but he single-handedly cannot make up for the losses of all of Brady's favorite targets.

7) Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons were a great offensive team last year, and Ryan has two of the best throwing options in the game in Julio Jones and Roddy White. Throw in Steven Jackson as a running back, and Ryan should have even more freedom to do as he pleases with the ball.

8) Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

According to the Huffington Post, Wilson increased his average passing yards and touchdowns per game by 23 and .75, respectively, over the final eight games of the season. If his late-season surge of 206 passing yards and 2 touchdowns per game is an indication, he'll earn big points for owners.

9) Matt Stafford, Detroit Lions

Stafford flies under the radar too frequently for someone who ranks third in passing yards and fourth in touchdowns since 2011. He's prone to injuries and droughts, but his overall numbers and his teaming with Reggie Bush should make him a solid pick.

10) Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

A lot of doubt hangs over RGIII and his recovery from an ACL injury late last season. Griffin is a terrific thrower, but his game is predicated on explosiveness and it's fair to wonder if he'll be the same player when he comes back. Reports insist he'll be ready for Week 1, and if he's the same player as he was in his rookie season, he's better than the #10 rank.

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