Top Fantasy Football Quarterbacks For Week 1

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 | 0


The 2014 NFL season will kick off in just two short days on Thursday, September 4, 2014, when the Green Bay Packers meet the defending champion Seahawks in Seattle.

With most fantasy football drafts now out of the way, it’s time to set your lineups based on the most favorable match-ups. Here are the top-rated quarterbacks for Week 1 of the fantasy season.

1.) Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints:

Brees comes in at the No. 1 spot for his consistency. He’s thrown for more than 5,00 yards more than any passer in NFL history, and he’ll meet up NFC South rival Atlanta Falcons n Week 1. He averaged over 300 yards against the Dirty Birds last year, and their defense hasn’t gotten much better. Brees is all systems go for yet another huge year in the Big Easy.

2.) Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos:

After setting NFL single season passing records for touchdowns and yards in 2013, Manning is poised to make an assault on the AFC once again in 2014. Many have him ranked as their No. 1 quarterback, and that’s no surprise. But he’ll face his former team in the Indianapolis Colts in Week 1. And they’re set to be the cream of the crop in the AFC south. The fact that they should be better than Brees’ opposition gives him the slight nod over Manning.

3.) Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons:

Ryan had high aspirations of a Super Bowl berth last year, but injuries to his two best wide receivers sent them spiraling downward fast. Ryan has dangerous weapons Julio Jones and Roddy White healthy and back in the fray, and Atlanta’s porous defense should force him to throw the ball a ton. Facing his rival Saints, Ryan will expect a shootout, and he’ll come prepared.

4.) Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions:

Stafford had a horrendous end to 2013, but there’s a new regime in Detroit under head coach Jim Caldwell, and the former No. 1 overall pick spent the offseason working on his throwing mechanics. He also has two new threats in receiver Golden Tate and tight end Eric Ebron, and he’ll go up against the New York Giants on Monday Night Football in Week 1. Expect Stafford to put up huge stats in 2014, starting with this week.

5.) Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears:

Cutler hasn’t played a full season in Chicago, dealing with a myriad of frustrating injuries that cost him time. He’s now in a high-octane offense with arguably the best stable of weapons of the league in Matt Forte, Brandon Marshall, and Alshon Jeffery, and a talented head coach in Marc Trestman. Cutler will be playing the Bills in Week 1, and he should light them up to start 2014 strong.

6.) Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles:

Foes had a momentous 2013 season where he threw 27 touchdowns and only 2 interceptions. He won’t repeat those kinds of numbers, but playing head coach Chip Kelly’s high-volume attack, he will throw a ton in the defense-deficient NFC East. He’ll also be facing what may be the league’s worst team in the Jacksonville Jaguars. If you have Foles, plug him into your lineup and don’t look back.

7.) Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts:

Most have Luck pegged for a huge season in his third year in the NFL, and they will probably be right when it’s all said and done. However, he’s going to face an underrated Denver Broncos defense that added stars Aqib Talib and DeMarcus Ware in the offseason, and they’ll also get pass rush extraordinaire Von Miller back from injury. Luck will most likely put up huge numbers in 2014; just don’t count on it in Week 1.

8.) Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers:

Rodgers could legitimately challenge Brees and Manning for the top spot on this list throughout 2014. But his Week 1 challenge is as tough as it gets, as he’ll travel into Seattle to face the Seahawk’s No. 1-ranked defense. It’s going to be more than difficult to put up points on the Seahawks, especially with the aid of the 12th Man behind them. However, if anyone can do it, it’s Rogers.

9.) Tom Brady, New England Patriots:

Brady had a bit of a down year in 2013 as he dealt with inconsistencies from his young wide receivers and injuries to his key offensive teammates. With running back Shane Vereen and tight end Rob Gronkowski back in the mix, Brady is set to return to the Hall of Fame form that he’s known for. He should put up some good numbers against division rival Miami in Week 1.

10.) Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers:

Kaepernick had a so-so year in 2013 that was marred by inconsistency, but he still led the 49ers to the NFC championship game. He’ll get his best wide receiver Michael Crabtree back this year, and although Kaepernick can’t quite be trusted for elite fantasy production week to week, he certainly can be in Week 1. He

He’ll face the porous Dallas Cowboys defense, which may be the worst in the league. Expect him to have a heyday on his way to a big box score on opening day.

About the Author

Both an avid NFL fan and analyst, I’ve been following professional football since the late 1980s. I’m also an avid fantasy football player with several league victories under my belt. Check out my NFL articles on TSM for the latest NFL news, highlights, predictions, and more.

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