In 2013, three quarterbacks stood above the rest. Peyton Manning and Drew Brees dominated like usual, while Cam Newton joined the fray by creating offense with his arm and his leg. For players already prepping for next season, what should be expected next year?
Peyton Manning seems to be ageless, but people need to remember that he is still playing with a huge risk involving his neck. One hard hit or awkward fall on his neck could end his career. Injuries can happen to anyone in the NFL though, and his record-breaking 2013 season shows that people should not worry too much.
Denver figures to bring back most of their offense, and the defense could actually be better next season. Do not expect him to score 50-60 points more than any other quarterback, but a top finish seems likely yet again.
Brees and the New Orleans Saints bounced back in 2013, and they were rewarded with a playoff berth. With 39 touchdown passes and a total of 5162 yards, it is safe to say that the quarterback felt pretty good this season as well. There is a little bit of a trend going on for fantasy football owners to pay attention to. For the third straight year, New Orleans has relied on Brees less as a passer. That has to do with not only age, but also the talent around him. He’s the most likely of the top three to drop in value a bit in 2014 fantasy football, but probably no worse than fifth or sixth.
Finally, Newton seems like the perfect hybrid quarterback for fantasy football owners to target. He has a strong, accurate arm not to mention world class speed. His size makes it extremely difficult for anyone to bring him down as well. Consistency was a concern for some people heading into 2013, but he finished the year with just three single-digit fantasy football games. If anyone dethrones Manning as the #1 fantasy quarterback, it would be him.
*Thanks to Hannah Miller for this post*
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