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Note: Projections are from the 2010 NFL.com Fantasy Football Preview Guide and will be updated throughout the preseason.

 

Green Bay Packers

1. Aaron Rodgers
(Auction: $20)
Rodgers might not have the name recognition of Drew Brees or Peyton Manning, but he’s become the top quarterback in fantasy football. Over the last two seasons, he’s scored a combined 602 fantasy points on NFL.com. Such success should continue this season, as he has one of the best supporting casts around him and an FPA rating among the best at his position. While the top running backs will be taken ahead of him in most drafts, Rodgers is worth a top-10 pick in the first round. He could lead all players in fantasy points in 2010. (Bye: Week 10)

2010 Projections
Pass Yds
Pass TDs
INTs
Rush Yds
Rush TDs
Fumbles lost
4575
32
12
255
4
3


 

New Orleans Saints

2. Drew Brees
(Auction: $19)
Over the last four seasons, there hasn’t been a more consistent or reliable fantasy quarterback than Brees. In that span, he’s averaged an impressive 268 fantasy points per year on NFL.com, and he hasn’t finished any worse than fourth in points at his position. Brees passed for 290-plus yards 10 times in 2009 and threw for multiple scores in 9 of his 15 games. The Saints’ offense is a perfect fit for the talented quarterback, who will continue to light up scoreboards in 2010. He is well worth a first-round pick in all fantasy drafts. (Bye: Week 10)

2010 Projections
Pass Yds
Pass TDs
INTs
Rush Yds
Rush TDs
Fumbles lost
4725
32
10
25
1
4


 

Indianapolis Colts

3. Peyton Manning
(Auction: $18)
Manning continued his extended string of fantasy success in 2009. He posted his fourth consecutive 4,000-yard passing season and tossed 30-plus TD passes for the third time in the last four seasons. He also finished fifth in fantasy points among all players on NFL.com. Considering how inexperienced some of his receivers were, that’s a testament to just how good Manning is. He’s a lock to be a top-10 fantasy player. His high level of consistent production makes him one of the few non-running backs to warrant first-round consideration. (Bye: Week 7)

2010 Projections
Pass Yds
Pass TDs
INTs
Rush Yds
Rush TDs
Fumbles lost
4400
31
12
15
1
0


 

New England Patriots

4. Tom Brady
(Auction: $16)
In 2009, his first season since major knee surgery, Brady showed flashes of the brilliance that made him a fantasy superstar. He passed for 4,000-plus yards for the second time in his last two full seasons, and his 28 scoring passes equaled the second-highest total of his career. With a full season under his belt since his injury, Brady could be even better in 2010. He should produce excellent totals in an offense that will continue to lean on him. Look for him to come off the board between the second and fourth rounds in most leagues. (Bye: Week 5)

2010 Projections
Pass Yds
Pass TDs
INTs
Rush Yds
Rush TDs
Fumbles lost
4450
29
10
55
1
3


 

Dallas Cowboys

5. Tony Romo
(Auction: $14)
Heading into last season, the biggest concern about Romo’s fantasy value was the loss of receiver Terrell Owens. Well, Romo proved that he doesn’t need a big-name wide receiver to be successful. He passed for a career-best 4,483 yards and posted 27 total TDs. He also threw a career-low 9 interceptions. With the emergence of Miles Austin at wideout, a tremendous rapport with tight end Jason Witten, and an FPA rating that is one of the best in the league among quarterbacks, Romo should have continued success in 2010. (Bye: Week 4)

2010 Projections
Pass Yds
Pass TDs
INTs
Rush Yds
Rush TDs
Fumbles lost
4375
28
12
70
2
3


 

Houston Texans

6. Matt Schaub
(Auction: $14)
Fantasy owners who had waited for Schaub to break out were rewarded last season. He posted career bests across the board and amassed a solid 269 fantasy points on NFL.com. Schaub benefited from the deterioration of the team’s running game, which put a greater emphasis on the pass and allowed him to throw for 300 or more yards nine times. He also passed for multiple touchdowns 10 times. With a superstar receiver in Andre Johnson and a reliable tight end in Owen Daniels, Schaub should remain a No. 1 fantasy quarterback. (Bye: Week 7)

2010 Projections
Pass Yds
Pass TDs
INTs
Rush Yds
Rush TDs
Fumbles lost
4575
27
13
45
0
3


 

San Diego Chargers

7. Philip Rivers
(Auction: $12)
Rivers has emerged as one of the best quarterbacks in fantasy football. He’s coming off a season in which he posted a career-best 4,254 passing yards, and his 29 total touchdowns marked his second-highest total ever. With the Chargers’ offense becoming increasingly pass-heavy, Rivers’ level of statistical success should remain high for his fantasy owners. Look for him to post another season with better than 4,000 passing yards and close to 30 total touchdowns. He’ll come off the board between Rounds 2 and 4. (Bye: Week 10)

2010 Projections
Pass Yds
Pass TDs
INTs
Rush Yds
Rush TDs
Fumbles lost
4200
27
12
65
1
2


 

Minnesota Vikings

8. Brett Favre
(Auction: $9)
If you’re searching for the fountain of youth, head to Minnesota and look for the gray-haired quarterback with the rocket right arm. Favre, despite turning 40 during the 2009 season, posted one of the best stat lines of his illustrious career en route to a top-five finish in fantasy points on NFL.com. Now that we know he's coming back for his 20th season, the ageless wonder should remain a legitimate fantasy starter. While he might not duplicate his 2009 numbers, it’s obvious that Favre has plenty left in the tank, as well as the talent around him to post strong fantasy totals. (Bye: Week 9)

2010 Projections
Pass Yds
Pass TDs
INTs
Rush Yds
Rush TDs
Fumbles lost
4125
29
13
15
1
3


 

Chicago Bears

9. Jay Cutler
(Auction: $8)
Cutler passed for a career-best 27 touchdowns in 2009, but was still a disappointment to his fantasy owners. He posted 860 fewer passing yards compared to his final season in Denver in 2008, and his 26 interceptions hurt owners who were penalized for turnovers. This season, though, the strong-armed Cutler seems destined to post huge numbers in new coordinator Mike Martz’s offense. Cutler is just about guaranteed to pass the ball 550 or more times in 2010. If he can cut down on the turnovers, he will turn into a very strong bargain in all drafts. (Bye: Week 8)

2010 Projections
Pass Yds
Pass TDs
INTs
Rush Yds
Rush TDs
Fumbles lost
4250
26
19
140
1
3


 

Philadelphia Eagles

10. Kevin Kolb
(Auction: $8)
Kolb will be one of the hottest sleepers in fantasy drafts this season. The new No. 1 quarterback in Philadelphia after the trade of Donovan McNabb, Kolb leads a pass-heavy offense loaded with several weapons. He showed flashes of potential in two starts last season, throwing for 718 yards and 4 touchdowns. An accurate and athletic passer, he is in great position to find success and could develop into a regular starter in fantasy leagues. With coach Andy Reid calling the plays, Kolb is well worth a middle-round selection. (Bye: Week 8)

2010 Projections
Pass Yds
Pass TDs
INTs
Rush Yds
Rush TDs
Fumbles lost
3975
26
16
25
0
4


 

Baltimore Ravens

11. Joe Flacco
(Auction: $8)
For the first six weeks of the 2009 season, Flacco had the look of a breakout QB. He was in the top six in fantasy points at his position on NFL.com and on pace to pass for 29 touchdowns. Unfortunately, he passed for only 10 more scores in his final 10 games and finished 18th among QBs. While he has the tools to put up fantasy points, Flacco needs to be more consistent. Derrick Mason and new acquisition Anquan Boldin give the Ravens a nice one-two punch at receiver, so if Flacco is ever going to make a significant impact, it will be this season. (Bye: Week 8)

2010 Projections
Pass Yds
Pass TDs
INTs
Rush Yds
Rush TDs
Fumbles lost
3925
26
14
65
0
2


 

Atlanta Falcons

12. Matt Ryan
(Auction: $7)
Ryan didn’t necessarily take a step back in 2009, but he wasn’t what fantasy owners were hoping for, either. He missed two games to injuries, passed for 524 fewer yards than in 2008, and committed 4 more turnovers. It wasn’t all bad, though, as he passed for a career-best 22 touchdowns and finished with 5 scoring passes in his final two games. An intelligent quarterback with a boatload of offensive weapons at his disposal, Ryan is a candidate to post the best season of his NFL career. He could turn into a great draft bargain. (Bye: Week 8)

2010 Projections
Pass Yds
Pass TDs
INTs
Rush Yds
Rush TDs
Fumbles lost
3750
24
12
55
1
2


 

New York Giants

13. Eli Manning
(Auction: $7)
Eli will always be the “other” Manning in fantasy football, but he’s closed the gap between him and big brother Peyton. In 2009, Eli posted his first 4,000-yard season and passed for a career-best 27 touchdowns. While the Giants would like to run the football more effectively in 2010, it will be hard for them to ignore Manning and a talented group of up-and-coming receivers that includes Steve Smith, Mario Manningham, and Hakeem Nicks. That, and a good FPA rating, should help Manning remain a legitimate No. 1 fantasy quarterback. (Bye: Week 8)

2010 Projections
Pass Yds
Pass TDs
INTs
Rush Yds
Rush TDs
Fumbles lost
3925
25
12
40
1
5


 

Washington Redskins

14. Donovan McNabb
(Auction: $6)
For the third time in four years, McNabb finished among the top 10 in fantasy points among QBs on NFL.com in 2009. However, he likely won’t be as successful after being traded to Washington. The Redskins have question marks on their offensive line and a lack of reliable playmakers in the pass attack. On a positive note, McNabb does have the most favorable FPA rating of any starting QB and will benefit from the presence of head coach Mike Shanahan. McNabb is a borderline No. 1 or 2 fantasy QB who is worth a look in the middle rounds. (Bye: Week 9)

2010 Projections
Pass Yds
Pass TDs
INTs
Rush Yds
Rush TDs
Fumbles lost
3625
22
12
155
1
4


 

Cincinnati Bengals

15. Carson Palmer
(Auction: $4)
Palmer’s fantasy value has dropped significantly in recent seasons. After throwing a career-high 20 interceptions in 2007, he missed all but four games in 2008 with an injured elbow. He returned to make a full 16 starts in 2009, but posted his lowest full-season totals in both yards and touchdowns. Much of that had to do with the team’s change in offensive philosophies from pass to run. On a positive note, the addition of Terrell Owens to a passing game loaded with talent makes Palmer a more attractive No. 2 fantasy quarterback this season. Consider him in the middle rounds. (Bye: Week 6)

2010 Projections
Pass Yds
Pass TDs
INTs
Rush Yds
Rush TDs
Fumbles lost
3850
24
16
30
1
2


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