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Published: Dec. 30, 2013 at 07:45 p.m.
Updated: Dec. 30, 2013 at 07:55 p.m.

Top 12 Fantasy QBs for 2014

The NFL has evolved into a passing league over the last few seasons. In fantasy land, eight of the top 10 players based on fantasy points in 2013 were signal-callers. Here's an early look at how the position will break down heading into the 2014 fantasy football campaign.

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  • 1. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos (2013 - 409.98 points): 12

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    1. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos (2013 - 409.98 points):

    Manning broke all kinds of records in 2013, throwing for more yards (5,477) and more touchdowns (55) than any quarterback ever has in the history of the league. Fantasy owners have to expect at least some decline in production next season, but it's still going to be tough to pass on Manning as the first signal-caller selected in 2014 fantasy drafts.

  • 2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (2013 - 357.68 points): 11

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    2. Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints (2013 - 357.68 points):

    How's this for being consistent in the stat sheets: Brees has finished no worse than second in fantasy points among quarterbacks in five of the last six years. He's thrown for 5,000-plus yards and 30-plus touchdowns in each of the last four seasons and will no doubt be one of the first two or three signal-callers taken once again in the 2014 campaign.

  • 3. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (2013 - 166.44 points): 10

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    3. Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers (2013 - 166.44 points):

    Rodgers is coming off one of the worst statistical seasons of his career, due in large part to a broken collarbone that cost him seven games and a chance at another top-five finish among fantasy quarterbacks. He's a good bet to re-emerge as one of the most productive players at his position in 2014, though, so expect him to be a high draft pick.

  • 4. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (2013 - 297.66 points): 9

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    4. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers (2013 - 297.66 points):

    Newton has seen his fantasy production decline in each of his first three NFL seasons, but he's still finished no worse than fourth based on fantasy points among quarterbacks in that time. The versatile signal-caller out of Auburn has averaged 677 rushing yards with a combined 28 rushing touchdowns in that time frame, which just adds to his overall value.

  • 5. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts (2013 - 292.58 points): 8

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    5. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts (2013 - 292.58 points):

    One of the most talented young quarterbacks in the league, Luck improved on the fantasy point total from his rookie season and finished an impressive fourth among quarterbacks in 2013. With two years of starting experience under his belt and an absolute boatload of upside in the stat sheets, Luck is moving into the elite level of fantasy signal-callers.

  • 6. Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles (2013 - 260.14 points): 7

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    6. Nick Foles, Philadelphia Eagles (2013 - 260.14 points):

    Foles was one of the top waiver-wire pickups in fantasy football this season, leading countless owners to a league championship. Based on the numbers he recorded in his 10 starts, Foles would have projected to finish with an amazing 381.12 fantasy points -- that would have been good enough to finish second overall behind only Peyton Manning this season.

  • 7. Tom Brady, New England Patriots (2013 - 251.52 points): 6

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    7. Tom Brady, New England Patriots (2013 - 251.52 points):

    Brady is coming off one of his worst statistical campaigns in awhile, finishing 14th in fantasy points among quarterbacks. Much of that had to do with a lack of experienced pass catchers and the absence of Rob Gronkowski earlier in the year. It's tough to see a scenario where Brady doesn't make his way back into the top eight at his position in 2014, though.

  • 8. Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers (2013 - 264.28 points): 5

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    8. Colin Kaepernick, QB, San Francisco 49ers (2013 - 264.28 points):

    Despite the fact that he didn't have Michael Crabtree for much of the season, Kaepernick still finished ninth in fantasy points among quarterbacks in 2013. With his top option in the pass attack back at 100 percent, I'm expecting the versatile signal-caller out of Nevada to experience a nice increase in overall fantasy production next season.

  • 9. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (2013 - 248.10 points): 4

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    9. Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons (2013 - 248.10 points):

    If you're looking for a potential draft steal next season, look no further than Ryan. He saw a massive drop in fantasy production in 2013, due in large part to the loss of superstar Julio Jones and playing with an injured Roddy White for most of the 2013 campaign. Assuming Atlanta improves its offensive line in the offseason, Ryan should rebound for 2014.

  • 10. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (2013 - 278.90 points): 3

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    10. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions (2013 - 278.90 points):

    Stafford had a brutal finish to the 2013 campaign, but he still finished seventh in fantasy points among quarterbacks and eighth overall. In an offense that should continue to find success in the pass attack and with both Reggie Bush and Calvin Johnson at his disposal, Stafford will remain one of the better fantasy options at his position moving forward.

  • 11. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (2013 - 270.18 points): 2

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    11. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks (2013 - 270.18 points):

    Wilson scored around five fewer fantasy points in 2013 compared to his rookie campaign, but he ranked a bit higher due to an overall drop in points among quarterbacks. If we assume that he has a healthy Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice at his disposal next season, Wilson could turn into quite a nice draft bargain if he falls into the middle to later rounds.

  • 12. Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers (2013 - 287.42 points): 1

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    12. Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers (2013 - 287.42 points):

    Rivers wasn't even drafted in most fantasy leagues this season, but he went on to rank sixth in fantasy points among quarterbacks in his first run with coach Mike McCoy. While I don't expect him to duplicate that level of production, Rivers does warrant consideration as a borderline No. 1 or 2 fantasy signal-caller in the middle to late rounds.

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