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 Eli Manning, NYG (Bye: 9)
Height: 6’4”   Weight: 218   DOB: 1981-01-03   Age: 33
College: -   Draft: 2004 Round 1 (1)   Experience: 9
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2010NYG16339 539 4,002 31 25 32 70 0 331.1 20.7
2011NYG16359 589 4,933 29 16 35 15 1 370.2 23.1
2012NYG16321 536 3,948 26 15 20 30 0 304.4 19.0
2013 (Projected)NYG 328 547 4,160 28 16 14 27 1 328.7  

Outlook: If you were looking for a brief summary of Manningís 2012 season, you could say that he, his fantasy owners and the Giants were all frustrated by it. After having arguably the finest year of his career in 2011, Manning saw his numbers dip last season as he struggled with turnovers and clearly missed having a healthy Hakeem Nicks in the lineup. With none of the team's backup wide receivers stepping up, Manning finished the season with 3,948 passing yards, 26 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. While that is decent production, Manning was wildly inconsistent. Let's take a closer look. Just under 32 percent of his fantasy production came in three games, including a Week 17 blow out of the Eagles. Just under 56 percent of his fantasy production came in six games. He also had five games with 12 fantasy points or less. The good news is that Nicks is expected to be completely healthy on opening day and the team expects Rueben Randle to take a leap forward in his second year in the league. Brandon Myers has replaced Martellus Bennett at tight end, basically an even trade off. Add it all up and Manning seems poised for a fantasy bounceback in 2013. You can likely grab him as an upper-tier backup with the potential for him to re-emerge as a mid-tier QB1. ~ Dave Stringer

 Josh Freeman, TB (Bye: 5)
Height: 6’6”   Weight: 248   DOB: 1988-01-13   Age: 26
College: Kansas State   Draft: 2009 Round 1 (17)   Experience: 4
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2010TB16291 474 3,451 25 6 68 364 0 309.0 19.3
2011TB15346 553 3,590 16 22 55 238 4 291.3 19.4
2012TB16306 558 4,065 27 17 39 139 0 325.2 20.3
2013 (Projected)TB 333 554 3,825 25 16 32 164 1 313.7  

Outlook: Entering his fifth year in the league, Freeman faces a make-it-or-break-it season in Tampa Bay. With the Buccaneers having failed to sign him to a long-term extension, Freeman will enter 2013 in the final season of his rookie contract with no guarantees that he will be back in Tampa Bay next year. While he topped 4,000 passing yards for the first time in 2012 and had a reasonably solid 27-17 touchdown-to-interception ratio, Freeman came apart as the season came to a close. He had a pair of four-interception games in the team's final three contests and threw just six touchdown passes in the Bucs final six games as Tampa Bay skidded to a 1-5 finish. One thing is certain and that is that Freeman has all of the physical tools necessary to be a complete NFL quarterback. While his accuracy was off in 2012 with a 54.8 completion percentage, he topped 60 percent in both the 2010 and 2011 seasons. His biggest issue is his poor decision-making, and that will need to be corrected if he wants to earn a big payday from Bucs management. Entering his second season in offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan's offense with his motivation high, Freeman should be considered an upper-tier QB2 with upside. ~ Dave Stringer

 Matt Schaub, HOU (Bye: 8)
Height: 6’5”   Weight: 239   DOB: 1981-06-25   Age: 32
College: Virginia   Draft: 2004 Round 3 (27)   Experience: 9
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2010HOU16365 574 4,369 24 12 22 28 0 317.3 19.8
2011HOU10178 292 2,479 15 6 15 9 2 196.9 19.7
2012HOU16350 544 4,008 22 12 21 -9 0 287.5 18.0
2013 (Projected)HOU 342 535 4,120 24 14 12 6 0 302.6  

Outlook: It has been three long years since Schaub's career season in 2009 when he threw for 4,770 yards and 29 touchdowns. Since then, the Texans have morphed into the league's top rushing team and Schaub has seen his passing statistics plummet. While in 2012 he topped 4,000 passing yards for the third time, he threw for just 22 touchdowns while averaging a pedestrian 18.0 PPG. With a dominant rushing attack and Schaub's lack of mobility, he doesn't contribute much in the way of rushing stats, with just four rushing touchdowns in his nine-year career. With both Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels advancing in age and the lack of a proven threat opposite Johnson, Schaub's fantasy prospects for 2013 are lukewarm at best. Consider him a mid-tier QB2 with little upside. Remember that even if running back Arian Foster were to be lost to injury, super-sub Ben Tate would take over. ~ Dave Stringer

Comment: The Texans are run-heavy inside the redzone by nearly a 2:1 ratio. Schaub remains a QB2 until this philosophy changes. ~ Mike Krueger

 Andy Dalton, CIN (Bye: 12)
Height: 6’2”   Weight: 220   DOB: 1987-10-29   Age: 26
College: -   Draft: 2011 Round 2 (3)   Experience: 2
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2011CIN16300 516 3,398 20 13 37 152 1 271.1 16.9
2012CIN16329 528 3,669 27 16 47 120 4 327.5 20.5
2013 (Projected)CIN 320 525 3,572 25 15 44 135 1 298.1  

Outlook: The truth of the matter is that during his two years in the league, Dalton has proven to be a much better player in real football terms than as a fantasy player. With two straight trips to the postseason under his leadership, the Bengals can't be disappointed with having used a second-round pick to acquire the Texas Christian product in the 2011 draft. The question is whether he is ready to make a fantasy leap forward in 2013. Comments from the team's management and coaching staff clearly indicate they want Dalton to take more chances this season in hopes of propelling the team deeper into the postseason (they have lost in the wild card round in each of their playoff appearances). With the superlative A.J. Green at wide receiver, as well as numerous young players that could emerge, a pair of pass-catching tight ends, and a new pass-catching option at running back in rookie second-round pick Giovani Bernard, Dalton has plenty of options to throw to. Include one of the league's better offensive lines, and it’s clear that Dalton is surrounded by plenty of talent in Cincinnati. We're just going to have to see it happen before we draft him as a QB1. Consider Dalton a mid-tier QB2 with upside in 2013. ~ Dave Stringer

Comment: Dalton has played in every game during his two-year career. ~ Mike Krueger

 Michael Vick, PHI (Bye: 12)
Height: 6’0”   Weight: 215   DOB: 1980-06-26   Age: 33
College: Virginia Tech   Draft: 2001 Round 1 (1)   Experience: 11
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2010PHI12233 372 3,018 21 6 100 676 9 356.5 29.7
2011PHI13253 423 3,303 18 14 76 589 1 302.1 23.2
2012PHI10204 351 2,362 12 10 62 332 1 205.3 20.5
2013 (Projected)PHI 250 417 2,916 17 12 53 332 3 265.0  

Outlook: Vick has struggled to replicate his 2010 success over the past two seasons but appears set to earn another opportunity to try again in 2013. While he will need to beat out second-year signal caller Nick Foles, that seems like a mere formality. Vick has endured plenty of criticism over the past two seasons but his passing production has remained decent, the only issue being his propensity for turnovers. In the run game, Vick has remained productive, but the nine touchdowns he scored in 2010 have been replaced by a pair of single-rushing-touchdown seasons in each of 2011 and 2012. With Chip Kelly now in Philadelphia, Vick is getting a decent amount of fantasy buzz given his upside as a read-option quarterback and the talented skill position players the Eagles have on offense. The question is whether he can run that type of offense and stay healthy for an entire season. We have our doubts. Consider Vick a mid- to lower-tier QB with a solid upside in 2013. ~ Dave Stringer

Comment: Vick has won the starting job but injury risk is still a major concern. He's a good QB2. ~ Mike Krueger

 Jay Cutler, CHI (Bye: 8)
Height: 6’3”   Weight: 220   DOB: 1983-04-29   Age: 30
College: Vanderbilt   Draft: 2006 Round 1 (11)   Experience: 8
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2010CHI15261 432 3,274 23 16 51 232 1 284.9 19.0
2011CHI10182 314 2,319 13 7 18 55 1 179.5 17.9
2012CHI15255 434 3,033 19 14 41 233 0 251.0 16.7
2013 (Projected)CHI 301 502 3,615 23 16 48 201 1 298.9  

Outlook: Is this the year Cutler emerges as a solid starting fantasy QB while with the Bears? In four years in Chicago, he has put up pedestrian numbers for the most part. But he faces a make-it-or-break-it season in 2013 as he enters the final year of his contract with no extension in sight. While Cutler has had to deal with an assortment of offensive coordinators, poor offensive line play and a lackluster group of wide receivers during his stay in Chicago, the bottom line is that he must produce this season or new head coach Marc Trestman will go in a different direction next year. The offensive line has added reinforcements in veteran left tackle Jermon Bushrod and guard Kyle Long, the team's first-round selection in this year's draft. Improvement is expected from second-year wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (last year's second-round pick), and Martellus Bennett, coming off a career year with the Giants, is a major upgrade at tight end. It was an impressive offseason haul for the Bears, but there are also a lot of new pieces that need to fit together. That makes us a bit wary of declaring Cutler a QB1 in 2013. Grab him as a mid- to lower-tier fantasy backup with sneaky upside. ~ Dave Stringer

Comment: New coaches, upgrade on the offensive line. He'll have to prove he's more than a QB2. ~ Mike Krueger

 Carson Palmer, ARI (Bye: 9)
Height: 6’5”   Weight: 235   DOB: 1979-12-27   Age: 34
College: -   Draft: 2003 Round 1 (1)   Experience: 11
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2010CIN16362 586 3,970 26 20 32 50 0 307.5 19.2
2011OAK10199 328 2,753 13 16 16 20 1 197.7 19.8
2012OAK15345 565 4,018 22 14 18 36 1 298.5 19.9
2013 (Projected)ARI 323 521 3,749 23 16 17 33 0 282.8  

Outlook: Buyer beware. Palmer regularly gets lukewarm reviews as a fantasy QB, but he deserves more credit than he gets in that his arm isn't nearly as bad as it is made out to be. Sure, elbow surgery has taken some zip off of his passes, especially his deep throws, but there are plenty of quarterbacks who have worse arm strength than Palmer. Despite having to play with a group of Raiders receivers that was among the worst in the league last season, Palmer threw for more than 4,000 yards for the third time in his career, with 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. And that was despite missing almost two full games. In Arizona he gets a full set of receiving options in the form of Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd, Andre Roberts and Robert Housler and an opportunity to operate new head coach Bruce Arians' downfield passing attack. There is some risk to drafting Palmer since his poor mobility is a bad fit playing behind a suspect Cardinals offensive line. Since Palmer finished last season as the 16th-ranked quarterback despite a lack of receiving talent, consider that his floor for 2013. Safely grab him as your QB2 and don't be shocked if he is surprisingly productive. ~ Dave Stringer

 Philip Rivers, SD (Bye: 8)
Height: 6’5”   Weight: 228   DOB: 1981-12-08   Age: 32
College: North Carolina State   Draft: 2004 Round 1 (4)   Experience: 9
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2010SD16357 541 4,710 30 13 29 52 0 360.7 22.5
2011SD16366 582 4,624 27 20 26 36 1 348.8 21.8
2012SD16338 527 3,606 26 15 27 40 0 288.3 18.0
2013 (Projected)SD 330 524 3,771 23 18 27 38 0 284.4  

Outlook: There was a time when Rivers was surrounded by plenty of Pro Bowl talent but those days are long gone. While Rivers is just 31 years old, his days as a fantasy starter appear to be behind him, at least until the Chargers replace the Pro Bowl personnel they have lost in recent seasons. Vincent Jackson, Darren Sproles and left tackle Marcus McNeill have left town and tight end Antonio Gates no longer dominates at his position. Surrounded by less talent, Rives has overcompensated over the last two seasons, often trying to do too much and generating far too many turnovers (22 in 2012). Coming off a season in which he threw for just 3,606 yards and struggled to generate big plays, there aren't many reasons to suggest a career renaissance in 2013. Sure, he may have Danario Alexander for a full season, and the team added wide receiver Keenan Allen and right tackle D.J. Fluker in the draft, but these don't appear to be enough to get Rivers back into QB1 territory. Consider him a mid-tier QB2 this season. ~ Dave Stringer

Comment: The Chargers want Rivers to utilize the checkdown more often. ~ Mike Krueger

 Ben Roethlisberger, PIT (Bye: 5)
Height: 6’5”   Weight: 241   DOB: 1982-03-02   Age: 32
College: -   Draft: 2004 Round 1 (11)   Experience: 9
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2010PIT12240 389 3,200 17 5 33 176 2 257.6 21.5
2011PIT15324 513 4,077 21 14 31 70 0 294.9 19.7
2012PIT13284 449 3,265 26 8 26 92 0 276.5 21.3
2013 (Projected)PIT 315 500 3,550 22 14 30 84 1 279.9  

Outlook: With Big Ben, the question is which story do you believe? Is he the 31-year-old entrenched superstar coming off a superb season in which he threw for 3,265 yards with 26 touchdowns and just eight interceptions in only 13 games? The one who would have put up even greater numbers if not for three missed games, subpar play along the offensive line, Mike Wallace's holdout and Antonio Brown's injury issues? Or is he the declining veteran who has failed to play all 16 games since the 2008 season and who figures to struggle in 2013, given Wallace's departure and tight end Heath Miller's questionable health as he returns from a torn ACL suffered late last season? While Roethlisberger figures to benefit from having a year of experience in offensive coordinator Todd Haley's offense, there is no denying that the team has major issues at wide receiver and tight end, and an improved depth chart at running back. Pittsburgh's talent level would seem to dictate a more balanced run/pass ratio in 2013, and that doesn't bode well for Roethlisberger's fantasy prospects. While he has been rated as a lower-tier QB1 or upper-tier QB2 for several seasons, he enters 2013 as a lower-tier QB2 because of his injury issues and the question marks among his receiving core. ~ Dave Stringer

 Joe Flacco, BAL (Bye: 8)
Height: 6’6”   Weight: 238   DOB: 1985-01-16   Age: 29
College: Delaware   Draft: 2008 Round 1 (18)   Experience: 6
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2010BAL16306 489 3,622 25 10 43 84 1 295.5 18.5
2011BAL16312 542 3,610 20 12 39 88 1 275.3 17.2
2012BAL16317 531 3,817 22 10 32 22 3 299.1 18.7
2013 (Projected)BAL 310 508 3,610 22 12 21 46 1 279.1  

Outlook: While Flacco may have added Super Bowl winning starting quarterback to his resume during the 2012 season, he has been a bit of a fantasy football tease over the past several seasons. Breakout seasons have been predicted for him but that has failed to materialize with Flacco failing to top 4,000 passing yards during his five-year career and managing a career-high 25 passing touchdowns back in 2010. With Anquan Boldin now in San Francisco and his spot being taken over by Jacoby Jones and an assortment of middling prospects, Flacco isnít headed towards that elusive breakout season in 2013. While he had a wonderful playoff run under the tutelage of Jim Caldwell, who took over for Cam Cameron with three games left in the regular season, you would have to be wearing rose colored glasses to take him as your QB1. Given the lack of receiving weapons in Baltimore, Flacco is a mid-tier QB2 this season. ~ Dave Stringer

Comment: Two key weapons for Flacco (Boldin & Pitta) haven't been adequately replaced. ~ Mike Krueger

 Sam Bradford, STL (Bye: 11)
Height: 6’4”   Weight: 224   DOB: 1987-11-08   Age: 26
College: Oklahoma   Draft: 2010 Round 1 (1)   Experience: 3
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2010STL16354 590 3,512 18 15 27 63 1 259.9 16.2
2011STL10191 358 2,164 6 6 18 26 0 134.8 13.5
2012STL16328 551 3,702 21 13 37 127 1 287.8 18.0
2013 (Projected)STL 327 537 3,650 22 14 37 86 1 285.1  

Outlook: Entering 2013, Rams quarterback Sam Bradford faces a pivotal year as he attempts to establish himself as an upper-tier quarterback. Hopes are high that Bradford, with a bevy of speed receivers and a second consecutive year under the tutelage of offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, will put together a career year in 2013. Of course, he will have to accomplish that without the services of Steven Jackson and Danny Amendola, both of whom departed in free agency, and Schottenheimer has never been mentioned as one of the league's top offensive minds. Despite a leaky offensive and a cast of receivers that was among the league's worst in 2012, Bradford set career highs with 3,702 passing yards and 21 touchdowns with just 13 interceptions. However, he threw for less than 200 yards five times and had just three 300-yard passing games. The lack of explosive games (partly caused by a lack of playmakers at the skill positions) caused him to finish the season as a mid-tier QB2, but he could be in for a breakout season in 2013. Rookie Tavon Austin offers plenty of potential at wide receiver, Chris Givens will look to establish himself as a big-play threat, and tight end Jared Cook is one of the league's most athletic tight ends. If the Rams can get solid production from their running backs, Bradford could emerge as a low-end QB1. But that's a lot of ifs. Consider Bradford a mid-tier QB2 once again this season. ~ Dave Stringer

 Ryan Tannehill, MIA (Bye: 6)
Height: 6’4”   Weight: 221   DOB: 1988-07-27   Age: 25
College: Texas A&M   Draft: 2012 Round 1 (8)   Experience: R
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2012MIA16282 484 3,294 12 13 49 211 2 245.8 15.4
2013 (Projected)MIA 285 482 3,376 17 14 50 185 1 261.3  

Outlook: Considered a raw prospect coming out of Texas A&M last year as a first-round pick, Tannehill had a solid rookie season despite playing mostly a caretaker role in an offense devoid of talent at the wide receiver position. While the former college wide receiver has the athletic ability to develop into a solid starter, he needs to continue to learn the playbook and improve his ability to read defenses in order to become a consistent fantasy producer. Despite playing in all 16 games, he failed to top 200 passing yards in eight games, finishing the season with 3,294 passing yards, 12 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Having added Mike Wallace and Brandon Gibson at wide receiver and Dustin Keller at tight end, the Dolphins expect more from Tannehill. Provided the offensive line holds up (a major question mark), Tannehill could emerge as a mid-tier QB2 in 2013 but should be between the 20th and 25th quarterback taken in your draft. ~ Dave Stringer

Comment: Mike Wallace will help, but Tannehill will have to prove his worth to fantasy owners. He's a QB2. ~ Mike Krueger