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Reader Question on Top QBs, RBs


Adam from Minnesota -- site of Y.E. Yang's stunning upset of Tiger Woods in the PGA Championship -- e-mailed to ask Fantasy Check who the top six quarterbacks and running backs are this season.

Before I offer my list, I figure since Fantasy Check is in the business of rating the experts, I'd best visit some popular Web sites for their takes. ESPN,,, Fantasy Football Today, Fantasy Football Toolbox and will do just fine.

Five of those six sites rank Drew Brees first. Wasn't there a commercial in which four out of five doctors recommended Trident? In any case, the only site that doesn't have Brees No. 1 is FFToday, which rates Tom Brady first.

Three sites have Brady second, two have Manning there, and FFToday has Brees. Four sites have Manning third, and two list Brady there.

While there is some conformity among the top three quarterbacks, spots four through six yield a much wider variety of ratings.

Aaron Rodgers, Philip Rivers and Kurt Warner are the three quarterbacks most commonly slotted four through 6, but RotoWire has Donovan McNabb No. 6 based on the fact the Eagles throw 60 percent of the time. McNabb is fifth according to FFtoday, but none of the other four sites rates him in the top six.

FFToolbox has Tony Romo fifth, while none of the other sites has him in the top six. With the recent wrist injury to Roy Williams, Romo's fantasy value as of this writing is on the downturn.

Fantasy Check's top six quarterbacks in order are Brady, Brees, Manning, Rodgers, Warner, Rivers. Warner's position at No. 5 is in the most volatile. Apparently Warner remains bothered by a sore hip he had surgically repaired in the offseason.

Now onto the top six running backs, and there's a stunning development here. Adrian Peterson is not universally regarded as the No. 1 pick at the position.

While's Jamey Einsenberg predicts Maurice Jones-Drew could finish as best running back in fantasy, FFToday goes a step further and lists the Jaguars' multi-purpose threat as the top fantasy back heading into the regular season and perhaps the first pick overall in points-per-reception leagues.

Michael Turner, Matt Forte, Steven Jackson and Chris Johnson are others consistently rated among the top six.

LaDainian Tomlinson, once a slam dunk for the first overall pick, is in the top six on just one of the sites Fantasy Check surveyed, and that's FFToday, which has LT rated third. The highest Tomlinson is ranked otherwise is seventh, by ESPN.

Steve Slaton makes an appearance at No. 4 on RotoWire, which writes: "The Texans offense ranked third in the league last year, and with Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson, Kevin Walter, Owen Daniels, innovative head coach Gary Kubiak and offensive line genius Alex Gibbs, Slaton finds himself in a terrific situation." has Slaton seventh and is the only other site that ranks him in the top 10.

Fantasy Check's top six running backs: Peterson, Jones-Drew, Forte, Turner, Jackson, Johnson, with Slaton right on the cusp because he's not sharing time in the backfield.

By Gene Wang  |  August 17, 2009; 1:10 PM ET  | Category:  Fantasy Football Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Thanks, Gene. You rock!

Posted by: Adam from EA Yang's upset site | August 17, 2009 3:46 PM

In the draft I usually take Rb's first and then Wr's in the rd's 3 and 4. however it depends on the league. This really helped explain to me how to go about the draft

Posted by: Billy | August 20, 2009 11:33 AM

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