- Scott Engel, ESPN Fantasy Games
Here are my latest quarterback rankings for the upcoming fantasy football season, based on ESPN standard performance scoring for 2007
1. Peyton Manning: The obvious safe choice for outstanding fantasy production every year, and the only quarterback worth a first-round pick.
2. Carson Palmer: The clear top pick after Peyton Manning is off the board, he's sure to deliver another outstanding year now that health concerns are no longer an issue.
3. Tom Brady: He always produced very good fantasy numbers in the past, and now he has the best receiving corps of his career. Brady will also have to carry the offense often because the running game will be inconsistent.
4. Drew Brees: You certainly can make a case for taking him over Brady, and he is very comfortable as the director of one of the league's best offenses. Brees makes good use of all of his outstanding weapons.
5. Marc Bulger: The additions of Drew Bennett and Randy McMichael mean more quality targets and Bulger should also use them to deliver more touchdown passes in the red zone this season.
6. Donovan McNabb: His recovery is going well, and McNabb will rebound to be a very good starter this year even if he doesn't play at the same levels he did last year when he was in action.
7. Matt Hasselbeck: He is ahead of schedule in his recovery from surgery on his non-throwing shoulder, and determined to put an up-and-down 2006 season behind him.
8. Michael Vick: His overall fantasy numbers were too good to ignore last year, and with the receiving corps still not looking good, he's destined to run a lot more this year even if the initial plan is to do otherwise.
9. Vince Young: He played well with limited weaponry last year, and if he continues to take what defenses give him while making some big plays on his own, he'll be a good fantasy starter in his second season.
10. Tony Romo: He should improve in 2007 -- his first full season. Romo will stamp himself as a steady fantasy starter this upcoming season.
11. Eli Manning: It's a pivotal season for the young Giants quarterback, and he's going to start becoming a more dependable fantasy passer in 2007.
12. Philip Rivers: He will continue to improve this year. The emerging Vincent Jackson will help him post better fantasy numbers than he did in 2006.
13. Matt Leinart: He has one of the best receiving tandems in the NFL, and he will get better support from the running game in 2007, meaning he will have to force the ball less often.
14. Jay Cutler: He has a good supporting cast, and Cutler will be very poised for a young passer. He'll make sound decisions while posting quality fantasy totals.
15. Ben Roethlisberger: If he stays healthy, he will recapture his past form. Roethlisberger will pad good passing numbers with a few rushing scores.
16. Brett Favre: His receiving corps and running game didn't improve much, meaning he will be compelled to try to carry the offense again and make many more questionable throws.
17. Jon Kitna: He's a turnover machine, but he has an outstanding crew of wide receivers and isn't afraid to make any throw, so he'll have some good outings.
18. Chad Pennington: He has two good receivers and now will have support from an improved running game. Pennington will be a safe, but not spectacular pick.
19. Jake Delhomme: He's a boom-or-bust pick for 2007. Delhomme is either going to rebound in a big way or lose his job to David Carr. I'm betting on the latter.
20. J.P. Losman: He is working hard to improve his mechanics and decision-making, and this will be a key season for him. I don't believe he will succeed, though.
21. Rex Grossman: He's just too darn inconsistent, but he can certainly win some fantasy games for you.
22. Damon Huard: He's going to win the starting job outright in training camp, and when he does, I'll move him up even further, because he's going to be a solid fantasy option again.
23. Jason Campbell: He has shown good decision-making skills for a young passer and he'll at least be a solid fantasy reserve in 2007.
24. Alex Smith: The addition of Darrell Jackson (when healthy) will help Smith take some steps forward on his way to becoming a more reliable fantasy player.
25. Trent Green: If he is ultimately dealt to the Dolphins, his value will get a boost as he comes together with a pretty good supporting cast.
26. Matt Schaub: It will be an uphill battle in his first season as a full-time starter. Inexperience and a thin receiving crew will work against him.
27. Steve McNair: The running game will be the primary focus on offense, and McNair still has a shaky receiving crew.
28. Byron Leftwich: Leftwich has lost the faith of fantasy leaguers, and he isn't going to regain it in 2007. His career will take another downward turn.
29. Chris Simms: He has a better grasp of Tampa Bay's offense than Jeff Garcia, and he will fight hard for the starting job in training camp.
30. Tarvaris Jackson: He's a promising dual threat, but he doesn't have any trustworthy wide receivers.
31. David Carr
32. Jeff Garcia
33. Josh McCown
34. Brady Quinn
35. JaMarcus Russell
36. David Garrard
37. Brodie Croyle
38. Daunte Culpepper
39. Charlie Frye
40. John Beck
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