I think it's safe to say that the first week of the season was the week of the fantasy quarterback. From Peyton's seven touchdowns to three quarterbacks passing for over four hundred yards to 21 quarterbacks throwing at least two touchdowns. The sample size is small but it looks as though waiting to draft a quarterback was one of the smarter strategies for 2013 drafts.
Peyton Manning is not going to throw for over 400 yards and seven touchdowns every week. He does look more like pre-neck surgery Peyton and that should make for a dynamite fantasy season. I'm leaning towards 50 passing touchdowns for him. That's not much of a reach, since he only has to throw 43 more in the next fifteen games. The receiving weapons he has in Denver looked every bit as dangerous as any he worked with in Indianapolis.
Colin Kaepernick showed that he's not just a one trick pony. Adding Anquan Boldin has provided a very solid target for him and gives him a target he can throw to even if he's not completely open. It looks as though Kap has that confidence in him already. If he can continue to develop and maintain a connection with Vernon Davis, this Niner passing game is going to be tough.
Aaron Rodgers had a very good game in San Francisco to start the season but should have an even better week facing a Washington team playing on a short week. The Packers running game is still in the works and that puts the onus on the passing game to put up the yards and points. Look for Rodgers to have a floor this week of 350 yards and three touchdowns.
Drew Brees started the season with a strong game against Atlanta. Look for the good times to keep flying against Tampa Bay. In his two starts against Tampa in 2012, he averaged 342 yards and four touchdowns. I absolutely love when he faces the Buccaneers. There is no doubt in my mind that he'll rack up some major fantasy points this week.
My sleeper this week is Josh Freeman. He had his best game of the season at home against New Orleans in 2012. He did not get off to a good start against the Jets but I expect some of the mental mistakes to be cleared up. In Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams, he has the big receivers to bully the Saints defense.
Here are the top five quarterbacks for passing touchdowns in 2013:
And the top five quarterbacks for passing yards in 2013:
1. Peyton Manning - 462
2. Eli Manning - 450
3. Colin Kaepernick - 412
4. Joe Flacco - 362
5. Drew Brees - 357
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Quick Notes: Carolina will be looking to let Cam Newton take more shots downfield than the four he threw in their opener....Blaine Gabbert will not play in Week 2.....Tony Romo will not miss his next game despite being diagnosed with bruised ribs following the season opener.....Mark Sanchez has been ruled out of the Jets second game of the season....The Jets re-signed Brady Quinn.....Brandon Weeden was sacked six times against Miami.....EJ Manuel threw two touchdown passes in his NFL debut
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