This Cheat Sheet is categorized by position (QB, RB, WR, TE, Defense / Special Teams, and K) and players will be ranked by projected points in a typical Points Per Reception (PPR) scoring system (1 point per 25 yds passing, 1 point per reception, 1 point per 10 yds rushing/receiving, etc.). Within each position, players are ranked in Tiers. There’s a small difference in the projection points between players within a Tier, but a significant projected difference between Tiers.
- Tier 1: (Rodgers, Brees) are guaranteed studs.
- QBs in Tier 2 are safe bets to be in the Top 6.
- Tier 3 has QBs that have at least one concern, but are capable to be in the Top 5. Having at least one QB in Tiers 1 through 3 is “a must” to winning fantasy in 2013.
- Tier 4 contains QBs that should all do well, but will most likely not be in the Top 5.
- Tier 5 (Weedon, Manuel) have tremendous upside and are the last Tier I want on my fantasy team.
- Tier 6 is the last tier of QBs worth owning in 2013.
|1||1||Aaron Rodgers||GB||4||108.0 QB Rating in 2012, has legs, up tempo at times, best WR/TE weapons in NFL|
|2||Drew Brees||NO||7||Pass heaviest offense in NFL, up tempo at times, Sean Payton back|
|2||3||Peyton Manning||DEN||9||5th in fantasy points in 2012 and added Welker, up tempo most times|
|4||Tom Brady||NE||10||Brady/Belichick combo, up tempo at times, The best complete offense in NFL|
|5||Matthew Stafford||DET||9||Led in Attempts in 2012, Has best WR in NFL, 2nd Pass heaviest offense|
|6||Matt Ryan||ATL||6||Has best WR/TE/RB catching combo, 3rd Pass heaviest offense|
|3||7||Colin Kaepernick||SF||9||West Coast Brady/Belichick combo with Harbaugh, Led in Yards-Per-Pass Attempt (8.3) in 2012, Run-first offense|
|8||Tony Romo||DAL||11||Has one of the best WR/TE/RB catching combos, should improve with new playcaller|
|9||Andrew Luck||IND||8||Should improve in 2nd year, New OC Pep Hamilton run-first offense|
|10||Cam Newton||CAR||4||4th in fantasy points in 2012, concerned about new OC Shula’s offensive scheme|
|11||Robert Griffin III||WAS||5||Insane Arm and Legs (when healthy), Knee recovery may affect aggressiveness early in season|
|4||12||Michael Vick||PHI||12||New HC Kelly extremely up tempo offense, Will have designed run plays, He’s almost in Tier 3|
|13||Carson Palmer||ARI||9||New HC Arians Pass Happy Offense, WR Weapons, Looked Stellar in Preseason|
|14||Jay Cutler||CHI||8||New HC Trestman Pass Centric Offense, Shaky O-Line|
|15||Andy Dalton||CIN||12||12th in fantasy points in 2012, Has more weapons and another year of experience|
|16||Ben Roethlisberger||PIT||5||Concerned about OC Todd Haley’s offensive scheme, No more Mike Wallace|
|17||Russell Wilson||SEA||12||Crazy talented, Dual-threat, Run first offense|
|18||Eli Manning||NYG||9||Historically streaky, Consistently ends up putting up good season totals|
|5||19||Brandon Weeden||CLE||10||New OC Norv Turner offense, Has best young WR/TE/RB catching combos|
|20||EJ Manuel||BUF||12||New HC Marrone extremely up tempo offense, has legs, Rookie|
|6||21||Sam Bradford||STL||11||Puzzling offensive passing scheme, Has young WR/TE weapons|
|22||Ryan Tannehill||MIA||6||Shaky O-Line, Added Wallace and another year of experience|
|23||Joe Flacco||BAL||8||No Boldin or Pitta, Has Rice and Torrey Smith|
|24||Matt Schaub||HOU||8||Run-first offense, Low ceiling of passing statistics|
|25||Phillip Rivers||SD||8||New OC Mike McCoy should ensure respectable 2013 season|
|26||Terrelle Pryor||OAK||7||Should be Starter, Dual Threat|
|27||Geno Smith||NYJ||10||Should be Week 1 starter, Dual Threat, Had up-and-down Preseason|
|28||Josh Freeman||TB||5||Has stud RB and WRs, Continues to have accuracy and decision making issues|