1 – Drew Brees – Brees is already my top fantasy quarterback but when you add the fact that he will be facing a depleted Minnesota secondary, on National TV, on a night when the Saints hoist their Super Bowl banner, Brees will be in for a big night. Not to mention Minnesota historically is great versus the run. Saints may have to throw to win.
2 – Aaron Rodgers – Rodgers offers a bit of a duel threat at quarterback but I think he gets more press as a running quarterback then he deserves. His 5 rushing TD’s from 2009 wont be repeated although he’ll still does offer value as a runner.
3 – Peyton Manning – Manning is as steady as they come and one thing he has always done is tear up his own division. Houston enters the 2010 campaign without their best CB from a year ago in Dunta Robinson who is now with the Falcons. Rookie 1st round pick Kareem Jackson may be tested early.
4- Phillip Rivers – Facing a weak Kansas City defense Rivers should have his way with the Chiefs. My only concern is the loss of Vincent Jackson, however Malcolm Floyd, Legadu Nannee and Antonio Gates should be able to pick of the slack for the Chargers.
5- Tom Brady – Faces a tough Cincinnati Bengals’ secondary this week but with a re-tooled offensive line and an already less-than-stellar run game, the Patriots may have to turn to the air to win this early season matchup of two potential playoff teams.
6 – Matt Schaub – Led the league in passing yards in 2009 and we expect him to put up similar numbers in 2010. His top target Andre Johnson is back and looks as good as ever and tight end Owen Daniels looks to be recovered from a knee injury that ended his 2009 season early.
7 – Tony Romo – The Cowboys gave their QB a new weapon to work with in Dez Bryant. Romo is coming off a solid 2009 season and the Cowboys look to build off their success from a year ago. Romo looks to be a solid play this week versus a divisional rival Redskins.
8 – Brett Favre – The Minnesota offense is a huge unknown at this point. Injuries and absences have prevented this unit from working together for much of the preseason. Not to mention the offensive line had a hard time protecting the passer throughout the preseason. Despite the question marks, Favre is a good play this week. This NFC Championship game rematch could be a shootout.
9 – Jay Cutler – Another unknown, the Bears offense did not look in-sync this preseason but word from Chicago is that they were not showing ‘too much’. Traditionally a passing offense, Mike Martz’s offense relies on protecting the passer. If the Bears can find a way to do that, Cutler should be able to expose a very young and inexperienced Detroit secondary.
9 – Eli Manning – Manning has a nice host of weapons to work with and a solid offensive line that will keep him upright. A decline in the rushing attack last year will continue into this year if you ask me. Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw will take a backseat to the new young stars on that offense in Steve Smith, Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham.
10 – Carson Palmer – Provided with a couple new weapons in Terrell Owens and rookies Jermaine Gresham and Jordan Shipley to go along with Chad Ochocinco, Palmer gets to put them to work against a young and inexperienced Patriots’ secondary.