THE RANKING: Position by position, from top to bottom—SI's annual rundown offers a blueprint to a championship season

2013 STATS

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RANK NAME TEAM BYE AUCTION COMP YD 300-YD G TD INT RUSH YD TD
1 Aaron RodgersPackers 9 $35 193 2,536 4 17 6 120 0
The only QB with at least 7.8 YPA each of the past five years, he also uses his feet as well as any elite fantasy QB.
2 Peyton ManningBroncos 4 $35 450 5,477 12 55 10 --31 1
Even if he falls 20% short of his epic 2013 numbers, he'll still be a fantasy monster at age 38.
3 Drew BreesSaints 6 $31 446 5,162 11 39 12 52 3
With his remarkable durability and consistency, he brings up the rear of the top tier at the position.
4 Matthew StaffordLions 9 $25 371 4,650 6 29 19 69 2
While he's worthy of the No. 4 rank, Stafford's production remains wholly dependent on Megatron.
5 Matt RyanFalcons 9 $25 439 4,515 7 26 17 55 0
With wide receivers Julio Jones and Roddy White healthy, Ryan should be poised for a huge rebound season.
6 Robert Griffin IIIRedskins 10 $23 274 3,203 3 16 12 489 0
A new, offensive-minded coach (Jay Gruden), a new WR (DeSean Jackson) and a healthy knee should erase an ugly 2013.
7 Nick FolesEagles 7 $23 203 2,891 2 27 2 221 3
Bland as he seems, he had one of the most efficient seasons in NFL history and is capable of making a further leap.
8 Tom BradyPatriots 10 $21 380 4,343 6 25 11 18 0
Assuming TE Rob Gronkowski and RB Shane Vereen stay healthy, the 37-year-old Brady will remain a reliable QB1.
9 Cam NewtonPanthers 12 $18 292 3,379 1 24 13 585 6
Carolina's ground production helps—especially Newton's—but the QB still has to overcome a dearth of receiving threats.
10 Andrew LuckColts 10 $18 343 3,822 3 23 9 377 4
Two years into his pro career, he's a far better real-life QB than his fantasy stats suggest. Don't overvalue him.
11 Jay CutlerBears 9 $17 224 2,621 2 19 12 118 0
With lethal weapons at every skill position in Chicago, he could easily vault into the Top 5 QBs.
12 Tony RomoCowboys 11 $17 342 3,828 4 31 10 38 0
Maligned for not taking Dallas deep into the playoffs, he still puts up solid fantasy numbers. Bank on that again.
13 Philip RiversChargers 10 $16 379 4,478 5 32 11 72 0
A new offense brought Rivers back from the dead last year. He should once again be a strong fantasy option.
14 Colin Kaepernick49ers 8 $14 243 3,197 2 21 8 524 4
He needs a full season alongside oft-injured WR Michael Crabtree in order to be a consistent fantasy starter.
15 Ben RoethlisbergerSteelers 12 $12 375 4,261 5 28 14 99 1
Pittsburgh will throw more than usual with stellar WR Antonio Brown and pass-catching RB Le'Veon Bell.
16 Andy DaltonBengals 4 $10 363 4,293 5 33 20 183 2
Be wary of his big statistical season in 2013: It was largely due to a few huge games.
17 Russell WilsonSeahawks 4 $10 257 3,357 2 26 9 539 1
He carried Seattle to a Super Bowl victory, but his real-life production doesn't translate to fantasy supremacy.
18 Carson PalmerCardinals 4 $8 362 4,274 5 24 22 3 0
With WRs Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd and RB Andre Ellington, there's plenty of upside in Arizona.
19 Ryan TannehillDolphins 5 $8 355 3,913 5 24 17 238 1
He took a big step forward in just his second year, doubling his TD total from 12 to 24—a good omen for 2013.
20 Eli ManningGiants 8 $6 317 3,818 3 18 27 36 0
Forget 2013. Victor Cruz and the addition of RB Rashad Jennings and WR Odell Beckham Jr. gives Eli plenty of weapons.
21 Jake LockerTitans 9 $5 111 1,256 1 8 4 155 2
Locker compiled his 2013 stats in just six games and has an underappreciated WR duo in Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter.
22 Josh McCownBuccaneers 7 $4 149 1,829 3 13 1 69 1
McCown will find it hard to repeat his magical 2013 run without Bears WRs Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.
23 Joe FlaccoRavens 11 $4 362 3,912 3 19 22 131 1
He's always been able to throw the deep ball, and he has two true downfield threats in WRs Torrey and Steve Smith.
24 EJ ManuelBills 9 $3 180 1,972 0 11 9 186 2
In Year 2, Manuel is well-cast as a fantasy backup—or as a cheap wild-card starter in two-QB leagues.
25 Michael VickJets 11 $3 77 1,215 1 5 3 306 2
If he stays healthy, he could outperform this ranking by 10 spots—but what reason is there to believe he will?
26 Alex SmithChiefs 6 $2 308 3,313 0 23 7 431 1
This is RB Jamaal Charles's offense, meaning that Smith isn't required to do much—and he doesn't.
27 Sam BradfordRams 4 $2 159 1,687 1 14 4 31 0
To break out, he needs big years from WR Tavon Austin and TE Jared Cook, and 2013 showed no promise there.
28 Teddy Bridgewater*Vikings 10 $2 303 3,970 7 31 4 78 0
Remember, he was considered the top QB before the convoluted draft process. He'll have weapons to work with.
29 Matt SchaubRaiders 5 $1 219 2,310 2 10 14 24 0
A nightmare season drove him out of Houston, and untalented Oakland doesn't offer much of a lifeline.
30 Ryan FitzpatrickTexans 10 $1 217 2,454 2 14 12 225 3
He could be a solid, cheap backup option thanks to stat-churners like WR Andre Johnson and RB Arian Foster.
31 Brian HoyerBrowns 4 $1 57 615 1 5 3 16 0
Hoyer will likely start in Week 1, but know this: The front office and fan base are clamoring for Johnny Football.
32 Johnny Manziel*Browns 4 $1 300 4,114 7 37 13 759 9
He very well may be the future in Cleveland, but do you really want to gamble on the timing of his overtaking Hoyer?

*2013 college stats

Auction value based on $100 pot

PHOTOMATTHEW STOCKMAN/GETTY IMAGESONE TD? RODGER THAT A-Rod's ability to conjure up crushing scores was missing for much of 2013. Now that his broken collarbone has healed, he goes straight to the top of the QB list.