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Quarterback Rankings

Last Updated: December 31, 2012

Welcome to the BeastOrBust.com Rankings Pages.  We hope you like the new look of the website. In addition to our site re-design, we've opted to give our Player Rankings a fresh new look as well.  Moving away from conventional style rankings lists, we have transitioned to a Tiered ranking format.  This conversion has been made for a number of Dynasty specific reasons.  Every Dynasty league has unique characteristics with player valuations that remain league specific.  Tiered Rankings add clarity to this inherent variability.  Second, players separated by Tiers provides an improved mechanism to appropriately define and compare player values from a Dynasty perspective.  Each Tier includes a description and brief player analysis.  It is important to note that players within each Tier typically share similar long-term outlook and are ranked in order within their respective tiers. Let's get into the QB's:

Beast Tier - The truly elite signal callers. This tier is reserved for the QB's that will give you consisten Beastly production for the next 7+ years.
 
Aaron Rodgers (Packers)
Cam Newton (Panthers)
 
Franchise Tier - Consistent fantasy QB1 performers. In many cases, such as Brees and Brady, age is a limiting factor in their position within this tier. If RG3 or Andrew Luck fulfill their vast potential, they could find themselves in the Beast Tier as soon as next season.
 
Andrew Luck (Colts)
Matt Stafford (Lions)
Matt Ryan (Falcons)
Robert Griffin III (Redskins)
Drew Brees (Saints)
Tom Brady (Patriots)
 
Starter with Upside Tier - Within this Tier, we'll find mostly young and/or inconsistent performers that represent QB1 upside. All have the skillset to have a Tier 2 season. Big Ben, Tony Romo and Mike Vick are the elder statesmen of this Tier and their Dynasty value is only trending downward, but for a win-now team, each could be the solution to short-term QB issues.
 
Colin Kaepernick (49ers)
Russell Wilson (Seahawks)
Eli Manning (Giants)
Tony Romo (Cowboys)
Ryan Tannehill (Dolphins)
Joe Flacco (Ravens)
Phillip Rivers (Chargers)
Andy Dalton (Bengals)
Ben Roethlisberger (Steelers)
Jake Locker (Titans)
Josh Freeman (Bucs)
 
Starter with Limited Upside Tier - These QB's are locked into QB2 value in the long term, but in any given season have a chance at back-end QB1 type numbers. Peyton Manning, Matt Schaub and Carson Palmer are aging options.
 
Peyton Manning (Broncos)
Sam Bradford (Rams)
Michael Vick (Eagles)
Jay Cutler (Bears)
Christian Ponder (Vikings)
Matt Schaub (Texans)
Carson Palmer (Cardinals)
 
Mixed Company Tier - A mix of QB's getting older, injury prone or unproven prospects. Weeden's upside is not quite at the level of the four rookie QB's above him, but his floor is high. Cassel is in a make or break season, as are Ryan Fitzpatrick and Alex Smith.
 
Nick Foles (Eagles)
Brandon Weeden (Browns)
Alex Smith (Chiefs)
Matt Cassel (Vikings)
Ryan Fitzpatrick (Titans)
Matt Flynn (Raiders)
Mark Sanchez (Jets)
John Skelton (Bengals)
 
Your Guess Is As Good As Ours Tier - Tebow performs like a QB1 when he's under center, but he cannot survive long term as a starting QB with his throwing motion and accuracy. If you own him, your best bet is to hold onto him unless you Skip Bayless is in your league.
 
Tim Tebow (Jets)
 
Prospect Tier - Plenty of potential in this group, but a long way from reaching it. Some, like Blaine Gabbert, will get a shot this year. Others are at least a season or more away from seeing the field and should be stashed appropriately in deeper leagues.
 
Terrelle Pryor (Raiders)
Joe Webb (Vikings)
Ryan Mallett (Patriots)
Brock Osweiler (Broncos)
TJ Yates (Texans)
 
Bench/Back-up Tier - In deep leagues and QB heavy leagues, these players are definitely worth rostering, because with a chance to see the field, they have QB2 value. Depending on your situation, these players may be more valuable to your roster short-term than the above Prospect Tier.
 
Colt McCoy (49ers)
Chad Henne (Jaguars)
Kyle Orton (Cowboys)
Chad Henne (Jaguars)
Kevin Kolb (Bills)
Jason Campbell (Browns)
Brian Hoyer (Cardinals)
Blaine Gabbert (Jaguars)
Matt Moore (Dolphins)
Vince Young (Jaguars)
Ryan Lindley (Cardinals)
Mike Kafka (Patriots)
Graham Harrell (Packers)
Tavaris Jackson (Bills)
 
Deep Prospect Tier - None is likely to see the field in the next few seasons unless something goes horribly wrong, but all have starter upside. In deep leagues, they are certainly worth a stash.

Ricky Stanzi (Chiefs)
BJ Coleman (Packers)
Thaddeus Lewis (Browns)