Aaron Rodgers – Arguments could be made for others, but Rodgers is just too sturdy and productive to ignore. On top of that, there is a very strong possibility that we have yet to see the best from Rodgers. The emergence of
Randall Cobb and the healthy return of
Jordy Nelson offer tremendous potential. The hopeful development of the running game could open things up a bit more as well.
Peyton Manning – A strong case could be made for Manning to be drafted as the No. 1 quarterback.
Eric Decker and
Wes Welker provide ample firepower for Manning, who will be a year further removed from his neck injury. The potential statistical output for Manning hasn’t been this high since he and Marvin Harrison were lighting up the scoreboard.
Drew Brees – The New Orleans Saints’ main man has a knack for chasing records. That doesn’t seem likely to change in 2013. With offensive guru Sean Payton back on the sideline, the offense should be set to get back to business in an explosive way. The New Orleans defense is a historically awful one that should create more than enough opportunities for shootouts.
Tom Brady – It seems like a sin to have him outside the top 3 but the stars just don’t seem to be aligning at the current time. Main threat
Rob Gronkowski is in-and-out of surgery on a daily basis, fellow tight end
Aaron Hernandez also has injury issues, and we’re unsure as to if
Danny Amendola can handle the role vacated by
Wes Welker. Brady always seems to find a way to get it done, but the offense isn’t as potent as in seasons past.
Cam Newton – It was a tale of two seasons for Newton last year. For the first half of the year he looked to have taken a large step back from his rookie performance. His numbers were disappointing to say the least and his value was slipping quickly. But, all of a sudden, Newton found his form and started to rip off huge numbers. If Newton can perform at that second-half level for the entire year, the rushing numbers will be completely off the charts.