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Keeper korner

Keeper korner
Teaser: This week's Keeper Korner delves into the quarterback position and provides updated fantasy football rankings.

Previous versions of the Keeper Korner have discussed either buy-low bargains or sell-high fantasy football players. We're switching gears this week, although the overall focus remains on assessing value. Unlike re-draft leagues, fantasy football owners in keeper and dynasty leagues need to weigh long-term worth in with the current rankings. Thus, Tom Brady continues to have significant value even though we won't see him until 2009, and we need to pay more attention to young slingers like Matt Ryan.

As you've likely already figured out, this week's article will address the current quarterback rankings. It's been a chaotic September for the position, and it feels like our preseason listings have been tossed around in a Boggle tray. Some passers have come out looking like A's and T's, while others are as aggravating as X's and Z's. So, let's get to this editor's updated rankings.

Note: Since we're still early in the season, the focus remains on winning in 2008, followed by 2009 value, followed by 2010 value, etc.

Tier One
1. Tony Romo, Cowboys (28)
2. Peyton Manning, Colts (32)
3. Drew Brees, Saints (29)
4. Jay Cutler, Broncos (25)

Ted's Take: Cutler's value is soaring so fast that it's hard not to get swept up in the hype and put him even higher. Assuming a vacuum (i.e. no draft position or dollar value), I'm not sure what I'd do if someone offered me Cutler straight up for Brees right now. I think I'd keep Brees, but it is far from a clear call.

Tier Two
5. Tom Brady, Patriots (31)
6. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers (26)
7. Carson Palmer, Bengals (28)
8. Philip Rivers, Chargers (27)
9. Eli Manning, Giants (27)
10. Aaron Rodgers, Packers (24)

Ted's Take: In most leagues, Brady's keeper or dynasty value is tied to the first round or a high-dollar amount. His current price has obviously dropped. However, if we eliminated those factors, I'd certainly take him and be happy to wait for 2009. I thought about making another tier between Roethlisberger and the next four names, but I didn't want to dice up the list too much. Palmer is struggling right now, but I'll take my chances. Manning and Rodgers carry similar questions about their upside. I'm happy to hold either quarterback at a reasonable price, even if I'm only looking at a low-end No. 1 fantasy option.

Tier Three
11. Donovan McNabb, Eagles (31)
12. Matt Hasselbeck, Seahawks (33, happy birthday!)
13. Jason Campbell, Redskins (27)
14. Trent Edwards, Bills (24)
15. Kurt Warner, Cardinals (37)
16. Brett Favre, Jets (38)

Ted's Take: Warner and Favre stand as the ultimate "win now" guys. As you'll see, there aren't enough good young quarterbacks out there for me to move Warner and Favre down any further. Believe me, I tried. But I honestly believe I'd rather move forward with Warner or Favre in 2008 than to make sure I have someone like JaMarcus Russell in my bullpen.

Tier Four
17. Matt Schaub, Texans (27)
18. Jake Delhomme, Panthers (33)
19. J.T. O'Sullivan, 49ers (29)
20. Derek Anderson, Browns (25)
21. JaMarcus Russell, Raiders (23)
22. Brady Quinn, Browns (23)
23. David Garrard, Jaguars (30)

Ted's Take: Admittedly, I'm struggling with the Schaub and Anderson values. The Texans and Browns are thinking about benching these starters, but we also have to bear in mind that they are both fairly young. I believe the Texans still view Schaub as their long-term answer at quarterback, which is a major difference between him and Anderson. I nearly kept Schaub in my top-15. As for Anderson, reasons for sticking at No. 20 include (1) he's still the starter and (2) some other team should give him a job in 2009 if the Browns kick him to the curb. I'm beginning to buy into the O'Sullivan vibes (thanks, Mike Martz), while I'm virtually done with Garrard. Russell and Quinn still have much to prove.

Tier Five
25. Matt Ryan, Falcons (23)
26. Marc Bulger, Rams (31)
27. Matt Leinart, Cardinals (25)
28. Matt Cassel, Patriots (26)
29. Vince Young, Titans (25)
30. Joe Flacco, Ravens (23)

Ted's Take: Welcome to the "Matt" area of the rankings. Leinart still rates fairly high because Warner is only signed through this season, and Cassel's value is based solely on the fact that he is a current starter. Bulger? He's a tough one. I can't imagine Trent Green starting too many games, and it's hard to believe that Bulger is truly this bad. I could have easily and justifiably kept Young off the list, but I'm holding out a little hope that he may benefit from time as a backup and out of the spotlight. I don't envision Flacco helping fantasy teams until 2010.

The Remainder
31. Kevin Kolb, Eagles (24)
32. Chad Henne, Dolphins (23)
33. Jon Kitna, Lions (36)
34. Brodie Croyle, Chiefs (25)
35. Brian Griese, Buccaneers (33)
36. Sage Rosenfels, Texans (30)
37. Kerry Collins, Titans (36)
38. Tarvaris Jackson, Vikings (25)
39. Kyle Orton, Bears (25)

Do I need to go any further? I feel generous (and slightly ashamed) by simply mentioning some of these quarterbacks.

As noted in the introduction, hopefully this list helps keeper and dynasty league owners to assess their quarterback situations. Readers will also need to add in their league's rules and dollar or draft pick values, as it may turn out that, say, Trent Edwards at $1 is a better deal than Matt Hasselbeck at $9. And, if the rankings have been shaken up this much after only three weeks, we can only guess at how different they may look in mid-October.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: September 30, 2008

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