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THE QUICK READ
1. Drew BREES
1 Drew BREES
The second man to throw for 5,000 yards in a season, Brees may have fallen 15 yards short of Dan Marino's single-season record, but he shattered another Marino mark of 4,137 yards without a 1,000-yard WR. Brees hasn't missed a game since 2004, and since joining the Saints, in '06, he has thrown for almost 1,500 yards more than anyone else, making him the clear No. 1 pick among QBs.
2 Aaron RODGERS
[ON THE RISE] Pardon the idol-bashing, but the guy is already becoming as potent a fantasy QB as Brett Favre ever was. In terms of TDs, Rodgers's first year as a starter was on a par with Favre's miracle '07. Meanwhile his picks, just 13, tied Favre's career low. His numbers should leap this year as his connection with WR Greg Jennings and his knowledge of the offense grow.
3 Peyton MANNING
Manning has been calling his own plays for years, so the Colts' well-publicized coaching changes will not have the same impact on him as they would on a younger quarterback. What will affect his production will be the performance of Marvin Harrison's replacement, Anthony Gonzalez, and the running game. (The latter stank last year.) A safe pick for around 4,000 yards and 30 TDs again.
4 Philip RIVERS