With the start of the 2013 NFL season just around the corner, fantasy football owners are now beginning their preparations for the upcoming year. It's no secret that having a top notch quarterback is imperative for success, especially in leagues where just one starting signal caller is on the active roster. 

Here is a look at the top five quarterbacks for the upcoming season and why they should have a dominating year from behind center.

 Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints took a step backwards last year with the 'Bounty Scandal', but head coach Sean Payton will be back on the sidelines and the wide opening passing attack of the Saints should be in full swing this year. Expect Brees to have an outstanding year with 5,000+ passing yards and 35+ touchdown passes highly likely for this former second round draft pick.

 Aaron Rodgers has led the Green Bay Packers offense to great heights, especially in the passing game and despite the loss of veteran receiver Greg Jennings to Minnesota, this team has a dynamic group of young wide outs and that should lead to plenty of excitement for this offense. Rodgers has finished first or second in fantasy football points for quarterbacks in each of the last five years and not much should change in 2013.

 Colin Karpernick exploded onto the scene last year when he took over the starting quarterback role for the San Francisco 49ers and the young signal caller proved it was no fluke with his performance in the playoffs last year. Kaepernick will now have a full season to earn points for owners and with his running ability and strong arm, having the most points by a quarterback this season in fantasy football is not out of the question.


Mathew Stafford finally had a year where he played all season and the young quarterback put up some great numbers. The Detroit Lions throw the ball more than any other team in the NFL and with the team adding Reggie Bush to the offense this off-season, bigger and better numbers could be on the horizon. Stafford has a big arm and the best wide receiver in football, but know that the team has added more weapons to his arsenal, expect a career year from the Lions signal caller with 5,000+ passing yards very possible.

 Tom Brady has been one of the more consistent fantasy football quarterbacks over the last few years and despite not having the greatest wide receiving corp in the league, he still manages to put up some terrific numbers. This off-season the New England Patriots added a couple talented wide outs in hopes of taking some pressure off the tight ends and if this offense can find some chemistry in training camp, Brady could have one of the best years of his career, but if they struggle, still expect top five numbers from this future Hall of Fame quarterback.

 These five players are first round draft picks in fantasy football this year and if available when your time comes, picking one of these five players almost guarantees you some massive points this season and a leg up on your competition.