Top 10 Running Quarterbacks in Fantasy Football
This isn’t a tough list. Rather that trick you into thinking I’m a braniac and I’m the only genius that thinks this stuff up, this fantasy article is more of a joyous walk through the rarity that is the “running quarterback”. Truth be told, Michael Vick brought that label back in a big way in 2011, but if I can tell the truth one more time, he’s also not the only guy who can use his legs.
He clearly tops the list, but that doesn’t mean you should forget about the other top quarterbacks who can do damage outside of their throwing arm. Here they are:
1. Michael Vick (Philadelphia Eagles)
Vick led all quarterbacks in rushing attempts by a super large margin in 2010, and he only hit the field for 12 contests. Keep that in mind while you’re salivating over his 676 rushing yards and nine touchdowns, too.
2. Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers)
Rodgers won’t be breaking any ankles anytime soon, but he is a smart runner and can break a few loose when defenses aren’t careful. On top of his solid yardage (300+ in each of past two seasons), he also racks up the touchdowns on the ground, too (13 in past three seasons).
3. Josh Freeman (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Freeman is arguably a better runner and athlete than Rodgers (above), but his touchdown total didn’t really explain that for the common observer. His 364 rushing yards in just his second season caught our attention, though.
4. David Garrard (Jacksonville Jaguars)
Garrard isn’t regarded as an “elite” quarterback, but despite being 33, he can still run with the best of them. He’s put up at least 270 rushing yards and two touchdowns in three straight seasons, including five on the ground in 2010. Yeah, Maurice Jones-Drew is still upset.
5. Tim Tebow (Denver Broncos)
Tebow lost his starting job to Kyle Orton (at least that’s what it looks like), but he still deserves to come in at number five. After all, he did run for three touchdowns in special packages as a back-up in 2010. And when he took the field as a starter, he rushed for a touchdown in three straight games to end the season. He also piled up 201 yards on the ground in those final three weeks. Yeah, he can run.
6. Ryan Fitzpatrick (Buffalo Bills)
Fitzpatrick doesn’t have a huge arm or the best pocket presence, but he can scramble and make things happen on the fly. He proved exactly that with a solid 269 rushing yards as a starter in 2010.
7. Jay Cutler (Chicago Bears)
Cutler isn’t a freak athlete, but he can run the football as good as any quarterback that isn’t in this list’s top three. With three seasons of 200+ rushing yards out of his past four, he gives some solid value on the ground. At least one rushing touchdown in four straight seasons doesn’t hurt, either.
8. Jason Campbell (Oakland Raiders)
Campbell doesn’t have an unbelievable shake to his game, but he’s much more mobile than people give him credit for. Besides, behind Oakland’s still shaky offensive line, he kind of has to be. With at least 200 yards rushing in each of his past three seasons, Campbell continues to be an above-average dual threat at the quarterback position.
9. Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh Steelers)
Big Ben is more elusive and crafty that athletic, but his behemoth shake moves still make the magic happen. If he’s not heaving a 300+ pound defensive tackle to the ground and tossing a touchdown, he’s taking off and running. He looks like he’s running with two broken legs at times, but he’s still found a way to score at least two rushing touchdowns in six straight seasons. Not elite, but still impressive.
10. Colt McCoy (Cleveland Browns)
McCoy doesn’t have a cannon arm and he looks like a criminal on death row in the pocket, but boy, can he run when he has to. McCoy’s 136 rushing yards and a touchdown weren’t amazing in 2010, but considering he compiled those numbers in just eight games, his future as a runner carries some solid optimism.
Honorable Mentions: Vince Young, Jake Locker, Donovan McNabb