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2012 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings

End of NFL Regular Season Rankings
As usual, Brees, Brady and Rodgers were the top 3 QBs in the league.  Peyton Manning however proved that injuries ain't nothin' but a thang!  That is what this season has convinced me, that previous injuries should not deter you from drafting super talents.  My biggest take from a player NOT on this list is that Colin Kaepernick might be a top 10 QB next year.  He pretty much didn't even play before week 10 and still finished with over 200 points.  He was clearly on pace to finish with over 400 points which would put him ahead of Andrew Luck & Robert Griffin III.

QB Scoring Setting
  • Completions - .5 points
  • Yards - 1 point ever 50 yards
  • Touchdowns - 6 points
  • Interceptions - (2) points

Draft RankWeek 17 RankQBFan Pts
21Drew Brees (NO - QB)538.79
32Tom Brady (NE - QB)510.64
13Aaron Rodgers (GB - QB)508.80
134Peyton Manning (Den - QB)491.48
65Matt Ryan (Atl - QB)478.43

Draft RankWeek 17 RankQBFan Pts
106Tony Romo (Dal - QB)447.46
47Matthew Stafford (Det - QB)427.79
248Andrew Luck (Ind - QB)391.73
179Andy Dalton (Cin - QB)389.88
510Cam Newton (Car - QB)386.73
1611Robert Griffin III (Was - QB)381.75
1812Josh Freeman (TB - QB)367.25
2313Russell Wilson (Sea - QB)366.81
714Eli Manning (NYG - QB)364.96
1215Matt Schaub (Hou - QB)362.91
1416Joe Flacco (Bal - QB)359.94
2217Carson Palmer (Oak - QB)358.66
2518Sam Bradford (StL - QB)356.39
819Philip Rivers (SD - QB)355.12
1520Ben Roethlisberger (Pit - QB)347.90
1921Ryan Fitzpatrick (Buf - QB)336.85
2722Christian Ponder (Min - QB)309.10
1123Jay Cutler (Chi - QB)277.81
3124Ryan Tannehill (Mia - QB)271.43
2925Brandon Weeden (Cle - QB)269.30

Running Back Rankings
Wide Receiver Rankings
Tight End Rankings

End of Fantasy Regular Season Rankings
Peyton Manning proved he fully recovered from neck surgery and provided fantasy owners who risked their season him with amazing numbers.  Better than Aaron Rogers actually who in many leagues was drafted #1 overall!  Rookie QBs Robert "RGIII" Griffin and Andrew Luck proved that college QBs can play in this league.  They did it in completely different ways as Luck has completed 60 more passes but they each have 17 TDs.  Luck however has 16 INTs to Griffins 4.  Surprisingly enough, Andrew Luck has 5 rushing TDs, 2nd to only RGIII and Cam Newton, go figure!  Mike Vick's days are done as a fantasy QB.  Even if he is signed next year and is starting, you should do everything in your power to draft him as a backup only.  Carson Palmer sits in the top 10 thanks to lots of meaningless football but points are points!

Draft RankWeek 14 RankQBFan Pts
21Drew Brees (NO - QB) 383.28
32Tom Brady (NE - QB) 380.49
133Peyton Manning (Den - QB) 376.49
14Aaron Rodgers (GB - QB) 368.08
65Matt Ryan (Atl - QB) 341.10
46Matthew Stafford (Det - QB) 334.29
177Andy Dalton (Cin - QB) 327.50
118Tony Romo (Dal - QB) 324.30
169Robert Griffin III (Was - QB) 323.90
2210Carson Palmer (Oak - QB) P 320.79
2411Andrew Luck (Ind - QB) 312.22
1212Matt Schaub (Hou - QB) 302.04
1813Josh Freeman (TB - QB) 295.51
514Cam Newton (Car - QB) 281.16
1415Joe Flacco (Bal - QB) 272.01
816Philip Rivers (SD - QB) 267.48
717Eli Manning (NYG - QB) 266.15
1918Ryan Fitzpatrick (Buf - QB) 265.72
2319Russell Wilson (Sea - QB) 254.28
2520Sam Bradford (StL - QB) 250.36
1521Ben Roethlisberger (Pit - QB) 245.14
2722Christian Ponder (Min - QB) 237.00
2923Brandon Weeden (Cle - QB) 229.60
1124Jay Cutler (Chi - QB) 208.75
925Michael Vick (Phi - QB) 195.15


Ryan Tannehill has officially been named the starting QB for the Miami Dolphins
Jake Locker has officially been named the starting QB for the Teneessee Titans

*Updates to be made all month
Yahoo Quarterback Average Draft Positions
ESPN Quarterback Average Draft Positions

There are more than enough valuable fantasy QBs to allow owners to use the first couple of rounds on the RB WR position.  Of the top 25 players in fantasy last season, 23 of them were QBs; 1 was a RB (Ray Rice) and 1 was a WR (Calvin Johnson).  Let me put it this way....Rex Grossman had more points than Ray Rice and Calvin Johnson.  Having Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady makes you feel REALLY good about your chances of winning each week, but in the long run its better to spread your points around all of your players instead of relying on a QB/TE combo of Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham.  Make sure you have at LEAST one RB and WR before drafting your QB.

1.) Aaron Rodgers - Green Bay Packers
2.) Drew Brees - New Orleans Saints
3.) Tom Brady - New England Patriots
4.) Matthew Stafford - Detroit Lions
5.) Cam Newton - Carolina Panthers

6.) Matt Ryan - Atlanta Falcons
7.) Eli Manning - New York Giants
8.) Philip Rivers - San Diego Chargers
9.) Michael Vick - Philadelphia Eagles
  • Vick is always a high risk high reward player for multiple reasons.  But the Eagles offense is WAY to good to not take this risk.  The lost stat from last year was that he only rushed for one TD after scoring 9 on the ground the previous year.
10.) Tony Romo - Dallas Cowboys
11.) Jay Cutler - Chicago Bears
  • Getting Brandon Marshall and Jay Cutler back together and drafting WR Alshon Jeffery means BIG things are coming in Chicago.  The Bears play 6 games against the Packers, Lions and Vikings who were all Top 10 in passing TDs allowed (Vikings allowed the most receiving TDs in the league).  If Cutler can stay healthy (missed 6 games with fractured thumb last season), you can expect him to get back to the 25+ TD passer he was from '08-'10.
12.) Matt Schaub - Houston Texans
13.) Peyton Manning - Denver Broncos
  • This should be interesting for multiple reasons.  First, Peyton hasn't been hit since his neck surgeries so who knows how many games he will actually play this year.  Second, John Fox has never been known for a pass heavy offense.  Third, Demariyus Thomas and Eric Decker are the best and really only viable WR options on this team.  But Peyton has proved before he does not care who is lined up next to him, if you are open, he will get you the football.
14.) Joe Flacco - Baltimore Ravens
15.) Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers
  • If Mike Wallace isn't happy, or worse not on the team, the Steelers will have to rely heavily on the run game.  I would avoid having to start Big Ben early on in the season. 
16.) Robert Griffin III - Washington Redskins
  • With his ability to move like Michael Vick and Cam Newton, RGIII should rack up a ton on yards on the ground and could rush for 5-10 TDs on top of throwing 15-20 scores. 
17.) Andy Dalton - Cincinnati Bengals
  • I am not quite sure anyone could have seen Dalton's rookie season going as well as it did.  After completing 300 passes for nearly 3400 yards and 20 TDs, Dalton is MOST LIKELY due for a reality check and a set back in his Sophmore season.  He ended the season with just 2 TDs the final 3 weeks and they both came in one game.  He clearly started to fade in the second half and failed to throw for 200 yards in 6 of the 10 games after the BYE week.  Dalton is better suited as a back up QB for the early part of the season.
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    Games 9-16875.814225954.81702212.86.686
18.) Josh Freeman - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Even with the additions of Vincent Jackson and Dallas Clark, Josh Freeman scares me.  New Head Coach Greg Schiano comes from a running dominate college program that happened to produce NFL WRs Kenny Britt and Mohammed Sanu.  Freeman just seems to risky to rely on as a starting QB week in and week out.
19.) Ryan Fitzpatrick - Buffalo Bills
20.) Alex Smith - San Francisco 49ers
  • I will probably be wrong here and Alex Smith with new weapons in Randy Moss, Mario Manningham and LaMichael James could potentially be worth starting on a weekly basis, but I can't see Alex Smith and fantasy football champion ever going together.
21.) Matt Cassel - Kansas City Chiefs
22.) Carson Palmer - Oakland Raiders
23.) Russell Wilson - Seattle Seahawks
  • I wouldn't be surprised if Russell Wilson wins Offensive Rookie of the Year.  He has the best team of the rookie QBs and plays in such a weak division.  Wilson will be a VERY POPULAR addition to teams in the early weeks.

24.) Andrew Luck - Indianapolis Colts
25.) Sam Bradford - St. Louis Rams
26)  Blaine Gabbert - Jacksonville Jaguars
27.) Christian Ponder - Minnesota Vikings
28.) Jake Locker - Tennessee Titans
29.) Brandon Weeden - Cleveland Browns
30.) Kevin Kolb - Arizona Cardinals
  • Arizona did well for themselves drafting Michael Floyd to go along with Larry Fitzgerald, but I am just not a fan of Kolb, his health or that the coaching staff truly believes in him.  Plus John Skelton and Fitzy have great chemistry.  Kolb won't last long as the starter.
31.) Ryan Tannehill - Miami Dolphins
  • With David Garrard's knee getting scoped and set to miss 2-4 weeks, it appears the starting gig is Matt Moore's to lose.  And that is just what Moore has done.  Tannehill is officially the starting QB, bbt with no more Brandon Marshall, the WR core is bare and the team might focus on utilizing running backs Reggie Bush and Daniel Thomas.

    QBs by Committee
    These guys will not be valuable in the first couple weeks of the season unless injuries occur, or coaches commit. 

    New York Jets - Mark Sanchez / Tim Tebow