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2012 Fantasy Football Rankings: Quarterbacks 11-20

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2012 Fantasy Football Rankings - Quarterbacks (Sept. 2):
Top 10 | 11-20 | 21-35

  1. Robert Griffin, QB, Redskins. Bye: 10.
    AUG. 11 UPDATE: Robert Griffin went 4-of-6 for 70 yards and a touchdown in the preseason opener, but every single pass he attempted should have been completed (two drops). Griffin showed great poise in the pocket. He went through all of his progressions and even forced the Bills offside on one occasion. If I didn't know any better, I would have thought I was watching a 5-year veteran.

    It's very close for me, but I'd rather have Robert Griffin over Andrew Luck because of his potential to accumulate rushing numbers. Think of Young Griff as more upside, but Luck as being safer. Both, however, should be low-end QB1s at the very worst despite the fact that they are rookies.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 3,600 passing yards. 20 passing TDs. 16 INTs. 480 rushing yards. 5 rushing TDs.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 270.

  2. Jay Cutler, QB, Bears. Bye: 6.
    AUG. 25 UPDATE: Jay Cutler struggled versus the Giants. The horrid pass protection affected him, but he missed open receivers all evening. There was one sequence where he underthrew Matt Forte and then threw behind his starting running back. Cutler went just 7-of-17 for 72 yards in the first half against the New York starters.

    Jay Cutler must be a happy man right now. Not only is Mike Martz gone, but the front office went out and secured a No. 1 receiver for him.

    Cutler and Brandon Marshall posted monstrous numbers together in Denver prior to the hiring of Josh McDaniels. The last time Cutler played with Marshall, he threw for 4,526 yards, 25 touchdowns and 18 interceptions in 2008. He's a QB1 again, but don't expect anything too crazy. Remember that he won't have to throw as much as he did with the Broncos because he has a much better defense.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 4,100 passing yards. 27 passing TDs. 16 INTs. 150 rushing yards. 1 rushing TD.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 261.

  3. Andrew Luck, QB, Colts. Bye: 4.
    AUG. 13 UPDATE: Andrew Luck went 10-of-16 for 188 yards and two touchdowns (along with a 9-yard scramble) in his debut. He was amazing. He showed great poise in the pocket, played mind games with the Rams' safeties and converted plenty of third downs, leading the Colts to three trips into the end zone in four possessions. Luck is a stud and is fully capable of posting low-end QB1 numbers as a rookie. Feel free to draft him as a high-upside backup.

    You can't go wrong with either of the top two rookie quarterbacks this year. Andrew Luck will pick up rushing yardage, as he has very underrated athleticism. He's more Aaron Rodgers than Peyton Manning. It's risky to draft him as a starter, but he's a high-end QB2 with major QB1 potential. He'll be asked to throw a lot because his defense is terrible.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 3,900 passing yards. 23 passing TDs. 17 INTs. 280 rushing yards. 3 rushing TDs.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 260.

  4. Matt Schaub, QB, Texans. Bye: 8.
    Matt Schaub missed six games, but he was only on pace to throw for 3,970 yards - a number that would have been a career low for him in a 16-game slate. The reason is the defense. In the past, Schaub had to throw a lot because he was always trailing. Wade Phillips' presence changed that. Schaub is no longer a fantasy stud, but he's still a borderline QB1.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 4,050 passing yards. 28 passing TDs. 10 INTs. 20 rushing yards. 0 rushing TDs.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 256.

  5. QB Eagles No. 7, QB, Eagles. Bye: 7.
    AUG. 21 UPDATE: Eagles QB No. 7 suffered a rib injury on the second drive. He was slow to get up after a hard hit from Jermaine Cunningham. He then walked gingerly to the locker room to get X-rays. The X-rays were negative, but he's just going to suffer another injury once he plays again. The Eagles' quarterback is made out of glass; forum member Daniel Brown said it best: "Vick being hurt is like watching the sun rise. It's a routine." There no reason you should spent a pick in the first seven rounds on Eagles QB No. 7. He's a lock to miss at least four games.

    Philadelphia's quarterback is always very overrated. The Monday night game against the Redskins in 2010 caused everyone to overreact to what they witnessed on national TV. He predictably struggled in 2011, throwing nearly as many interceptions (14) as touchdowns (18).

    I would not want this guy on my fantasy team - and not because I don't want to root for him. He's a lock to miss 3-4 games per year and be iffy for 3-4 other contests. Also, he'll be 32 in June, which would explain why he failed to carry the ball 100-plus times in a season in which he played in 12-plus games for the first time ever. His rushing numbers will continue to drop as his running ability erodes. Stay away.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 3,100 passing yards. 20 passing TDs. 14 INTs. 550 rushing yards. 4 rushing TDs.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 255.

  6. Russell Wilson, QB, Seahawks. Bye: 11.
    Russell Wilson finished 13-of-19 for 185 yards and two scores in his first-ever professional start. He also rushed for 58 yards on two scrambles. At this point, I'd be shocked if he's not named the starter over the mediocre Matt Flynn. Wilson will be worth drafting as a QB2 because of his rushing potential.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 3,200 passing yards. 19 passing TDs. 15 INTs. 500 rushing yards. 5 rushing TDs.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 254.

  7. Josh Freeman, QB, Buccaneers. Bye: 5.
    AUG. 11 UPDATE: Josh Freeman played just one drive in the preseason opener, but that's all he needed because he was able to lead his team down the field and into the end zone. Freeman went 4-of-5 for 41 yards. He was really sharp. It's still early, but it appears as though the undisclosed personal issues that plagued Freeman last year are history.

    Josh Freeman is another buy-low quarterback candidate. He really struggled in 2011 for a multitude of reasons. Some, I know, but can't exactly get into. Some, we already have when we reported that Mike Williams gave zero effort when it came to working out and staying in shape last season.

    Freeman has hopefully gotten over his personal issues. I'm not sure Williams will be in shape, but that won't matter too much because Vincent Jackson is the new No. 1 receiver.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 3,750 passing yards. 24 passing TDs. 14 INTs. 210 rushing yards. 2 rushing TDs.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 251.

  8. Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers. Bye: 4.
    JULY 29 UPDATE: Ben Roethlisberger is probably going to lose one of his starting receivers. Mike Wallace will either hold out or move to another team via a trade.

    Ben Roethlisberger threw for the second-most yardage in his career last season (4,077), but I don't know if he'll be able to match or exceed that figure despite having two stud receivers at his disposal. He should have better protection from his offensive line, but the front office brought in Todd Haley and canned Bruce Arians because they want to run the ball more.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 3,900 passing yards. 25 passing TDs. 11 INTs. 70 rushing yards. 1 rushing TD.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 247.

  9. Tim Tebow, QB, Jets. Bye: 9.
    JUNE 19 UPDATE: Mark Sanchez has really struggled at OTAs. According to ESPN New York's Rich Cimini, Sanchez went 11-of-29 with three "near" picks and what would have been four sacks in a real game. Sanchez has regressed over the years and it appears as though his confidence has completely vanished. It's only a matter of time before Tim Tebow is named the starter.

    There's a good chance Tim Tebow will be the Jets' starting quarterback by the middle of the season. Even in the unlikely event that he doesn't take over for the regressing Mark Sanchez, he'll still pick up yardage and touchdowns as a Wildcat quarterback and goal-line fullback. He is definitely worth drafting in the middle rounds.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 1,500 passing yards. 10 passing TDs. 5 INTs. 650 rushing yards. 7 rushing TDs.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 197 (247).

  10. Joe Flacco, QB, Ravens. Bye: 8.
    AUG. 24 UPDATE: Joe Flacco was terrific against the Jaguars, going 27-of-36 for 266 yards, two touchdowns and an interception that was the result of an attempted Hail Mary at the end of the first half. With Torrey Smith emerging as a stud receiver, Flacco's fantasy potential has never been higher. He's become an intriguing QB2 option.

    Joe Flacco says he's the best quarterback in the NFL, but the numbers say he's probably the most consistent in terms of being above average. Flacco has thrown between 3,610 and 3,622 yards in each of the past three seasons. He's been guilty of exactly 12 picks in three of his four NFL campaigns. The yardage total may get a boost if Torrey Smith takes a big step forward, but I wouldn't want Flacco as my starting quarterback in any fantasy league.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 3,910 passing yards. 25 passing TDs. 12 INTs. 80 rushing yards. 1 rushing TD.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 246.

2012 Fantasy Football Rankings - Quarterbacks (Sept. 2):
Top 10 | 11-20 | 21-35

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Todd Kennedy 08-23-2012 06:15 am (total posts: 3)
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I just don't believe in Tim Tebow, and I add to the fact that The NFL has had the offseason to scout him. I liken this to a young hitter or pitcher who the MLB catches up to. I think teams will look at how the Bills dealt with him, and force him to do things that he is uncomfortable doing, mostly making sure the Defensive Line doesn't over pursue. He made a lot of clutch plays, and he does have a good mentality. I haven't seen him in the pre-season, but the reports I've heard aren't great. All QBs have the capacity to improve in the pre-season.

I think Fitzy for the Bills, really improved his arm strength in the offseason last year and he seems to be able to get the ball out and deep so long as his sternum isn't broken and Freddie Jackson needs to stay healthy to balance the offense. Freddie is their third best receiver, and CJ is fine, but Freddie is a big time player, and yes he is getting older. He just runs with violence.

The Bills still haven't found their second go to receiver, but it's important to note that the Bills use multiple receiver sets more then any other team in the NFL. Fitzy trusts Stevie, Nelson, Chandler, Freddie, and I think, and this is a hunch Derek Hagen is going to have a breakout of the pack. Marcus Easley is fading. the game against the Steelers will tell the truth about the receivers pecking order. I am surprised that their new LT Glenn, can't get low or bend, but is still so massive and quick footed that his blind side protection has been really good. The interior linemen have looked kind of sketchy, they haven't run the ball well. The should be in shape now that camp is over.

I really like the Bills Linebackers, they seem to have depth and FAs like McKillop will be hard to cut. I have also liked how Merriman has looked, he has added some weight, it seems, to be a pure pass down DE, having Anderson, Merriman and Williams should help their sore spot. Cornerback

The Bills Corners are terrible, Gilmour is good, but a rookie, the rest look McAuful. Aaron Williams looks like he hasn't made the conversion from Safety to Corner totally, and is going to get beaten deep unless he has over the top help.

Jairus Byrd looks great, Da'Norris Searcy and Wilson are adequate, the have some sleepers at safety, and one will make the team. I wouldn't be surprised if McKelvin gets cut, and the Bills look to the Street for a corner.

Tyler Thigpen is horrible, needs to be cut. Vince Young seems service-able. One play he will make a brilliant throw, the next he will put no air on a long ball and over throw a wide open receiver. He does love to pull the ball down and run, the guy cannot read defenses, he's poor wunderlic score are scary. He is still way better then Thigpen. Young's confidence helps him.

So, I will know more after the third pre-season game, the game that everyone cares about, as the starters play more reps, but they look like an 8-8 team, and if healthy and the Jets tank, will be in the hunt for a wildcard. They have a good offensive and defensive system...I just worry about their corners, which is no big deal in the all passing NFL right? lol. :/
Sylar 08-21-2012 11:35 pm (total posts: 1)
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Another idiot who thinks Tim Tebow will be a starter in the NFL at any point. You must be a Gator fan. no other explanation.
Hey 08-20-2012 02:20 pm (total posts: 1)
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Locker > Tebow
John Reilly 08-20-2012 12:22 am (total posts: 1)
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Hey to whoever made this list, I am very happy,thrilled and excited that you have my Redskins QB ranked #10, but I think it is a little early to rank a rookie QB as high as you did,but this is a pretty good list.
Neil 08-19-2012 07:30 pm (total posts: 1)
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If Tony Romo throws for 332 td's, wouldn't he be the #1 Fantasy qb??
Walt Sucks 08-19-2012 03:52 pm (total posts: 1)
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Get off Griffin's dick.
Nthetrenches 08-19-2012 03:11 pm (total posts: 1)
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Just another talking head regurgitating inaccurate info. I can't say I blame you since even the majority of chiefs fans don't like matt cassell. Keep in mind that 2008 he had a pretty decent year also....when he was surrounded by a talented offensive group. No one will confuse Matt with Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady, but he will be surrounded by quite possibly the most talented supporting cast he has EVER had....including his 1 year actually playing with the pats. You apparently haven't watched either of the preseason games the chiefs have played, because he has looked like the best, most consistent player on the chiefs throughout both of those games. I'm not saying he will crack the top 5 in fantasy points, BUT I guarantee he will score more points than half the guys you have him rated behind....especially now that Bowe is in camp. Why don't you try watching the players you rate....or at least check out the preseason stats before you write something that makes you look like you don't know what your writing about.

Response to the dumb Michael Vick hater 08-19-2012 01:54 pm (total posts: 2)
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So you think it is impossible for him to change as a person? Have you ever considered that he was introduced to dog fighting since he was 5 by his dad. He did some terrible things but he spent 2 YEARS in jail. People like you are actually what's wrong with the world because you always think the worst of people even if they are trying to be a better person. Another thing that is wrong with you is that you have now accused him of being a serial killer? He was actually the ring leader and he didn't take part in most of the fights so keep trying to play it up. He spent a long time in jail and it is pretty obvious that he has changed. If you want to go through life believing everybody who does bad things will always be a bad person then go ahead but not everyone has to be that way. I'm not being naive because I didn't forgive him right away. It took a few years but now it is clear to me and to most others that he is not the same person he once was.
Response to the dumb Michael Vick comment 08-19-2012 12:02 pm (total posts: 1)
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"he's changed as a person"? How exactly do you know that? Cause he hasn't been caught slaughtering dogs again? Do you know him personally? People like you are what's wrong with the world. Just because hes good at football and you like watching him play doesn't make him a decent person. He was torturing animals. He wasn't just letting them fight (bad enough), and he was just killing the leftovers (ya know, with a more humane gun shot or something)...he was torturing them. You don't do that unless you enjoy it. You don't enjoy it unless youre a pspciopath. It's scary that you don't even know the guy, probably don't know the details of what he did, but youre naive enough to think he's changed. Serial killers start by torturing animals. There's a link. If you enjoy animal torture (which #7 clearly does) then you could murder someone. If #7 didn't have a skill set that nets him millions I have no doubt he'd be in prison. So you keep deluding yourself into what a great "changed" man he is because he acts humble on camera.
tony 08-19-2012 10:15 am (total posts: 1)
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All I have to say is Tim Tebow before Flacco? You lost all respect for knowing what you are talking about. Replaced by Halloween in your comments of Blain! Dude, you are already smoking that Halloween stuff!
bill 08-19-2012 12:12 am (total posts: 3)
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Walt is an idiot 08-18-2012 08:46 pm (total posts: 2)
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The reason Andy Dalton averaged very few passing yards the last 5 weeks is because he was a rookie facing very good defenses. He will not have a sophomore slump and I have no idea what would make you think that. You always have negative stuff to say about the Bengals. And stop with the Qb Eagles 7 crap. His name is Michael VIck and maybe you should call him that. He has changed as a person and if you are still denying that then you are truly a hater.
... 08-18-2012 03:11 pm (total posts: 1)
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walt, gabbert's changed. he should be above sanchez, as well as tannehill
@eNYAWD 08-18-2012 01:18 pm (total posts: 1)
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I know right must not like the Cowboys
12345 08-18-2012 02:35 am (total posts: 1)
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Yeah, keeping thinking that about Gabbert, dead last ranking and all. Just make sure you save room for all that crow you'll be having at the end of the year.

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