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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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colin schram 08-02-2012 04:26 pm (total posts: 1)
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where is peyton manning?????????
that smart guy 08-01-2012 07:23 pm (total posts: 1)
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you project the packers receivers and running backs to catch balls worth upwards of 5200 yards w/o factoring in donald driver and any other tight ends. I think you are vastly overrating packers WR's by about 15%.Just thought that was interesting.
Vegan Ken 07-31-2012 10:55 am (total posts: 1)
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Don`t see what you got against Mike Vick unless you are Vegan like I am, but then you should be biased against every QB on this list. If you eat meat like every QB on this list then you support the needless killing of animals for your eating pleasure so whats the difference if Vick killed dogs for entertainment purposes?If killing a Cow for a Steak that will give you heart disease or cancer is ok because it`s only an animal than killing a dog in a dog fight is ok as`s only a dumb animal so why give a crap about it? I`d call him Mike Vick and keep ethics out of the picture.
u make error 07-29-2012 01:54 pm (total posts: 1)
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how can romo throw for 332 tds!

fix it walt
julianvelez 07-26-2012 08:14 pm (total posts: 1)
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you can get a better picture of Brees c'mon
BHPicks 07-26-2012 08:12 am (total posts: 1)
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Jason 07-20-2012 02:42 am (total posts: 1)
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Why the hate for Flacco? You describe him like a top 15 QB then say you wouldnt want him as your QB in any league... just wondering... I keep mock taking Flyyn instead of him and then wondering why
bill 07-09-2012 01:29 pm (total posts: 3)
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Peyton 07-04-2012 03:07 pm (total posts: 2)
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Great list. Oh, and on an unrelated note, I love that you're projecting better rushing numbers for Tom Brady than you are for Tony Romo.
Thiergow 07-02-2012 05:53 pm (total posts: 1)
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"It's unlikely he'll be able to match the yardage numbers in 2012, especially with Mario Manningham gone."
Meeeh! We hear that since 2008 when he lost Plax and Toomer, then again the next season because the Giants were suppose to run more and the next season because Steve Smith had stabbed the team in the back...

This is getting old. I'm not saying that Eli is going to throw for 6K and 100 TD in 2012 but please stop just assuming that because he lost that guy and this dude, his numbers are going down!

Here's the truth: Mario Manningham was a big playmaker when he ran the good route and when he didn't drop the ball. Those two things happened too many times when he played for Big Blue. This past seasons, Nicks (and more recently Cruz too) has been the more consistant target Eli's ever had. You can add to that Rueben Randle who seems to adapt pretty well to the NFL and you've got another great trio of WR.

The Giants did lose Ballard but it's also not the first time the Giants have developed a late draft/undrafted TE into a solid starter: Kevin Boss, Bear Pascoe, Jake Ballard and even Scott Chandler who started on the Giants practice squad before going to Buffalo. Thank you coach Mike Pope.

And regarding Brandon Jacobs. Just look at the tape of 2010 and 2011. He was not the bruising back running over defenders anymore. Ahmad Bradshaw actually did it way more than Jacobs lately.

Bottom line is: stop assuming Eli's numbers are going down just because he lost some guy who had a cool highlight reel. His numbers may go down but it won't be because Jacobs or Manningham were missing.
Peanut butter jelly time 07-01-2012 07:50 pm (total posts: 1)
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I think RG3 will have a great rookie season better than luck,and carson palmer is better than romo
Payal 06-29-2012 07:28 pm (total posts: 1)
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the yahoo auto draft will select best plaeyr according to their rankings, until all starters are fillled. then it starts working on the bench. downside to this is you end up wasting valuable late picks on kickers and defenses, sometimes picking up 2 defense and 2 kickers. that s 4 picks better spent on wideouts, or RB s. another downside is you could possibly draft a QB or WR in round 1 blowing a stud RB that s more s what one of my leagues is doing. we basically like live drafts. but of course some people have such important lives they can t spare 1 hour of their day, so during the live draft, they get best available according to yahoo s rankings. if that means a TE in round 3, too bad. you should ve been select live draft, print out a sheet of yahoo rankings, and as managers select plaeyrs, cross them off the sheet, and when an auto-draft yuppie comes up, just draft them the highest plaeyr NOT SELECTED till they have all their starters. as for the bench, we ignore position. if they get 5 tight ends too bad.personally, I hate auto-drafts. that live draft is honestly half the fun in playing fantasy football. you re all 0-0, talking crap, making fun of draft picks, eating pizza and wings, having some beers. if u bomb out starting the season 1-3 u are probably in for a long season, at least you had fun at the live draft though! Was this answer helpful?
Matt 06-28-2012 10:35 pm (total posts: 1)
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The quarterback rankings after ten are pretty gutsy, but...uh... really wrong. Carson Palmer went from the couch to the starting quarterback of the Raiders in two weeks. How many guys would have done better?

I saw him make some sick throws straight off the street, he'll flirt with the top ten this year.

Cam Newton was exposed in the second half of last season, you take a way his deep ball and he has to run. If he can't replicate his double digit touchdown runs, he'll drop out of the top 10.

I'm rooting against QB Dog Killer, but two years ago he flat out destroyed fantasy. Expectations somewhere in between a year ago and two years ago is better than all but five guys....

Big Ben at 17 is ridiculous, unless you're saying he WILL be injured for multiple games. I hate Haley as much as the next guy, but he's good enough, and his receivers are good enough, to overcome it. He should probably be top ten.
romo?????????? 06-20-2012 02:32 pm (total posts: 1)
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rivers is better then romo
Ser Stafford? 06-19-2012 12:31 am (total posts: 1)
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Did Walt make a Game of Thrones reference intentionally, or is it just a coincidence there is a character in book 2 named Ser Stafford?

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