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2012 Fantasy Football Rankings: Quarterbacks 21-40

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

  1. Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Bills. Bye: 8.
    AUG. 26 UPDATE: The Bills wanted to see something positive out of Ryan Fitzpatrick because he struggled last week at Minnesota. Fitzpatrick disappointed, unfortunately, going just 7-of-18 for 89 yards. He had three passes batted down, one of which was nearly picked off by LaMarr Woodley. Fitzpatrick and Steve Johnson weren't on the same page on several occasions, which was odd to see because they've been playing together now for a few years.

    It's easy to forget that Ryan Fitzpatrick was a fantasy stud prior to suffering a severe rib injury in the middle of the 2011 season. He should function as a borderline QB1 option again early in 2012 - and perhaps he'll be able to stay healthy all year because of the offensive line additions Buffalo made in April.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 3,800 passing yards. 25 passing TDs. 18 INTs. 200 rushing yards. 1 rushing TD.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 242.

  2. Christian Ponder, QB, Vikings. Bye: 11.
    The Vikings did the right thing when they drafted Matt Kalil in April. He'll be able to protect Christian Ponder from all of the deadly NFC North pass-rushers. He suffered a hip injury last year, so Kalil will help keep him healthy. Ponder had some solid performances prior to getting hurt, such as a 381-yard outing versus Denver. He also maintains good yardage on the ground, making him a strong QB2 option.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 3,300 passing yards. 18 passing TDs. 14 INTs. 360 rushing yards. 2 rushing TDs.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 224 (234).

  3. Carson Palmer, QB, Raiders. Bye: 5.
    Carson Palmer threw for at least 270 yards in six of his nine starts last year. Pretty impressive. Palmer has two young, talented receivers to work with in Denarius Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey, so if they mature and take a step forward, Palmer's numbers could be even better in 2012.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 4,100 passing yards. 23 passing TDs. 18 INTs. 30 rushing yards. 1 rushing TD.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 229.

  4. Jake Locker, QB, Titans. Bye: 11.
    AUG. 21 UPDATE: Despite an awful showing against the Buccaneers, Jake Locker has been named the starting quarterback. He can be a borderline QB1 if he plays well, but the problem is that his erratic play could cause him to be benched in favor of Matt Hasselbeck. Still, this is encouraging news.

    AUG. 18 UPDATE: Locker went 4-of-11 for 21 yards and an interception. The pick was something you'd expect to see out of a high-schooler; Locker threw ridiculously late across his body over the middle of the field, allowing Ahmad Black to come up with an easy pick. Locker managed to pick up a 21-yard scramble at the end of the first quarter, but was awful otherwise. He simply didn't look comfortable in the pocket, and he was nearly picked off a second time when he stared down Kendall Wright in the end zone. After that, Locker showed that he didn't learn from his earlier mistake, throwing across his body again near the end of the first half. Fortunately for him, the Tampa reserves were on the field; otherwise, he probably would have tossed a second interception. Locker can no longer be considered the favorite to start after this miserable performance.

    AUG. 1 UPDATE: Michael Lombardi said he's learned that Jake Locker is the favorite to start for the Titans this year, as expected. Locker is a late-round fantasy sleeper, thanks to his ability to pick up rushing numbers with his scrambling ability.

    It'll be an upset if Jake Locker doesn't start in 2012. Give me a break about Matt Hasselbeck. He's done, and Locker outplayed him last year as a rookie. Locker has to love the Kendall Wright pick; the Baylor rookie will bolster an already-solid receiving corps comprised of Kenny Britt and Jared Cook. Factor in Locker's rushing ability, and the second-year signal-caller could be a high-end QB2 this season.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 3,300 passing yards. 18 passing TDs. 18 INTs. 330 rushing yards. 4 rushing TDs.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 225.

  5. Sam Bradford, QB, Rams. Bye: 9.
    Josh McDaniels made Kyle Orton look like a superstar, so I figured he could do the same with Sam Bradford. Not quite. Bradford was never comfortable in McDaniels' offense, though Danny Amendola's Week 1 season-ending injury didn't help, and neither did Bradford's own ankle ailment. Bradford and Amendola are both healthy again, but Jeff Fisher wants to run the ball as often as possible. That's not good for Bradford's fantasy prospects.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 3,600 passing yards. 20 passing TDs. 15 INTs. 60 rushing yards. 1 rushing TD.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 206.

  6. Matt Cassel, QB, Chiefs. Bye: 7.
    Matt Cassel's 27-to-7 touchdown-to-interception ratio in 2010 was an obvious mirage. His 2011 stats (1,713 yards, 10 touchdowns, nine picks) were more realistic. He won't have to force the issue with a great defense behind him, but he won't accumulate a ton of yardage either.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 3,200 passing yards. 20 passing TDs. 13 INTs. 125 rushing yards. 1 rushing TD.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 200.

  7. Andy Dalton, QB, Bengals. Bye: 8.
    AUG. 24 UPDATE: Andy Dalton had a really poor outing versus the Packers, going 5-of-17 for only 40 yards. Though he rushed for 36 yards on three scrambles, Dalton was awful. He was almost picked on a fade route to A.J. Green in the end zone. Green expressed his frustration by motioning at Dalton. It wouldn't get any better, as Dalton had Green wide open deep downfield just a bit later, but overthrew him. I've seen Dalton drafted in the Round 11-13 range as a backup quarterback, but he just doesn't have the upside to be a fantasy QB2.

    Andy Dalton had a brilliant 2011 campaign for the most part, but averaged a meager 178 passing yards per contest in his final five regular-season outings. His late struggles could be a sign that a sophomore slump will be forthcoming.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 3,300 passing yards. 20 passing TDs. 16 INTs. 120 rushing yards. 1 rushing TD.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 198.

  8. Alex Smith, QB, 49ers. Bye: 9.
    The 49ers added Mario Manningham, Randy Moss and a first-round receiver (A.J. Jenkins), so one would think that Alex Smith's numbers will rise. But I don't think that. Smith will have a more taxing schedule this year with tougher defenses to battle. My main concern though is that Moss and newly signed corner Perrish Cox will undoubtedly poison the team after what should be a slow start for San Francisco. It wouldn't surprise me if Smith were benched by November.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 3,250 passing yards. 18 passing TDs. 16 INTs. 150 rushing yards. 1 rushing TD.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 191.

  9. Brandon Weeden, QB, Browns. Bye: 10.
    Before you decide that Brandon Weeden will be an effective quarterback because he'll be 29 in October, keep two things in mind: First, the Browns have no receivers, so they plan to run the ball a ton with Trent Ricardson. Second, most Big XII quarterbacks have had disastrous NFL careers recently. Charlie calls the Big XII the "Arena League of college football" for a reason.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 3,000 passing yards. 17 passing TDs. 15 INTs. 20 rushing yards. 0 rushing TDs.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 223.

  10. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Dolphins. Bye: 7.
    Ryan Tannehill had just 19 starts at quarterback in college. He's not ready to play, and he doesn't have the receivers to be successful. I hope the Dolphins show patience with him and decide to hold him out until 2013.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 3,000 passing yards. 11 passing TDs. 16 INTs. 200 rushing yards. 1 rushing TD.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 158.

  11. John Skelton, QB, Cardinals. Bye: 10.
    AUG. 6 UPDATE: John Skelton saw limited action in the Hall of Fame Game, but was much better than his counterpart, going 4-of-6 for 32 yards. There is no doubt that Skelton will be the starter at some point during the season. It needs to happen in Week 1.

    John Skelton is worth picking up as a waiver-wire addition when Kevin Kolb either goes down with an injury or performance-related issues. Check out Skelton's numbers in his final four games: 1,163 yards, seven touchdowns, 57 rushing yards. Translated over 16 games, that becomes 4,652 yards, 28 scores and 228 rushing yards. Not too shabby.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 2,550 passing yards. 15 passing TDs. 14 INTs. 150 rushing yards. 1 rushing TD.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 155.

  12. Mark Sanchez, QB, Jets. Bye: 9.
    Mark Sanchez won't be starting for long, so there's no reason he should be on your fantasy team.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 1,700 passing yards. 12 passing TDs. 13 INTs. 60 rushing yards. 2 rushing TDs.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 108.

  13. Blaine Gabbert, QB, Jaguars. Bye: 6.
    I'll be shocked if Blaine Gabbert isn't benched by Halloween. If the scary pass-rushers don't spook him, the kids dressed as ghosts and goblins will have him pooping his pants in fright.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 1,400 passing yards. 8 passing TDs. 11 INTs. 50 rushing yards. 0 rushing TDs.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 71.

  14. Kevin Kolb, QB, Cardinals. Bye: 10.
    It's hard to like Kevin Kolb as a fantasy option. Even if he stays healthy - he had major concussion issues last year - it's not a lock that he'll hold on to the starting job with John Skelton playing more impressively in 2011.

    Projected 2012 Fantasy Stats: 1,150 passing yards. 6 passing TDs. 7 INTs. 50 rushing yards. 1 rushing TD.
    Projected 2012 Fantasy Points (ESPN Scoring): 67.

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)
29     13

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)
40     114

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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