Fantasy Football 2012: Top 5 Rookie Quarterbacks

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IMay 16, 2012

ASHBURN, VA - MAY 06:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins practices during the Washington Redskins rookie minicamp on May 6, 2012 in Ashburn, Virginia.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Now that the NFL draft is behind us it is time for fantasy football nuts to start breaking down the rookies. Here’s the LestersLegends’ look at the 2012 NFL rookie quarterback class.


1. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins

RG3 and Andrew Luck are basically a coin flip in terms of fantasy value. I prefer RG3 slightly because of his rushing ability. Both have big-time arms and are capable of making the throws. RG3 ran for 33 scores in college. That could translate into big fantasy points.


2. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts

Luck figures to be a heckuva consolation prize (or RG3 if Luck goes first) in dynasty leagues. RG3 has borderline QB1 potential in re-draft leagues while I would put Luck at a QB2. There is a wide chasm following these two.


3. Brandon Weeden, Cleveland Browns

Weeden will likely be the third rookie QB to start. He figures to do a lot of handing off to Trent Richardson, though. He is seasoned, though, so he could have some decent spot starts at times. I wouldn’t draft him initially.


4. Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins

Tannehill won’t likely start for the Dolphins out of the gate, but could easily see a few starts along the way. He should only be drafted in dynasty leagues.


5. Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins

Cousins would need an injury to RG3 to surface as a fantasy option. He would have had a better chance if he went elsewhere, but those are the breaks.

Also check out:

2012 Early Fantasy Football QB Rankings
2012 Early Fantasy Football RB Rankings

2012 Early Fantasy Football WR Rankings

2012 Early Fantasy Football TE Rankings

2012 Fantasy Football Rookie Rankings