Fantasy Football 2012 Fantasy Rankings: Top 20 Quarterbacks

Eric StashinSenior Writer IJune 8, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 25: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers is chased out of the pocket while playing the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on December 25, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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As we start our preparation for the 2012 fantasy football campaign, let’s kick things off with our look at the top 20 quarterbacks.  Keep in mind that we will be updating and expanding on this list throughout the preseason, so make sure to keep checking back for the most recent rankings.

While the top few options are pretty straightforward, things become wide open starting at No. 4 on the list due to an influx in young options and some significant injury concerns.  Let’s take a look:

  1. Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers
  2. Tom Brady – New England Patriots
  3. Drew Brees – New Orleans Saints
  4. Matthew Stafford – Detroit Lions
  5. Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers
  6. Eli Manning – New York Giants
  7. Michael Vick – Philadelphia Eagles
  8. Tony Romo – Dallas Cowboys
  9. Matt Ryan – Atlanta Falcons
  10. Matt Schaub – Houston Texans
  11. Philip Rivers – San Diego Chargers
  12. Peyton Manning – Denver Broncos
  13. Ben Roethlisberger – Pittsburgh Steelers
  14. Robert Griffin III – Washington Redskins
  15. Jay Cutler – Chicago Bears
  16. Josh Freeman – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  17. Joe Flacco – Baltimore Ravens
  18. Andrew Luck – Indianapolis Colts
  19. Carson Palmer – Oakland Raiders
  20. Sam Bradford – St. Louis Rams



  • Is it really possible that the Patriots offense got even scarier this offseason?  Their two tight ends (Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez) just continue to mature and improve.  Wes Welker continues to thrive.  With the addition of Brandon Lloyd (as well as Jabar Gaffney), this team could be scary.  I wouldn’t go in anticipating a season close to 2007 (50 TD passes), but would it really be unthinkable either?
  • Cam Newton is still going to have some growing pains, but it’s impossible to ignore what he did both through the air (4,051 yards, 21 TD) and on the ground (706 yards, 14 TD) during his rookie year.  That type of dual threat has got to make him one of the most valuable commodities in the league.  It would’ve been nice to see the Panthers improve on their receiving corps a little bit, but Newton’s ability to run for a TD certainly offsets that.
  • The Chargers watched Vincent Jackson bolt via free agency, replacing him with Robert Meachem.  Throw in the potential injury concerns for Antonio Gates and there has got to be a lot of concerns regarding the production for Philip Rivers.  Is he a good QB1?  Absolutely, but he’s got to be considered a lower-end option heading into the year.
  • Peyton Manning obviously has huge concerns hanging over him after he missed the entire 2011 season.  However, he’s still Peyton Manning.  If I drafted him, I would make sure I have a viable QB2, just in case, but you are getting a potential top five QB at a discount.  He’s well worth taking the risk on.
  • I wouldn’t draft Robert Griffin III as a QB1 because there is risk, but after seeing Newton flourish in 2011 you have to like the potential he brings.  Especially if you roll the dice on someone like Peyton Manning, Griffin is well worth the selection because he brings potential through the air and on the ground.  Unfortunately, you will probably have to draft him significantly earlier than I would be comfortable with.

Make sure to check out the rest of our 2012 fantasy football rankings: