Here’s an updated look at the LestersLegends 2012 fantasy football quarterback rankings.
3. Tom Brady, New England Patriots: I foolishly thought that because he had some monster games along with some stinkers, he wasn’t a top five fantasy QB last year. I won’t make that mistake again. Adding Brandon Lloyd to an offense that already includes Rob Gronkowski, Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez makes him even more dangerous.
4. Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers: They added Mike Tolbert, which could cut into the 14 TDs he ran for last year. Still, with 4,051 passing yards, 21 passing scores, and 706 rushing yards, it’s hard not to imagine another monster fantasy year from Newton.
5. Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions: Am I giving him too much credit? Hard to say that when the Lions have the game’s most dominating receiver. Not to mention Stafford is coming off a 5,038-yard, 41-TD season.
7. Eli Manning, New York Giants: With more passing yards last year (4,933) than Peyton Manning has ever thrown, along with 29 TDs and two Super Bowl rings, it’s safe to say he’s out of his brother’s shadow. Call me crazy, but I think he’s a safer fantasy play, too.
9. Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos: He’s Peyton, so I suppose I have to give him the benefit of a top-ten ranking. But he is in a new place where weather could play a factor, and the Broncos have potentially worse weapons than Manning is used to. I have to put Peyton in an unfamiliar spot (out of the top five).
11. Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles: Last year was a disaster for Vick, though he threw for a career-high 3,303 yards. I expect more rushing TDs and some explosive games, but he is going to have injury issues.
14. Matt Schaub, Houston Texans: If he and Andre Johnson can stay healthy, Schaub will be a fringe QB1.
16. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens: I expect more from Torrey Smith this year, which will help Flacco’s numbers.
17. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills: He’s thrown 23 and 24 TDs the past two years. If he can bounce back from his second-half slide, he should be a decent QB2.
18. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins: RG3 seems to have what it takes to deliver right away, but you never quite know with rookies.
19. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals: Had a solid rookie year and should continue to progress with A.J. Green.
20. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts: He’ll have bumps along the way, but he also brings a lot of anticipation. Having Reggie Wayne to lean on helps.
Also check out:
- 2012 Fantasy Football RB Rankings
- 2012 Early Fantasy Football WR Rankings
- 2012 Early Fantasy Football TE Rankings
- 2012 Early Fantasy Football DEF Rankings
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