Fantasy Football 2012: Choose Your QB—Tom Brady vs. Matthew Stafford

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Fantasy Football 2012: Choose Your QB—Tom Brady vs. Matthew Stafford
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In 2011, Lions QB Matthew Stafford set franchise records in passing yards (5,038), TDs (41), completions (421), attempts (663) and completion percentage (63.5)—minimum of 50 passes.

Today's updated edition of "Choose Your Quarterback" pits Detroit's Matthew Stafford against New England's Tom Brady—the No. 3 and No. 4 passers in my early Top 25 Fantasy QB Rankings.

The new QB rankings, detailing all 32 (likely) starting quarterbacks, will be released Friday or Saturday (July 6/7).

In the meantime, here's a week-by-week fantasy breakdown of Brady vs. Stafford, a battle of fantasy dynamos coming off their only 5,000-yard passing seasons:

Week 1—Stafford (vs. St. Louis) over Brady (@ Tennessee)
Week 2—Brady (vs. Arizona) over Stafford (@ San Francisco)
Week 3—Stafford (@ Tennessee) over Brady (@ Baltimore)
Week 4—Stafford (vs. Minnesota) over Brady (@ Buffalo)
Week 5—Brady (vs. Denver) over Stafford (BYE)
Week 6—Brady (@ Seattle) over Stafford (@ Philadelphia)
Week 7—Stafford (@ Chicago) over Brady (vs. N.Y. Jets)
Week 8—Stafford (vs. Seattle) over Brady (vs. St. Louis in London)
Week 9—Stafford (@ Jacksonville) over Brady (BYE)
Week 10—Brady (vs. Buffalo) over Stafford (@ Minnesota)
Week 11—Brady (vs. Indianapolis) over Stafford (vs. Green Bay)
Week 12—Stafford (vs. Houston) over Brady (@ N.Y. Jets)
Week 13—Stafford (vs. Indianapolis) over Brady (@ Miami)
Week 14—Brady (vs. Houston) over Stafford (@ Green Bay)
Week 15—Stafford (@ Arizona) over Brady (vs. San Francisco)
Week 16—Brady (@ Jacksonville) over Stafford (vs. Atlanta)
Week 17—Brady (vs. Miami) over Stafford (vs. Chicago)


Final Tally

Stafford clips Brady, 9-8


Breakdown

  • We could have flipped a coin for the matchups in Weeks 3, 4, 7, 8, 10 and 15. As a result, Stafford's victory was far from decisive.


  • How's this for synergy? Both Stafford and Brady have round-robin appointments with the NFC West and AFC South teams. From my research, it has been a while since that occurred with top-five passers.


  • In Mock Draft Central's latest Average Draft Position rankings, Brady has an ADP score of No. 18 overall...with Stafford at No. 36. (Interesting note: Cam Newton ranks one spot ahead of Brady.)


  • Stafford garners a slight edge off one scheduling quirk: The Lions have three straight home games in November/December (Green Bay, Houston, Indy).


  • For the fantasy-playoff period of Weeks 13-16, neither QB has a definitive edge (2-2 split). However, Brady (at Jaguars) gets the call over Stafford (vs. Falcons) for the Week 16 Fantasy Bowl.


  • Aside from keeper leagues, there's a zero-percent chance that fantasy owners will wind up with Stafford and Brady in the same draft (forsaking running backs and receivers); instead, they'll be left with the decision of whom to grab in the first or second round. On my board, Stafford will be higher; but both quarterbacks are conservative locks for 4,750 yards passing and 36 touchdowns.



Jay Clemons can be reached on Twitter, day or night, at @ATL_JayClemons.

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