Here’s a look at the LestersLegends 2012 fantasy football quarterback rankings by tier.
Tier One: Truly the elite. They have routinely put up monster numbers. These QBs should be taken within the first two rounds.
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers: I had him ranked No. 1 last year. After a season in which he accounted for 4,643 passing yards, 257 rushing yards, 48 total TDs (45 passing) and six interceptions, I haven’t changed my opinion.
Tom Brady, New England Patriots: I foolishly thought because he had some monster games along with some stinkers that he wasn’t a top-five fantasy QB last year. I won’t make that mistake again. Adding Brandon Lloyd to Rob Gronkowski, Wes Welker and Aaron Hernandez makes him even more dangerous.
Tier Two: Both are coming off monster years, but need to prove that they are for real. These QBs should be taken in the third or fourth round.
Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers: They added Mike Tolbert, who could cut into the 14 TDs Newton ran for last year. Still, with 4,051 passing yards, 21 passing touchdowns and 706 rushing yards, it’s hard not to imagine another monster fantasy year from Cam.
Tier Three: They have routinely delivered, but they have had warts at time. Still, they are quality QB1s. These QBs should go in rounds five through seven.
Eli Manning, New York Giants: With more passing yards (4,933) than his brother Peyton ever threw, 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.
Tier Four: Still solid QB1s. Come at a better value, but aside from Matt Ryan, who has yet to turn in an elite performance, they have some injury concerns. These QBs should be taken in the sixth through eighth rounds.
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers are committed to becoming a more pass-happy team. With his weapons, Big Ben should deliver.
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons: With Roddy White and Julio Jones, there aren’t many QBs with a better 1-2 punch at WRl.
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 you are going to have injury issues.
Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos: He’s Peyton, so I suppose I have to give him the benefit of a top-10 ranking. But he’s in a new place, where weather could be a factor, and he has potentially worse weapons. All of which puts Peyton in an unfamiliar spot (out of the top five).
Tier Five: These are either backup fantasy QBs or they are starters if you decided to address other needs. Still have QB1 potential, but they have some concerns. These QBs should be taken in rounds eight through 10.
Matt Schaub, Houston Texans: If he and Andre Johnson can stay healthy, Schaub will be a fringe QB1.
Tier Six: Solid backup fantasy QBs. These QBs should be taken in rounds nine through 11.
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.
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals: Had a solid rookie year and should continue to progress with A.J. Green.
Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders: He looked OK with the Raiders last year. Seems to be back to form.
Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens: I expect more from Torrey Smith this year, which will help Flacco’s numbers.
Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins: RG3 seems to have what it takes to deliver right away, but you never quite know with rookies.
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.
Tier Seven: Riskier backup QBs. These QBs should be taken in rounds 10 through 16.
Christian Ponder, Minnesota Vikings: He has better weapons and a better grasp for the game. Should take a step forward in his second year.
Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans: Has to beat out Matt Hasslebeck, which isn’t inevitable at this point, at least for Week 1.
Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Had a miserable 2011 campaign, but the Bucs added Vincent Jackson, which should help.
Matt Flynn, Seattle Seahawks: Getting the big bucks going from backup to starter for a new team doesn’t always pan out.
Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams: He had success as a rookie before floundering as a sophomore. I’m not writing him off just yet.
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