Fantasy Football 2012: Updated QB List for Your League

Hector DiazAnalyst IAugust 21, 2012

Fantasy Football 2012: Updated QB List for Your League

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    The preseason allows for players, including quarterbacks, to be evaluated so they can have an opportunity to start in the regular season. 

    The following five quarterbacks don't have to worry about that, as they have already proven their worth on the field to their coaches. 

    More importantly, they can benefit you and your fantasy football team this year. 

    Here are the five quarterbacks that can get you closer to winning that prestigious fantasy league trophy. 

Buyer Beware: Matthew Stafford

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    As good as Matthew Stafford was last season, he may have a few obstacles coming his way in the next season. 

    Take into consideration that last year was his only year where he did not suffer an injury that would take him out for long stretches of the season. More often than not, the young quarterback is hurt. 

    The troubles at the running back position also make it difficult for him to repeat his 5,000-yard season, which is a difficult task itself. 

    Starter Jahvid Best still has not been cleared to play, according to ESPN.com, after suffering a concussion last October. 

    Backup Mikel Leshoure, who missed all of last season with an Achilles injury, is healthy but will not be able to play in the first two games, as NFL.com reports that the young running back was suspended for the first two games of the season due to violating the league's substance abuse policy.

    This can turn the Lions from an offensive powerhouse to a one-dimensional team, jeopardizing Stafford’s status as a great fantasy quarterback. 

    Also, if you’re a bit superstitious, wide receiver Calvin Johnson is on the cover of this year’s Madden NFL 2013, which may already be an indication that hard times are approaching for the Lions. 

Michael Vick

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    Team: Philadelphia Eagles 

    Now that the Philadelphia Eagles are a year removed from being dubbed “The Dream Team,” Michael Vick will once again be the fantasy stud he was in his first year as the Eagles’ starter.

    Last year, Vick threw for 18 touchdowns but also threw 14 interceptions. If he can simply limit his interceptions, then the productivity from two years ago can continue. 

    Especially with LeSean McCoy as his running back, Vick has the luxury of having a running game that can alleviate the pressure of the defense. 

    Vick himself has shown that he can be a running threat, as he ran for 589 yards last season. Even though Vick only scored a single touchdown on the ground, the mere threat of the run can keep defenders on their toes and make Vick an elite fantasy quarterback.

Drew Brees

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    Team: New Orleans Saints

    Drew Brees has not spent much time practicing, as he was holding out to get the contract he rightfully deserved. But make no mistake about it, Drew Brees is the New Orleans Saints. 

    This is especially true now that head coach Sean Payton was suspended for the entire season. 

    Over the years, Brees has been surrounded with above-average players, but never elite-caliber talent. This is the way Brees prefers it to be, as his passing develops an sense of unpredictability.

    Look for Brees to pick up where he left off last season and score at will. 

Tom Brady

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    Team: New England Patriots

    Even with a supporting cast that changes virtually every season, Tom Brady still manages to be one of the most effective quarterbacks in the league. 

    And even though running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis left to Cincinnati, last year’s New England Patriots were never a run-heavy team. 

    Brady already has the pieces in play to produce at an elite level once again, and the signing of Brandon Lloyd only furthers that productivity. 

    ESPNBoston.com reports that Lloyd has “caught almost everything thrown his way,” which shows the chemistry between the receiver and Brady that can result in better fantasy numbers. 

    Having both Lloyd and Wes Welker as targets will prove to be the best strategy in spreading the ball down the field, as both receivers have proven their fantasy football worth year after year. 

    Not to mention, Brady still has one of the elite tight ends in Rob Gronkowski. 

Aaron Rodgers

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    Team: Green Bay Packers 

    It’s no surprise that Aaron Rodgers tops the list of fantasy football quarterbacks. 

    He has been a must-own fantasy player since he took the reins in Green Bay from veteran Brett Favre

    Even without the threat of a running game, Rodgers has shown he can score at will. Now that the Packers signed free agent running back Cedric Benson, Rodgers’ job becomes slightly easier now that he has yet another offensive option. 

    The running back situation has improved so much that the Packers are considering having a one running back system instead of a committee, according to the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.

    Look for Rodgers to put up similar numbers in the upcoming 2012 season as he has in the past.