Fantasy Football 2012: Rookie QBs Who Are Worth Grabbing in Your Draft

Ryan DavenportContributor IAugust 25, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 26: Quarterbacks Andrew Luck of Stanford and Robert Griffin III of Baylor meet during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 26, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Will there be a second coming of Cam Newton in fantasy drafts in 2012?

Last year, the Panthers' quarterback electrified fans and piled up fantasy points by tossing a rookie-record 4,051 yards, and rushing for an all-time best 14 touchdowns, which is why he's ranked by Fantasy Football Today as the third-best fantasy QB available this season.

Though it'll be tough for any of this year's first-year play-callers to top Newton's first-year stats, within this class of rookie quarterbacks, there are a few who are intriguing options for fantasy football drafts this fall.

Here are a few fresh-faced QB's to keep an eye on when your draft rolls around.


Andrew Luck

This one is obvious, for a couple of reasons.

First of all, Luck is arguably the most polished rookie quarterback to come into the league in over a decade and he has all the tools to be a fantasy dynamo for years to come.

That being said, as ESPN's fantasy prospectus puts it, "O-line is rebuilding, the receiving corps is a patchwork of over-the-hill veterans (we're looking at you, Reggie Wayne) and question-mark rookies, and the defense is changing its philosophy."

Due to the serious lack of talent around him, Luck won't be an early-round selection in most drafts, but he's certainly worth taking a flier on if he's available late when you're on the market for a third or fourth QB option.

If you're in a dynasty league, all bets are off. He's a near-lock to be a franchise player, and he'll provide great long-term value.


Robert Griffin III

While Luck went earlier than RGIII in April's NFL draft, that won't be the case in most fantasy drafts this fall.

The Redskins' new QB is a dual-threat and will rack up points both in the air and on the ground, which will make him a hot commodity for fantasy players.

With a revamped receiving corps that includes Josh Morgan, Pierre Garcon and Santana Moss, RGIII has some decent targets to throw to, and he'll be a good second quarterback on any fantasy team.


Ryan Tannehill

Luck and RGIII are clearly the two studs of this year's rookie QB class, but Miami's Ryan Tannehill, who was recently named the Dolphins' starter, could be a valuable sleeper in fantasy drafts this fall.

Tannehill, who beat out Matt Moore for the job in training camp, doesn't have an overly impressive group of receivers, but if you're on the market for a QB in a dynasty league, he's worth burning a late-round pick on.

Just don't count on him making much noise in fantasy leagues this year.