Top QB's: 2012 Quarterback Fantasy Football Rankings (Updated 8/29)

Sean E. DouglasSenior Writer IIIAugust 29, 2012

Crazy Things Happen When A 5'11 Quarterback Plays Well.
Crazy Things Happen When A 5'11 Quarterback Plays Well.John Rieger-US PRESSWIRE

While the Seahawks had an open competition at quarterback heading into the preseason, it was reasonable to believe Matt Flynn would get the nod to start the season. After all, Flynn has had success in the few starts he had back in Green Bay, and Seattle gave him starter money in the open market this offseason.

Scratch the idea, as rookie Russell Wilson played terrific in a backup role against the Titans and Broncos, which sparked a start in the team's Week 3 contest against the Chiefs. Wilson then went on perform like a poised veteran in Arrowhead, a stadium known for being one of the loudest in the league.

Shortly after this performance Wilson was handed the starting job.

Because no quarterback at Wilson’s height (listed 5’11") has had sustained success in the NFL, it’s understandable he fell outside of the first round, which is where he was projected to go if he was a few inches taller.

Only time will tell if Wilson can consistently make plays with this arm in key situations, but the Seahawks are going with him this season, and I believe he will give them exactly what they want: a game manager that won’t make many mistakes and presents matchup problems to the defense with his ability to run the football.

Wilson’s skills as a runner will help the running game, as it should freeze a linebacker making life easier for Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin.

For an “undersized quarterback,” Wilson actually has a strong arm and doesn’t necessarily need functional space to throw the football down field. He’s also elusive in tight spaces and has a good feel for the rush.

Wilson is helped by the ability to quickly reset his feet—after side stepping the rush—then delivering an accurate football.

While Wilson will be more of a game manager as a rookie, his running ability makes him a worthy QB2 to start the season in fantasy leagues. I like his upside, and once his receiving core is at full strength, we could see Wilson develop into a weekly starter in 12-team leagues down the stretch.

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