Updated Fantasy Football Rankings Week 12: Top 50 QBs for the Rest of 2010

Nick Caron@@nicholascaronAnalyst INovember 27, 2010

SAN DIEGO - NOVEMBER 22:  Quarterback Kyle Orton #8 of the Denver Broncos throws a pass during warm up before the start of the game against San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on November 22, 2010 in San Diego, California.  Chargers defeated the broncos, 35-14.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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If Week 11 ends up being Kyle Orton’s worst game of the season, he will likely finish as one of the top five fantasy quarterbacks in the league. Currently second in passing yardage, behind only Philip Rivers, Orton has been an absolute stud fantasy quarterback so far and there’s really no reason to believe that it won’t continue.  

With games on the schedule left against the Chiefs, Cardinals and Texans, he could very well re-take the lead as the league’s leading passer before the season is over. He had a mediocre game against one of the pass defenses in the league last week at San Diego, but he still moves up two spots this week.

Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for his second four-touchdown performance of the season last week as the Bills rallied from a huge deficit to win a big game against the Bengals. While the Bills have only won two games this season, Fitzpatrick has been a surprising fantasy treat for the owners who have been gutsy enough to play him.

He has four games with 20-plus fantasy points and figures to get plenty of opportunities as the Bills face the Steelers, Vikings, Browns, Patriots and Jets before the season is over. The majority of his fantasy points may come in garbage-time, but it still counts. He moves up six spots this week to 14th among quarterbacks.

The Tennessee quarterback situation has taken a dramatic swing after Vince Young’s collapse last week against Washington. Young was injured and subsequently removed from the game by coach Jeff Fisher.

Young proceeded to throw a temper tantrum in the locker-room which led to Fisher announcing his demotion in the post-game press conference. Young was eventually placed on injured reserve effectively ending his 2010 season and perhaps his tenure in Tennessee.

With Kerry Collins still injured, the Titans turn to rookie quarterback Rusty Smith this week to make his first NFL start. The Titans will still likely go back to Collins at some point, but both of their values go up quite a bit.

Jay Cutler fell back down again after a dismal performance against an average Miami Dolphins secondary. Cutler threw for just 156 yards with an interception and a fumble, while throwing no touchdowns as the Bears defense carried the team to a victory.

Cutler’s up-and-down season has been an absolute disaster at times as he now has four starts this year where he scored six or less fantasy points. The mistakes are beginning to pile up again like they did last season and although the Bears continue to win games, Cutler’s fantasy value seems to be in free fall.  

View all of the Week 12 rankings for the rest of 2010:

Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers | Tight Ends

1Peyton ManningIND10
2Philip RiversSD20
3Aaron RodgersGB30
4Mike VickPHI40
5Drew BreesNO50
6Tom BradyNE60
7Kyle OrtonDEN92
8Ben RoethlisbergerPIT124
9Matt RyanATL112
10Eli ManningNYG7-3
11Joe FlaccoBAL8-3
12Matt SchaubHOU10-2
13Josh FreemanTB141
14Ryan FitzpatrickBUF206
15Donovan McNabbWAS183
16Carson PalmerCIN13-3
17David GarrardJAC15-2
18Mark SanchezNYJ16-2
19Jon KitnaDAL223
20Matt CasselKC233
21Jay CutlerCHI17-4
22Matt HasselbeckSEA275
23Sam BradfordSTL252
24Shaun HillDET284
25Troy SmithSF261
26Kerry CollinsTEN3913
27Chad HenneMIA303
28Brett FavreMIN19-9
29Colt McCoyCLE24-5
30Bruce GradkowskiOAK322
31Derek AndersonARI332
32Tarvaris JacksonMIN353
33Tim TebowDEN31-2
34Jason CampbellOAK29-5
35Rusty SmithTENNR-
36Kevin KolbPHI34-2
37Tyler ThigpenMIA36-1
38Alex SmithSF37-1
39Jimmy ClausenCAR38-1
40Seneca WallaceCLE466
41Brian St. PierreCAR40-1
42Max HallARI41-1
43Trent EdwardsJAC42-1
44Jake DelhommeCLE43-1
45Vince YoungTEN21-24
46Charlie WhitehurstSEA44-2
47Matthew StaffordDET45-2
48Tony RomoDAL480
49David CarrSF47-2
50Matt StaffordDET49-1