Fantasy football 2012 | Early quarterback rankings

It’s too early to set anything in stone. The 2012 NFL schedule hasn’t been released. The 2012 NFL Draft is months away. The offseason free agency/trading period has yet to happen.

However, it doesn’t hurt to daydream ahead a couple months to August when we’ll be selecting our 2012 fantasy championship teams.

The following list was done on gut. I asked myself, “who would I pick first?” Then I looked up some stats and facts to help back up my opinions.

NOTE: My opinions will change violently depending on what day of the week it is.

Top 30 quarterbacks for 2012

Rk Name Tm Notes
1 Rodgers, Aaron NO Running ability makes him an easy top choice
2 Brees, Drew GB Coming off career year or he’d be No. 1
3 Brady, Tom NEP Getting older but still producing
4 Stafford, Matthew DET Gets serious bump in dynasty leagues
5 Newton, Cam CAR Potential for best run/pass combo in NFL history
6 Manning, Eli NYG With those weapons, maybe should rank higher
7 Romo, Tony DAL Like Eli, Romo has mad weapons
8 Vick, Michael PHI Mad weapons, ability. 2011 raised questions
9 Rivers, Philip SD With full-power Gates, Rivers blows up this rank
10 Ryan, Matt ATL Still waiting for him to take next step
11 Roethlisberger, Ben PIT Like every QB so far, weapons everywhere
12 Schaub, Matt HOU Run-first O, but Andre Johnson makes up for it
13 Manning, Peyton IND/FA Health, team questions costly in early rankings
14 Locker, Jake TEN Remember Hasselbeck early? Britt returns in 2012
15 Dalton, Andy CIN A.J. Green is kind of receiver that makes QB careers
16 Palmer, Carson OAK Last 3 wks of 2011: Top 5, outscored Newton, Eli, Rodgers, Rivers
17 Tebow, Tim DEN Run ability=high ceiling; pass ability=low floor
18 Flacco, Joe BAL No 300 games after week 9, must take step forward
19 Skelton, John ARI 6 of last 8 games in 2011 18.45+ fantasy points.
20 Sanchez, Mark NYJ Threw for 300 only once in final 13 games.
21 Freeman, Josh TBB Was 2011 a mirage? Or was it 2010?
22 Fitzpatrick, Ryan BUF One of the most inconsistent quarterbacks in 2011
23 Smith, Alex SFO Needs to have confidence in targets other than Davis
24 Cutler, Jay CHI Would somebody draft Cutler a real WR?
25 Bradford, Sam STL Full offseason with WR corps. On the move up?
26 McCoy, Colt CLE Greg Little, please step up
27 Hasselbeck, Matt TEN I say again, remember Hass when he was throwing to Britt early?
28 Ponder, Christian MIN AP recovering; no weapons to target
29 Orton, Kyle KC/FA Win over GB probably earned him chance somewhere
30 Cassel, Matt KC Orton’s better option, but KC is paying Cassel too much $$

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