Fantasy football rankings 2012: QB projections for Week 5

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We provide Week 5 NFL fantasy football projections for quarterbacks courtesy of numberFire.com

We're back for Week 5 of the 2012 NFL season. The Rams and Cardinals got things started on Thursday, with a bit of an upset by St. Louis. Sam Bradford was on the winning side, but put together a slow performance, completing only 33% of his passes. Kevin Kolb was 28/50 for 289 yards, but no touchdowns.

Now we're back for Sunday's slate of Week 5 action. This marks the second week of byes with the Lions, Cowboys, Raiders and Buccaneers. Make sure to have replacements for Matthew Stafford, Tony Romo, Josh Freeman and Carson Palmer.

We have been providing you with rankings all week long, but as Sunday dawns, it would be helpful to have some projections as well. Our Week 5 quarterback rankings are based on our pool of knowledge and often a bit of gut instinct. To improve your chances this year, we are going to provide Sunday projections courtesy of the folks at numberFire. NumberFire uses a series of mathematical models, to break down the action and figure out who exactly is performing well.They use the power of predictive and regressive modeling to more accurately project future performance.

Matt Ryan and Aaron Rodgers remain at the top of both numberFire and SB Nation Fantasy. The "biggest" difference at the top of the rankings and projects is Cam Newton. SB Nation Fantasy ranks him No. 13, while numberFire projects him at No. 9. It is not a huge difference, which goes to show how settled the QB rankings are getting.

NumberFire claims a higher predictive rate than the major companies (ESPN, CBS, Yahoo!). However, as with anything in fantasy football, we at SB Nation Fantasy view numberFire as one more weapon in your arsenal to claim victory. The numbers can help over the long term, but there are enough variables week-to-week that multiple sources can provide great value.

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