Fantasy Football 2012 Rankings: Quarterbacks

Aug 20, 2012; Foxborough, MA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) is tackled by New England Patriots linebacker Jermaine Cunningham (96) during the first half at Gillette Stadium. Vick was injured on the play. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-US PRESSWIRE

SB Nation Fantasy takes a look at the top Fantasy Quarterbacks for 2012 fantasy drafts. There are a few quarterbacks on this list that could outperform their expectations, so check it out.

Michael Vick left Monday night's game with a rib contusion and that threw up the red flag. Vick's greatest weakness is his health and it leaves us with serious doubts as to whether we will have him available for all 16 games. If he plays 15 or 16 games, he's almost a lock to be a top five quarterback in 2012.

Picking Vick is definitely a risk but you can feel better about where you stand as long as you choose a solid backup like Joe Flacco or Andy Dalton. Vick will not play again in the preseason and the rest should help the healing process. If Vick falls to you in the fifth round or further, you should take him because that is a great value. His ADP is taking a hit with this latest injury and you can benefit. Just make sure to get good value and a good backup.

There is a chance that Russell Wilson could be the starter for the regular season opener. Wilson has not started either of the first two preseason games but will get the start this week in the Seahawks' third preseason game. He has played quite well so far, but that has been while facing the second and third string on defenses. This competition is interesting to watch and could go down to the wire. If Wilson does get the nod for the regular season, he could be a nice sleeper pick and increase the value of the Seattle passing game.

The Miami Dolphins have decided on their starter, and it wasn't too big of a surprise that Ryan Tannehill is their guy. He has been given a lion's share of the passing attempts and knows the offense that he's running from his time at Texas A&M. Miami really wants Tannehill to succeed and become a part of the foundation to build around. He doesn't have much to work with in the receivers department and their offensive line also grades out very poorly. Tannehill should grow in value in the coming seasons and would make for a nice dynasty pick.

Here's my ranking for quarterbacks in standard leagues:

Rank Quarterback Comment
1 Aaron Rodgers Absolutely the top-rated QB.
2 Tom Brady

Moved up from 3. Consistent and reliable.

3 Drew Brees Dropped from 2. The team has some uncertainty but you know what you're getting from Brees.
4 Matthew Stafford Teamed with Megatron, creating an amazing duo.
5 Cam Newton Has looked great in preseason.
6 Michael Vick Up from 7. Health is a concern-can he last the season?
7 Eli Manning Down from 6. A great choice if you miss out on the top 5.
8 Tony Romo The Cowboys have weapons but will they all be on the field at the same time.
9 Matt Ryan Up from 10. His receiving weapons make him a very appealing pick up.
10 Peyton Manning Up from 11. A risky pick but its hard to bet against him.
11 Philip Rivers Down from 9. He's working with a lot of new faces, which might take some time.
12 Ben Roethlisberger With questions at RB, Big Ben might be passing more to start the season.
13 Jay Cutler Up from 15. Chicago has finally given Cutler some real wide receivers.
14 Matt Schaub Down from 13. He has value but Houston offense is run oriented.
15 Robert Griffin III Down from 14. Griffin is the complete package. Hopefully his teammates help carry the load.
16 Josh Freeman The skill position players surrounding him have been upgraded.
17 Ryan Fitzpatrick Up from 19. A great fantasy backup playing behind a better O-line.
18 Joe Flacco Continues to develop but this offense is still based upon Ray Rice.
19 Carson Palmer Up from 20. He's struggled in preseason but makes for a nice QB2.
20 Andy Dalton Down from 17. He's not asked to win games, just to not lose them.
21 Andrew Luck I think he'll play much better as the season progresses.
22 Alex Smith His numbers will be slightly better than last season.
23 Sam Bradford Up from 24. Keep an eye on his ankle issue.
24 Matt Flynn Down from 23. Still hasn't locked up the starting job.
25 Matt Cassel Not a fantasy starter but could provide decent numbers in spot duty.
26 Christian Ponder Talent is somewhat lacking around him but his numbers should improve a little.
27 Jake Locker Up from 28. Locker has been named the starter for the Titans.
28 Mark Sanchez Down from 27. Sanchez is in a really rough spot.
29 Kevin Kolb There are much better options than Kolb.
30 Blaine Gabbert His preseason has shown progress.
31 Ryan Tannehill Miami has chosen Tannehill as starter.
32 Brandon Weeden His points will likely come when the Browns fall behind.
33 Matt Moore Down from 31. Moore has lost the starting job to Tannehill.
34 Matt Hasselbeck His best days are behind him.
35 Tim Tebow Down from 32. He might start at some point.
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