Fantasy Football 2012: Quarterback Rankings

Aug 11, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) carries the ball during the 2nd half against the Tennessee Titans at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Tennessee 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

A look at updated rankings and notes for fantasy football quarterbacks heading into the final week of the preseason.

It's now official, Russell Wilson has been named the starter for the Seattle Seahawks. Wilson is athletic, strong-armed and poised under pressure. If he had been a couple inches taller he most certainly would have been taken earlier in the NFL draft. He has played great in the preseason, and it was his job to lose as he got the start in the third preseason game. I like the way the schedule is laid out for Wilson to get off to a fast start with four favorable matchups in the Seahawks' first six games. I would recommend grabbing him as a QB2, and he's a definite add in dynasty leagues. In related news, Tarvaris Jackson has been traded from Seattle to the Buffalo Bills. Jackson will probably be the third-string quarterback behind Ryan Fitzpatrick and Vince Young.

Matthew Stafford's injury to his left hand isn't as serious as first thought. The Detroit Lions' QB would have been able to return to the game if it happened during the regular season. I completely believe he would have, too, because he is a tough player and we only have to go back to that game against the Browns in 2009 when he suffered a shoulder injury and came back in to lead the Lions to victory. It did raise a concern about the Lions' offensive line and will they be able to keep Stafford upright for the 2012 season. It's only an average O-line with no Pro Bowlers but all five starters remain the same as last season. I know for my own fantasy team that I would feel safer having a good quality backup like Wilson or Josh Freeman in case of an injury to Stafford.

Who would have thought that the worse quarterback situation in the league would be in Arizona? It wouldn't have been my first choice, but no starter has been named and it looks like it won't happen this week. Kevin Kolb and John Skelton have shown nothing in practice or in game action to separate from the other. With Larry Fitzgerald and rookie Michael Floyd, the Cardinals have weapons at receiver. Not helping the situation at all is the weak offensive line, which is going to give the quarterback no protection. Do not touch this situation.

Drafts are in full swing this week and we'd love to hear your feedback, so feel free to drop us a comment or question below or in the Fantasy War Room, which happens nightly from 6-10 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, and 4-9 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday.

1 Aaron Rodgers
2 Tom Brady
3 Drew Brees
4 Matthew Stafford
5 Cam Newton
6 Michael Vick
7 Matt Ryan
8 Eli Manning
9 Tony Romo
10 Philip Rivers
11 Peyton Manning
12 Ben Roethlisberger
13 Jay Cutler
14 Robert Griffin III
15 Matt Schaub
16 Carson Palmer
17 Andrew Luck
18 Joe Flacco
19 Josh Freeman
20 Ryan Fitzpatrick
21 Jake Locker
22 Andy Dalton
23 Alex Smith
24 Christian Ponder
25 Russell Wilson
26 Sam Bradford
27 Matt Cassel
28 Mark Sanchez
29 Brandon Weeden
30 Blaine Gabbert
31 Ryan Tannehill
32 John Skelton
33 Matt Flynn
34 Tim Tebow
35 Matt Moore
36 Kevin Kolb
37 Colt McCoy
38 Vince Young

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