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Fantasy football rankings, Week 1: Quarterbacks

Bob Levey

It's time to choose your quarterback for your Week 1 fantasy football lineup. Scottie delivers his Week 1 rankings and tips on who will have the biggest games in his Week 1 Quarterback Rankings.

At last, the real games will begin. It's time to think seriously about who we're going to start. We have some great quarterback matchups in Week One. First of all, New Orleans and Atlanta face off. Drew Brees played much better at home against Atlanta last season than on the road. He's the safest bet of all quarterbacks opening weekend and has a statistical floor that most quarterbacks would love to have as their ceiling. Matt Ryan has come into his own as a fantasy starter and should not disappoint this opening weekend. His last time in New Orleans, he passed for over 400 yards and three touchdowns. The New Orleans defense has not improved enough to prevent Ryan from having an awesome game. I'll be shocked if these two quarterbacks do not post two of the top five performances of the first week.

Another great matchup of two great quarterbacks is Green Bay against San Francisco. I'm sure Aaron Rodgers will be looking to wash the bad taste of two losses last season to the 49ers out of his mouth. One loss that started his 2012 season and the other that ended it. It looks as though his receiving weapons will all be healthy to start the season. If the Green Bay running game can keep the 49ers off balance, Rodgers will have an easier game. Otherwise, it'll be an uphill battle all afternoon. Colin Kaepernick had some really good games during the 2012 season but for most people the playoff win over Green Bay was his coming out party. How many times have you seen his third quarter fifty-six yard touchdown run? I swear I've seen it almost fifty-six times. NFL teams have had the offseason to scheme against the Pistol but that doesn't mean that the Niners haven't come up with some twists and adaptations to the offense to stay one step ahead. The one worry is the loss of Crabtree but I'm sure Kaep will still be able to put up the points.

Finally, a very intriguing game in the first half of the Monday night doubleheader. Griffin against Vick. Washington has wisely saved Griffin for the regular season and has let him heal. It remains to be seen in live game action, if he is hindered in any way. Washington has strongly suggested that he has not been restricted in any way during practice and will be able to perform as well as he did last season. Griffin picked the Eagles apart with his passing in their two games last year. I believe he'll do the same in this upcoming matchup. There was so much speculation after Andy Reid left that Michael Vick was finished in Philadelphia. But look who's the starting quarterback as Week One comes around. Vick last faced Washington in 2011 and the Redskins haven't faced Chip Kelly's offense. Vick will have a pretty good game but the real winner will be Griffin owners in Week One.

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My sleeper for Week One is Alex Smith. I don't believe he's going to go off and throw for 300 yards but I can see a nice game of two touchdowns and 275 yards. Facing Jacksonville should enable him to get his season off to a successful start.

Here are the top five quarterbacks for passing touchdowns in 2012:

1. Drew Brees - 43
2. Aaron Rodgers - 39
3. Peyton Manning - 37
4. Tom Brady - 34
5. Matt Ryan - 32

And here are the top five quarterbacks for passing yards in 2012:
1. Drew Brees - 5177
2. Matthew Stafford - 4967
3. Tony Romo - 4903
4. Tom Brady - 4827
5. Matt Ryan - 4719

Quick Notes: It seems as though Mark Sanchez could still be cut by the Jets at some point.....Terrelle Pryor looks like he'll start the Raiders opener against Indianapolis...

Quarterback
1 Drew Brees
2 Matt Ryan
3 Tom Brady
4 Aaron Rodgers
5 Tony Romo
6 Peyton Manning
7 Andrew Luck
8 Colin Kaepernick
9 Robert Griffin III
10 Matthew Stafford
11 Cam Newton
12 Michael Vick
13 Russell Wilson
14 Eli Manning
15 Ben Roethlisberger
16 Alex Smith
17 Jay Cutler
18 Joe Flacco
19 Matt Schaub
20 Sam Bradford
21 Philip Rivers
22 Josh Freeman
23 Ryan Tannehill
24 Andy Dalton
25 Carson Palmer
26 Brandon Weeden
27 Christian Ponder
28 Terrelle Pryor
29 Jake Locker
30 Blaine Gabbert
31 Geno Smith
32 Jeff Tuel
33 EJ Manuel

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