Week 1 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings
Week one of the 2012 fantasy football season is finally here, as the season officially kicks off on Wednesday night with the Dallas Cowboys taking on the New York Giants. We’re working against the clock, and will be updating our weekly rankings up until the last second due to injury and role updates.
I’m pushing out the quarterback rankings first, as the elite options are all pretty easy to rank, and I’ve already got a great feeling as to what sleeper guys I like for the week.
My top-three is against the “expert norm”, but I think matchups dictate a bit of a swap between Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers. I honestly have no issues with the top-10 guys, so let’s dig into the guys from 11 and on.
Jay Cutler could flirt with top-10 numbers this week, as we may seen the benefit of having Brandon Marshall back in his offensive arsenal right away. The Indianapolis Colts are transitioning from a 4-3 to a 3-4, so it could be ugly.
I don’t see how Jake Locker disappoints in his first NFL start. He’s not the most accurate passer, but New England isn’t exactly an elite defense, either. I think the Patriots will force Locker to pass a good amount, and his legs can always add value. He should be a top-15 passer most weeks. The same goes for Robert Griffin III. He obviously adds value with his running ability, while he could have a very nice debut in a dome against the high-flying Saints.
The Arizona Cardinals can get nasty on defense, but I still really like Seattle’s Russell Wilson to get his career off to a solid start. I think 250+ total yards and a couple of scores makes sense. He’ll be a top-20 option in week one.
On the flip-side, I’m not excited about Ryan Fitzpatrick‘s date with the New York Jets. He’s been erratic in the pocket in the past, and we all know he doesn’t have the biggest arm in the world. New York’s defense is better than it was last year, so he might not get off to a hot start in back-to-back seasons.
I’m going out on a limb and guessing Blaine Gabbert‘s pocket presence has improved. It may not do him a whole lot of good on the road against an elite Minnesota Vikings’ pass rush, but I think he’s a better option than Mark Sanchez, Matt Cassel, Andy Dalton and Alex Smith. Yeah, I know that’s a risk, but I see something in Gabbert.
I’ll also take a chance on Tim Tebow‘s time on the field on Sunday being more valuable than Brandon Weeden‘s and the other remaining scrub quarterbacks. If Tebow can get me 40+ rushing yards and a touchdown, I’ll probably be right.
For more player notes and all the quarterback rankings for week 1, check out the table from FantasyPros.com below: