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2012 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings: Week 1

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It's been seven long months, but fantasy football and our fantasy football positional rankings are back!

Each week during the NFL season, we will rank enough players at each position to appease everyone from those in 8-team leagues to 16-team leagues, those that can start two QBs, two TEs, three RBs and four WRs. We cut out the rest, because if you're looking at who the 50th-best running back or the 17th-best kicker is for that week, you need more help than any Web site can give you.

As you will see below, Aaron Rodgers, the reigning NFL MVP and last season's top fantasy scorer, is not our No. 1 quarterback option in Week 1. The reason why is because Rodgers and the Packers have a tough opening assignment as the San Franciso 49ers, who were the NFC's No. 1 defense in 2011, pay a visit to Lambeau Field. We're not saying you shouldn't start Rodgers, we just like Matthew Stafford at home against St. Louis and Drew Brees in the dome against Washington a little better.

2012 NFL Week 1 Fantasy Football Rankings — Quarterbacks

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Rk

Player

Team

OPPONENT

1

Matthew Stafford

DET

vs. STL

2

Drew Brees

NO

vs. WAS

3

Aaron Rodgers

GB

vs. SF

4

Tom Brady

NE

at TEN

5

Cam Newton

CAR

at TB

6

Michael Vick

PHI

at CLE

7

Eli Manning

NYG

vs. DAL (Wed.)

8

Ben Roethlisberger

PIT

at DEN

9

Matt Ryan

ATL

at KC

10

Jay Cutler

CHI

vs. IND

11

Philip Rivers

SD

at OAK (Mon.)

12

Peyton Manning

DEN

vs. PIT

13

Tony Romo

DAL

at NYG (Wed.)

14

Robert Griffin III

WAS

at NO

15

Matt Schaub

HOU

vs. MIA

16

Carson Palmer

OAK

vs. SD (Mon.)

17

Josh Freeman

TB

vs. CAR

18

Sam Bradford

STL

at DET

19

Andrew Luck

IND

at CHI

20

Russell Wilson

SEA

at ARI

21

Ryan Fitzpatrick

BUF

at NYJ

22

Alex Smith

SF

at GB

23

Jake Locker

TEN

vs. NE

24

Andy Dalton

CIN

at BAL (Mon.)

25

Joe Flacco

BAL

vs. CIN (Mon.)

26

Christian Ponder

MIN

vs. JAC

Rankings are based upon Athlon Sports' standard scoring system:

OFFENSIVE SCORING
All touchdowns are 6 points
1 point for 25 yards passing
1 point for 10 yards rushing/receiving
Receptions are .5 points
Interceptions/fumbles are minus-2 points

Additional Week 1 Positional Rankings

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defense/Special Teams

Week 1 Start or Sit