2012 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings: Week 1

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

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:

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
Defense/Special Teams

Week 1 Start or Sit

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