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2012 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings: Week 2

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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.

Neither Aaron Rodgers nor Jay Cutler were all that impressive on Thursday night as the two combined for just two touchdown passes and five interceptions. Defenses, especially Green Bay's, dominated the proceedings on Thursday as the Packers sacked Cutler seven times and picked off Cutler four times. Defenses also could play a major role in the Baltimore vs. Philadelphia match up, so it will be interesting to see if Joe Flacco can build off his near-flawless (299 yards, 2 TDs) Monday night performance against the Eagles, while Michael Vick is hoping to improve from his Week 1 passing effort (52 percent completion rate, 4 INTs)  against a Ravens defense that flexed its muscles against the Bengals. Other quarterbacks looking to bounce back from subpar Week 1 performances include  Drew Brees and Cam Newton, who also are looking to help their teams break into the win column on Sunday as the NFC South divisional foes face off. However, the quarterback showcase that everyone will be watching is on Monday night when Peyton Manning takes his Broncos to Atlanta to face Matt Ryan and the Falcons. Manning looked like his old self in leading the Broncos to a win over Pittsburgh, but it was Ryan who topped all quarterbacks in Week 1 with his 299 yards passing and four total touchdowns (3 pass, 1 rush) against Kansas City.

2012 NFL Week 2 Fantasy Football Rankings — Quarterbacks

Rk

Player

Team

OPPONENT

1

Aaron Rodgers

GB

vs. CHI (Thurs.)

2

Drew Brees

NO

at CAR

3

Tom Brady

NE

vs. ARI

4

Cam Newton

CAR

vs. NO

5

Eli Manning

NYG

vs. TB

6

Matt Ryan

ATL

vs. DEN (Mon.)

7

Peyton Manning

DEN

at ATL (Mon.)

8

Matthew Stafford

DET

at SF

9

Jay Cutler

CHI

at GB (Thurs.)

10

Robert Griffin III

WAS

at STL

11

Tony Romo

DAL

at SEA

12

Philip Rivers

SD

vs. TEN

13

Joe Flacco

BAL

at PHI

14

Michael Vick

PHI

vs. BAL

15

Ben Roethlisberger

PIT

vs. NYJ

16

Alex Smith

SF

vs. DET

17

Matt Schaub

HOU

at JAC

18

Josh Freeman

TB

at NYG

19

Ryan Fitzpatrick

BUF

vs. KC

20

Andrew Luck

IND

vs. MIN

21

Carson Palmer

OAK

at MIA

22

Mark Sanchez

NYJ

at PIT

23

Jake Locker

TEN

at SD

24

Andy Dalton

CIN

vs. CLE

25

Christian Ponder

MIN

at IND

26

Sam Bradford

STL

vs. WAS

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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 2 Positional Rankings

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defense/Special Teams

Week 2 Start or Sit