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2012 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings: Week 5

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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.

Dallas, Detroit, Oakland and Tampa Bay are on bye this week.

2012 NFL Week 5 Fantasy Football Rankings — Quarterbacks

Rk

Player

Team

OPPONENT

Notes

1

Aaron Rodgers

GB

at IND

Had best game yet (319-4-1) vs. Saints last week.

2

Drew Brees

NO

vs. SD

Leading league in yards (1,350), 24th in accuracy (57.6).

3

Matt Ryan

ATL

at WAS

No. 1 fantasy QB gets No. 31 passing defense.

4

Tom Brady

NE

vs. DEN

Put up 340 yards passing vs. Bills, 4 TDs (3 pass/1 rush).

5

Eli Manning

NYG

at CLE

Second to Brees in yards, Browns gave up 356 last week.

6

Robert Griffin III

WAS

vs. ATL

Rookie has same number of passing and rushing TDs (4).

7

Peyton Manning

DEN

at NE

No. 18 is 6-10 in regular season vs. Patriots, 36 TDs, 23 INTs.

8

Joe Flacco

BAL

at KC

Ravens throwing more than running, will it continue?

9

Cam Newton

CAR

vs. SEA

Rebounded vs. Falcons, but 'Hawks another tough test.

10

Philip Rivers

SD

at NO

Averaging less than 225 yards per game, breakout vs. NO?

11

Ben Roethlisberger

PIT

vs. PHI

Career vs. Eagles: 1-1, 314 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT total.

12

Matt Schaub

HOU

at NYJ (Mon.)

Revis-less Jets D not nearly as fearsome.

13

Andy Dalton

CIN

vs. MIA

Has 9 total TDs, only 3 INTs in last three games.

14

Michael Vick

PHI

at PIT

Steelers have had extra week to get healthy, ready for Eagles.

15

Jay Cutler

CHI

at JAC

Can he do it two games in a row?

16

Andrew Luck

IND

vs. GB

Had extra week to prepare for Packers.

17

Alex Smith

SF

vs. BUF

49ers should feast on second straight AFC East opponent.

18

Christian Ponder

MIN

vs. TEN

Will Vikes let Ponder air it out against Titans (27th vs. pass)?

19

Ryan Fitzpatrick

BUF

at SF

First in league in passing TDs (12), tied for second in INTs (7).

20

Kevin Kolb

ARI

at STL (Thurs.)

Had first 300-3 game since Oct. 2010 last week.

21

Matt Hasselbeck

TEN

at MIN

Veteran gets start in place of Locker (shoulder).

22

Sam Bradford

STL

vs. ARI

Shaky O-line holding Rams' passing attack back.

23

Russell Wilson

SEA

at CAR

Rams bring rookie back to earth: 160 yards, 3 INT, 0 TDs.

24

Matt Cassel

KC

vs. BAL

Ravens not what Cassel needs to maintain hold on job.

25

Brandon Weeden

CLE

vs. NYG

Has 3:3 TD:INT ratio since tossing 4 picks in Week 1.

26

Ryan Tannehill

MIA

at CIN

Coming off of 432-yard effort (1 TD 2, INTs) at Arizona.

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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 5 Positional Rankings

Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defense/Special Teams

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