Week 17 QB rankings

Posted Jan. 01, 2012 @ 3:43 p.m.
Posted By Pat Fitzmaurice

Updated Jan. 1, 2012 @ 3:43 p.m. ET

Byes: none

Here are our fantasy rankings for quarterbacks:

  1. Tom Brady, Patriots vs. Bills
  2. Cam Newton, Panthers at Saints
  3. Tony Romo, Cowboys vs. Giants
  4. Eli Manning, Giants vs. Cowboys
  5. Michael Vick, Eagles vs. Redskins
  6. Matthew Stafford, Lions at Packers
  7. Tim Tebow, Broncos vs. Chiefs
  8. Kyle Orton, Chiefs at Broncos
  9. Philip Rivers, Chargers at Raiders
  10. Drew Brees, Saints vs. Panthers
  11. Carson Palmer, Raiders vs. Chargers
  12. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers at Browns
  13. Dan Orlovsky, Colts at Jaguars
  14. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bills at Patriots
  15. John Skelton, Cardinals vs. Seahawks
  16. Matt Hasselbeck, Titans at Texans
  17. Rex Grossman, Redskins at Eagles
  18. Josh Freeman, Buccaneers at Falcons
  19. Mark Sanchez, Jets at Dolphins
  20. Josh McCown, Bears at Vikings
  21. Andy Dalton, Bengals vs. Ravens
  22. Joe Flacco, Ravens at Bengals
  23. Matt Flynn, Packers vs. Lions
  24. Tavaris Jackson, Seahawks at Cardinals
  25. Matt Ryan, Falcons vs. Buccaneers
  26. Matt Moore, Dolphins vs. Jets
  27. Alex Smith, 49ers at Rams
  28. Christian Ponder, Vikings vs. Bears — UP
  29. Aaron Rodgers, Packers vs. Lions — INACTIVE (coach's decision)
  30. T.J. Yates, Texans vs. Titans
  31. Blaine Gabbert, Jaguars vs. Colts
  32. Seneca Wallace, Browns vs. Steelers
  33. Kellen Clemens, Rams vs. 49ers
  34. Kevin Kolb, Cardinals vs. Seahawks — INJ (INACTIVE)

Not listed: Sam Bradford, Rams; Jay Cutler, Bears; Peyton Manning, Colts; Colt McCoy, Browns


The above player rankings are based on expectations for this week only, not for the entire season, taking into account this week's specific matchups and injuries. The initial rankings are compiled before the release of the NFL's early injury report and are updated Thursday to reflect the status of each player.

We base our rankings on the following scoring system: For skill-position players, one point for every 10 rushing/receiving yards, one point for every 30 passing yards, six points for a TD run or catch, four points for a TD pass, two points for a two-point conversion run or catch, two points for a two-point conversion pass. For kickers, three points for FGs of 18-39 yards, four points for FGs of 40-49 yards, and five points for FGs of 50-plus yards. Defensive rankings are based primarily on points allowed, yardage allowed and sack potential.

Glossary of notations

INJ — player has an injury that may affect productivity or availability.
ILL — player has an illness that may affect productivity or availability.
UP — player was moved up on draft board after original posting.
DOWN — player was moved down on draft board after original posting.
Not listed — player is temporarily sidelined due to injury or suspension but otherwise would be ranked.
ACTIVE — on game day, player has been designated active (posted shortly before kickoff, when available).
INACTIVE — on game day, player has been designated inactive (posted shortly before kickoff, when available).

Players and/or notations added after the original posting are shown in boldface.

Note: Remember to check back for late-week and weekend updates, as well as game inactives (when available) in the 90 minutes preceding the 1 p.m. Sunday kickoffs. You'll also find regular updates in our live fantasy injury reports on Sundays.