Week One QB rankings

Posted Sept. 04, 2012 @ 1:25 p.m.
Posted By Pat Fitzmaurice

Byes: none

Here are our fantasy rankings for quarterbacks:

  1. Tom Brady, Patriots at Titans
  2. Aaron Rodgers, Packers vs. 49ers
  3. Drew Brees, Saints vs. Redskins
  4. Matthew Stafford, Lions vs. Rams
  5. Cam Newton, Panthers at Buccaneers
  6. Eli Manning, Giants vs. Cowboys
  7. Michael Vick, Eagles at Browns
  8. Tony Romo, Cowboys at Giants
  9. Jay Cutler, Bears vs. Colts
  10. Matt Ryan, Falcons at Chiefs
  11. Robert Griffin III, Redskins at Saints
  12. Peyton Manning, Broncos vs. Steelers
  13. Philip Rivers, Chargers at Raiders
  14. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers at Broncos
  15. Russell Wilson, Seahawks at Cardinals
  16. Joe Flacco, Ravens vs. Bengals
  17. Matt Schaub, Texans vs. Dolphins
  18. Andrew Luck, Colts at Bears
  19. Carson Palmer, Raiders vs. Chargers
  20. Jake Locker, Titans vs. Patriots
  21. Alex Smith, 49ers at Packers
  22. Sam Bradford, Rams at Lions
  23. Josh Freeman, Buccaneers vs. Panthers
  24. Matt Cassel, Chiefs vs. Falcons
  25. Christian Ponder, Vikings vs. Jaguars
  26. Blaine Gabbert, Jaguars at Vikings
  27. Andy Dalton, Bengals at Ravens
  28. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bills at Jets
  29. Mark Sanchez, Jets vs. Bills
  30. John Skelton, Cardinals vs. Seahawks
  31. Brandon Weeden, Browns vs. Eagles
  32. Ryan Tannehill, Dolphins at Texans

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.