Fantasy Football 2012: Which Rookie Quarterback to Take?
Over the past few seasons, there have been several rookie quarterbacks breaking into the NFL, and becoming fantasy football gold right away. With the NFL becoming more and more of a passing league, quarterbacks have the chance to put up big stats immediately, even in losses. This year’s class of rookie quarterbacks who will start for their teams in week one all have the possibility to shine and put up big fantasy football numbers. But for every Cam Newton, there is a JaMarcus Russell, so buyers beware.
Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden and Miami Dolphins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill have both been recently named week one starters. Not much is expected from either team this season, as they both reside in very difficult divisions. The Browns always seem to be rebuilding mode, and Tannehill will be the 17th starting quarterback the Dolphins have had since Dan Marino retired.
Ryan Tannehill didn’t have many weapons to start with. Now that Chad Johnson is gone, the rookie will have to rely heavily on Reggie Bush and a serviceable defense. The AFC East is loaded. Two teams are young, hungry, and more talented than the Dolphins right now. The other team in the AFC East was two plays away from winning the Super Bowl.
Weeden was drafted after his team took running back Trent Richardson with the third overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. With questions around Richardson’s health, Weeden will not be able to use that workhorse nearly as much as was first expected. There have also already been injuries to his receiving core.
Both quarterbacks have low value this year in fantasy, unless used in a back-up role. A fantasy team owner would be much better off drafting one of the more veteran NFL signal callers first.
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