Originally written on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 11/18/14
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The smell of football is in the air. Here are my 2012 Week 1 fantasy football quarterback rankings.
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1.  Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions
I see Stafford picking up where he left off with a favorable home match-up against the Rams. Without much of a running game, it will be up to Stafford and Megatron to move the chains.
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2.  Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
The Saints are going to play with a chip on their shoulder this year and it all starts at home against Washington. Brees should also pick up where he left off.
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3.  Tom Brady, New England Patriots
Brady opens up in Tennessee. With a full assortment of weapons, including Brandon Lloyd on the outside, he should pile up the fantasy points.
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4.  Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
He has a tough first draw against the Niners at home, but Rodgers is a machine.
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5.  Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
Newton travels to Tampa Bay to see if he can avoid a sophomore slump. He will do so without Steve Smith at full strength.
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6.  Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
With perhaps the best duo of WRs in the league and a commitment to open things up, Ryan should start his breakout fantasy season against the Chiefs in Arrowhead.
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7.  Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
Romo could have limited weapons thanks to the injuries, but Romo will work with what he has.
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8.  Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles
Vick should be able to play through his most recent rib injury and put up solid numbers against the Browns.
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9.  Eli Manning, New York Giants
Starts his title defense at home against Dallas. He has changed his perception and finally is getting the credit he deserves.
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10.  Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears
Has a solid match-up against the Colts in his first game reunited with Brandon Marshall.
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11.  Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers
Big Ben squares off with Peyton Manning in the Mile High City. Mike Wallace is back, but he likely won’t be at 100%.
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12.  Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos
He starts his new era in an unfamiliar home and an unfamiliar territory of low-end QB1.
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13.  Philip Rivers, San Diego Chargers
Rivers tries to bounce back from a forgettable 2011 season against the Raiders.
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14.  Robert Griffith III, Washington Redskins
It will be interesting to see how he handles his first game as a pro. At least he won’t have to worry about having a bounty on his head against the Saints.
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15.  Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans
Faces the Patriots, who were dreadful against the pass last year, but I predict they will be improved.
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16.  Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens
I expect growth from Flacco, but his early draw of Cincinnati will delay it.
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17.  Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
I don’t expect a sophomore jinx, but I also don’t expect a big Week 1 against Baltimore.
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18.  Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
I’m holding out hope that he can bounce back. Adding Vincent Jackson and an expected bounce back from Mike Williams should help.
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19.  Alex Smith, San Francisco 49ers
He has more weapons this year and the Packers were vulnerable to the pass last year.
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20.  Carson Palmer, Oakland Raiders
From 14 through 20 on are pretty interchangeable. Palmer should be decent against San Diego if he can keep the picks down.
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