The guys over at FakeTeams.com released their quarterback rankings for the 2012 fantasy football season, and the top choices are fairly obvious--Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and youngsters Matt Stafford and Cam Newton.
They're not as optimistic about the signal-callers for Florida pro teams. Josh Freeman of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ranks sixteenth overall after a 2011 season in which he threw just 16 touchdown passes and an unsettling 22 interceptions. Playing for a bottom-feeder with few offensive weapons does not help a quarterback's numbers, but the Kansas State product threw just six picks in 2010.
It's hard to say whether Freeman will always throw a good number of interceptions in the NFL--he threw 18 in his rookie year--but the addition of former Boise State running back Doug Martin in the 2012 NFL Draft can't hurt. Expect a solid bounce-back year for Freeman. He may never play at an elite level, but the potential is there for 25-plus touchdowns and a decent rushing total.
Meanwhile, the Jacksonville Jaguars' Blaine Gabbert looked miserable at times during his rookie season in completing just under 51 percent of his passes, and that's why he ranks third-from-last among 32 quarterbacks in the rankings. Most worrisome was his weak pocket presence; He shrunk under any sort of pass rush and could not stand tall and deliver the sort of throws expected of an NFL starting quarterback. Part of that may have to do with his experience out of the spread at the University of Missouri, but Gabbert needs to show command of the huddle and of the pocket to have any success at the professional level.
Matt Moore of the Miami Dolphins, who ranks next-to-last in FakeTeams.com's rankings, should be a last resort for fantasy owners, for several reasons. For one, he's not much more than a spot starter or solid No. 2 for any NFL franchise, not to mention that he has a first-round pick in Ryan Tannehill breathing down his neck. Now that Tannehill is in camp and learning the system, it's only a matter of time before he's taking first-team snaps for Joe Philbin and the Dolphins.