Heading into the 2012 fantasy football season, owners were drafting four quarterbacks in the first round: Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Matthew Stafford. Surprisingly after two weeks, only one of those high picks, Brees, has performed like a top five quarterback. Depending on league scoring, Rodgers and Brady may not be ranked in the top 10, and Stafford may not even rank in the top 20.
Although these players will likely turn their fantasy seasons around soon, below is a look at the top three quarterbacks after the first two weeks of the season.
Griffin was not drafted as a starter in most leagues, so his big fantasy debut in Week One was likely wasted on someone's bench in your league. Many owners activated him for Week Two and were rewarded with another excellent fantasy performance. Through two games, Griffin has 526 passing yards, 124 rushing yards and five total touchdowns. He looks completely comfortable when running and passing and has helped to make the Washington Redskins a competitive team.
I thought Ryan was far too undervalued in fantasy drafts, as he was consistently picked in middle rounds. Many owners waited on quarterbacks, though, and settled on Ryan as a starter. These owners are probably in good shape in their leagues after two weeks. Ryan has passed for 518 yards and five touchdowns, leading the Atlanta Falcons to a 2-0 start. Ryan has also rushed for 44 yards and another score. His five touchdown passes are tied with Ryan Fitzpatrick for the NFL lead.
The New Orleans Saints have been completely disappointing, starting the season at 0-2. But Brees has at least had decent fantasy numbers at the end of both games. His 664 passing yards are fourth in the league, and he has four passing touchdowns plus a rushing score. His four interceptions, though, show how inconsistent he has been. It is good to know that Brees is not really hurting his owners and that, if these are Brees' numbers when his team has two bad weeks, there are surely better numbers ahead. The Saints' defense is not very good so far, and Brees will likely be passing a lot this year.
Mike Patton is a co-host on the Deep Sleeper Fantasy Football Podcast. He has been a fantasy enthusiast since 1997 and has won championships in baseball, football, basketball, hockey and pick 'em leagues.