Rookie quarterbacks are making quite an impact in 2012. Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannenhill and Brandon Weeden were first-round picks in the NFL draft and are showing the ability to be top-flight fantasy options. Here's the early verdict on these young gunslingers.
Andrew Luck, Indianapolis
The No. 1 pick in the draft has been more good than lucky (had to throw that in!). Luck averages an impressive 279 yards a game passing and has 10 total touchdowns (seven passing, three rushing). On the downside, Luck has seven interceptions, but he showed great fantasy prowess against Green Bay. Many compare Luck to Peyton Manning as field generals, and these comparisons are also accurate from a fantasy perspective. Ten years from now, Luck's stats will compare favorably to Manning in fantasy.
Robert Griffin III, Washington
RGIII is explosive, electrifying and poised beyond his years. He also is a great fantasy player: 13 touchdowns, 229 yards passing a game and 66 yards rushing per game. Griffin is good now and will continue to be great. I predict he'll be a top-five pick in most fantasy drafts next year.
Ryan Tannenhill, Miami
With four passing touchdowns, a rushing score and 242 yards per game passing, Tannenhill's off to a solid start. He needs to cut down on interceptions (six so far), but he has none in the past two games. Not bad for a guy who was converted from wide receiver a few years ago. Tannenhill has decent upside the rest of the year and huge upside ahead.
Brandon Weeden, Cleveland
After a pathetic opening week (four interceptions, no touchdowns), Weeden has recovered. He now has nine touchdowns, averages 254 yards passing and gets better every week. Weeden has a big arm, which is important for fantasy, and will put up big stats in the years to come.
Dan Richman has played fantasy football for more than 15 years and hosted a show on The Score (670-AM) for years under the moniker "Super Fan Dan." @danrichmanffl