2012 QB review, early 2013 rankings

Updated: January 8, 2013, 3:20 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

Quarterbacks were chosen with the first two selections in last summer's NFL draft, and each figured to earn starting nods without delay, so perhaps it was easy to see how one of the stories of the 2012 fantasy season would be the rookie signal-callers. After all, top pick Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts finished among the top 10 quarterbacks in standard season scoring, and Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins, second on draft day, might have topped everyone had he not been injured.

In addition, Seattle Seahawks rookie Russell Wilson rocked after September and finished just a shade outside the top 10, and second-year signal-caller Colin Kaepernick joined him in post-October relevance. It's not like all older fellows struggled, either, as Peyton Manning joined the Denver Broncos and seamlessly returned to past glory, finishing tied with Griffin in season scoring. Thirty-somethings Drew Brees and Tom Brady didn't disappoint. Old and young enjoyed productive campaigns.