Well it’s almost time for preseason and that means it’s almost time for fantasy drafts. If you’re not new to fantasy then you’re probably well aware of who the top QB prospects are, and now you’re searching for that sleeper. Let’s go over some of those sleepers you may know of and some you might have overlooked.
Kevin Kolb – Kolb is probably at the top of most people’s sleeper picks. He is in a system with Andy Reid that has a throw first mentality, and he showed last year he could put up numbers. He threw for 300 yards and 2 TDs in each game, as well as getting an average of 42 attempts per game. Owners should be salivating over the potential in those numbers. And Kolb is accurate. However, this will be his first year as the full time starter and he’ll have to go against stronger teams. So suspicions of his capabilities leave him a sleeper. My thoughts say if he falls take him. Even a bad game will warrant good fantasy stats. He’ll have a few bumps like against New Orleans last season. But 391 yards, 2 TDs, and 3 ints will level out in fantasy play.
Vince Young – For those of you, like myself, who were burned by Young a few years back I’ll understand if you’re skeptical about taking Young. However, Young’s problem can be attributed to his lack of studying the playbook during the offseason while trying to finish school. Although admirable, it didn’t help his game and he was subsequently replaced by Kerry Collins. Being benched game him the motivation he needed and it showed during the last 6 games of the season. You could see it was clicking. He was staying in the pocket and running second. What’s best is that the stats showed it. And now he’ll have another chance to start and another full offseason to study, the playbook that is, and that potential he had a few years back will surface. Look for him in the mid to late rounds as a second QB who could become your starter.
Chad Henne –Henne is on my list because of sheer potential. He has a strong run game with players who may be breaking down. Ricky Williams is 33 and Ronnie Brown is coming off another knee injury. Along with the addition of Brandon Marshall, Anthony Fasano, and the emerging talents of Devon Bess, Henne has a lot of upside. Only draft him though with one of your last picks. Trust me he will only be taken around that area unless you have an overzealous Dolphins fan in the league.
Matthew Stafford – Stafford showed a lot of poise in the Cleveland game, and if nothing else the team will respect and play hard for him. He also showed the kind of fantasy numbers he has the potential to put up. Stafford has built chemistry with Calvin Johnson and now gets Nate Burleson and Tony Scheffler as targets. Teams will have to be careful about rolling coverage on Johnson and this will definitely improve the offense. Stafford’s potential is up in the air though. I would take him as a backup only, but also with a gleam of hope that he continues to mature this season.
Matt Leinart/Derek Anderson – This should be a no brainer. Arizona has Larry Fitzgerald. Nuh. Steve Breaston and Early Douchet. However, Leinart lost his starting job, which by the way was HIS to lose, to Kurt Warner and did not get it back. So now the job is his to lose…..again. Despite all the negativity Leinart/Anderson is in position to have a good fantasy season. Ken Whisenhunt and Russ Grimm and built a stronger line which will force teams to have a newfound respect for Arizona’s run game, which will help relieve some pressure on Leinart/Anderson. And they have Larry Fitzgerald. Arizona’s starting QB when decided should be a great late round pick. Keep an eye out for whoever gets the nod to start. Warner was named the starter late in the preseason and Whisenhunt may do the same thing again this year if Leinart falters. I get the feeling he will and the job will be Anderson’s. If you hear it like I did for Warner,on the day of your draft, do yourself a favor and keep it to yourself and draft the QB with the last pick.
About the Author
Written by David Willow
My name is David Willow. Your NFL and Fantasy Jedi. I have lived in Dallas, TX most of my life. I have been following both football and basketball since I was a child. I love being able to research and analyze different players and teams. I've been a fantasy sports enthusiast for around 8 years with some titles to back that. I have a Bachelors degree in History with a minor in English. Other hobbies include me being part of an acting workshop for five years, playing guitar, and working out. Hit me up with any comments, questions or opinions.