Ok, so maybe you’ve waited to take a quarterback by stocking up on other positions or maybe you need a back up or QB2 in duel QB leagues. There is always hope in the bottom of the top 20 at the quarterback position where a potential fantasy stud, maybe that’s stretching it a little, ok a fantasy kosher pick can be made.
11 – Matt Ryan – Another player I would not be surprised to see taken earlier than this spot. He is efficient with a 62.5% completion rating and only 9 interceptions last season, and the addition of Julio Jones can only help a blossoming offense. Jones will help take some pressure off of Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez allowing Ryan to spread the ball around a bit more.
Point: Could improve on his 3,705 yards and 28 TDs from last season.
Counterpoint: The team still likes to pound the ball in when they’re in the red zone.
12 – Eli Manning – Manning’s numbers have slowly increase over the past 3 seasons from a fantasy standpoint from 21 TDs to 31 TDs, and from 3,238 yards to 4,002 yards. He has an elite receiver in Hakeem Nicks and an above average receiver with Mario Manningham, and the Giants have been letting Manning start to air it out as they have transitioned away from a purely power run offense. He provided some consistency with back to back 4,000 yard seasons and looks poised to do so again.
Point: A late round 4,000 yard QB has great value.
Counterpoint: His rise in yards and TDs came with a rise in INTs.
13 – Kevin Kolb – He is officially a Cardinal, and with one of the best receivers in the league in Larry Fitzgerald, Kolb will get his chance to put up the fantasy numbers many thought he would last season in Philadelphia. When given the chance Kolb put up sturdy numbers posting 3 300 yard games with at least 2 TDs in each. Taking him in a later round could pay dividends. The Cardinals are in a weak division and have a decent fantasy playoff schedule.
Point: A solid core around him gives Kolb huge potential at a low priced fantasy value.
Counterpoint: Fantasy owners expected the same last season.
14 – Donovan McNabb – Another trade has landed McNabb in Minnesota. Though some people may say it proves that McNabb is done I would consider that the offense that he is going into, even with Sidney Rice leaving, he will have Percy Harvin, Bernard Berrian (for now), and Visanthe Shiancoe to throw to. Which is an improvement from the mess that he was in in Washington last year. McNabb has proven that he can put up numbers when he has talent around him, and let’s not forget that he has Adrian Peterson to take some of that pressure off of him.
Point: Improvement in talent around him could lead to improved numbers. Solid QB2.
Counterpoint: Tends to pout when things don’t go his way which leads to poor performances on the field.
15 – Matthew Stafford – If it weren’t for the potential and talent surrounding Stafford I might rate him lower, but having Calvin Johnson can do wonders for a fantasy QB. With Detroit’s investment in offensive players over the past few years, (Mikel LeShoure, Titus Young, Jahvid Best, and Brandon Pettigrew) Stafford could come up big in terms of fantasy numbers. His past 2 season he has had 2 big games that have fueled the hype, (422 yard 5 TD game against Browns and 212 yard 4 TD game against Redskins) but I’m worried about the injury bug. Stafford has missed 15 games over his first 2 seasons in the NFL. Draft him as a back up not as a starter.
Point: Big upside in a potentially good offense.
Counterpoint: Has a stretcher with his name on it on the sidelines.
16 – Jay Cutler – Anyone who saw the NFC championship game probably agrees that Cutler didn’t appear to give it his all, even though he was legitimately injured. In terms of fantasy, I’d trade him away for ham sandwich if I owned him in a league. My needless hate aside, the addition of Roy E. Williams could improve his up and down stats from last season and is a surprising upgrade at the wide receiver position. Mike Martz’s system has had a year to settle in, and all this could lead to a rise in production.
Point: He comes into the season with a lot to prove. Could pay dividends to fantasy owners if it motivates him the right way.
Counterpoint: If you wanted INTs, you’ve come to the right place.
17 – Joe Flacco – Vinny Testaverde 2.0 continues in Baltimore. The Ravens run a very balanced offense, which cuts into Flacco’s numbers at times, but with the addition of Torrey Smith opposite of Anquan Boldin, and what should be an increase in time for Ray Rice with Willis McGahee’s departure, Flacco could see an increase in his numbers. Having a good receiving back like Rice will only help pad Flacco’s yardage stats.
Point: Put’s up steady numbers and won’t kill you with INTs each week.
Counterpoint: He won’t put you over the top either.
18 – Sam Bradford – The rookie season for Bradford wasn’t amazing, but it wasn’t terrible either. He threw for 3,500 yards and 18 TDs with a mediocre cast at best. His favorite target early in the season Mark Clayton went out early and looks to return in good health, and the addition of Mike Sims-Walker, Lance Kendricks, and Austin Pettis should help the passing game. Bradford will also be under the tutelage of Josh McDaniels, new offensive coordinator for the Rams, who is known for big passing numbers with his QBs. It’s also important to factor in the fact that the Rams are in a week division against the pass, with the Seahawks, Cardinals, and 49ers all finishing no higher than 23rd against the pass. The Cardinals and 49ers also both let go of their Pro Bowl corners in Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nate Clements. Rams, and Bradford, could take advantage.
Point: He did well with very little last season, and has a high ceiling to improve.
Counterpoint: Though the Rams did add players, the quality of players added leave something to be desired.
19 – Matt Cassel – Cassel improved greatly on a sub-par first season in Kansas City, though many attribute it to a puppy dog schedule the Chiefs had. With a more difficult schedule this season, especially weeks 11-15, Cassel and the young Chiefs could struggle. Schedule aside, Cassel has an emerged Dwayne Bowe and Jamaal Charles, 2 young talented studs, to help him put up numbers. The addition of Steve Breaston, a familiar player to Todd Haley from his days in Arizona, will also help take pressure off of Bowe and give Cassel another target.
Point: Cassel had 27 TDs and only 7 INTs last season. Those are good numbers in the NFL despite any schedule.
Counterpoint: Bad match ups during the fantasy playoffs make him best suited as a QB2.
20 – Ryan Fitzpatrick – Fitzpatrick seemed to invigorate a lowly passing game in Buffalo and has some legitimate targets in Steve Johnson and to a lesser degree Lee Evans. He was steady at best through most of the season and played well against tougher defenses like Baltimore and Pittsburgh. He showed a good deal of guts and the team will play hard for him.
Point: He is best drafted a QB2 with spot start duties.
Counterpoint: Tough division with the Jets and Patriots.
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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.