2012 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Quarterback

by Cory J. Bonini on August 27, 2012 @ 13:03:44 PDT


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NEW - Andrew Luck | Indianapolis Colts | ADP: 9th round

2012 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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Robert Griffin III seems to be getting all of the fantasy football love this offseason, but Luck is the smarter choice for consistent production. RG3 very well could finish with better season-long statistics, mainly because of his legs, although his production likely will be erratic. Luck has a quality receiving targets and has displayed every intangible you look for in a No. 1 rookie quarterback selection thus far.

Indianapolis' defense is going to be worse than Washington's, too, which will lead to more passing to play catch-up. The Colts' schedule is ripe with excellent fantasy football matchups for the fledgling quarterback to take advantage of. A strong preseason has made some drafters a tad overzealous, given his ninth-round ADP; Luck should come off the board in the early stages of the late rounds as a strong QB2, especially if you have a bona fide No. 1.

John Skelton | Arizona Cardinals | ADP: N/A

2012 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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Expect a lot of yardage and nearly as many turnovers if Skelton wins the starting job from Kevin Kolb. He is a very deep sleeper and should only be drafted in cavernous leagues, but remember this name for your early-season waiver wire queue if Kolb struggles out of the gate.

Skelton has a bigger arm than Kolb and seems to have more chemistry with Larry Fitzgerald. The Cardinals are undergoing some changes on defense that could result in the need for more passing. Additionally first-round wideout Michael Floyd wasn't drafted just to stand around. He should eventually see meaningful playing time, which would lead to plenty of single coverage as opposing secondaries try to defend Fitz .

Skelton may not be draftable just yet, but you will want to keep an eye on this competition throughout the offseason. Should he outright take the job before Week 1, consider the lanky passer as a low-end QB2 behind a proven stud.

That would allow you to take a flier earlier on a skilled position player of your choice, since you may not be relying on your backup more than one time all year, barring injury. Let's face it, if you lose an A-Rod or Drew Brees for a lengthy period of time, chances are your season is in big trouble regardless of your backup situation.

We've broken down the sleepers, now which quarterbacks are undervalued in fantasy football circles?

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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