2012 Fantasy Football Sleepers: Quarterback

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

 

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Undervalued

Philip Rivers | San Diego Chargers | ADP: 5th round

2012 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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530580333383402144212529121422322959012530

Rivers tossed an uncharacteristically high 20 interceptions last year. What should be noted is that only three of them came after Week 11 once the Chargers' offensive line started to gel and regain some health. Also, the receiving corps wasn't a chess game full of medically afflicted pawns.

The Bolts lost Vincent Jackson but gained a similar deep threat in Robert Meachem. The once (or twice) fantasy-relevant Eddie Royal has been drawing rave reviews from the coaching staff this offseason, and Antonio Gates is as healthy has he has been in years. The injury to Ryan Mathews (clavicle) could mean more passing, too.

Rivers is still a strong No. 1 fantasy quarterback and deserves to be drafted like one. Experienced fantasy owners tend to follow this by evaluating draft trends, but novice owners appear to be consumed by the 20 interceptions thrown from a year ago and the loss of V-Jax. Don't find yourself in that latter category.

Targeting Rivers should provide you with the opportunity to load up on early running backs and receivers while holding off a few rounds to land a high-end quarterback.

Philip Rivers, QB, San Diego Chargers
Look deeper than the surface numbers

Matt Ryan | Atlanta Falcons | ADP: 7th round

2012 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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6176674074574471487131351113324285115023137

Remember how boring Mike Mularkey's offense in Atlanta was the past several seasons? It showed signs of life last year, but Dirk Koetter was brought in this offseason to spice things up a bit. The high-flying duo of Roddy White and Julio Jones should open up things for underneath receivers, primarily the ageless Tony Gonzalez in the middle.

Ryan will throw a lot this year, even with an improved defense. The division around him has become better, which promotes the idea of more aerial play. Ryan has entered the prime of his career and quietly put together a fantastic fantasy season that in any other year would have been glorified. He has to become a little more efficient to creep into the conversation of the league's elite, however.

Draft him as a No. 1 fantasy passer if you choose to wait on the position. He is coming off the board as a value, which allows you to build a super strong team around him if you don't have to draft a quarterback too early. After the best of the best are selected, this year's quarterback class offers a lot of similar players, production-wise.

We're not done yet! Find out which other quarterbacks are undervalued in our opinion this year....

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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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