Fantasy Football Player Analysis: Quarterback

by Cory J. Bonini on August 6, 2012 @ 15:15:25 PDT

 

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1) Aaron Rodgers | Green Bay Packers | 6-foot-2, 225 pounds | 8th year

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Fantasy analysis: We honestly cannot come up with any reasons to not like Rodgers as the No. 1 fantasy quarterback. He is the safest bet to post huge numbers and not kill you with turnovers along the way. Look no further than his 2011 stat line: 4,643 passing yards, 48 total touchdowns, six total turnovers. Green Bay has a pass-happy system with little to rely on at running back, which hasn't stopped A-Rod yet, and boasts an extremely deep, talented receiving corps. Rodgers is being drafted at No. 8 overall, on average, in standard leagues.

2) Drew Brees | New Orleans Saints | 6-foot, 209 pounds | 12th year

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Drew Brees, QB, New Orleans Saints

Fantasy analysis: Brees is the best bet to put up record-breaking statistics, but the season-long suspension of head coach and play-caller Sean Payton begs for a drop-off in production this year. The only silver lining is that offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael knows Payton's style as well as anyone, and the same can be said for Brees himself. The Saints also lost wide receiver Robert Meachem, and teams will have an offseason to game plan against last year's surprise weapons (Jimmy Graham, Darren Sproles). New Orleans will look to make a statement, and we know Brees will be there now that he received his contract. Look for close to 5,000 yards and at least 30 touchdown passes, but No. 9 is no stranger to turning over the football. He comes off the board atop the second round as the No. 2 quarterback chosen, on average.

3) Matthew Stafford | Detroit Lions | 6-foot-2, 232 pounds | 4th year

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Fantasy analysis: Stafford produced historic numbers in his first full season as a starter, throwing for 5,038 yards and 41 touchdowns on a whopping 663 attempts. Detroit, in an ideal world, wouldn't throw that much. The coaching staff wants to remain committed to the run, but how can you blame them for unleashing Stafford's arm when Calvin Johnson is on the other end of it more often than not? The Lions' weaponry doesn't stop there, either. Jahvid Best (concussion) is a lethal pass-catcher, Nate Burleson is a veteran presence with good hands, speedster Titus Young is ready to emerge, and Brandon Pettigrew is one of the league's premier young tight ends. Stafford has great command of Scott Linehan's system, one that has produced massive fantasy seasons in years gone by. Draft Stafford as a No. 1 fantasy quarterback, and we have no argument if you don't like him more than Cam Newton or Tom Brady. The former Bulldog may even be slightly undervalued at his 33rd overall ADP.

4) Tom Brady | New England Patriots | 6-foot-4, 225 pounds | 13th year

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Fantasy analysis: The three-time Super Bowl winner just keeps getting better with age. At 34, Brady set career highs in attempts (2011), average yards per attempt (8.6) and passing yardage (5,235). New England's offense revolves around Brady, whose 2012 targets include Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez and Brandon Lloyd. Josh McDaniels, the architect of New England's record-breaking 2007 offense, returns to the fold as the OC. The Pats have a lot of weapons in the backfield, but none of them is proven in this system. It is hard not to like Brady, even if he will be 35 before the season begins. Expect another year of excellent production from this future Hall of Famer. He is typically the 18th player drafted.

5) Cam Newton | Carolina Panthers | 6-foot-5, 248 pounds | 2nd year

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Fantasy analysis: Newton's rookie effort was a year for the ages, and the scary part is that he should improve as a passer in his second season. The former Auburn stud racked up an insane 14 rushing touchdowns to go along with 21 passing scores and produced 4,757 yards of total offense. Expect the rushing scores to come down, as Carolina has three competent backs around the stripe, and let's face it, 14 rushing scores is going to be hard to replicate. We are relying on him becoming a more efficient passer, which will remove some of his rushing scores and increase his aerial TD count. This is important since it will dramatically alter his fantasy value from one scoring system to the next, such as in leagues that award fewer passing touchdown points. Newton is a somewhat risky, high-upside No. 1 fantasy quarterback. Don't overvalue him. Make sure to cover your bases with a viable backup. His average draft position is 17th overall.

6) Philip Rivers | San Diego Chargers | 6-foot-5, 228 pounds | 9th year

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Fantasy analysis: We expect a bounce-back season from the Chargers' leader. Rivers threw an uncharacteristically high 20 interceptions in 2011, but only three came in the final six games of the season after the offensive line found continuity. That same group returns for 2012. Rivers lost his top wide receiver in free agency, but Robert Meachem's deep-ball skill set is very similar to that of Vincent Jackson's. The Bolts also brought in Roscoe Parrish, Eddie Royal and Dante Rosario as targets for No. 17. Royal has drawn rave reviews in the offseason, as has a finally healthy tight end Antonio Gates at tight end. Ryan Mathews should give the Chargers a strong rushing attack to help keep defenses honest, and the third-year back is no slouch catching passes out of the backfield, either. Rivers' upside may not be what it once was, but that doesn't mean he isn't a quality No. 1 fantasy quarterback. Some risk exists, yet he has overcome greater adversity in prior successful fantasy seasons. Rivers should be considered a value pick anywhere around his fifth-round average selection.

7) Matt Ryan | Atlanta Falcons | 6-foot-4, 220 pounds | 5th year

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Fantasy analysis: The only NFL offensive coordinator (Mike Mularkey) Ryan has ever known has been replaced by Dirk Koetter, who has plans to open up the passing game. Second-year wideout Julio Jones is a dangerous playmaker, and we all know what Roddy White is capable of. The days of ground-and-pound with Michael Turner may be a thing of the past. Tight end Tony Gonzalez returns for what he says is his final season. Atlanta has to put points on the board if they want to go deeper in the playoffs, especially being in such a prolific offensive division. Ryan posted career highs in yardage (4,177) and total touchdowns (31) in 2011 in a restrained offense. He makes for a fantastic breakout candidate if you're looking to make a midrange gamble. His ADP is at the seventh- to eighth-round turn.

8) Michael Vick | Philadelphia Eagles | 6-foot, 215 pounds | 10th year

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Fantasy analysis: We are probably too low on Vick. His upside and the Eagles' offensive approach suggest he could be a top-three quarterback this year, but injury concerns have us projecting him for a shortened season. In all reality, Vick is one of two or three quarterbacks in the NFL that could put up bigger fantasy numbers than Aaron Rodgers. The dynamic quarterback has made strides in his development as a passer, yet his style of play leaves him open to too many hits. The Eagles' offensive line has undergone a few changes this offseason, notably on the left, which isn't Vick's blindside. Philly boasts one of the deepest, most talented receiving corps in the league, and running back LeSean McCoy can be added to that group. Vick is the ultimate boom-or-bust pick. If healthy, he is a top-flight fantasy option at the position. Being realistic, you count on him to miss a few games. Vick comes off the board in the late fourth or early fifth round, on average.

9) Tony Romo | Dallas Cowboys | 6-foot-2, 223 pounds | 10th year

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Tony Romo, QB, Dallas Cowboys

Fantasy analysis: We pegged Romo as a sleeper QB last year, and he did not disappoint. The veteran quarterback tossed 31 touchdowns to just 10 interceptions, completed 66.3 percent of his throws and broke 4,100 passing yards. Romo would have been much more hyped had it not been for three quarterbacks breaking 5,000 yards. This year, he is a little lower on our rankings. The Cowboys appear to have found a legitimate running game with DeMarco Murray. Miles Austin, Dez Bryant and Jason Witten should be enough to keep Romo in the top-10 fantasy quarterbacks, though. Draft him as a midrange No. 1 with little risk. He is being drafted, on average, in the early eighth round.

10) Josh Freeman | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | 6-foot-6, 236 pounds | 4th year

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Fantasy analysis: Freeman is coming off a disastrous 2011 season after a marvelous sophomore campaign, but we have high hopes for him in his fourth year. He has an improved offensive line - possibly the best in the league now. Vincent Jackson comes in to give the Bucs a strong vertical presence and to free up Mike Williams to see single coverage. The tight end position is bolstered, on paper anyway, with the exchange of Kellen Winslow for Dallas Clark. Tampa drafted Doug Martin to be their primary rusher; he is a capable pass-catching back. The Buccaneers play in a division that will require more offense, so don't let new head coach Greg Schiano's power-running background fool you. They will remain committed to the run, but their passing game is what will win ballgames. Freeman lost 20 pounds in the offseason in an effort to become more mobile. The pressure to live up to expectations isn't as apparent as it was last year, which is a major positive for a young quarterback. Freeman's 13th-round ADP makes him an absolute steal in fantasy leagues. Draft him as a high-end No. 2 and expect rock-solid No. 1 production.

11) Eli Manning | New York Giants | 6-foot-4, 225 pounds | 9th year

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Fantasy analysis: Eli is coming off a career fantasy year and may have a tough time replicating it. He threw for 4,933 yards and 29 touchdowns. His 8.4 yards-per-attempt average marked a career high; it was fueled by Victor Cruz's breakout season. No. 1 receiver Hakeem Nicks is rehabbing a broken foot, and Cruz will have a tough time living up to last year's standards. New York may lean more on the run after drafting David Wilson in the first round. The tight end position was decimated by injuries late last year, and career underachiever Martellus Bennett at 290 pounds looks more like a blocker than pass-catcher. The Giants have a brutal schedule, too. Manning should be good and will have several big weeks, but the consistency needed in a top-notch fantasy passer probably won't be there. He is a low-end No. 1 that you should consider in the middle rounds; a sixth-round ADP makes him slightly overvalued.

12) Peyton Manning | Denver Broncos | 6-foot-5, 230 pounds | 15th year

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Fantasy analysis: Manning (neck) looks the part health-wise this offseason. Consider him a wild card that could make or break your season. Denver has a quality offensive line, potentially lethal targets and a competent running game. Manning may be rusty early on. Even still, No. 18 gives you more upside than any 15-year veteran has ever offered. Draft him with caution, securing a backup earlier than normal, as a low-end No. 1 or ideal QB2. His ADP is the seventh round. Our ranking may be a little conservative, and we will closely monitor his offseason, adjusting his ranking accordingly.

13) Matt Schaub | Houston Texans | 6-foot-5, 241 pounds | 9th year

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Fantasy analysis: A significant foot injury cost Schaub six games in 2011. He was on fire to start the year and has made considerable progress in his rehab to this point. Expect him to be ready for Week 1. The Texans have a strong running game and so-so targets behind Andre Johnson (groin), who is already on the mend. Schaub probably won't be as useful as he was in 2009 and '10, but he headlines the group of high-end backup or borderline fantasy starters. His ADP is the 13th round, which illustrates how nervous fantasy owners are about his recovery. Consider him a steal at that point.

14) Jay Cutler | Chicago Bears | 6-foot-3, 233 pounds | 7th year

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Fantasy analysis: Cutler is reunited with Brandon Marshall and quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates. The Bears added Alshon Jeffery in the draft, and Devin Hester is looking like a wide receiver this offseason. The Bears know they need to open up the offense a little more, but in a conventional way, which will happen under OC Mike Tice. Cutler's 12th-round average draft figure is enticing; count on a revival season from this QB2 target.

15) Ben Roethlisberger | Pittsburgh Steelers | 6-foot-5, 241 pounds | 9th year

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Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Fantasy analysis: Big Ben will have a new offensive coordinator in Todd Haley, whose passing attack proved to be prolific in Arizona under Kurt Warner. Roethlisberger has a partial tear in his throwing shoulder, which is alarming, to say the least. Isaac Redman make be relied on more than expected. The Steelers' O should open up more with Haley calling plays, but No. 1 wide receiver Mike Wallace is at an impasse with the team over his contract. Pittsburgh used two high picks in the '12 NFL Draft to upgrade their offensive line - a soft spot for the team for much of Big Ben's career. Roethlisberger is extremely risky and should be considered no better than a midrange backup.

16) Ryan Fitzpatrick | Buffalo Bills | 6-foot-2, 225 pounds | 8th year

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Fantasy analysis: Last year, Fitzpatrick started hot and cooled down the stretch, finishing with 24 passing scores and 23 INTs. He has spent the offseason working on his mechanics and footwork. Buffalo doesn't have a great supporting cast in the passing game, and Fitz's attempts could come down with improved defensive play. However, that should make him more efficient. Draft him as a low-end No. 2 with midrange backup potential.

17) Robert Griffin III | Washington Redskins | 6-foot-2, 220 pounds | Rookie

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Fantasy analysis: RG3 is being overdrafted (12th QB selected, on average). Some of that is due to the awesome season Cam Newton had as a rookie, but these two players are hardly comparable. Griffin is much smaller than Newton and may be more susceptible to injuries. Washington has enough talent at the skill positions to make Griffin a viable fantasy play some weeks, but he shouldn't be considered a borderline starter. Land him as a midrange backup to use as an occasional matchup play or as a bye week fill-in. He has a steep learning curve ahead of him and will need to catch a lot of breaks playing in such a tough division. His value is exponentially higher in full-retention keeper leagues.

18) Joe Flacco | Baltimore Ravens | 6-foot-6, 245 pounds | 5th year

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Fantasy analysis: The Ravens' offense runs through Ray Rice, which automatically limits Flacco's ceiling. He is a great real-life quarterback, but his virtual prospects are tempered. The Ravens need more weapons in the passing game, and having a strong defense means Flacco is likely to remain a glorified game manager. He probably won't ever hurt your fantasy squad, although the odds of him significantly helping it are slim. Target him (15th-round ADP) as a low-tier QB2 in standard formats.

19) Carson Palmer | Oakland Raiders | 6-foot-5, 236 pounds | 10th year

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Carson Palmer, QB, Oakland Raiders

Fantasy analysis: Palmer has as much upside as any 10-year vet could, yet we are leery about that potential materializing. A full offseason in Oakland favors him, but a switch to a West Coast system could be problematic. The Raiders' receiving corps has a lot of individual talent that remains raw. Palmer should cut down on last year's ridiculous turnover rate; he remains a liability in leagues that penalize heavily for turnovers, though. The former Bengal is drafted, on average, in the 11th round, which may be slightly optimistic.

20) Andy Dalton | Cincinnati Bengals | 6-foot-2, 220 pounds | 2nd year

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Fantasy analysis: Dalton's rookie season was promising, to say the least. He completed 58.1 percent of his throws for 3,398 yards in a fairly complex version of the West Coast offense. The TCU product tossed 20 touchdowns to 13 interceptions and added a lone ground score. He and fellow rookie A.J. Green formed a dynamic connection in the passing game. Add blossoming tight end Jermaine Gresham and rookie wideout Mohamed Sanu to his arsenal for 2012 as potential staples in the passing game. Gresham should flourish after an encouraging 2011 season. The offensive line is rock solid, and Dalton will be able to rely on what should be at least a competent running game on the legs of BenJarvus Green-Ellis. The heady Dalton may not be in for a massive uptick in statistical production in Year 2, but growth should be expected. Peg him as a low-end backup fantasy passer this year with more value in long-term leagues. 

21) Mark Sanchez | New York Jets | 6-foot-2, 225 pounds | 4th year

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Fantasy analysis: Sanchez made strides last year, even if it wasn't readily obvious. He set career bests in completion percentage (56.7), touchdown passes (26), rushing scores (six) and quarterback rating (78.2). However, he also took 39 sacks, threw 18 interceptions and lost eight fumbles. The offense will be run by the ground-minded Tony Sparano. Tim Tebow could sneak his way into games and muddy things for Sanchez. We would be much higher on the USC product if Tebow was not in the equation; draft Sanchez at your own risk as nothing more than a low-end QB2.

22) Alex Smith | San Francisco 49ers | 6-foot-4, 217 pounds | 8th year

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Fantasy analysis: Jim Harbaugh's influence and tutelage was evident last season, but that doesn't mean Smith will make strides in Year 2 under the demanding coach. Smith still struggles in clutch situations, especially in the red zone. His physical skill set will always keep his ceiling low, regardless of how many targets the Niners put around him. Reserve him for near last-resort backup status.

23) Matt Flynn | Seattle Seahawks | 6-foot-2, 225 pounds | 5th year

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Fantasy analysis: Flynn has the tools to be much higher on this list. Unfortunately, the uncertainty surrounding his grasp of the starting job - despite landing starting money in the offseason for the 'Hawks - ranks him as a low-end reserve. Head coach Pete Carroll has an affinity for Tarvaris Jackson, and rookie Russell Wilson has made waves in the offseason. The Seahawks could be forced to pass more if Marshawn Lynch is suspended. Flynn is the definition of a true flier pick. He could wind up being quality trade bait later in the year based on his knowledge of the offense ... a lukewarm endorsement. Do not overhype him based on his massive Week 17 showing last year with the Green Bay Packers.

24) Sam Bradford | St. Louis Rams | 6-foot-4, 228 pounds | 3rd year

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Fantasy analysis: It may take some time for Bradford to right the ship that set sail his rookie year. Head coach Jeff Fisher and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer will steer him in the right direction. Josh McDaniels may have been the worst thing that could have happened to Bradford's short-term maturation. A power-running approach and an improved defense points to Bradford being a game manager of sorts this season, but the sky is the limit beyond 2012 with more offensive weaponry. He is a low-end backup for desperate owners.

25) Andrew Luck | Indianapolis Colts | 6-foot-4, 235 pounds | Rookie

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Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts

Fantasy analysis: Luck doesn't have the supporting cast to be special just yet. Indy's running game needs help, their offensive line is patchwork, and an uninspiring crew of targets doesn't help his chances for a huge fantasy season. The Colts' defense likely will stink, so expect a lot of yardage from the rookie, but turnovers could come in droves. He will have a few big games and several forgettable efforts in 2012. Draft him as a low-end No. 2, especially if your league doesn't penalize heavily for turnovers.

26) John Skelton | Arizona Cardinals | 6-foot-6, 244 pounds | 3rd year

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Fantasy analysis: The Cardinals' quarterback battle could go deep into the preseason, but we feel like Skelton has a good chance if the front office doesn't influence Ken Whisenhunt's decision. The awkward third-year passer has chemistry with Larry Fitzgerald and boasts a powerful launcher. He brings a vertical element to Arizona's offense that Kevin Kolb lacks. Should Skelton win the job, he is a reasonable QB3 gamble in deep leagues.

27) Matt Cassel | Kansas City Chiefs | 6-foot-4, 230 pounds | 8th year

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Fantasy analysis: Cassel brings nothing to the table for fantasy owners to get excited about, and it's tough to endorse him as even being a serviceable backup. He has injury history and plays in a watered-down offense. Reserve him for leagues that roster three quarterbacks.

28) Christian Ponder | Minnesota Vikings | 6-foot-2, 229 pounds | 2nd year

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Fantasy analysis: The long-term future for Ponder looks much brighter than his 2012 forecast. A lack of talent around him, a suspect offensive line and a bland offensive philosophy will keep him in check from a statistical prospective. QB3 is Ponder's ceiling this season.

29) Jake Locker | Tennessee Titans | 6-foot-3, 234 pounds | 2nd year

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Fantasy analysis: Locker's mobility could nicely augment his fantasy value in 2012, however there isn't much else to be confident about due to his struggles with accuracy. His top wideout has two bum knees, as well as off-the-field concerns, and the second-year passer is embroiled in a position battle with veteran Matt Hasselbeck. Locker has potential, but he is best resigned to No. 3 quarterback status if he wins the starting gig. In best-case scenario, his athleticism boosts him to low-level QB2 consideration.

30) Kevin Kolb | Arizona Cardinals | 6-foot-3, 218 pounds | 6th year

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Fantasy analysis: It's pretty sad when arguably the best thing you have going for you is that you signed a huge contract last year and the organization may feel obligated to start you over a third-year Fordham product. Kolb doesn't have much of an arm and appears to have durability problems. He is a so-so third fantasy quarterback if he "earns" the job.

31) Matt Hasselbeck | Tennessee Titans | 6-foot-4, 225 pounds | 14th year

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Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Tennessee Titans

Fantasy analysis: Mediocrity is about what you can expect from the well-aged Hasselbeck. He - surprisingly - started all 16 games last year but gave way to Jake Locker in a few contests. The two are contending for the No. 1 job, but the former Seahawk should be a No. 3 in your fantasy football world.

32) David Garrard | Miami Dolphins | 6-foot-1, 239 pounds | 9th year

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Fantasy analysis: The veteran missed all of the 2011 season and has resurfaced with the Dolphins as part of a three-way QB duel. In reality, it's a two-man race, with Matt Moore currently running second to Garrard. The East Carolina alum is nothing special but has been serviceable in his career. Consider him a middling third if he wins the job, because you can almost guarantee Ryan Tannehill will enter the fray if (when?) Miami is out of the hunt.

33) Brandon Weeden | Cleveland Browns | 6-foot-3, 220 pounds | Rookie

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Fantasy analysis: One of Cleveland's 2012 first-round picks will start the season under center, barring any last-minute changes. He has a strong arm and is poised for a rookie - a 29-year-old pup, if you will. Cleveland's weapons are suspect, Weeden plays in a tough division, and the offense should emphasize the run. He is a weak QB3 in single-year leagues.

34) Blaine Gabbert | Jacksonville Jaguars | 6-foot-4, 235 pounds | 2nd year

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Fantasy analysis: Gabbert was about as outmatched as any rookie quarterback in recent memory, although it wasn't all his doing. The offense had almost zero weapons to work with, and Gabbert's offseason was practically nonexistent. He should make strides this year, which still means he is only a third fantasy passer.

35) Matt Moore | Miami Dolphins | 6-foot-3, 216 pounds | 6th year

2012 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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Fantasy analysis: Moore has shown flashes of talent in his NFL career, but he rarely gets a shot to build on any success he finds. David Garrard and Ryan Tannehill are better bets for playing time in 2012, but Moore is still in the hunt for the starting job. As a starter, he profiles as a No. 3 fantasy passer.

36) Tim Tebow | New York Jets | 6-foot-3, 236 pounds | 3rd year

2012 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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Fantasy analysis: No matter how you slice it, Tebow in New York equals headaches for fantasy owners. Barring a complete meltdown by Mark Sanchez, the former Bronco will be used as a gimmick and specialty player. It is awfully difficult to bank on him for anything in fantasy leagues, and drafting him is throwing away a pick in most formats - at least leagues with fewer than 20 rostered players.

 

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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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