Fantasy Football Player Analysis: Quarterback

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

 

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

2012 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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5045543133633451385121251214818-525012126

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

2012 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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48453429534536424042252915172535128158022531

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

2012 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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5485983393893925432526301113243484114022632

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

2012 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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45950927232229953395182216183343152182021824

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

2012 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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518568314364365640562125911107117657687462531

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

2012 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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5275773173673630403021251113253595125132228

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.

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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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