Fantasy Football Player Analysis: Quarterback

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

 

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

2012 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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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

2012 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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5305803273773871427128321113374786116132935

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

2012 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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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

2012 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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461511283333318935891923792939109139021925

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

2012 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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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

2012 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics

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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.

These low-end passers round out the top 36 of our rankings.

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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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