Fantasy football undervalued players: Quarterbacks

by Cory J. Bonini and Tim Heaney on September 9, 2010 @ 10:11:04 PDT's analysis of fantasy football undervalued players for the 2010 season will be updated weekly throughout the offseason. We have separated our sleepers and undervalued players this year, so be sure not to confuse the two.

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Donovan McNabb | Washington Redskins | ADP: 10th round

For a lot of fantasy owners, drafting McNabb has become a matter of settling. You can probably land him as your backup as others are counting on a bounce-back year for the Atlanta Falcons' Matt Ryan or another career year from the New York Giants' Eli Manning. McNabb's biggest enemy is the injury bug, not having to learn a new system. He'll have that down in no time.

Donovan McNabb, QB, Washington Redskins
Don't let the new colors fool you

New surroundings should do him wonders. He has a proven running backs to rely on in Clinton Portis and Larry Johnson. Head coach Mike Shanahan isn't afraid to take shots downfield - the vertical game is right up McNabb's alley. Still fast, Santana Moss could be his DeSean Jackson this year. More intriguing is potential breakout receiver Devin Thomas, who is entering his all-important third season, no less. McNabb has a few other tools to work with: developing third-year wideout Malcolm Kelly and his strong mitts, a healthy Chris Cooley at tight end and a sprinkle of last year's surprise star tight end Fred Davis. The Redskins' offensive line has improved, too.

Fantasy value: D-Mac won't post elite numbers, and injuries are always a concern, but he isn't going to hurt you with a lot of turnovers. We're not saying to draft McNabb any higher than his early 10th-round draft placement; do not feel like you've settled if you take him as your No. 1. If you choose someone like Ryan, the Philadelphia Eagles' Kevin Kolb or the Baltimore Ravens' Joe Flacco, McNabb should be your target as your No. 2.

David Garrard | Jacksonville Jaguars | ADP: 23rd round

The Jags' passer has remained healthy two years running, something that escaped him in previous seasons. Garrard has thrown for at least 3,597 yards each of the past two years, and he is a competent runner. Jacksonville has an emerging talent at wide receiver in Mike Sims-Walker.

The Jaguars feature Maurice Jones-Drew, a great receiver, as their primary running back. Even though the offense is of the power-running variety, Garrard has posted a few big games (323 yards, three TDs in Week 4 last year, for example). Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter wants to open up the passing game a little more in 2010.

Fantasy value: You're not drafting anything flashy by choosing Garrard. When healthy, he has been consistent and stable. Fantasy owners with a marquee quarterback, look for Garrard as your No. 2 near the end of your draft. He is a great value by his ADP standards. Most people don't realize he has finished 13th and 14th, respectively, in standard fantasy points per game the past two years.

Matt Hasselbeck | Seattle Seahawks | ADP: 25th round

Despite the presence of Charlie Whitehurst, this is Hasselbeck's gig as long as he's healthy. Entering the final season of his Seattle contract, Hass, 35, went through rigorous offseason training and is reportedly healthier. He's only two seasons removed from a 3,966-yard, 28-touchdown campaign, and the vet performed near his career average in completion percentage.

Despite throwing a career-worst 17 picks last year, he wasn't as much of a deterrent in that category in recent years. He still compiled 3,029 aerial yards in 14 games last year - not a terrible total for someone battling back issues.

The offensive line remains shaky, but Jeremy Bates' offensive system doesn't stray much from what Hasselbeck is used to. Rookie Golden Tate could give this offense a persistent deep threat if he comes around quickly. Tight end John Carlson remains stable safety valve.

Fantasy value: Hasselbeck was risky as a low-end No. 1 or high-end No. 2 quarterback last year. He's now a potentially useful dirt-cheap No. 2, especially if you've picked a strong starter and can wait awhile for your second. If owning three quarterbacks in your league is not outlandish, Hass makes for a top-notch No. 3.

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Also See:
Sleepers: QB | RB | WR | TE | PK | DT
Busts: QB | RB | WR | TE | PK | DT
Undervalued players: QB | RB | WR | TE | PK | DT
Overvalued players: QB | RB | WR | TE | PK | DT

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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