Don't be afraid to take a chance on Matt Schaub this year
May 11, 2012 @ 23:59:44 PDT
Some fantasy football owners choose to wait on the quarterback position in their drafts, and one name that has stood out to me when searching for a value pick is the Houston Texans' Matt Schaub (foot).
Schaub suffered a Lisfranc injury to his right foot last season that limited him to 10 games. He underwent surgery in December and recently had the hardware removed from his wheel. His rehab has gone better than planned, and Schaub will be ready for Week 1. He should be fine well before that, in all reality.
Barring any setbacks, Schaub has the chance to post strong fantasy numbers in 2012. He topped 4,300 yards and threw at least 24 touchdowns in each of the two seasons before the injury, playing in all 32 games. The Texans boast a strong offensive line and an explosive ground game to protect Schaub.
Andre Johnson, while injury-prone, returns to the ball club as their No. 1 receiver. Schaub also has Kevin Walter and Owen Daniels as familiar faces to catch his passes. Houston added wideouts DeVier Posey (third round) and Keshawn Martin (fourth round) in this year's draft. Both players are raw, but with a full offseason they could develop into competent targets this year.
Owners looking for a cheap 4,000 yards and 25 touchdowns should take a chance on Schaub in the middle rounds of standard drafts. He is a midrange No. 1 if healthy all year. You need to recognize the risk you are assuming and back him up with a legitimate starting option to cover your bases.
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. Follow @CoryKFFL
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