Fantasy Fix: Undervalued picks under center
As I promised a couple weeks back, I am here to give you some good, undervalued picks at the quarterback position for your upcoming fantasy football draft.
So, what exactly qualifies as an undervalued pick in fantasy football? For me, there are a couple things that I look for when trying to find value in middle to later rounds of fantasy drafts.
The first thing I look for in a quarterback who I think is undervalued is the quality of the players around him.
Is there enough talent around the quarterback, especially at wide receiver, for him to be successful?
The second thing I look for in an undervalued quarterback is past success.
Sometimes, a quarterback will get injured after having great success and be overlooked in some drafts the next season.
Since you are drafting on potential future success, look for a veteran quarterback who has been overlooked because of an injury the year before and hope he can get back to his former self.
If he was a good quarterback before the injury, chances are that he will be able to bounce back and be a productive fantasy starter.
Coming into this season, I have noticed some very savvy drafters waiting until the middle and even later rounds to take their starting quarterback.
This can be a good strategy because there are some quarterbacks who can be taken later in drafts and produce as well as a higher draft pick.
Matt Hasselbeck is being drafted as the 109th pick on average in drafts so far. Fantasy owners have a short memory.
In 2007, Hasselbeck posted a 91.4 QB rating, threw for almost 4,000 yards and tossed 28 touchdown passes.
As a rookie, Joe Flacco showed that he has the poise and skill to take the reigns of a football team and lead them in the right direction. He still has some doubters, as is indicated by his average draft position of 186. He is a very sneaky pick that could pay off in a big way this year.
Matt Schaub is the 11th quarterback taken on average this draft season, but with the weapons he has at his disposal, he could finish well within the top 10 of his position.
I also feel that these quarterbacks could provide some great value and production without spending a high round draft pick on them: Carson Palmer, Shaun Hill, Matt Leinart, Matthew Stafford, Mark Sanchez, Brady Quinn, Sage Rosenfels, Matt Cassel, David Garrard and Matt Ryan all would be great picks after you have filled out your running backs and wide receivers.
Coming up next week, I’ll be taking a look at running backs and tight ends that could provide top-notch production from the later rounds.
Craig resident and Fantasy Fix columnist Christopher Gingrich can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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