It is time to start planning your fantasy football drafts and this is the first part of a new series preparing you for your draft. In this edition, we will look at questions surrounding the quarterback position.
This will not include a fantasy football rankings, as I want to wait until the free agent feeding frenzy dies down. Instead, I will look at some common questions you should consider when ranking your quarterbacks.
Who should be the first Quarterback taken in fantasy football drafts?
This question used to be answered with either Peyton Manning or Tom Brady. Then Drew Brees snuck up the list and made it a three-way dance. However, I don’t have any of them in my No. 1 spot for this year’s fantasy football draft. The two names I have at the top of my list is Aaron Rodgers and Michael Vick. Last year, no one was better in the second half of the season than Aaron Rodgers and I see him playing even better in 2011. As for Vick, if you league gives good points for rushing yards, he is a Golden pick to get lots of all-purpose points.
Who will be the best rookie Quarterback in fantasy football this year?
With Cincinnati telling Carson Palmer he can retire, it looks like they are moving on with their rookie Andy Dalton. Palmer played great last year when Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco were phased out and I think Dalton has a ton of great young talent to throw the ball to, including tight end Jermaine Gresham, who could be a great security blanket for a young quarterback. Of course, Cam Newton is who most owners will jump all over but what weapons does he have to throw to in Carolina, other than an aging Steve Smith?
Who is a great fantasy football sleeper pick to look for in drafts?
I really like Matthew Stafford and, with his recent injury problems, I think he will slip in the fantasy football drafts. With Calvin Johnson to throw the ball to, he could have a huge year if he stays healthy. Also look out for Ryan Fitzpatrick, who everyone will ignore since the Buffalo Bills sucks. I had him in a deep league last year and he performed great when he got the chance.
Who is the most overrated of the fantasy football quarterbacks?
Joe Flacco gets a lot of publicity but in 2010, with receivers like Anquan Boldin and Derrick Mason, he had a worse year than the year before. He turned the ball over more and Baltimore just does not throw it enough to consider using him as a starter. I also can’t figure out why everyone is suddenly in love with Josh Freeman. Sure, the kid had moments last year but let him prove himself before you hype him as a starter. He is a sleeper, but not a guaranteed starter.
Who, of the quarterbacks that have made moves so far, will be most likely to succeed?
Hmmm, Donovan McNabb moves to a team with Adrian Peterson in the backfield. Matt Hasselbeck moves to a team with Chris Johnson in the backfield. Tavaris Jackson is not the answer, no matter who plays on his team and Kevin Kolb, if he moves to Arizona, gets Larry Fitzgerald. I love Kyle Orton but, if he moves to Miami, who is there? So, we come down to McNabb, Hasselbeck or Kolb (if he moves). I like Kolb in that system if he plays like he did when he went 300+ at Phily. But I really like McNabb too in the Minnesota offense. But I’ll go with Kolb who, if he moves to Arizona, makes them a playoff contender again and throws for close to 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns.
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