Fantasy Football Sleepers – Quarterbacks
I’m going to preface this by stating that in this day and age there really are no “sleepers” since there is so much coverage that a third string QB can’t make a nice pass in practice without the world knowing about it. That said, here is a list of QBs that I feel will exceed expectations this season.
Jake Delhomme – Delhomme was having an outstanding season before getting hurt last year. He should be good to go and ready to bounce back in a big way. There are around 15 QBs that are ranked higher or taken before him in mock drafts. He has one of the game’s elite WRs in Steve Smith. They added a pair of quality WRs in Muhsin Muhammad and D.J. Hackett. Assuming he and his weapons can stay healthy, there is no reason he can’t return to the land of Top Ten QBs.
Vince Young – Last year VY was one of the guys I thought were going to bust. This year I’m selecting him to pick himself up, dust himself off, and turn in a decent year. He finally has a go-to-guy in Alge Crumpler, who jived well with another athletic QB. I’d like to see him make some more plays with his feet.
Alex Smith – Fool me one, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. I predicted good things from Alex Smith last year. To say he let me down is an understatement. Instead of avoiding him like the plague though, I’ll give him another shot to prove himself. Naturally, he’ll need to stay healthy and fend off Shaun Hill. If he manages to do both he could be in line for a sneaky season. Vernon Davis should be better in his third season. They added Isaac Bruce and Bryant Johnson so at least he has some weapons to work with. Throw Mike Martz into the mix and you see the stars beginning to align. If you want further proof, check out their last four games. In Week 13 when you’re looking to secure your playoff spot he faces Buffalo. In the fantasy playoffs he goes against the Jets, Miami, and St. Louis. Stop drooling.
JaMarcus Russell – He got a little taste of the NFL last year. He has the physical tools to be a good QB in the league. It will depend on how quickly he can pick up the mental aspect of the game. If Javon Walker can be a factor, his progression will be that much easier. That said, he still has Zach Miller, who he vibed well with last year. He can be Russell’s security blanket. I wouldn’t take Russell until deep in the draft, but he could be a pleasant surprise for whoever is willing to give him a chance.
Tarvaris Jackson – The acquisiton of Bernard Berrian gives T-Jack a deep threat. Sidney Rice looked decent at times last year. He is a big target and can be the red zone guy. Bobby Wade did well last year, and should be more comfortable sliding into the slot. T-Jack has a good line and a solid ground game. They will basically beg him to pass. If he can show any poise, he could have a nice, solid season.
Joe Flacco – If Baltimore’s season is in the tank, they could start developing Flacco.
Shaun Hill – If he can overcome Alex Smith’s contract and lofty expectations, he could be the SF slinger.
Brodie Croyle – WIth Gonzo and Dwayne Bowe he has options. If the ground game can return, he could be serviceable.