Quarterbacks sell the most NFL tickets and can make or break a team. In fantasy football, the same holds true. Here are some quarterbacks that you’ll likely be able to get great value out of for where you draft them.
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts: It amazes me how underrated Manning is as a fantasy quarterback. I guess people get tired of him putting up the same old numbers each and every year, but he’s as consistent as they come, which is key in winning week to week in fantasy football. He’s commonly being ranked behind both New Orleans’ Drew Brees and New England’s Tom Brady, even though he’s essentially a sure-fire bet for 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns with solid production each week. He’s the most consistent player in the game and would be an absolute steal in round three.
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers: 2008 was Rodgers’ coming out party and 2009 will be the season in which the former Cal standout proves he’s for real. Rodgers had a great first season as the starter in Green Bay and should build upon that this season. He performed well and carried the offense early last season when the team couldn’t get anything going on the ground. He’s got a multitude of good receivers and expect him and James Jones to show some flashes of the future this season. He’s already developed a great rapport with Greg Jennings, who has emerged as a reliable deep threat and good overall receiver. Rodgers could easily be a top five quarterback in fantasy this season.
Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys: This is a guy who has the potential and supporting cast to lead the NFL in touchdown passes this season, yet he’s not being ranked in the top five among quarterbacks. Roy Williams is much better than he showed in limited time in Dallas last season and he’ll be a big target for Romo, especially in the red zone. Romo has the benefit of throwing to one of the best tight ends in the league in Jason Witten, as well. He’s got a great running game to set up the pass and a quality supporting cast. Plus, word is that Romo is more dedicated to football than ever.
Matt Schaub, Houston Texans: It’s always a risk to draft a quarterback as injury-prone as Schaub, but he produces when he’s on the field. He’s got one of the best receivers in the league in Andre Johnson and Kevin Walter emerged last season as a more than capable number two option. Owen Daniels is a much underrated tight end and Steve Slaton is one of the better receiving running backs in the league. If he stays healthy, he’s a steal wherever you get him, within reason.
Carson Palmer, Cincinnati Bengals: Palmer’s performance will ride upon whether the offensive line holds up, but if it does the upside is huge. Palmer is 100 percent healthy for the first time in years and is in line for a bounce-back season. He’s still got Chad Ocho Cinco in the outside and I expect Chris Henry to make a major leap this season.