Fantasy Football Focus on Quarterbacks: Reviewing 2012 and Previewing 2013

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December 30, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) throws against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of a game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Panthers defeated the Saints 44-38. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

6. Cam Newton (Pre-season rank #9)

Rewind- When you read 3,869 yards passing 19Td’s 12 Int’s 741 yards rushing and 8Tds do you think Newton or do you think RG3? Newton struggled early and then when the team was off everyone’s radar he started putting up huge fantasy numbers.  The Panthers were a disappointment and their offense was a mess for a lot of the season but Newton put up some big fantasy numbers for owners during the fantasy playoffs.

2013 Glimpse- From 2012 overrated lists, Newton may be a 2013 sleeper and could slip pretty far in drafts because of the emergence of  Andrew Luck and other young guns.

Jan 6, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) drops back to pass during the second half of the NFC Wild Card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks at FedEx Field. The Seahawks won 24-14. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

7l Robert Griffin III (Pre-season Rank- Unranked)

Rewind-RG3 was better than advertised, but his season ended with an injury which seemed to be unnecessary.  RG3 continued to crack the myth the rookie QB’s cannot put up big fantasy numbers with his 3,200 yards passing 20TD’s  only 5 Int’s with 841 yards rushing and 8 Td’s.  He didn’t help owners in the fantasy playoffs but he was a hot property for owners in dynasty leagues.

2013 Glimpse-How soon can he comeback? He’s top 5 healthy but will he be able to return healthy before everyone drafts?

Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) talks on the sidelines against the New Orleans Saints at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

8. Tony Romo (Pre-season rank #10)

Rewind- Romo put up big numbers 4,903 yards but only had 28 TD’s with a lot of picks with 19. Romo is fantasy fools gold just like the Cowboys.  When you need him to play big he shrinks, but if you had him going in Week #16 in the fantasy Super Bowl he was the real deal collected 40 or more points depending on your scoring format.

2013 Glimpse- Romo is a mid round pick at best. He’s solid but will lose games with his interceptions. Pick him but know the risk.

Dec 30, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford (9) during the second quarter against the Chicago Bears at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

9. Matthew Stafford (Pre-season rank #5)

Rewind- Like the entire Lions franchise, Stafford was rather disappointing even though he threw for 4,965 yards.  The problem was his TD/INT ration was 20/17 to be exact. While Manning was my MVP playing against Stafford’s 6 points against the Cardinals was my second favorite QB especially in the fantasy playoffs.  Stafford was suppose to be the next great fantasy QB, but he couldn’t keep it out of the opponents grasp.

2013 Glimpse- Stafford and the Lions should return in better form you would think. He’s a 2nd rounder but not a first rounder like this past season.

Jan 6, 2013; Baltimore, MD, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) throws a pass against the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Wild Card playoff game at M

10. Andrew Luck (Unranked Preseason)

Rewind- Luck was as advertised even when having to play in Peyton Manning’s shadow.  Luck threw for 4,374 yards with 23 Td’s and 18 Int’s.  Luck made a star out of Hilton with a great aging star in Reggie Wayne on the other side.  Luck threw a lot of picks early but settled in to the season.

2013 Glimpse- Luck will be a top 10 fantasy QB for the next decade.  He should be a 2-4 round pick this season and look for him to gain first round status in the near future.

QB’s in our preseason not to finish in the top 10- Matt Schaub and Eli Manning.

Jay Cutler’s final ranking-23rd, but at least he’s #4 most disliked.




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