Sam Bradford Could Be the Matt Stafford of the 2012 Fantasy Season

J.P. ScottSenior Analyst IJune 21, 2012

Last year, we finally got a chance to see what Matt Stafford was capable of once he was able to maintain his health and gel with his receiving core.  

The end result was Stafford being a top five fantasy option at quarterback.

When looking for the Matt Stafford of 2012, someone who is full of potential but hasn't been able to stay on the field or throw to a solid receiver core, it's hard not to look at Sam Bradford.

Bradford, a former No. 1 overall pick, has all the tools to be elite in the NFL. He appears to be healthy, and for the first time since his arrival in St. Louis, the Rams' staff looks to have made a sincere effort to secure him a real go-to weapon (Brian Quick).

Add to the formula the development of second-year tight end Lance Kendricks and the return of PPR monster Danny Amendola, and Bradford has a respectable first wave of of options.

If guys like Brandon Gibson and Steve Smith can step up and be consistent in four and five-wide sets, Bradford's situation would get even better.  

As always, he'll have Steven Jackson as a safety net, while rookie running back Isaiah Pead looks to develop into Jackson's heir apparent.

If you have a shot at him late, Bradford is a low-risk, high reward option who could pan out to be a top ten fantasy quarterback in 2012.