Fantasy Football 2012: 5 Quarterbacks You Will Regret Drafting
The quarterback position.
Whether it is on the field or for fantasy football, the quarterback will determine whether your team will boom or bust.
In most fantasy football leagues you only get to start one quarterback a week, and if he puts up subpar numbers, chances are your team is going to lose.
Going into the 2012 season, here are five quarterbacks you will regret drafting in your fantasy football drafts.
Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
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As a rookie Andy Dalton was a huge surprise, throwing for over 3,300 yards and 20 touchdowns while leading the Cincinnati Bengals to the playoffs.
After an impressive rookie season, many fantasy owners are expecting Dalton to take his game to the next level this year.
I am not sold on Dalton yet. Sure, he showed last year he could be a solid quarterback in the NFL, but fantasy football is a whole different story.
Remember that Dalton plays in the AFC North, so he is going to have to play both the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers, twice.
Dalton is also not surrounded by much talent. Besides wide receiver A.J. Green, who else is he going to be able to rely on? I would not consider Jermaine Gresham a game-changing tight end.
In 2012, Dalton will be at best a No. 2 fantasy quarterback. Do not consider drafting him until the very late rounds if you are still in need of a quarterback.
Sam Bradford, St. Louis Rams
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Heading into 2011, Sam Bradford was considered a fantasy quarterback on the rise after an impressive rookie season.
Things went horribly for Bradford last season, as he missed six games and only threw for six touchdowns.
Some fantasy owners may think last season was a fluke because Bradford was injured, but 2012 should be no different. Bradford is a talented quarterback, but there is no way he is going to ever be successful if he is not provided with a better supporting cast.
Right now his top wide receivers are Danny Amendola, Brandon Gibson and Brian Quick. With receivers like that, there is no way Bradford is worth wasting a draft pick on.
Matt Flynn, Seattle Seahawks
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When you think of Matt Flynn, all you can think of is Kevin Kolb 2.0.
Flynn has bust written all over him. Yes, he was very impressive in his six-touchdown performance against the Detroit Lions last season, but that is just one game.
Just because the Seattle Seahawks gave Flynn a big contract does not mean he is going to become a great quarterback in the NFL. He has only thrown for 1,015 yards and nine touchdowns in his four-year career.
Flynn is even worse than Kolb, which is saying a lot. Don't think so?
Well, then take it up with Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, because he, too, does not think Flynn is good enough to be a starter in the NFL. The fact that Flynn has yet to take over the starting position from Tavaris Jackson is sad.
You saw how poorly Kolb did in his first season as a starter, and I would not expect much different Flynn if he ever gets to touch the field.
Michael Vick, Philadelphia Eagles
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After blowing fantasy owners away in 2010, everyone had Michael Vick as one of the top fantasy quarterbacks heading into 2011.
Some people even took him with the top fantasy draft pick, and they sure regretted making that decision. Everything that could have gone wrong for Vick, did go wrong.
Not only did he have multiple injuries, but he only threw for 18 touchdowns and scored one rushing touchdown.
Heading into 2012, Vick is no longer worthy of being a No. 1 fantasy quarterback. You cannot rely on him to stay healthy, and his 2010 season proved to be a fluke with his showing in 2011.
You will not regret drafting Vick as your backup fantasy quarterback, but he will tremendously let you down if you rely on him as your starting quarterback.
Matt Ryan, Atlanta Falcons
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With two stud wide receivers in Roddy White and Julio Jones, you would think that Matt Ryan is on the cusp of becoming a No. 1 fantasy quarterback.
Despite having two stud receivers and throwing for over 4,000 yards in 2011, Ryan is still not worthy of being your fantasy team's starting quarterback.
Ryan puts up solid numbers in an entire season, but for fantasy football, you need your starting quarterback to put up huge numbers every game. In 2011, Ryan threw for only one touchdown in eight games.
If your starting quarterback is only throwing for one touchdown, then chances are your fantasy team is not doing too well.
Ryan has great value as a No. 2 fantasy quarterback, but wait until the middle-to-late rounds of your draft to take him.