NFL Fantasy Football: Top 3 QB Fantasy Sleepers
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Fantasy Football has grown into a very competitive sport for many and nearly a religion for others.
Each year has its fair share of sleeper picks that often result in championships for teams fortunate enough to have the waiver priority to pick up that special someone.
Cam Newton blew away everybody's expectations last season, setting the all-time record for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in a single season with 14 and most passing yards by a rookie with 4,021.
With the quarterback position being notorious for being shallow, here are three QBs that may surprise football fans in the 2012 NFL season.
3. Cincinnati Bengals: Andy Dalton
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Andy Dalton put together an admirable rookie season in which the Rookie of the Year award was all his if not for a player by the name of Cam Newton.
Dalton held a good touchdown-to-interception ratio of 20-to-13 and showed an unprecedented amount of confidence in the pocket.
Despite losing deep threat Jerome Simpson, Dalton is still surrounded by a young yet athletic core of receivers that could allow him to throw around 30 touchdowns in the 2012-2013 season.
2. Arizona Cardinals: John Skelton
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I know that Kevin Kolb is the money man in Arizona at the moment, but multiple reports have been claiming that John Skelton has, hands down, been the better quarterback all throughout camp this year.
Skelton has a big quarterback frame at 6'6", 244 pounds and showed some competence in games that he started while Kolb was out (he posted a 106.5 passer rating against the stingy San Francisco 49ers defense in Week 14 of last year).
If Kolb struggles early on, keep a keen eye on QB John Skelton.
1. Tennessee Titans: Jake Locker
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Jake Locker was, without a doubt, going to be the No. 1 quarterback in his draft class before being held back by an injury during his college career at Washington (Locker was described as a bigger version of Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young by one analyst).
Even after his injury, Locker was still drafted eighth overall by the Tennessee Titans in the 2011 NFL draft after an impressive showing in the NFL combine. Locker showed the ability to make all the throws and even ran a 4.59, 40-yard dash.
With limited opportunities in the 2011 season, Locker was still able to shine. In 66 pass attempts, the 23-year-old quarterback posted a quarterback rating of 99.4 and unsurprisingly showed an uncanny ability to move around in the pocket and take off downfield when needed.
Opposing defenses' main focus will remain with accomplished running back Chris Johnson in 2012, but look for Locker to run plenty of play-actions in 2012 and possibly have a Pro Bowl-caliber season.