This is where it gets interesting. For the most part, the players below have a relatively cheap asking price in fantasy drafts. There is a lot of upside to be found here, however. Here are my 11th through 20th ranked fantasy quarterbacks as the preseason draws to a close.
Auction values are based on a 10-team, $200 budget league.
11. Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins, $9
I’m in on RGIII this year. The Heisman winner and No. 2 overall pick comes to the NFL as a highly touted athletic prospect, possessing speed that is highly coveted at the quarterback position in fantasy football. He’s also an accomplished passer, something that is highly coveted at the quarterback position in NFL football.
The Redskins were sure to give Griffin III options to throw the ball to, with the additions of Josh Morgan, Pierre Garcon and Dezmon Briscoe. They also retained Santana Moss, Fred Davis and Leonard Hankerson. Then there’s that rotating stable of running backs…
Rivers had a bit of a bad year last season. The Chargers’ franchise QB tossed two or more interceptions in a whopping eight games last year. He still managed to finish the season as a top-10 fantasy quarterback, but also lost his No. 1 WR in Vincent Jackson.
In his place is Robert Meachem, who joins incumbent Malcom Floyd as perennially injured players on the outside. Sophomore Vincent Brown will also miss several games with a broken ankle. Rivers will spend a lot of time throwing the football this season. As it stands, Antonio Gates is again the best option he has.
13. Jake Locker, Tennessee Titans, $8
Jake Locker spent a year as Matt Hasselbeck’s understudy and now appears to be ready to do the job. The Titans surrounded him with weapons to help him succeed early on. Jared Cook is a popular sleeper at tight end; a big, fast guy who has made some plays in his own NFL career.
At wide receiver, Locker has the Titans’ 2012 first round pick in Kendall Wright. Nate Washington went for 1,023 yards receiving last season. Kenny Britt is also a very talented player at the position. His return will be welcomed. Running back Chris Johnson catches the ball out of the backfield and can take the ball to the house any time he touches it.
Locker’s also got the rushing chops to get fantasy points on the ground. In limited playing time, he carried the ball eight times for 56 yards and a touchdown.
14. Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks, $4
Another dynamic rushing threat playing in the recently weak NFC West, Wilson will be able to put up some fantasy numbers. It’s his rookie season, so his performances will likely come with some inconsistency. But if he continues to impress, he’ll be drafted as a fantasy starter next season.
Jay Cutler’s 2011 ended early, and wasn’t all that great while it was going on. The big story with Cutler’s potential resurgence is his reuniting with Brandon Marshall via a trade with the Dolphins. That, combined with Matt Forte’s consistent contributions to the passing game, is about as much as there is to like about Cutler’s fantasy prospects.
17. Matt Schaub, Houston Texans, $3
18. Andrew Luck, Indianapolis Colts, $2
19. Josh Freeman, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, $2
20. Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens, $1