Fantasy Football: 5 Under-the-Radar Quarterbacks Worth Drafting in 2013

Giancarlo Ferrari-King@@GiancarloKingFeatured ColumnistAugust 25, 2013

Fantasy Football: 5 Under-the-Radar Quarterbacks Worth Drafting in 2013

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    Fantasy football season is so close you can just about taste it.

    With fantasy general managers everywhere preparing for their drafts, we figured there is no better time than now to take a look at five under-the-radar quarterbacks worth drafting in 2013.

    Using a combination of stats, projections and a player's average draft position, this list was built to help you achieve greatness.

    So without further hesitation, start the slideshow below and check out five under-the-radar quarterbacks worth drafting in 2013.

    *All stats courtesy of unless noted otherwise.

    *All Average Draft Position (ADP) information courtesy of

Jay Cutler

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    Currently being selected as the 133rd player overall, Chicago Bears signal-caller Jay Cutler could be one of the most under-the-radar options available at the QB position.

    Putting his own skill set aside, what makes Cutler such an interesting fantasy option this season is the offensive talent that he's surrounded with.

    Outside of the gifted Matt Forte and the stud wide receiver known as Brandon Marshall, the emergence of second-year wide receiver Alshon Jeffery and the addition of tight end Martellus Bennett will give Cutler an even greater chance to shine.

    With Marc Trestman, the offensive-minded head coach now running the show, there is no reason why last season's 29th-ranked passing attack should not be able to take a major step forward this season.

    While it's hard to draft Cutler as your fantasy team's No. 1 option, selecting him as a backup will provide your squad with a strong-armed QB who is capable of putting up serious points every week.

Carson Palmer

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    Did you know, last season then-Oakland Raiders starting QB Carson Palmer finished No. 23 overall in scoring according to

    For a guy who has barely been on anyone's radar, Palmer has proved time and time again that he still can put up fantasy points whenever he is given the chance.

    Now the starting quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals, Palmer will get the chance to work with offensive guru Bruce Arians while throwing the pigskin to superstar wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

    It's very feasible to think that in this pass-friendly system Arians is creating in Arizona, Palmer could end up throwing for more than 4,000 yards and tossing 25 touchdowns.

    With an ADP of 134 overall, selecting Palmer in your draft could provide you with a legitimate starting fantasy quarterback all season long.

Alex Smith

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    Alex Smith could be one of the most intriguing under-the-radar quarterbacks available for you to take a chance on in fantasy football this year.

    Falling into a good situation under new head coach Andy Reid, Smith will have a chance to put up some nice numbers this season.

    While he isn't the most electrifying quarterback playing in the league, the 29-year-old Smith managed to complete 70.2 percent of his passes last year while starting for the San Francisco 49ers.

    Having weapons like Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe at his disposal, there's no reason why the accurate Smith shouldn't be able to thrive in Andy Reid's West Coast offense.

    A perfect under-the-radar selection—Smith's ADP is currently at 167 overall—drafting Smith will allow fantasy owners to acquire a talented backup QB who could put up points whenever he's called upon to start.

Brandon Weeden

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    With an ADP of 229 overall, Cleveland Browns QB Brandon Weeden is as under-the-radar as it gets.

    In what seems like a perfect storm for success, Weeden has fallen into a fantastic situation entering his second NFL season.

    With new head coach Rob Chudzinski and the addition of offensive coordinator Norv Turner, Weeden now has two great teachers he can learn from on a weekly basis.

    Taking advantage of the new offensive scheme and the talent around him, Weeden has looked stellar in preseason action so far.

    If his strong preseason play—according to Pro Football Focus (subscription required), Weeden graded out as the seventh-best QB in the preseason—is any indication of what we can expect from Weeden this season, drafting this young man as a late-round pick could give you a solid No. 2 QB with a ton of upside.

Joe Flacco

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    Fresh off of signing a whopping $120.6 million contract, Baltimore Ravens QB Joe Flacco is ready to prove that he can be a valuable asset to any fantasy GM who takes a chance on him.

    While you wouldn't call him a fantasy prodigy, Flacco, who tossed 3,817 yards to go along with 22 touchdowns last season, still managed to put up solid numbers.

    Even with the departure of Anquan Boldin and the injury to tight end Dennis Pitta, thanks to his skill set and level of comfort running this offense, Flacco should be able to get close to the 4,000-yard passing mark once again this season.

    With two fantastic running backs in Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce ready to contribute, it's not too crazy to think that Flacco and this Ravens offense could put up some great numbers all season long.

    Currently with an ADP of 132 overall, this strong-armed Super Bowl-winning QB is one fantastic under-the-radar quarterback worth drafting in 2013.