Writers Share Their Favorite 2010 Quarterback Sleepers

John ZaktanskyCorrespondent ISeptember 3, 2010

Alex Smith, of the 49ers, keeps falling down draft boards, but there is little reason to think he can't produce the best season of his career.
Alex Smith, of the 49ers, keeps falling down draft boards, but there is little reason to think he can't produce the best season of his career.Scott Boehm/Getty Images

Like stock market gurus looking for the next big thing, we here at chinstrapninjas are all about helping you find great value in your respective fantasy football leagues.

We’ve published more than 100 pages of exclusive fantasy football advice, strategies, rankings, and…sleepers.

While there may be plenty of question about what constitutes a true “sleeper”, the common consensus is that fantasy football success is tied directly to finding good value players via your draft, trades, waiver wire moves, etc.

So, as one last series to assist our faithful readers, we polled some of our writers, asking them to give us their favorite sleeper at each position and a paragraph each explaining why. Below are the quarterback sleepers provided:

Me: Alex Smith

I love me some Joe Flacco and Matt Ryan, among others, this year as value signal callers in fantasy. Not sure I’d consider them sleepers considering their continued climb up draft boards.

However, it amazes me how often Smith is nearly forgotten on draft day. Sure, he’s young and still maturing. Sure, there are questions lingering. But which QB outside of Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers doesn’t have questions?

Smith is going to air it out plenty this year as the 49ers play a fairly easy slate of games and need to establish its passing game to reduce wear and tear on Frank Gore. He has a young, potent crop of weapons at his disposal. Gore and newly acquired Brian Westbrook are solid options out of the backfield, too. I have no problem using Smith as my QB2 (with QB1 upside) this season.

jaymo: Chad Henne

He is a popular sleeper pick, and for good reason. Henne didn’t seem scared last season and even lit up New England for 335 yards and two TDs, as well as back-to-back 300-yard games against TEN and HOU.

If the Fins can get some production out of the TE, then Henne could produce Top 10 numbers. The drawbacks: Miami is a run-first team and faces a brutal schedule, especially in September.

ep: Kyle Orton

Any player picked in the sixth or seventh round is no sleeper. Orton’s got a 14th-round ADP and is in his second season in Josh McDaniels’ system. Is he a sure thing? No. But “sleepers” aren’t supposed to be.

sockonfl: Joe Flacco

If you do some simple math and add Anquan Boldin’s average stats the last three years and subtract out Mark Clayton’s average stats the last three years to Joe Flacco’s 2009 stats, you would get a QB with 4,113 yards and 26 TD’s. I would take that out of a late-round QB anytime. Plus you add to that the fact he has had another year to mature, and he completes over 60 percent of passes. What’s not to love?

Consigliere: Matthew Stafford

Johnson, Scheffler, and Best, oh my. Well he has all the weapons, the city is behind him, and the coaching staff believes in him. With Best, teams will not be able to focus on the pass against him and will allow him to get better coverage for his receivers. Also, the offense has mismatches all over the field with Best on a LB and Scheffler on a LB and Calvin Johnson vs anyone. He had decent games last year, and this year I see him really dialing up.

See more staff sleeper picks at QB here.

Also, check out our staff sleepers at  running back, receiver, tight end, kicker, and defense.

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