Under the Radar Fantasy Football Quarterbacks

Michael WhooleySenior Writer IJune 30, 2009

RENTON, WA - JUNE 12: Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck #8 looks to pass during minicamp at the Seahawks training facility on June 12, 2009 in Renton, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Looking for sleepers in your draft come August?  Bruno Boys Greg will analyze who he feels should have a strong fantasy football showing in 2009. Throughout the course of two weeks Bruno Boys Greg will give you his position by position sleeper picks.  This week, he covers the quarterback position.


Carson Palmer, QB, Cincinnati Bengals: The All-Pro quarterback who only played in four games last year has no reason not to bounce back in 2009. Many people will rank him lower then he belongs due to injury concerns and the changes in Cincinnati but don’t pay any attention to that.  Palmer averaged nearly 4,000 yards the previous three seasons before being hurt and is just a year removed from being a top five fantasy football quarterback.  He did lose T.J. Housmandzadeh to free agency but gained veteran wide receiver Lavernaus Coles.   Odds are you will be targeting Palmer in the sixth or seventh round and drafting him as a low-end QB1, but if he can regain his form he will produce at the level of the top tier QB's.

Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Seattle Seahawks: Hasselbeck returns from an injury as well and gains Palmer’s former teammate, Housmandzadeh.  He has a lot left in his game and is still a starting quarterback in fantasy football. Reports out of Seattle indicate that Hasselbeck will operate at 100 percent this season and playing in a division that lacks defense he should be able to regain his form.  You should consider targeting Hasselbeck as a QB2 in all leagues and hope he stays healthy because there will be some weeks when he will produce like the good 'ole days. Expect him to rebound in a big way in '09.

Brady Quinn, QB, Cleveland Browns: Quinn struggled with injuries last year after taking over for 2007 Pro Bowler Derek Anderson.  While it is an open competition in Browns training camp, Quinn will likely grab the starting job.  The offense isn't much different than the the one Anderson had success with two seasons ago (minus Kellen Winslow) and Quinn is a lot more talented of a player.  While you need to draft him as a backup, he could prove to be valuable, possibly providing a nice spot start for you.  If given the right match-up, Quinn could really put up some big numbers and and help take your fantasy football team to the promise land.



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