Is Baltimore's Joe Flacco the Next Quarterback to Rise to Elite Status?

Kevin Roberts@BreakingKevinSenior Writer IJuly 23, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS - JANUARY 16:  Quarterback Joe Flacco #5 of the Baltimore Ravens huddles with teammates against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game at Lucas Oli Stadium on January 16, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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In continuing our coverage of specific fantasy football  players that we feel need special attention and dissection, NFL Soup puts Baltimore Ravens' quarterback Joe Flacco under the microscope in our latest Fantasy Player Profile .

The great thing about Flacco, besides his awesome supporting defense and the running highlight-reel that is Ray Rice, is that he has shown steady progress over the past two seasons.

Despite a lanky frame and the weak competition at D-II Delaware, Flacco has stepped up his game and performed at a fairly high level ever since entering the league. In addition to minimizing mistakes and turnovers (just 12 picks in each of last two seasons), and completing an impressive 60 percent of his passes in both seasons of his young career, Flacco also has led the Ravens to the playoffs twice.

He's a young quarterback with a cannon arm, solid mobility, an improving supporting cast, and a great head on his shoulders.

We'll forgive him for looking like a praying mantis when he scampers for a run.

Regardless of his odd stature, he quickly turned into a solid QB in his second season.  He rose from 428 attempts, under 3,000 yards, and just 14 touchdowns as a rookie to 499 attempts, 3,600+ yards, and 21 touchdowns in year two.

And if it weren't for nagging injuries and a lack of elite passing weapons, those numbers could have been even better.

With the sound additions of Anquan Boldin, Donte Stallworth, and two rookie tight ends, Flacco looks to finally have all the ingredients in place to make a splash in fantasy football.

Baltimore's passing attempts as a team have increased in the past two seasons from 27.1 in 2008 to 31.9 in 2009.  This clearly displays the team's confidence in Flacco's abilities, and their willingness to put a balanced offensive product on the field.

With explosive weapons at his disposal and obvious growth in a well-orchestrated offense, there's no reason to think Flacco can't take the final step toward becoming one of the next great fantasy passers.

Flacco is right up there with Kevin Kolb and Matt Ryan in our quarterback sleepers column.  He currently rests comfortably at the 15th spot in our fantasy quarterback rankings .

It might be silly to jump on Flacco's rising talent and crown him as your top fantasy starting quarterback in 2010, but he definitely has the potential and weapons to make you look like a genius if you do decide to make him your QB.

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