Undervalued Fantasy Football Quarterbacks
Note: All average draft positions (ADP) are according to Yahoo.
Matt Ryan (ATL): Ryan was one of the big steals in fantasy drafts last season, but it appears that fantasy owners are still not giving him the respect he deserves. Ryan's ADP of 47.1 ranks 8th among quarterbacks despite the fact that he finished 2012 with the 5th most points at his position. The 28-year-old likely has yet to reach his full potential, and he plays in a pass-first offensive scheme with an abundance of weapons to throw to. While new running back Steven Jackson will make the run game more reliable, he is also a phenomenal check down option for Ryan out of the backfield. I would take Ryan over players like Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick, Cam Newton, and maybe even Tom Brady - all of those quarterbacks have higher ADPs. Ryan had significantly more fantasy points than the first three in 2012, and had only eight less than Brady.
Tony Romo (DAL): Though he may tend to choke in real life, Romo is as clutch as they come for fantasy teams. He would frequently find himself barely over 100 yards at halftime, then tear up opposing defenses in the second half on his way to 400+ yards. With Dez Bryant looking much matured, Jason Witten as an extremely consistent weapon, and a very serviceable (when healthy) third option in Miles Austin, the Cowboys boast a nice set of weapons to help Romo put up big numbers. He finished 2012 ranked 6th among quarterbacks - above the likes of Cam Newton, Matthew Stafford, and Russell Wilson. Even so, Romo's abilities continue to be under-appreciated, even in fantasy circles. With a current ADP of 89.0, I wouldn't mind racking up position players while everyone is taking the exciting quarterbacks, then scooping up Romo in the 9th or 10th round.
Matthew Stafford (DET): A disappointment to those who drafted him early in 2012, Stafford's stock has plummeted in 2013 - but it may have plummeted more than it should have. Stafford's ADP of 63.3 ranks 10th among quarterbacks and is 16 picks later than the 9th highest ADP (Robert Griffin at 47.4). Stafford finished 2012 as only the 8th ranked quarterback, but consider his weapons outside of Calvin Johnson - Nate Burleson broke his leg after six games, while Ryan Broyles tore his ACL just as he was starting to play well. In addition, Stafford was missing Jahvid Best for the entire season, leaving UDFA Joique Bell as his primary pass catching back. Despite all that, Stafford still managed to average 310.4 passing yards per game. Now with a healthy receiving core and a new electrifying receiver out of the backfield in Reggie Bush, Stafford is a great bet to bounce back and outperform his ADP.