Fantasy Reality: Strategies for fantasy football success without a top-tier quarterback
Not every fantasy team can end up with an elite quarterback.
But because of some abysmal performances, those owners who drafted second-tier signal callers such as Minnesota’s Brett Favre, Philadelphia’s Kevin Kolb and Baltimore’s Joe Flacco might find themselves in a panic.
If you fit that description, it’s more important than ever that you play the matchups now. Here are some other courses of action to help improve your quarterback options.
Joe Flacco, Baltimore
The Ravens’ third-year quarterback has a 41.2 passer rating, which is 32nd in the NFL. His first two outings, however, came against a pair of stellar defenses – the Jets and Bengals. Last season, Flacco passed for 3,613 yards – and that was before Baltimore upgraded its receiving corps with Anquan Boldin and T.J. Houshmandzadeh. He should no longer be considered an every-week starter, but better days are ahead for Flacco.
PROPOSE A TRADE
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh
The owner in your league who drafted Big Ben, suspended through Week 4, should have been smart enough to select a second strong quarterback, as well. If that owner is content with his or her current starter, make an offer for Roethlisberger, who was a top-10 fantasy quarterback in 2009.
WORK THE WIRE
Kyle Orton, Denver
Orton is seventh in fantasy scoring among quarterbacks but is owned in just 63 percent of Yahoo! leagues. He’s got a tough road ahead, facing four top-five pass defenses during the next five weeks, but his schedule is much softer during the season’s second half.
Alex Smith, San Francisco
I know the thought of starting Smith sounds about as appealing as a Miley Cyrus movie marathon, but 2005’s first-overall draft choice is coming off a strong showing Monday night against New Orleans (275 yards passing) and has a favorable schedule ahead: The 49ers face eight opponents with pass defenses ranked 19th or worse.
Ryan Chatelain is amNewYork’s fantasy football columnist.
WEEK 3 DECISIONS
Brett Favre, QB, Minnesota (vs. Detroit): The old guy should bounce back against the Lions’ 30th-ranked pass defense.
Pierre Thomas, RB, New Orleans (vs. Atlanta): The Falcons are allowing a league-worst 5.9 yards per carry.
Mark Clayton, WR, St. Louis (vs. Washington): Three receivers already have enjoyed 140-yard games against the Redskins.
Kyle Orton, QB, Denver (vs. Indianapolis): The Colts are allowing 117.5 yards through the air.
Brandon Jackson, RB, Green Bay (vs. Chicago): The Bears give up just 1.4 yards per carry.
Steve Smith, WR, Giants (vs. Tennessee): No team has allowed fewer fantasy points to opposing wide receivers this season than the Titans.