Remember hearing and reading before your draft about the three — maybe four — quarterbacks who should be taken in the first round, because after they were selected, there would be a dropoff?
Who came up with that theory?
Seemingly everyone did, actually. And if healthy, the consensus top four quarterbacks — Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, and Matthew Stafford — are all going to be stellar. But if you waited for a quarterback in this year’s draft and ended up with Matt Ryan or even Robert Griffin III (tied for the lead in quarterback fantasy points after Week 1), you have to love the balance of your team.
Tony Romo dropped like an anchor in both of my drafts. If you got him in the fifth or sixth round, then watched him torch the Giants for three touchdowns and 307 passing yards, you deserve to be giddy. Watching Romo fall to you so late means you were able to collect a stable of receivers and backs before selecting a quarterback who could end up as a top-five scorer in all of fantasy football.
Let’s stay on the quarterback theme this week.
Mark Sanchez, QB, NY Jets: Sanchez probably wasn’t drafted, despite producing the eighth-most fantasy points for quarterbacks in 2011. After throwing for three touchdowns against the Bills to start 2012, he is at worst an outstanding backup/bye-week option.
Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Pittsburgh: If you drafted Roethlisberger as your starter in the middle of your draft, you can win your league. He is nearly impossible to bring down and makes big plays. The Steelers are going to be playing from behind this season more than in recent years, too.
Shaun Hill, QB, Detroit: Hill backs up Stafford and can capably step in and put up big numbers. He’s worth owning if you have Stafford.
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati: The Bengals are going to be hard-pressed to get back to the postseason, because Dalton isn’t ready to carry them.
Michael Vick, QB, Philadelphia: Vick is still capable of putting up impressive fantasy points, but he spent a lot of time on his back against Cleveland. He’s too injury-prone to get through a full season. Start angling for a reliable backup now, if you haven’t already.
Joe Flacco, QB, Baltimore: I’m not buying Flacco yet — at least as a fantasy starter who can carry your squad. Even his good weeks aren’t big weeks.