Some fantasy football die hards are already drafting for the coming season, in some cases its rookies only and others are starting an early draft. In this NFL Draft Rookie round table we discuss the Sleeper Quarterback for this season. We all know that Robert Griffin 3 (RG3) and Andrew Luck should succeed and if they do not they will be labeled busts we are going to tell you who to target after these 2.
FFHD brought you the Pre NFL Draft Roundtable a few weeks back and you can check those out here – Day 1, Day 2, Day 3. It went so well that we brought back most of the guys, added a few more voices to the party to focus on the 2012 Rookie Sleeper Quarterback.
- Pro Football Focus – Jeff Ratcliffe
- Dynasty Football Warehouse – Dan Heins and Jeff Melbostad
- Dynasty League Football – Eric Dickens and Tim Stafford
- Fantasy Knuckleheads – Greg Brosh
- NFL Draft Geek - Nolan Vasan
- Second City Fanatics – Matt Lane
- IDP Manor – Gary Davenport
- Roto Rankings – Scott Whitfield
- Average Joe – Josh Hreha
- Fantasy Football Help Desk - Mike Novick
Pro Football Focus – Jeff Ratcliffe – B.J. Coleman
I know a lot of people will likely say Russell Wilson, and I can’t say I disagree with that. But I’m going to go a lot deeper and go with B.J. Coleman, who the Packers selected in the seventh round. Now, I’m not saying he’s going to be a fantasy factor in 2012, 2013, or even 2014. But we all know that Green Bay is darn good at developing QB talent.
Coleman is an interesting prospect who resembles Peyton Manning in his delivery. He’s not a candidate for a breakout in redrafts, but is definitely someone you want to stash in deep dynasty leagues.
Dynasty Football Warehouse – Jeff Melbostad – Brock Osweiler
The popular pick here will be Russell Wilson and I’m totally on board with that call. He’s a great player that just happens to be a few inches too short. He has already received some good press and an indication from the coach that he’s ready to compete for the starting gig.
Rather than reiterate all of that I’ll go with Brock Osweiler as my pick here. Yes he’s sitting behind the immortal Peyton Manning but the Broncos were said to be enamored with him. So much so they took him in the 2nd round despite signing Peyton.
Who better to learn from than two hall of famers in Manning and Elway? If Manning should falter for any reason or if we’re talking about potential for the future rather than production for this year then Osweiler is definitely someone to keep an eye on.
Dynasty League Football – Eric Dickens – Ryan Lindley
I’ll go with Ryan Lindley. There isn’t a ton of competition at QB in Arizona and I think he eventually gets a chance to prove himself.
He has accuracy issues, but possess a big arm and the ability to throw the ball downfield. He’s doubtful to see the field in 2012, but long term I like his odds as a sleeper.
Average Joe – Josh Hreha – Brandon Weeden
Brandon Weeden seems like the logical choice here, as he will start from Day 1, however if we want to dig deeper, I will go out and say Russell Wilson. While they signed Flynn, he isn’t owed a ton guaranteed ($10 Mil), and Seattle is enamored with this kid.
He has a chance to compete and get on the field. He’s only 5’10”, however he has the tools to play in this league, and will have some weapons around him. Don’t sleep on him completely, might be worth a flier to stash away
Dynasty Football Warehouse – Dan Heins – Russell Wilson
If he was 3 inches taller, he would have gone in the 1st round this year. The reason he is the best sleeper is because after Tannenhill and Weeden, the rookie QBs are all in a backup position.
We still don’t know what Matt Flynn can do as a starter and if he faulters, Wilson is the most talented of the remaining QBs and will be given a chance. Cousins may be a pick here as well, but I just don’t see Washington quiting on RG3 at anytime this year unless he gets hurt.
NFL Draft Geek – Nolan Vasan – Brandon Weeden
Aside from Luck and RG3, I guess I’d be forced to go with Brandon Weeden. He’s not a good long term solution, but he’s average, and will play right away. I think Tannehill is terrible, and with his lack of a supporting cast, I would be surprised to see him do anything at all
FantasyKnuckleheads – Greg Brosh – Russell Wilson
I have a really hard time ranking anyone else higher than Wilson in terms of opportunities in his first year. And I am sure he will be the answer for most of the other guys on this panel. Matt Flynn may be considered THE guy right now, but he could miss time due to an injury or he simply may not pan out like the Seahawks hope.
Wilson may be on the short side at 5’11, but his athleticism outside the pocket and his ability to make plays could make him something special. Wilson’s chances at playing time increase if the rumors that Tarvaris Jackson will eventually be on the outs are true.
IDP Manor – Gary Davenport -Brandon Weeden
Other than the “big two” of Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin the most obvious choice to be a fantasy relevant rookie in 2012 is Brandon Weeden of the Cleveland Browns, who will be given every chance to start but has limited upside on a terrible Cleveland offense.
Dynasty League Football – Tim Stafford – Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson, SEA. I think SEA is less settled at QB than most fantasy players think. While I doubt he wins the job, I could see a John Skelton type situation happen here with Matt Flynn playing the Kevin Kolb role. Wilson would have a been a first rounder if he had prototypical size. If he busts, it will probably be a long while before a team uses a top-100 pick on a sub-six foot QB.
Roto Rankings – Scott Whitfield – Brandon Weeden
Brandon Weeden of the Cleveland Browns is my QB rookie sleeper. He has LT Joe Thomas, RB Trent Richardson, WR Greg Little, two serviceable TE’s in Benjamin Watson and Evan Moore along with WR Josh Cribbs lining up everywhere.
In a run heavy division I like this situation better than Ryan Tannehill’s in Miami, that’s even if Tannehill is the starter over Matt Moore. Weeden isn’t going to be asked to do the heavy lifting; Cleveland’s first, first round pick Trent Richardson will be doing that and teams will be stacking the box to contain him, giving Weeden opportunities to make plays and move the chains.
I foresee Richardson giving Weeden manageable 3rd downs, thus allowing Weeden to extend series. When you’re digging through the rookie Qb’s for a sleeper, on paper Weeden is the guy.
Second City Fanatics – Matt Lane -
Can’t see past RG3 and Luck. Don’t feel any other rookies will be draftable.
FF Help Desk – Mike Novick -Brock Osweiler
I can’t guarantee this as a great sleeper for this season but I would not put it past Brock. Elway loves this kid and he gets to study under Manning day in and day out, can there really be a better situation for a young QB?
I honestly don’t see Peyton Manning making it through the entire 2o12 season, which would mean Mr. Osweiler stepping in sooner than expected.
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