The quarterback class is looking very deep for 2013, so deep that players who used to be starting fantasy quarterbacks are being pushed out of the top-12 by the promising young quarterbacks that lit up the league in 2012. Some of the players that are being pushed down out of the starter-tier this year are some big names like Eli Manning, Philip Rivers and Michael Vick.
With this is being written before free agency, the draft and training camp, things could change. But as of Jan. 4, 2013, this is my quarterback sleepers list. I am going to assume that things are as they are today. Also note that when I say “sleeper,” I mean undervalued players (according to the “experts”). That means that these quarterbacks don’t necessarily have to be picked in the late rounds although, most of them still are.
I will be waiting on quarterback again this year as it has proven to be a solid strategy for me in the past few years (these values based draft charts emphasize why I believe that). If I am in a 10-team league, I have no problem taking a quarterback in the mid-late rounds without taking a back up quarterback.
This strategy works fine if you are an active owner, if your wrong about your QB pick you can’t take too long to cut him loose for the hottest free agent quarterback you can fine. I don’t draft a back-up quarterback (except in 14-plus team leagues where good back-ups have trade value, two QB leagues and maybe in six-point passing touchdown leagues), because I believe they provide little value and that the more teams without back-up quarterbacks, the better the strategy is (less people owning backups yields better free agent quarterbacks available).
The other reason not having a back-up quarterback works well is because quarterbacks are easy to claim off of the waiver wire as they are rising in value (as opposed to RB’s where as soon as one has a big game, he is claimed in every league). Anyway, lets get to the list of sleepers.
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