Quarterbacks to Avoid in 2012
Michael Vick was a bust first-rounder in 2011. He wasn’t terrible, but he definitely didn’t come anywhere close to living up to expectations. Philip Rivers turned the ball over 25 times and wasn’t the guy fantasy owners thought they were drafting, either.
Kevin Kolb flopped in Arizona. Colt McCoy went from preseason sleeper to a huge joke. Chad Henne went down in flames. And Kyle Orton was benched and replaced by Tim Tebow after five games.
Every year, there are some major disappointments in fantasy football. Whether it’s injuries or poor play, there are guys you draft with high hopes, that simply come up short. Like, way short.
We’re doing a rundown of each fantasy position to help make sure you at least know about those risky options. Not every guy who isn’t elite makes the list – just the guys who really raise the red flags this year.
Without further haste, here are our top quarterbacks to avoid in fantasy football in 2012:
Michael Vick (Philadelphia Eagles)
Vick is a special case, as I don’t think you should avoid him entirely. In fact, I landed him in the fifth round of my first fantasy mock draft of the year, and was thrilled. If you can get him after round four, I’m all for him. But any earlier is a risk due to his injury history.
Mark Sanchez (New York Jets)
Sanchez actually wasn’t the worst fantasy quarterback last year, as he still amassed over 3,400 passing yards and scored 32 total touchdowns. That’s not too shabby. Unfortunately, he turned the ball over almost as much, as he tossed 18 picks and lost eight fumbles. That’s 26 turnovers!
Not only is that unacceptably, but so is the notion that the guy is suddenly going to figure it all out in 2012. Tim Tebow is breathing down his neck, too, so I don’t like his chances to last very long. Draft him at your own risk.
Matt Hasselbeck (Tennessee Titans)
I’m not hating on Hasselbeck as a player. He was actually pretty darn solid in 2011. However, he exited a couple of games due to injury, and his age/injury history combination is bound to hit him for a long stretch eventually. That, and the more talented Jake Locker is competing with him for the starting gig. I personally think Locker wins anyways, but even if he doesn’t, Hasselbeck’s fragility is still a concern.
Carson Palmer (Oakland Raiders)
It shouldn’t be a big surprise, but Palmer is a turnover machine. He was in Cincy, and he still is in Oakland. The dude tossed 16 interceptions in just 10 games with just 13 touchdowns. Sure, he has a lot of talent around him, but I can’t shake the pick sixes and his natural tendency to come up lame when you need him the most. I get the argument for him making it happen, but I can also see his 2012 season going up in flames. And of the two, which do you think is more likely?
Matt Cassel (Kansas City Chiefs)
Cassel is just an average quarterback living in an elite quarterback’s world. In the NFL, that is – not Kansas City. The facts are in: Cassel was average in 2009 and 2011, but was pretty good in 2008 and 2010. Translation: dude’s inconsistent, and you really can’t be sure what you’re getting when you draft him.
One thing you can hang your fantasy hat on, however, is that KC is going to pound the rock. They didn’t sign Peyton Hillis to block, after all. An average quarterback + a run-first offense = mediocre results, at best.
Kevin Kolb (Arizona Cardinals)
Kolb joins Vick as guys that were red-hot names going into last year’s drafts, but now have owners super skeptical going into 2012. I like Kolb’s talent and love his weapons (Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd), but the guy is way too erratic to trust.
He’s one of those guys that will make lists for break out candidates and bust candidates. He’s just that classic high risk/high reward fantasy quarterback. I just don’t know if I really want to bet my season on him getting his mind right.
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