It’s time to look at the quarterbacks and see what sleepers might be waiting there.
Here is my list of three quarterback sleepers for 2010:
Eli Manning – Peyton’s younger brother Eli just doesn’t get any respect. Normally I wouldn’t call a player that had over 4,000 yards passing and 27 TDs (his 2009 stats) a sleeper. But based on a ninth round ADP, that seems to qualify him as a sleeper. His completion percentage has gone up each of the last three seasons to the point where he completed over 60% of his passes in 2009. Manning also only had two games the entire season where he did not at least throw one TD pass. That’s fairly consistent production. Plus you combine that with the fact he will have another year to get his timing down with his young receiving corp of Steve Smith, Hakeem Nicks, and Mario Manningham and you have a solid chance of actually improving on his 2009 season. If he does that, he will move up in the quarterback rankings for sure next year.
Joe Flacco – Here’s a guy with an eighth round ADP. I like what he brings to the table. In 2009 he threw for 3,613 yards and 21 TDs along with a completion percentage over 60%. Now for 2010, the team added Anquan Boldin and Donte Stallworth to the mix. They are huge upgrades over Mark Clayton and Demetrius Williams. Boldin and Stallworth should be able to add at least 400 yards and 6 TDs to Flacco’s numbers for 2010. Plus you combine that with his overall development as a pro quarterback in his third year and I expect big things from Flacco in 2010.
Carson Palmer – This former Pro-Bowl quarterback has an 11th round ADP. How can that be even possible with having Ochocinco, TO and the rookie tight end Gresham to throw to? Remember in ’08, Palmer had an Ocho, a washed up Laveranues Coles and a JP Foschi at tight end. You have to expect improved numbers just due to the talent level increase alone. In the 11th round I would feel happy calling his name at quarterback.