By Guest Blogger Chris Ziza
Fantasy footballers have been spoiled the past several years. Many top college quarterbacks have left school to become household names not only in the NFL, but in fantasy football circles as well.
Players such as Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Cam Newton and Matthew Stafford have all enjoyed above average success early in their careers. And all have shared a stretch in which they were manning many fantasy rosters, helping owners to victory. But unfortunately, 2013 won’t bring such a quarterback.
The best chance at a quarterback making an impact most likely lies in West Virginia star Geno Smith. He has the build of a QB: he weighs in at 218 pounds and stretches to 6’2”. And he also owns a very respectable 4.59 40-yard dash time. But what he doesn’t have – at least in the eyes of many NFL draft analysts – is the ability to read a defense and react in a timely matter to what he’s shown.
Much respected NFL Films talent Greg Cosell aired his opinion Tuesday on the “Rich Eisen Podcast.” On the show, he discussed how Smith misses too many routine throws, has slow eyes and lacks lightning-quick decision-making.
While Smith has been rumored to go anywhere from 1 to 32 in the NFL draft’s first round, he isn’t a lock. And if his talents don’t impress NFL teams enough, how will he develop into an immediate star in fantasy football? The answer is simple – he won’t.
In dynasty fantasy football leagues, he is worthy of being taken as a project and someone that you can wait on to mature. But for your annual, or redraft leagues, he simply does not have the juice to perform as a solid QB2 – let alone a QB1 like the handful of names I mentioned above.
So when gearing up for your fantasy football draft, and you’re looking at what rookie you might want to snag in hopes of finding the next Newton, Trent Richardson or Julio Jones … remember: you will definitely want to pass on Smith. Let him become someone else’s problem.
Chris Ziza is the founder and senior staff writer of FFLockerRoom.