Fantasy quarterbacks to acquire

Scott Moser / Washburn Review

If you do not have an opportunity to grab one of the big four quarterbacks (Rodgers, Brees, Vick or Brady) do not worry. There are several quarterbacks that will be there in the middle to late rounds that can be of great value this year.

Philip Rivers (Yahoo! ADP 21.1): Philip Rivers is actually being selected in the middle of the second round in standard Yahoo 12-team leagues. He has been consistent over the last few years and it is hard to imagine any sort of drop-off this year. Rivers has several things going for him this year. The Chargers missed the playoffs last year and he is out to prove that the Chargers belong in the same company with the likes of Pittsburgh, New England and the New York Jets. The

Chargers also play in the AFC West so that means Rivers will play two games against the Broncos, Raiders and Chiefs. This is the Chargers division to lose.

Matthew Stafford  (Yahoo! ADP 93.2): Although Matthew Stafford has never made it through a complete season he still has the tools to be a great quarterback. He also will be throwing the ball to Calvin Johnson, one of the best wide receivers in the game today. Stafford is currently going in the middle of the seventh round in Yahoo 12-team drafts. Stafford is the perfect risk-reward quarterback. If he can stay healthy for an entire season, he will give you great value. If you are one that does not like to take risks, consider the next quarterback on my list, Josh Freeman.

Josh Freeman (Yahoo! ADP 93.7): Freeman is in his third season as the starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Although Tampa Bay is the youngest team in the league, they are full of talent. I expect Freeman to surpass last year’s numbers and lead this team to the playoffs. He is currently being drafted in Yahoo leagues somewhere in the middle of the seventh round of 12-team leagues. He can provide great value at the position if you elect to go running back and wide receiver heavy at the beginning of your draft.