NOTE: The following article was provided by Justin Hume from WeeklyProjections.com.
If you haven't heard, RotoHog is giving away $300,000 this football season in totally free prizes. With that kind of opportunity, it's certainly worth signing-up to give it a try, and it's also worth taking some time to get a leg up on the competition. How do you do this?
Well, at the beginning of the season, it's all about making the most money, the fastest. Rotohog uses a market-based system in which players are continually bought and sold on the virtual trading floor. However, this floor doesn't open until September 4th, and, in the meantime, teams will be drafting their initial rosters from a list of players with set prices. Finding the key bargains here is crucial because their prices will shoot up when the market is finally opened for trading. For this particular article I'm going to look specifically at the top value-priced QBs, so without further ado...
#1 Ben Roethlisberger - $34:
By my projections, Roethlisberger is the 9th best QB out there this season, yet RotoHog has priced him as just the 16th best. Big Ben had a tough time last year by most standards, but, if you look at his fantasy production, it was actually pretty solid. Pittsburgh will be looking to pass more often this season than ever before with a new spread offense, and Roethlisberger stands to gain significantly. Even if you're not as high on Roethlisberger as I am, it's hard to argue that he's not at least better than 16th best at his position.
#2 Byron Leftwich - $28:
Is it just me or is this guy chronically hated-on? Leftwich has shown a propensity for injury in his career, but, on a per-game basis, he has been a very viable fantasy option. RotoHog has put him, astonishingly, as the 28th most expensive QB. Now, we could argue back and forth about whether or not he presents an abnormally high risk of injury this season, but the nice thing about Rotohog is you're not locked into your draft day team. If Lefty goes down, you may lose some bucks getting him sold, but you can buy whomever you'd like to take over the very next Sunday. I see great value in Leftwich as the 28th most expensive QB.
#3 Jason Campbell - $28:
Jason Campbell was thrown into a really tough situation last year. Quick question: What do Matt Leinart, Vince Young, and Philip Rivers have in common? If you guessed that they all scored fewer RotoHog points per game than Jason Campbell, you're a winner. We all know about his not-so-impressive 53% completion rate last year, but Campbell actually put up decent numbers in a terrible offense. The Redskins should improve, if only slightly, and, even if they don't, Campbell is a steal at just $28.
There you go. 3 QB bargains to get your started. I'll be posting full write-ups for every position at my site, WeeklyProjections.com, starting tomorrow. One more tip before I go: DRAFT LATE. Overall, RotoHog has done an excellent job setting these prices, and, for the most part, they're very accurate. However, it's inevitable that performance or injury will lead to lesser-known players finding bigger roles. This is where you can really make big profits. Good luck!