Fantasy statisticians will notice that Flacco has never thrown more than 3,900 passing yards or more than 25 touchdowns in a season. These are not exactly elite fantasy numbers, especially with the staggering passing totals around the NFL.
Last year, Flacco finished 14th in the league in passing yards with 3,817 yards. He was also tied for 15th in the league with just 22 passing touchdowns. In the day and age when 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns has become the benchmark for a fantasy quarterback, Flacco has continuously disappointed fantasy owners throughout his four-year NFL career.
One thing Flacco does do well is protect the ball. He has shockingly only turned the ball over 59 times in his 80 career games, including just 11 turnovers in 20 games (playoffs/regular season) throughout 2012. This is a very admirable fantasy characteristic of Flacco, but his lack of reliable numbers keep him from cracking the elite fantasy quarterbacks.
He also threw 11 touchdowns in the team’s four playoff games on the way to a 2012 NFL Championship, but postseason stats don’t matter to fantasy owners. Many quarterbacks have amazing Super Bowl runs, only to struggle the next year (i.e. Eli Manning). All the playoff victories in the world don’t mean a thing to a fantasy owner, because it is all about the regular season.
Flacco is getting a lot of attention right now, but don’t fall into the fantasy hype. He should not be drafted as a top-10 fantasy quarterback, so let someone else take a shot on the mediocre fantasy signal caller this season.