When the Tennessee Titans selected Jake Locker with the eighth overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the intention was to have the former Washington standout take over the starting role at quarterback after spending a year or two on the sidelines. With the start of preseason right around the corner, it appears Locker is the favorite to land the starting job for the Titans over Matt Hasselbeck–which is why he should be considered one of the top 2012 fantasy football sleepers for the upcoming season.
Even though he failed to actually start a game as a rookie, Locker showed plenty of potential during the five games he appeared in during the 2011 season as a rookie when Hasselbeck was forced out of games. Not only did he manage to throw four touchdowns and zero interceptions in those five games, but Locker nearly led Tennessee to a miraculous comeback against the New Orleans Saints during a game last December–looking like anything but a rookie with no starting experience.
The Titans may have plenty of questions surrounding their passing game heading into the 2012 season, but Locker will certainly catch the eye of many fantasy owners in the later rounds of their upcoming drafts considering he may end up being one of the biggest steals. He may not enter the regular season as the No. 1 option at quarterback for most teams, but if Locker manages to live up to the potential he showed as a rookie last season–there’s every reason to believe he’ll be one of the top sleeper picks for the 2012 fantasy football season.