Jake Locker’s fantasy appeal is rising

The Tennessee Titans will go with Jake Locker as their starting quarterback in 2012, our Michael Lombardi reports. But let’s cut to the chase; what does this mean for his fantasy value.?

I’ve started a new category for fantasy football called elite backups. Basically, it’s high-upside quarterbacks who haven’t quite reached QB1 status, but you’d still be comfortable with them in your lineup because of injuries or bye weeks. I prefer guys who could have huge seasons, compared to guys like Joe Flacco, Matt Schaub and even Carson Palmer. You know what you’re getting with those guys, and it’s not much. So to me, it’s better to take a chance with a guy like Locker who was one of the biggest sleeper prospects on NFL.com this season.

Locker is now No. 16 in my QB rankings, still below guys like Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Ryan and Michael Vick. I even have the two rookies Andy Luck and Robert Griffin III ahead of him. But if you’re looking for solid backup — maybe you took a risk on Peyton Manning — Locker would be a great option. The Tennessee Titans will throw the ball a lot more, and he does have the ability to make plays with his legs, too.

For the record, you can submit your fantasy questions to NFL Fantasy Live, Michael Fabiano or me on Twitter. But realize, NFL Fantasy Live has 40,000 followers, and Fabiano has 50,000. Me? Just 13. See, the odds are better that I will answer your question, so hit me up both via Twitter or via Facebook. Also be sure to catch the latest “Dave Dameshek Football Program.”

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