The Good News and Bad News About Matt Flynn For Fantasy Football Owners

There are not many Oakland Raiders who hold any value for fantasy football owners, but that total could increase by one in 2013.

The Oakland Raiders—or should we call them the Oakland Traders?—dealt Carson Palmer to the Arizona Cardinals and acquired Matt Flynn in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks, so now Flynn will be quarterbacking Oakland’s silver-and-black passing attack this upcoming season. 

Flynn barely did more for fantasy football owners in 2012 than Plaxico Burress did. He completed five passes for 68 yards. That is over the course of the entire season. Guys like Drew Brees and Peyton Manning do that on the opening drive in one game. 

But fantasy owners still remember how special Flynn was during the final game of the 2011 campaign when he stepped in for a resting Aaron Rodgers with the Green Bay Packers and threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns against the Detroit Lions, which probably won some fantasy leagues for lucky owners who picked up and played Flynn that last week. 

After taking a stat sabbatical in 2012, Flynn should return to fantasy relevance this season since odds are good he will complete more than five passes. That does not mean he will suddenly become a top-10 fantasy quarterback, though.      

Here is the good and bad news about Matt Flynn for fantasy football owners.


The Good News

1. Flynn goes from being Russell Wilson’s clipboard holder in Seattle to a starting signal-caller in Oakland. That right there helps him go from worthless to worth something for fantasy owners. More playing time means more pass attempts, which equals more passing yards and touchdown tosses.  

Note—I did not mention that starting will lead to more rushing yards for Flynn because he only has 14 career rushing yards. His footwork reminds me more of Andy Dic...

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