When the 2010 fantasy football drafting season got underway, there was a clear hierarchy of top QB’s that seemed to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. At the very top you had stalwarts Drew Brees and Peyton Manning, followed closely by Aaron Rodgers. The next tier however contained solid upper level fantasy football starters such as Tony Romo, Eli Manning, and the Houston Texans’ Matt Schaub. In fact in some drafts Schaub was the first QB selected after the Big Three due to his fantastic 2009 season and the fact he was operating one of the most explosive offenses in football. Surely Schaub would reach the 30 TD mark for the first time in his career while also going well past the 4,000 yard mark which he easily reaches in 2009 with 4,770 yards.
Fast forward to the eve of Week 11 in fantasy football and there is little doubt that Matt Schaub has been quite the letdown for his owners. Through nine games, Schaub has only 12 TD’s with 7 INT’s, along with 2,320 passing yards. Clearly these numbers are a far cry from what was expected and so the question can be asked: did we all overrate Matt Schaub as a fantasy football QB for 2010? Lets find out what took place here.
The one thing that sticks out big time about Schaub’s struggles is the fact that he really had a great situation for success based on the supreme breakout season that RB Arian Foster is having. Foster hsa supplied fantastic rushing numbers all season and so Schaub should have been able to take full advantage of the fact that opposing defenses had to pay special attention to Foster and thus leave the secondary vulnerable. For whatever reason Schuab hasnt come through in that regard and so we must dig a little deeper to figure this out.
One big issue that surely caused Schaub’s numbers to dive was due to the suspension for 4 games of LT Duane Brown for testing positives for steroids. Brown was doing a nice job protecting Schaub’s blindside and so the dropoff from Brown to his backup surely led to more of the pass rush disrupting his timing and leading to more sacks. The increase in pressure also noticeably caused Schaub to rush his throws and this his accuracy was affected along with the fact that the deep passing game was curtailed. Throw in the fact that star WR Andre Johnson missed one game with an ankle injury and was limited in two others affected things as well. These issues were out of Schaub’s control and so you really cant blame his too much for this. Johnson is healthy now and Brown is back in the lineup and it just so happens that Schaub is coming off one of his best games of the year last week when he threw for over 300 yards with two TD passes. So it is quite possible that Schaub continues on to a very good second half.
All in all I believe that we all didnt overrate Schaub for this fantasy football season. There were things that occured that were out of his control with Johnson’s injury and Brown’s suspension that hurt his numbers. No doubt he can take some heat for not taking more advantage of Arian Foster’s year but the previously mentioned issues impacted this. I believe Schaub is in line for a good stretch run and he will start collecting back some of the stats he left out on the field in the first half. If you need help at QB, drop a trade offer to the owner in your league who might be tired of Schaub’s inconsistency this season. This will be a win-win situation for you and maybe a title winning additon to your squad.