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I’ve long been the ether’s foremost Matt Schaub apologist. Of the three Stealth Star articles I’ve written on veteran quarterbacks, the arguments in favor of Ben Roethlisberger and Joe Flacco debuted to enthusiasm and general credulity. The piece on Schaub has been the proverbial tree falling in the forest. That’s too bad since Schaub is the guy I like the most.

I may end up being wrong on Schaub, but I’ll no longer be the only one. While a lot of talking heads exist mainly for the supposed entertainment value, ESPN’s Ron Jaworski is a well-respected football mind. He recently ranked Matt Schaub No. 9 in his quarterback countdown and had this to say about him:

The combination of Schaub and head coach Gary Kubiak has always been a strong one. Kubiak believes in the running game as the offensive foundation, with the passing game most effective off play-action. Schaub is at his best with that approach — always has been — and has produced consistent success over a long period of time. . . It was again the case in 2012. Schaub’s 110 quarterback rating off play-action was among the league’s best. . .I like Schaub, maybe more than others. Did he struggle at times down the stretch? He did. But overall, he’s a very solid quarterback who’s shown the consistent ability to execute a well-structured and efficient offense. That puts him in my top 10.

I know I’m in the minority on Schaub, but I feel pretty strongly that the difference in perception between the Texans’ signal caller and Tom Brady is mostly a matter of circumstance. In PFF’s passer rating, the gap between Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, Brady, and Schaub was miniscule. Schaub has better numbers than Brady in both overall accuracy and deep accuracy.

For a further discussion of Schaub’s virtues – and a list of other quarterbacks to target – check out my 10 Sleeper Quarterbacks on FanSided.

To fully understand my enthusiasm on Schaub, check out why DeAndre Hopkins should go No. 1 in rookie drafts or jump over to Jon Moore’s tremendous article explaining why Hopkins compares favorably to some recent big time receivers.

And if you’re a Late Round QB fan, do check out the Stealth Star articles. The projections for Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Flacco, and Matt Schaub are so good that a side-by-side comparison with Drew Brees pushed the Saints star onto the list of the 10 Most Overvalued Players.

Shawn Siegele is the creator of the contrarian sports website Money in the Banana Stand and Lead Writer for Pro Football Focus Fantasy.

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