The Tennessee Titans have finally decided who their starting quarterback is going to be and in a bit of a surprise, their choice is second-year quarterback Jake Locker, who started Friday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and struggled slightly.
The news comes a report by NFL.com that cites a source with knowledge of the situation according to Michael Lombardi of the NFL Network.
Last season, Locker played about 100 snaps from scrimmage in five games and put up some solid numbers, completing 34-of-66 passes (51 percent) for 542 yards and four touchdowns. He also ran eight times for 56 yards and a touchdown.
However, Locker has not been as stellar during the preseason, connecting on just 11-of-24 passes for 101 yards but Matt Hasselbeck, who was competing with the former first-round draft pick for the starting job, hit on 9-of-14 passes for 74 yards but has tossed a pair of interceptions.
One thing Locker clearly possess that Hasselbeck is upside both as an NFL starter and a fantasy football quarterback.
The former Washington Husky proved that he is capable of producing big plays last season in his limited action and with his ability to make things happen with his legs, he now becomes a somewhat attractive fantasy option.
Running quarterbacks have a distinct advantage in fantasy football, which is why a guy like Tim Tebow was able to remain relevant as a fantasy quarterback last season. Yet, a player like Locker, who runs as well as Tebow and clearly throws the football better, is a guy that has some nice upside potential.
Now that we know for sure that Locker is going to be starting for the Titans in their week 1 matchup against the defending AFC Champion Patriots, spending a late-round pick on Locker is a wise investment that could land fantasy owners a major sleeper and some valuable trade bait down the road if necessary.