Underrated 2012 fantasy QBs

If Matt Schaub can stay healthy, he can put up big numbers for the Houston Texans. Brett Davis/US Presswire

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For many years, fantasy football teams were built around running backs to the point that many owners would rarely consider taking a player at a position other than a running back with one of their first two draft picks.

That mindset may change this season, as current ESPN Live Draft results show quarterbacks being selected with three of the top seven picks and five of the first 17 picks on average.

With the increased cost of quarterbacks, many fantasy owners are going to be looking for undervalued passers who can be had for a relatively low price but have the point potential to far exceed their cost.

Here are six candidates who look to fit that bill:

Matt Schaub, Houston Texans
Average draft position (ADP): 89.7 (ranked 14th among quarterbacks)

The first thought that comes to most fantasy players' minds when Schaub's name is mentioned is injury. This is understandable given that Schaub has played in 11 or fewer games in three of his five seasons in Houston.

While he does have durability concerns, Schaub also has top-flight productivity potential.

Before he got hurt, Schaub was on pace to post a 240-point season despite not having the services of Andre Johnson for six of his 10 games. Only nine passers tallied more than 240 points last season, and if Johnson had been healthy, it's certainly possible Schaub could have moved that number even higher.