Written by Wesley Wood
Matt Flynn has now been traded to the Oakland Raiders. This may not be big news to some, but I believe this makes him a solid QB2. First off, let me say that I have heard nothing but apathetic thoughts about Flynn going to Oakland because there isn’t a good chance of him making an impact in the fantasy football world as a QB1. However, as a QB2, I believe Flynn can shine… as much as a QB2 can shine.
Let’s travel back to 2007. Matt Flynn is a 5th year senior who lead LSU to the BCS National Championship and won it all. He was named the Offensive MVP of the game and finished the season with 2407 passing yards with 21 TD’s and 11INT’s. He wasn’t highly thought of coming out of college and that showed as he was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 7th round. He sat on the bench behind Aaron Rodgers for 2 seasons without seeing any significant playing time. Then, in 2010, Aaron Rodgers was knocked out of the Detroit Lions game with a concussion, causing Matt Flynn to be thrown into the fire with the Packers struggling and barely clinging onto a playoff spot. The Packers end up losing 7-3 in a pitiful game overall. No one had high hopes for Flynn who received only gloom-and-doom predictions for the Packers game against the Patriots the following week. However, in complete surprise, Matt Flynn tore it up and nearly beat the Patriots! On the final drive, there was miscommunication and it became obvious : Flynn had not been prepared to run a game winning drive. Though the Packers lost, Flynn finished with 23 of 37 for 254 yards and 3 TD’s.
The off season following, conversation sparked about the possibility of Flynn being traded to another team and competing for a starting job. Well, it never happened as there wasn’t enough interest from other teams, so Flynn rode the pine for another season with the Packers. This time around, Rodgers did not get injured. In fact the Packers were 14-1 heading into week 17 and had the #1 seed locked down in the NFC and essentially had nothing to play for. This caused Flynn to have his second start and he took full advantage. He set a single game Packer record with 6 TD’s and 480 passing yards.
In the following off season, Matt Flynn signs with the Seahawks with intentions of being the starter, and Seattle certainly intended him to be. They drafted Russell Wilson in round 3 of the 2012 NFL Draft and surprisingly, Wilson beat out Flynn for the starting job, but justified it with his good performance.
Now, here we are in the 2013 NFL off season and Flynn has been traded to the Raiders with only Terrelle Pryor behind him. Barring Pryor having a miracle breakthrough it looks as though Flynn is the starter. Now here is why I believe Flynn can be a better QB than most expect.
The Raiders overall seem to be heading in a better direction since ownership and management of the team shifted from Al Davis to the new organization. They seem to be ready to become a legit team with a few pieces already in place to help their new QB. First off, Darren McFadden. Have you seen McFadden play?!
He is a great pass-catching RB who can do it all. His only knock is his seeming to miss a handful of games every season. Next up, Denarius Moore, who was Carson Palmer’s favorite target when he was on the field. Moore also seems to have a reoccurring case of the injury bug. The Raiders also have Rod Streater, who looked promising last year and flashed some big play abilities.
With what I have seen of Flynn and the direction the Raiders are heading in, I cannot help but be optimistic of what Flynn can do. While he may never reach QB1 status in the world of fantasy football, he can be a very viable QB2 which is important in 2 QB leagues and to those of us who may own an injury prone QB like RGIII. Matt Flynn has some weapons around him and will finally be given his chance to start. Considering how far he has come and his continue struggle to start, I would love to see him succeed.