Fantasy Football: 2011 AFC West Quarterback Situations

May 14, 2011

San Diego’s Philip Rivers is easily the class of the division. It doesn’t matter who who is throwing too. Vincent Jackson holds out and only plays four games? Ho hum. Rivers throws for 4710 yards. Antonio Gates has nine touchdowns in the first eight games and then misses six of the next eight games? Big deal. Rivers throws 30 TDs (13 INT). Rivers remains a top tier QB1.
Kansas City got 3116 yards and 27 TDs (7 INTs) from Matt Cassel and added the 6’4″ Jonathan Baldwin to his arsenal. He should take some of the pressure Dwayne Bowe, who exploded for 1162 yards and 15 TDs last year. Bowe had just one touchdown in the last five games while averaging 55.4 yards. The Chiefs also added Rodney Hudson to help their offensive line. Cassel is a solid QB2 going into the 2011 season.
John Elway is on board with Tim Tebow as the Broncos’ quarterback. Tebow will have his ups and downs, but should be a solid QB2 thanks to his ability to run the football. He had six rushing touchdowns last year. New coach John Fox has Kyle Orton on top of the depth chart, but he could be traded once the lockout is lifted. If he beats out Tebow, he will also be a solid QB2. I just assume at some point Tebow would get a chance to start.
Then there is the Raiders. Jason Campbell is the starter, but he’s not much of a fantasy option. He topped 240 yards just twice.  He had one or fewer touchdown passes in ten of the 13 games he played in. I would look elsewhere for my backup fantasy quarterback.

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4 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. rob
    May 22nd, 2011 at 12:50 pm #

    I don’t care if Campbell isn’t a fantasy stud like some other QBs. As long as he wins games for us that is what matters.

    I am not a big fantasy football fan anyway. It is changing who should be in the Hall of Fame and who shouldn’t. Everyone says well this guy threw for 1000 yards in this game he is a sure fantasy stud but of course his team couldn’t win. While another guy throws for 100 yards in a game his team wins but I wouldn’t have him on my team. Me personally I would take the winner with less yards because when you look at it that is the type of thing that matters wins not stats.

  2. LestersLegends
    May 22nd, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    I agree to some extent, but quarterbacks get too much credit for the win and too much blame for the loss.

    You need a quarterback that doesn’t lose it for you and can make some plays to win the game when he has to.

  3. rob
    May 23rd, 2011 at 7:15 am #

    Hey that is just what Jason Campbell did for us last year.

    Do you know none of your fantasy studs could make the plays to win the game against the Raiders? Campbell with his not so fantasy stats did get the wins.

  4. LestersLegends
    May 23rd, 2011 at 7:23 am #

    The team won is all I’m saying.

    I’d rather win with my qb throwing for 100 yards than a 400 yard loss. I get that.

    Take week five for example. Rivers throws for 431 and two tds. no picks.

    campbell throws for 159 and a score. no pick.

    yes, campbell’s team won, but looking at the numbers I wouldn’t necessarily say he had a better day. it’s a team game and the raiders got a safety, blocked punt, and fumble return.

    campbell gets credit for the win, but i’d say the defense gets the game ball.

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