Fantasy Football Preseason Heroes – Quarterbacks
Here are some Quarterbacks putting up serious preseason numbers. Let’s take a look and see if they have a chance to translate some of that preseason production into fantasy worth in regular season play.
Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle Seahawks - Through two games, Hasselbeck leads all QBs with a 111.9 passer rating. He has completed 67.9% of his passes (19 of 28) for 198 yards and 2 TDs. The key to his success is staying healthy. Now that two of his starting offensive lineman have been injured, I would move Hasselbeck down from a low-end QB1 to a high-end QB2 as he’s likely to take more hits with his make-shift line. It’s nice to see him getting into a rhythm though.
Tarvaris Jackson, Minnesota Vikings - T-Jack responded to the challenge of Brett Favre’s arrival with a perfect 158.3 passer rating, completing 80% of his passes (12 of 15) for 202 yards and 2 TDs. Unfortunately for Jackson, the Vikings are likely showcasing him so they can try to trade him. With Favre, T-Jack, Sage Rosenfels, and John David Booty on the roster, something has to give. The Vikes won’t carry four QBs this year. Depending on where he ends up, he could have some fantasy value, but I wouldn’t waste a roster spot with him.
A.J. Feeley, Philadelphia Eagles - Feeley leads all QBs with 347 preseason passing yards. He has completed 34 of 44 passes (77.3%) with 1 TD and a 106.9 passer rating. The showing is nice, but he is unlikely to unseat Kevin Kolb for the backup role.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, Buffalo Bills - Fitzpatrick has been unconscious completing 72.1% of his passes (31 of 43) for 316 yards. He’s sixth in the preseason standings with a 90.8 passer rating. He had a good preseason last year as well, and we saw what he did when Carson Palmer went down…little. He has a little better weapons with the Bills, but don’t expect much from him if Trent Edwards gets hurt.
Brodie Croyle, Kansas City Chiefs - It’s unlikely Croyle can unseat newcomer Matt Cassel. That would almost be an admission that the old regime was right. Still, if Croyle continues to push Cassel with his 60.7 completion percentage (17 of 28) and 80.4 passer rating (8th best), fans could start calling for Cassel’s head if he struggles out of the gate.
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