Fantasy Football Profile – Scrap Pile QBs
Luke McCown, Tampa Bay – If McCown can win the starting gig in Tampa Bay he could put up decent numbers. He has a couple of nice targets in Antonio Bryant and Kellen Winslow, Jr. Unfortunately he doesn’t have any easy matchups during the bye weeks. He faces New Orleans in Weeks 11 & 16, although it would be pretty ballsy to use him in the fantasy Super Bowl. He could possibly be used with Matt Cassel as the Chiefs face Baltimore in Week 11.
Chad Pennington, Miami Dolphins – Pennington could lose even more time to the Wildcat with the addition of Pat White. Plus, Chad Henne could be breathing down his neck. After an easy 2008 schedule, the Dolphins have a much more daunting task in ’09. His best matchup is Week 7 vs. New Orleans. Kyle Orton, Matt Hasselbeck, and David Garrard are on bye that week.
Shaun Hill, San Francisco 49ers – If Hill can hold off Alex Smith, he could have a solid year with Rookie Michael Crabree and Frank Gore. Maybe this is the year Vernon Davis finally breaks out. The Niners play Arizona in Week 1 & 14, St. Louis in Week 4, and Detroit in Week 16. It would also take cojones to roll with Hill in the fantasy Super Bowl. In Week 4 though, he could be used to spell Matt Ryan, Donovan McNabb, or Kurt Warner who are on bye.
Jason Campbell, Washington Redskins – I give him credit for not pulling a Cutler and crying that his team wanted to trade him. However, his team still wanted to trade him. Not exactly the ringing endorsement I want for one of my fantasy QBs. He has weapons in Santana Moss and Chris Cooley. He has some decent matchups. St. Louis and Detroit in Weeks 1 & 2, Kansas City in Week 6, Denver in Week 10, and New Orleans in Week 13. He could fill in for Peyton or Romo in Week 6 or Eli or Schaub in Week 10.
Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens – I like the way he plays, but his thin arsenal took a hit when Derrick Mason retired. If Todd Heap and L.J. Smith can stay healthy and Mark Clayton can step up, maybe he’ll be a serviceable backup. He faces Cleveland in Weeks 3 & 10, Cincy in Weeks 5 & 9, Denver in Week 8, and Detroit in Week 14. He could fill in for Cutler, Rodgers, Brees, or Philips in Week 5 or Eli or Schaub in Week 10. I don’t trust the Week 9 bye QBs to be #1 fantasy QBs.
Marc Bulger, St. Louis Rams – I have moved on from think Bulger can do anything. Still, he may get drafted in some leagues. He faced Detroit in Week 8 and New Orleans in Week 10 so he could fill in for Palmer, Cassel, Brady, or Big Ben in Week 8 or Eli or Schaub in Week 10.
Kerry Collins, Tennessee Titans – Not much of an option, but he’s a starting QB for what that’s worth. Arizona in Week 12 and St. Louis in Week 14. Odds are you won’t use him.
JaMarcus Russell, Oakland Raiders – He’s a Raider so I would avoid him, but if you must he faces the Chiefs in Week 2 & 10 (Eli or Schaub), Denver in Weeks 3 & 15, Cincy in Week 11, and Cleveland in Week 16.
Daunte Culpepper, Detroit Lions – He is throwing it to Calvin Johnson so he’s at least worth a mention. Will likely cede the starting gig to Matthew Stafford at some point. The face the Saints in Week 1, St. Louis in Week 8 (Palmer, Cassel, Brady, Big Ben), Cleveland in Week 11, Cincy in Week 13, and Arizona in Week 15.
Brady Quinn/Derek Anderson, Cleveland Browns – I wouldn’t touch Quinn or DA, but if you must they face Denver in Week 2, Cincy in Week 4 (Matt Ryan, McNabb, Warner) & 12, Detroit in Week 11, and Kansas City in Week 15.
Mark Sanchez, New York Jets – I wouldn’t trust Sanchez either, but if you must they face New Orleans in Week 4 (Ryan, McNabb, Warner). They have a pretty tough schedule.