Fantasy Football Quarterbacks – Scrap Pile
With training camp approaching, I figured what better time to take a look at the QBs around the league.
We profiled the Big Dogs, Second Tier QBs, and the Serviceable QBs, now it’s time to look at the rest of the signal callers. I know scrap pile may seem a little harsh, but when you consider we already profiled 20 QBs, you catch my drift. These guys will be used on bye weeks and when injuries strike. I’m sure a few of them will turn out to be decent plays. Some will likely lose their starting job. That’s the nature of the beast when you deal with the shallow end of the QB pool.
Jason Campbell - I actually don’t mind Jason Campbell. If he weren’t coming off a knee injury I would probably put him in the Serviceable QB group. He made decent strides in his second year. I would just like to see him throw more TDs.
Jeff Garcia – Garcia is a decent play in leagues that penalize for INTs since he seldom throws to the wrong color jersey. He’s not going to give you a huge week, but he’s a decent fill-in when your starter is on bye. He’s in the scrap pile because Tampa has a few decent QBs on hand in case they want to go a different direction.
Tarvaris Jackson – With the acquisition of Benard Berrian, the development of Sidney Rice, the double-headed monster in the backfield, and a little experience gained, and T-Jack has some potential to break out of the scrap pile. He needs to gain confidence and consistency.
Alex Smith – Smith was a pick of mine to breakout last year. He made me look foolish. My expectations are justifiably lower this year. However, he does have Mike Martz to help him along, as well as newly acquired Bryant Johnson and Isaac Bruce. Perhaps this is the year Vernon Davis lives up to his hype as well.
JaMarcus Russell – They will probably be passing a lot since they will be behind in most games. He’s got that going for him. As long as Javon Walker can get home for some beauty rest instead of curbside butt whoopings, he’s got a legitimate weapon. He’s still very inexperienced though, and there will be plenty of bumps along the way. I can see him leading the league in INTs.
Chad Pennington/Kellen Clemens – Let’s face it. Neither of these QBs excite you. For good reason. They do have a pair of quality WRs, but I can see split duty out of these two. That’s a situation I’ll steer clear of.
Trent Edwards/J.P. Losman – Trent is penciled in as the starter, but I’m not sure Buffalo has witnessed the last of Mr. Losman. Neither is going to wow you with statistics, but they may be useful for a game or two this year.
Brodie Croyle/Damon Huard – I ‘d like to see Brodie Croyle take the job and run with it. He’s got some weapons in Tony Gonzalez and Dwayne Bowe. Still, I know I wouldn’t trust him.
Rex Grossman – Yuck. Marty Booker is back. Oh boy. They lost their best deep threat. They are going to need Devin Hester to step up his game if Rexy is going to even be relevant in fantasy circles. Avoid this like the plague.
Kyle Boller/Troy Smith/Joe Flacco – I actually could see all three getting starts this year. Boller get the starting nod and loses it by Week 4. Troy Smith takes over and mans the post until Week 10. The rookie Joe Flacco finishes the season off to get him experience for next season. That’s how it plays out in my head.
Josh McCown/John Beck/Chad Henne – I can see the same scenario go down in Miami. McCown early. Beck gets another shot and misses, Henne finishes with eyes towards the future.
Chris Redman/Joey Harrington/Matt Ryan – The question is when, not if, the Matt Ryan era will begin. I don’t know why, but I’d like to see Joey have a decent little go of things. I’ve had a soft spot for him for whatever reason. I think he got a bad shake in Detroit, and was ruined. That said, the sooner they get to Ryan the better.