Fantasy Football Quarterbacks – Serviceable QBs
With training camp approaching, I figured what better time to take a look at the QBs around the league.
We profiled the Big Dogs and Second Tier QBs, now it’s time to look at the guys who you can plug and play when the matchups fit, use in deep leagues, make good backup QBs or second starter in 2 QB leagues, or guys to roll with if you waited until well into your draft to pick a QB.
Matt Leinart/Kurt Warner - This one is tricky because Matt is the guy that will be given every chance to be the starter, but Warner (3417 yards, 27 TDs) was highly effective last year. With Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald as starters, either of these QBs are worth having. Problem is you may have to own both.
Jake Delhomme – When you have a target like Steve Smith, you have potential. When you add D.J. Hackett and Muhsin Muhammad to mix, things get even more exciting. If his elbow holds up (and the rest of his body) he can easily make the leap to the Second Tier level (if not even the Big Dog level). Perhaps no QB has a wider spectrum between highs and lows.
Vince Young – Entering his third season, VY has to start living up to the hype. He regressed last year, mainly because he didn’t have any weapons to work with. Unfortunately, he still doesn’t have the weapons to be a consistent fantasy starter, but I think he’s a good enough football player that he’ll show glimpses of greatness this year.
Matt Schaub – There are things Schaub has going for him. It’s his second year as a starter so everything shouldn’t feel as new with him. He has one of the best targets to throw to in Andre Johnson (who will hopefully stay healthy this year). The reason he’s not ranked higher, though, is because capable backup Sage Rosenfels is waiting in the wings. If he gets off to a slow start, the Texans won’t hesitate to cook with Sage.
Aaron Rodgers - This is mainly on potential than anything else. He’s a starting QB (so long as Brett Favre doesn’t butt his way in) of a team with great offensive weapons. He’ll have to show he can handle the pressure of replacing a legend, which is a tall order. Additionally, he’ll have to stay healthy.
Jon Kitna – With Mike Martz bringing his pass-happy ways to San Francisco, Jon Kitna sees his value take a dip. He most likely won’t be chucking the ball 40-50 times a game this year. If he doesn’t get in as many attempts, all of the sudden he’s just a mediocre fantasy QB. If the Lions’ season goes sour, there’s a good chance Drew Stanton can get a turn. I was high on Kitna last year, and this year I couldn’t be more opposite.