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Fantasy Football Pre-Season Preview: Quarterbacks
David Dorey
July 27, 2012
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Other Positions:  Quarterbacks  |  Running Backs  |  Receivers

2011 was the year of the quarterback with all-time records set in several categories. Your fantasy quarterback can be one of the biggest scorers on your team and a position that is worth understanding and evaluating. To follow is a team-by-team breakdown of their situation at quarterback and if it is worth tracking for changes in the preseason.

Position Totals by Year

Year Runs Rush Yards Rush TD Passes Comps Pass Yards YPC Pass TD Int
2005 1,384 4,564 44 16,433 9,776 111,478 11.4 639 507
2006 1,425 5,221 44 16,350 9,786 112,038 11.4 643 516
2007 1,305 4,001 40 17,023 10,414 116,615 11.2 715 534
2008 1,316 4,435 48 16,486 10,060 114,456 11.4 638 463
2009 1,336 4,292 45 16,992 10,356 118,600 11.5 703 517
2010 1,420 5,659 46 17,236 10,476 120,755 11.5 746 510
2011 1,571 6,075 66 17,357 10,437 124,886 12.0 741 503

No doubt that the NFL is a passing league. The passing yards and touchdowns have been on an increase for many years now and that shows up mostly in the yards per completion that has never been higher. Overall, the passing attempts and completions have been fairly close for the last three years but the average gain goes up along with the scores.

Top Ten Quarterback Totals

Year Runs Rush Yards Rush TD Passes Comps Pass Yards Pass TD FF Pts
2003 358 1,223 18 5,062 3,191 36,991 257 2,851
2004 401 1,388 14 5,169 3,261 41,259 302 3,192
2005 370 1,223 13 4,999 3,098 36,432 233 2,721
2006 451 2,123 18 5,161 3,118 36,985 222 2,474
2007 287 674 14 5,319 3,434 40,090 315 3,416
2008 417 1,289 13 5,490 3,505ca 40,904 263 3,305
2009 303 746 12 5,356 3,554 43,778 294 3,219
2010 392 1,399 14 5,487 3547 40,917 290 3,431
2011 430 1,519 32 5,750 3669 45,839 334 3,972

In fantasy terms, the top tens are always much more relevant and of interest and here we see those overall differences become more profound. The addition of Cam Newton helped the rushing touchdowns to an all-time high but the yardage has been higher overall in the past. Rushing stats are always the product of just a few players anyway. The amount of passes thrown by the top ten - never higher. You would expect the big stats in a season with three 5000 yard passers and the touchdowns followed the same path with 394 from the top ten. Last year witnessed the best quarterbacks just being so much more productive with nearly 5000 more yards than in 2010. Hard to believe that only six years ago the quarterbacks had just 222 passing scores from the top ten.

Arizona Cardinals

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2009 594 3 392 3 4,200 12 27 11 18 21
2010 559 13 284 25 3,247 28 10 31 19 21
2011 550 14 307 21 3,954 15 21 15 23 27

(Camp Watch) The Cardinals passed almost the exact same amount the last two seasons but saw an increase of around 700 more passing yards and a doubling of the touchdowns thrown. Kevin Kolb became the starter but his stats were mostly pedestrian and the team would not have seen the increase in passing stats were it not for the six games that John Skelton started while Kolb was injured. This is another one of those situations where the high-priced free agent came in and was not nearly as effective as the second-stringer already on the roster. Kolb is the most likely to start the season once again but the competition is open in camp between he and Skelton. The Cardinals added WR Michael Floyd with their 1.13 pick so the talent level hopefully rises back to the Boldin era. This is a camp watch worth noting since at worst the winner will be a solid fantasy backup and could end up being a lower level starter in many leagues.

Atlanta Falcons

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2009 570 7 332 17 3,697 16 26 14 17 19
2010 577 8 361 7 3,725 16 28 9 9 4
2011 593 4 365 7 4,365 8 29 7 13 9

All arrows are pointing up for Matt Ryan who has improved each season in yardage and touchdowns. The addition of Julio Jones did not result in any more passes thrown last year, but Ryan went from 10.3 yards per completion to 12.0 yards for 2011. His progression has never seen a monumental leap to the next year but instead a steady progression that should see him break into the elite group of quarterbacks this year. He has both Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez along with Julio Jones who should be even better in his second season. Throw in possibly the lightest passing schedule in the league and the only question is just how much better Ryan becomes this year? He is already top ten in almost all areas and the situation is ripe for him to challenge the top five.

Baltimore Ravens

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2009 508 25 320 19 3,637 18 21 17 13 7
2010 489 25 306 19 3,622 18 25 15 10 6
2011 543 18 313 17 3,628 19 20 19 12 5

While there is something to be said for consistency, in this case it is mostly abject mediocrity for a team that has a variance of only 15 yards or less for passing yards each year. That is amazing but it is also always right below the middle of the pack. Joe Flacco is considered by many to be a very good quarterback held back by a "run-first" system. He does do well on passing percentages and interceptions but in fantasy terms he always makes a nice backup quarterback and nothing more. With the same offense in place and only Jacoby Jones as a new face there is no real reason to expect anything more. It was disappointing to see the exact same thing in 2011 while other top quarterbacks were all enjoying career if not record-setting seasons.

Buffalo Bills

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2009 439 30 254 30 2,737 30 15 27 19 25
2010 568 11 322 18 3,651 17 25 14 24 30
2011 577 10 356 10 3,857 16 24 10 24 29

(Improving) Two years of Chan Gailey has had a positive effect on the offense and made Ryan Fitzpatrick go from being a backup whose only interesting characteristic was that he played at Harvard to now flirting with fantasy starter status. The overall passing numbers have improved and the Bills ranked 10th in passes, completions and touchdowns last year. Fitzpatrick is safe as the starter and has done a surprisingly good job for the last two years. But he still needs to take one more step up to make the Bills offense be special and to turn into a viable fantasy starter. He has already played with Steve Johnson, David Nelson and Donald Jones who must all take a step up as well. No new blood here but a nice progression upwards.

Carolina Panthers

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2009 465 29 264 28 3,070 27 16 25 20 27
2010 482 26 255 32 2,635 32 9 32 21 26
2011 517 24 310 18 4,051 13 21 14 17 22

Cam Newton was the biggest surprise last season when he took a team ranked #32 in completions, pass yards and passing touchdowns and then became a fantasy darling perhaps of all time. The reality is that he started out with big yardage games in three of his first four but then down the stretch was below average in passing. As a passer, he really was just average at best though that was a major upgrade from ranking #32 the previous season. His value was mainly as a runner (126-706-14) where he shattered rookie records. He's a safe starter this year obviously but the Panthers did nothing to upgrade the receivers and outside of Steve Smith the wideouts and tight ends remained average at best.

Chicago Bears

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2009 562 8 339 12 3,677 17 27 12 27 30
2010 466 31 276 28 3,397 25 23 20 21 27
2011 471 27 268 29 3,346 24 18 24 20 25

(Improving) Bringing in Mike Martz actually did little to help the Bears offense which remains below average in all passing categories. That's been pretty much the case for their storied history thanks in part to wintry weather conditions blowing in off the lake. Now Mike Tice is promoted up from offensive line coach and that should help Jay Cutler at least in pass protection since Tice knows blocking. He's putting in shorter drops and using more personnel to help block. That should help Cutler who has a nice schedule at the end of the year and is reunited with Brandon Marshall. At the least, the stats are likely to be no worse and there's a definite shot at improvement this year.

Cincinnati Bengals

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2009 477 27 286 25 3,134 24 21 18 13 7
2010 589 6 365 5 3,988 13 26 12 20 24
2011 534 20 308 20 3,507 20 21 16 14 11

Andy Dalton had a solid rookie season playing in the worst division for quarterbacks. With a 21:14 ratio of TDs to interceptions and 3507 yards passing, his second season has to be much anticipated. He lost Jerome Simpson but the Bengals drafted Sanu Mohamed with their 3.20 pick. Dalton just needs a solid camp to springboard him into the season and A.J. Green already looks like one of the elite. This could be an improving situation but a brutal schedule will likely slow down his progress if not cap what he can do with the offense.

Cleveland Browns

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2009 438 31 217 31 2,227 32 11 31 17 19
2010 472 30 292 23 3,142 30 12 30 18 20
2011 570 11 320 15 3,300 25 16 27 13 10

This has long been one of the worst passing teams in the NFL and even with a ton more passes in 2011, no progress was made. The Browns used their second pick (1.22) to nab Brandon Weeden from Oklahoma State and that could pay dividends. But they did nothing to acquire better receivers until using the supplemental draft to burn their 2013 second round pick to take Josh Gordon who only had one year of college playing time and plenty of baggage including not playing at all last season. This could be an improving situation but a rookie quarterback and receiver won't likely ignite much early in the year if at all this season.

Dallas Cowboys

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2009 550 13 347 10 4,483 8 26 13 9 3
2010 575 9 379 4 4,208 9 29 7 19 22
2011 570 12 376 4 4,453 7 33 5 12 6

There is nothing to prove this year other than if Tony Romo can play a full season for the first time in an even-numbered year and of course if the Cowboys can reach the playoffs. This has remained a top ten passing attack with or without Romo though Jon Kitna is finally in the pasture and Kyle Orton will back him up. The Cowboys lost Laurent Robinson and Dez Bryant continues to have off the field issues. Nothing for camp to prove though it would be nice to see Orton light it up in a preseason game since the backup always plays in place of Romo every other year.

Denver Broncos

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2009 558 9 341 11 3,825 13 21 16 13 7
2010 580 7 334 15 4,307 6 25 13 12 7
2011 524 22 276 27 3,487 22 21 17 15 16

(Camp Watch) Talk about changing up the dynamics. The Broncos could not part fast enough with Tim Tebow and appeased his fans by bringing in Peyton Manning fresh off his year's vacation of neck rubs. This is a very important training camp both to see what Manning will be post-injury and how he meshes with his receivers since last year was no measuring stick. Tebow had some success with Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker but never at the same time and often with neither. If Manning looks sharp again in camp, his draft stock rises along with Thomas and Decker as well.

Detroit Lions

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2009 585 6 316 20 3,471 20 16 23 32 32
2010 631 3 383 3 4,001 12 26 11 16 16
2011 666 1 423 2 5,071 4 41 3 16 19

Apparently waiting around for Matthew Stafford to finally play a full season was well worth it. The Lions have never been better at quarterback and return all the same receivers plus the rookie Ryan Broyles. Stafford passed for 5038 yards to enter the NFL record books. All training camp and preseason games mean little other than letting Stafford get back in the groove without getting injured.

Green Bay Packers

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2009 553 10 357 8 4,492 4 30 4 8 2
2010 541 17 352 10 4,355 5 31 4 13 9
2011 550 15 376 5 5,161 3 51 1 8 2

Like Stafford, Aaron Rodgers needs nothing from this summer other than to stay healthy and remain sharp. He could have entered the record books as well were he not resting in the final game and he still had 45 touchdown passes. Nothing to learn here and even all his receivers are still the same.

Houston Texans

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2009 592 4 399 2 4,803 1 29 5 16 17
2010 574 10 365 6 4,370 4 24 18 12 8
2011 467 29 288 25 3,696 18 20 18 9 3

Matt Schaub has healed from his Lis Franc foot injury and was cleared to participate in training camp. The numbers all took a hit last year and not merely because Schaub was gone along with Andre Johnson. The Texans had the most dominating rushing attack in the entire NFL and did not need to throw nearly as much anyway. This was a top five passing attack in terms of pass yardage for a few years but no more and it cannot be relied on to return even with Schaub and Johnson back. The Texans lost Jacoby Jones but he never much mattered anyway. Schaub is in a contract year and the Texans did not want to give him an early extension until they can see a full season of healthy playing in 2012.

Indianapolis Colts

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2009 599 2 401 1 4,583 2 33 3 18 21
2010 679 1 450 1 4,700 2 33 2 17 18
2011 534 21 302 22 3,223 29 14 29 14 12

(Camp Watch) The Colts are tilling the soil and planting a new crop for the first time in over a decade. This camp and the preseason games to follow are a must watch with Andrew Luck trying to reward the Colts for making him the #1 pick in the NFL draft this year. Luck has to show up and prove that Reggie Wayne's stock won't drop too much and that Coby Fleener can continue to have the same chemistry with his ex-Stanford quarterback in Luck. Likely there will be very limited fantasy value from the Colts this year but it all revolves around what Luck can accomplish this summer.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2009 519 23 315 21 3,599 19 15 26 10 4
2010 419 32 265 31 3,076 31 25 17 17 19
2011 469 28 240 31 2,510 31 12 30 15 17

(Improving) On the plus side, there will be improvement this year. There has to be. This was one of the very worst passing offenses in literally every possible category. In a season that featured three passers exceeding 5000 yards, the Jaguars only managed 2510 yards. But Blaine Gabbert still has the confidence of the coaches which is pretty amazing given that he topped 200 passing yards in only three of 16 games. But the Jaguars did bring in Laurent Robinson as a prized free agent and drafted Justin Blackmon as the first wideout taken. Throw in Lee Evans for giggles and this is legitimately an all new set of receivers. Another situation where improvement is all but guaranteed and yet still it will likely lack any fantasy significance.

Kansas City Chiefs

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2009 534 18 295 24 3,157 23 18 21 16 17
2010 475 28 274 29 3,189 29 27 10 8 3
2011 403 32 240 32 2,509 32 12 31 16 20

The Chiefs imploded last year with Jamaal Charles being injured in week two and it was all downhill from there. That included a spotty year from Matt Cassel who missed the final seven games with a broken hand. But the new coaching staff elected to bring Cassel back and allow Kyle Orton to leave. New OC Brian Daboll spent the last three seasons running the offense for the Browns and Dolphins which hardly spawns great confidence. Brady Quinn was brought in but this remains Cassel's team. With Dwayne Bowe, Steve Breaston and Jonathan Baldwin this offense should improve but installing a new offense with players returning from injury make it harder to rely on. Camp should help prove if this is going to be anything more than a rebuilding year.

Miami Dolphins

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2009 538 17 329 18 3,374 21 14 28 18 21
2010 554 14 335 14 3,755 15 17 27 21 28
2011 443 31 263 30 3,258 27 20 20 12 7

(Camp Watch) This was a bad passing offense last year with poor results from Chad Henne and Matt Moore. An entirely new coaching staff includes OC Mike Sherman installing a West Coast offense and they drafted Ryan Tannehill who worked with Sherman at Texas A&M. The Fins also brought in David Garrard who is looking for a second chance. Tannehill will be the eventual starter but when that happens depends much on training camp. What is scary here is that they allowed Brandon Marshall to leave and did not replace him. Sherman was confident that his offense needs no true #1 receiver. Ironically, the Bears gladly accepted Marshall having spent the last two seasons proving that not having a #1 wideout pretty much ensures mediocrity for each and overall. This could be a changing quarterback situation as the season progresses and with arguably the weakest set of receivers in the league. No reason to follow the training camp short of playing in a 32 team fantasy league.

Minnesota Vikings

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2009 552 11 377 6 4,403 9 34 2 7 1
2010 505 21 305 20 3,327 26 14 29 26 32
2011 510 25 286 26 3,255 28 20 21 17 23

(Camp Watch) The Brett Favre era - brief as it was - has not been remotely copied in the last two seasons but the Vikings were able to end yet another past fantasy quarterback's career with Donovan McNabb released. Christian Ponder was marginally successful in his seven full games played and takes over this year. Early word from coaches is that he is "light years" ahead of last season. With Adrian Peterson coming off his knee injury, the Vikes will need throw more this year and especially earlier in the season as well. The Vikes added Jerome Simpson who has drawn favorable offseason reviews. WIth a new quarterback and Percy Harvin there, this is at least a casual camp watch to see how well Ponder will mesh with his receivers.

New England Patriots

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2009 592 5 390 4 4,540 3 28 7 13 7
2010 507 20 331 16 4,022 10 37 1 5 1
2011 612 3 402 3 5,261 2 39 4 12 8

Tom Brady finished with 5239 passing yards in 2011 to yet again get his name in the record books. He passed for 39 touchdowns for his second best mark and even rushed in three scores. Nothing to prove in camp this year other than getting used to Brandon Lloyd.

New Orleans Saints

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2009 544 14 378 5 4,490 5 34 1 12 6
2010 661 2 450 2 4,636 3 33 3 22 29
2011 662 2 472 1 5,505 1 46 2 14 13

Drew Brees shattered the all-time passing record with 5476 yards in one season and he's the lowest risk quarterback so far since he always ends up top five at worst. This is the premiere passing offense in the NFL but could be impacted by the loss of coaches and defensive players because of "Bountygate". But nothing is important in training camp other than remaining healthy now that he has received his monster payday. The loss of Robert Meachem could have a very minor impact but Brees should make that a nonevent.

New York Giants

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2009 542 15 338 14 4,246 11 28 8 14 13
2010 539 18 339 13 4,002 11 31 5 25 31
2011 589 6 359 9 4,933 5 29 6 16 21

Eli Manning also comes off a career year and returns the same receivers from last season. Hakeem Nicks might miss training camp because of his foot but Victor Cruz has already broken out and it will give Manning time with the rookie Rueben Randle and Domenik Hixon. Not much to follow here since Nicks is expected to be ready at the start of the season.

New York Jets

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2009 390 32 209 32 2,569 31 12 29 20 28
2010 522 19 286 24 3,414 24 19 24 14 12
2011 546 17 309 19 3,501 21 26 9 18 24

Sadly there is really not much to see here and yet it may end up as the most followed training camp for quarterbacks. Thanks to Tim Tebow being sent packing by Denver who was looking for a way - any way really - to part ways with the media phenomena. This is always a below average passing attack and there is no reason to change expectations even if Tebow plays a role. The Jets will likely have even weaker receivers this season so there is no reason to watch camp or preseason games. Except TIM TEBOW is there.

Oakland Raiders

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2009 484 26 255 29 2,875 29 10 32 18 21
2010 490 23 279 27 3,471 23 18 26 16 17
2011 521 23 314 16 4,084 12 19 22 23 28

(Improving) The passing stats were noticeably higher last year thanks in no small part to Carson Palmer (and by his absence, Jason Campbell). The Raiders may be in sneaky good shape since Palmer started nine games and gained 300+ yards in four of them including the 417 yard season ender. With an offseason under his belt, training camp should be even more meaningful as the Raiders install a new offense by Greg Knapp. He was there in 2007-2008 as one of the many coaches killed by Jamarcus Russell. The new offense will focus shorter passes off of play action now that Big Al is wearing wings on his pantsuit. It is worth watching to see if Palmer can be considered as a low end starter or just a fantasy back-up. This should be the best season for Raider passing in many years.

Philadelphia Eagles

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2009 552 12 335 16 4,380 10 27 10 13 7
2010 561 12 348 12 4,215 8 28 8 13 10
2011 553 13 330 14 4,276 10 22 11 25 32

Vick set a personal best in Philly bey only missing three games in 2011 instead of the four games he was out in 2010 and 2009. As always happens, his rushing touchdowns went down from nine to only one while his passing remained roughly the same. This offense could produce a nice year for him if he could ever remain healthy all season long. No changes in coaches or receivers so camp is just to sharpen skills and mostly to remain healthy.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2009 534 19 350 9 4,490 6 27 9 13 7
2010 477 27 296 22 3,848 14 20 22 9 5
2011 537 19 339 13 4,285 9 21 13 15 18

Ben Roethlisberger does well enough considering he is in the toughest division in the NFL for passers. New OC Todd Haley will install a new offense that even Big Ben has admitted is complicated. But the personnel remains the same in Pittsburgh and the well-established offense can learn a few new tricks without stumbling. With Rashard Mendenhall on the mend, chances are the Steelers will not throw any less if not more this year. But nothing to prove in camp beyond learning the new offense.

San Diego Chargers

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2009 517 24 337 15 4,485 7 29 6 10 4
2010 542 16 358 8 4,718 1 30 6 13 11
2011 582 9 366 6 4,624 6 27 8 20 26

Rivers comes off an average sort of season with the exception of throwing 20 interceptions which was about double his norm. The biggest part of training camp is the absence of Vincent Jackson. The Chargers brought in Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal to add to Malcolm Floyd and Vincent Brown. Antonio Gates says he is healthy again but he's 32 and broke down the last two seasons. This camp is worth noting to see how well Rivers is connecting with Meachem and Royal. There is no star wideout there currently and that may still be true at the end of the season. But Rivers is going to be throwing and it is a situation to follow.

San Francisco 49ers

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2009 527 21 312 22 3,293 22 23 15 14 13
2010 500 22 282 26 3,613 19 19 23 15 13
2011 450 30 276 28 3,179 30 17 26 5 1

(Improving) The 49ers have never been better than average since the days of Terrell Owens. And they have elected to keep Alex Smith at the helm despite the low numbers from 2011 when most other quarterbacks were on fire. A great defense has reduced the need to throw and made Smith more of a game manager but 2012 could be different. Frank Gore was wearing down last year and may not be as big of a factor. Plus the 49ers added Randy Moss and Mario Manningham to add to Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis. That certainly sounds like far more receivers than passes to go around but there is a chance that Moss could surprise. Worth following this summer though the risk of mediocrity here may have never been greater because there are too many potential weapons to use in what has long been a marginal passing offense.

Seattle Seahawks

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2009 608 1 371 7 3,729 15 20 20 19 25
2010 543 15 323 17 3,508 22 14 28 20 25
2011 506 26 298 23 3,389 23 15 28 14 14

(Camp Watch) There is no certainty that any fantasy value is coming to come from the passing attack in Seattle - it really very little last year. But Matt Flynn was brought in and paid $19 million with $7 million in incentives. The Seahawks also drafted Russell Wilson out of Wisconsin with their 3.12 pick and he's impressed in his limited work before training camp. This is going to be a three-way quarterback competition but the money spent says this is Flynn's to win. Jackson has never been more than a backup miscast as a starter and Wilson is too green. But Flynn has not, according to HC Pete Carroll, "grabbed" the job yet. Likely a limited value in fantasy terms regardless but it is an unsettled situation that may have some promise.

St. Louis Rams

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2009 542 16 311 23 2,934 28 11 30 21 29
2010 590 5 354 9 3,512 21 18 25 15 14
2011 547 16 292 24 3,258 26 9 32 9 4

The 2010 Offensive Rookie of the Year passed for 3512 yards and 18 touchdowns and then fell flat last season with a new offensive scheme that never took shape and a shocking nine passing touchdowns to rank worst in the NFL. But Jeff Fisher and OC Brian Schottenheimer is considering this a do-over year and disregarding the bedlam of 2011. Brandon Lloyd came in last season but has since gone to New England. This is still an offense without any serviceable #1 receiver but training camp should disclose which player is likely to lead the others. The rookies Brian Quick (2.01) and Chris Givens (4.01) will be given chances to make a difference and Steve Smith (the lesser) was brought in to add to Danny Amendola. Worth watching to see what happens with the receivers but no changes for Bradford. It would be nice to see him step it back up in camp but he has to learn yet another offense.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2009 522 22 279 26 3,134 25 18 22 29 31
2010 490 24 305 21 3,562 20 25 16 6 2
2011 587 7 365 8 3,838 17 17 25 24 30

(Improving) The coaching upheaval should prove to be a good thing for Josh Freeman who took a dive last year when he fell from 25 touchdowns to only 16 and yet threw 22 interceptions after only six in 2010. But OC Greg Schiano has spent the last two seasons tutoring Eli Manning with spectacular results and the Buccaneers picked up Vincent Jackson. They dumped Kellen Winslow but added the best running back in the draft with Trent Richardson. This should be a very different offense with potential to be very good once it all comes together. This is a definite watch for Freeman who seemed on the verge of being a fantasy starter in 2010 and then fell from grace last year.

Tennessee Titans

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2009 475 28 271 27 3,104 26 16 24 15 15
2010 474 29 273 30 3,278 27 24 19 15 15
2011 584 8 353 11 4,113 11 22 12 14 15

(Camp Watch) Matt Hasselbeck and Jake Locker will compete for the starting job that eventually Locker has to end up with. What will happen is that either Hasselbeck earns the right to start the season and then hand over the job to Locker before December or Locker just wins it and starts his career. OC Chris Palmer wants to completely integrate the offense that he started last year and that bodes well for the starting quarterback. Kenny Britt may have a very slow start this year as he recovers from a couple of knee surgeries in the offseason but Kendall Wright was their 1.20 pick last April and he has already been impressive. Camp watch to see if Locker wins the starting job or if he has to wait a while longer.

Washington Redskins

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2009 530 20 339 13 3,762 14 20 19 15 15
2010 605 4 349 11 4,261 7 21 21 19 23
2011 590 5 345 12 4,009 14 18 23 24 31

The Redskins wasted no time in making Robert Griffin III the second overall pick in the NFL draft and he brings much optimism and potential to the offense. He's the rookie quarterback most like Cam Newton who shattered the myth that rookies do not matter in fantasy. The Redskins brought in Pierre Garcon and they actually expect him to become a #1 wide receiver but Griffin starts out with a less than stellar cast outside of TE Fred Davis. Aging Santana Moss remains and Leonard Hankerson will figure in. Griffin should run the ball as well which will help. Griffin's preseason games will be the best clue as to what to expect.

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