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Preseason Previews - Quarterbacks
David Dorey
July 19, 2010
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2009 was the year of the quarterback with top marks 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

Taken on an overall basis , the position continues to shine and comes off the highest total yardage marks last year. The passing is improving in effectiveness as shown in the higher 11.5 yards per pass. It is a marginal increase of course but indicates that the position is in a strong trend for now and that rushing numbers have slightly dipped. The only truly notable here is if these high marks in the passing game are indication of a fundamental and permanent change or if we are on the edge of a trend that is due to decline.

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 3,505 40,904 263 3,305
2009 303 746 12 5,356 3,554 43,778 294 3,219

In fantasy terms, the top tens are always much more relevant and of interest and here we see those overall differences become more profound. We are at a low spot for the rushing quarterbacks in the league. Most typically only last for a few seasons relying on their legs anyway but no new quarterbacks have stepped up. Apparently the Michael Vick effect is over. The number of passes have been fairly static for the last three years but look how effective those top ten quarterbacks were in completions and yardage. 2007 was the monster season with Tom Brady tossing 50 but last year was no slouch with a total of 294. After a very lack luster 2006 season for quarterbacks, the position has been as strong as ever in delivering a great set of top ten. With three very strong years in a row, it's almost seemingly ripe for a "correction". Either that or accept that the fundamental nature of offenses is changing to a more pass-intensive scheme - very probable.

Arizona Cardinals

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2007 590 3 356 7 4,228 5 32 4 24 31
2008 627 2 416 1 4,847 2 31 3 15 16
2009 594 3 392 3 4,200 12 27 11 18 21

2010 Starter Matt Leinart Depth Chart Change? Yes Fantasy Relevance? High

What to think? The fantasy gold mine between Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin has been forever disbanded and now Matt Leinart gets his second change to make good on his first round selection (1.10). Recall his rookie season only produced 2547 yards and 11 scores against 12 interceptions over 12 games in 2006 and that was playing with Boldin (83-1203, 4 TD) and Fitzgerald (69-946, 6 TD). He actually had a 405 yard game against the Vikings that year. No more Boldin means this offense returns to a more balanced attack and within that a lesser reliance on passing. The addition of Beanie Wells has bulked up the rushing game finally and it appears the best Leinart could do is be an average NFL quarterback. He still has Fitzgerald though and that alone makes him an intriguing fantasy backup. Camp and preseason game should be a definite watch to see what we might see in this latest iteration of Leinart. He has potential and that can be dangerous is all sense of the word.

Atlanta Falcons

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2007 555 14 336 13 3,573 17 18 20 15 10
2008 434 29 265 27 3,440 17 16 22 11 5
2009 570 7 332 17 3,697 16 26 14 17 19

2010 Starter Matt Ryan Depth Chart Change? No Fantasy Relevance? Yes

Ryan has been middle of the road in yardage thanks in no small part to having a rushing game but he showed nice progress last year scoring in all but one game and turning in eight of 13 games with multiple touchdowns. Chris Redman stepped in for three weeks when Ryan was injured but this offense remains a balanced affair between running and passing. Best to hope for here is an incremental increase for Ryan who has no new players this year and Tony Gonzalez was tailing off late season. Not much to wonder about here.

Baltimore Ravens

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2007 556 13 341 12 3,308 24 13 28 14 5
2008 432 30 260 29 3,053 27 15 25 12 9
2009 508 25 320 19 3,637 18 21 17 13 7

2010 Starter Joe Flacco Depth Chart Change? No Fantasy Relevance? Probably

Last year saw the Ravens finally become an average passing team with they ranked 18th in yards and 17 in scores but that was during a big year for passing and 3637 and 21 touchdowns would maybe approach tot ten in other years. This is a developing situation because Flacco continues to improve and now the Ravens have Anquan Boldin. Suddenly Derrick Mason is no longer the only true weapon. This offense will still prefer to run when they can, but Boldin gives them a much more effective passing game even if there are no more passes thrown. We all want to see Boldin and Flacco shine in the preseason. Expect Flacco to flirt with being a low-end starter if he and Boldin can light it up in at least one preseason game. Worth watching to be sure, still probably not going to produce a fantasy difference maker.

Buffalo Bills

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2007 444 30 262 30 2,834 30 11 31 14 5
2008 478 24 308 17 3,283 22 13 26 15 16
2009 439 30 254 30 2,737 30 15 27 19 25

2010 Starter Who cares Trent Edward Depth Chart Change? No Fantasy Relevance? Uh...no

Adding in Terrell Owens meant nothing last year. This was perhaps the saddest passing attack that ranked around 30th in most stats. Chan Gailey has assumed the head coaching job and Curtis Modkins takes over as offensive coordinator but the only mildly interesting note will be if we can draft Lee Evans with any hope to use him. This will be a transition year and comes off one of the lowest points in franchise history. Edwards doesn't even rank as a fantasy backup. Brian Brohm still believes he has a chance to start but in the end - it doesn't matter to you or I.

Carolina Panthers

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2007 505 24 285 26 2,941 28 19 18 17 17
2008 414 32 246 30 3,288 21 15 24 12 9
2009 465 29 264 28 3,070 27 16 25 20 27

2010 Starter Matt Moore Depth Chart Change? Yes Fantasy Relevance? Maybe

Jake Delhomme had big seasons in 2004 and 2005 when he ended with 24 and 29 touchdowns respectively. But he's struggled for the last four years and finally has been bounced out. Matt Moore takes over and to celebrate the event, Steve Smith broke his arm in a flag football game and is expected to show up just in time for the season and yet none of that camp time where he could be melding with Moore. This training camp is worth watching but the offense appears devoid of receiving talent other than the currently arm-casted Smith. This has been a lackluster passing game for the last four years and not much has been done to change that other than opting for the fourth-year player Moore who has limited experience so far. Camp will be critical to give us at least some idea what to expect from Moore but the absence in part of Smith makes that incomplete at best.

Chicago Bears

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2007 567 10 326 16 3,692 14 17 22 21 28
2008 527 13 304 19 3,229 25 20 16 14 15
2009 562 8 339 12 3,677 17 27 12 27 30

2010 Starter Jay Cutler Depth Chart Change? No Fantasy Relevance? Hopefully

Be still your fantasy heart. Mike Martz is coming to town which means throw out all reason and just start chunking that ball. Cutler proved to be an upgrade for the Bears last year when he ended with average passing yards from the 8th highest amount of passes thrown in the NFL. He passed for 27 touchdowns which was a major upgrade for Chicago and immediately makes you think almost anything is possible in the USA. Now Martz? The reality here is that the Bears did not add any receivers and they threw a lot of passes last year. It is very easy to remember what Martz did in St. Louis eight years ago with Kurt Warner, Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt. But this is Jay Cutler, Devin Hester, Johnny Knox and Devin Aromashodu playing half their games near the blustery lake. The only notable from camp is if Cutler seems to be locking onto one receiver more than last year but even that will be unlike a Martz scheme.

Cincinnati Bengals

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2007 575 8 373 5 4,131 9 26 11 20 23
2008 513 16 303 20 2,677 30 11 31 15 16
2009 477 27 286 25 3,134 24 21 18 13 7

2010 Starter Carson Palmer Depth Chart Change? No Fantasy Relevance? Some

There are natural questions about how well Palmer has recovered from past injuries. After being a top ten quarterback and making the Bengals passing game something to fear, the last two seasons have been below average even when Palmer has played. 2009 was a year with major passing numbers for most teams but not so in Cincinnati. Chad Ochocinco remains and Antonio Bryant makes for an interesting replacement for T.J. Houshmandzadeh (unlike Laveranues Coles proved to be). This is a camp to watch and get a feel for whether Palmer can recapture any of that magic from 2007 and before. He has the weapons and a rushing game to support him but there are reasonable questions about whether we have already seen the best of Palmer and if he can be even an average quarterback anymore.

Cleveland Browns

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2007 535 17 301 23 3,832 12 29 8 19 20
2008 484 23 237 31 2,529 32 11 32 20 29
2009 438 31 217 31 2,227 32 11 31 17 19

2010 Starter Jake Delhomme Depth Chart Change? Yes Fantasy Relevance? No means no

On the plus side, Jake Delhomme inherits the worst passing attack on the planet and has no where to go but up. Then again, he could improve numbers here and still see the Browns rank in the bottom three in every category like last year. There are no notable receivers here and outside of Mohamed Massaquoi the wideouts are more akin to a practice squad with no apparent desire to upgrade to mediocrity. This is one of those teams that you know will need to throw but there is no one to catch it and during the season you could see Seneca Wallace or Colt McCoy. Until the Browns care enough to acquire actual receivers the quarterback here is really worthless in fantasy terms.

Dallas Cowboys

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2007 531 18 342 11 4,290 4 36 2 19 20
2008 545 8 327 13 3,946 9 29 4 20 29
2009 550 13 347 10 4,483 8 26 13 9 3

2010 Starter Tony Romo Depth Chart Change? No Fantasy Relevance? Definite

As an indication of how much passing happened last year. The Cowboys passed for 4290 yards in 2007 and were 4th highest in the league and yet last year their 4483 yards were only 8th highest. The departure of Terrell Owens did nothing to hurt Romo's passing and Miles Austin stepped up in fine fashion. The Cowboys also took the plunge on drafting Dez Bryant to add to the already deep crew so Romo's fortunes look no worse this year and possibly even better. The only interesting aspect to camp is how well Romo can connect to Bryant.

Denver Broncos

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2007 515 21 326 17 3,759 13 21 15 15 10
2008 619 3 386 4 4,545 3 25 7 18 25
2009 558 9 341 11 3,825 13 21 16 13 7

2010 Starter Kyle Orton-ish Depth Chart Change? Coin flip Fantasy Relevance? Some

The drafting of Tim Tebow and acquiring Brady Quinn means it could end up musical chairs in Denver at least potentially. Orton produced average numbers which was a big step down from what Cutler had done in 2008 and Eddie Royal's value disappeared. Naturally, the Broncos then dumped their only productive wideout of Brandon Marshall. The only thing to watch here is to get an idea of who might be the starter next year. This year could be a mixed bag.

Detroit Lions

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2007 587 4 368 6 4,216 6 19 17 22 30
2008 509 17 281 24 3,299 20 18 19 19 26
2009 585 6 316 20 3,471 20 16 23 32 32

2010 Starter Matt Stafford Depth Chart Change? No Fantasy Relevance? We wish

No question who the starter here is and Stafford gets his second season to improve. The average passing numbers from last year were largely from when Stafford was out for six games and the rookie had thrown for scores in eight of his ten games played. Stafford connected with Calvin Johnson for three big games so this year should be even better. The only thing camp has of interest is to see if Stafford is progressing and how well Nate Burleson is fitting in and if he can complement Calvin Johnson.

Green Bay Packers

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2007 578 6 383 3 4,461 2 30 6 15 10
2008 541 9 343 9 4,044 7 28 5 13 12
2009 553 10 357 8 4,492 4 30 4 8 2

2010 Starter Aaron Rodgers Depth Chart Change? No Fantasy Relevance? Sky high

Maybe it's something about Wisconsin air? Brett Favre wrapped up his career in 2007 with one of his best seasons ever. After two seasons, Aaron Rodgers actually had an even better year than Favre. Rodgers is still young and ended 2009 as the highest scoring quarterback in many fantasy leagues. Nothing to watch here but fingers crossed for a repeat of a great season.

Houston Texans

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2007 529 19 346 10 3,925 11 24 13 21 28
2008 554 7 367 5 4,474 4 21 11 20 29
2009 592 4 399 2 4,803 1 29 5 16 17

2010 Starter Matt Schaub Depth Chart Change? No Fantasy Relevance? High

A healthy Matt Schaub is a good thing. A very good thing. He remained on the field for all 16 games last year and led the league in passing yardage. Texans return the same receivers so the only notable change here is to watch to make sure that Owen Daniels has recovered from his torn ACL. Hopefully Schaub has figured out how to remain healthy because he is a difference maker when he is on the field.

Indianapolis Colts

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2007 551 15 355 8 4,172 8 32 5 14 5
2008 585 5 393 3 4,180 5 27 6 12 9
2009 599 2 401 1 4,583 2 33 3 18 21

2010 Starter Peyton Manning Depth Chart Change? HA! Fantasy Relevance? 4-ever

Manning remains the premier quarterback in the league with nary a bad season and he is the only player likely to catch up with Favre in the record book if he chooses to play as long as the stats-pig Favre has. Not much to worry about in training camp.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2007 469 27 288 24 3,495 20 28 10 8 1
2008 537 11 335 11 3,620 14 15 23 13 12
2009 519 23 315 21 3,599 19 15 26 10 4

2010 Starter David Garrard Depth Chart Change? No Fantasy Relevance? Not Really

Garrard gets another chance this year but he really needs to deliver or he and likely the coaching staff will be looking for work in 2011. Garrard has never been much more than average and many attempts to bring in new receivers have never met with much success. He's a fantasy backup and that's all he'll ever be. And maybe not a good one. His saving grace is that he is more inclined to run than most quarterbacks so he usually posts moderate points each week. But the Jags are looking for an improvement here that just never happens. This is almost certainly the final year of the coaches and maybe none of the players will be safe in 2011 outside of Maurice Jones-Drew and maybe Mike Sims-Walker.

Kansas City Chiefs

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2007 562 11 335 14 3,525 19 17 24 20 23
2008 538 10 307 18 3,312 19 21 14 16 22
2009 534 18 295 24 3,157 23 18 21 16 17

2010 Starter Matt Cassel Depth Chart Change? No Fantasy Relevance? Meh

The switch to Matt Cassel last year did nothing to improve numbers really aside from a small increase in touchdowns but that was as much about the departure of Tony Gonzalez as anything else. Speculation that new offensive coordinator Charlie Weis would push for a different option never materialized so Cassel remains the only real option here. The Chiefs got no new offensive weapons aside from the rookie Dexter McCluster who will likely defy true position categorization. Re-signing the rejuvenated Chris Chambers to keep with Dwayne Bowe in a new Weis offense should help Cassel but it may take time.

Miami Dolphins

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2007 557 12 318 18 3,319 23 12 29 16 14
2008 488 22 328 12 3,720 13 19 17 7 2
2009 538 17 329 18 3,374 21 14 28 18 21

2010 Starter Chad Henne Depth Chart Change? No Fantasy Relevance? Ssshhh

Everyone's favorite sleeper quarterback really does deserve at least some attention in training camp to see how his progress is coming along. He only ranked about average last year in yards and scores but that was on a run-first team with questionable receivers. Now that Brandon Marshall is on board and Henne is a year older, there could be some good things happening here. It is unlikely that he'll break into being a fantasy starter but he could end up as a nice backup. Marshall in Denver last year helped them end around 12th in both passing yards and scores. If Henne comes out in preseason games and shows some chemistry with Marshall, he may end up drafted in some leagues as a very low-end starter. That's likely optimistic for this year but training camp will be a must watch for anyone wanting Henne on their roster.

Minnesota Vikings

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2007 427 32 246 32 2,817 31 12 30 14 5
2008 450 28 266 25 3,213 26 21 15 17 23
2009 552 11 377 6 4,403 9 34 2 7 1

2010 Starter Tarvaris Favre Depth Chart Change? sigh Fantasy Relevance? Okay, sure

The addition of Brett Favre last year made a tremendous difference. To many outside of the greater Minneapolis area that was largely due to NOT relying on Tarvaris Jackson. But most of Wisconsin is convinced that Favre and only Favre can save the day. Problem is that he probably won't show up for camp in any case. The Vikings also opted to not have any young guns come in via the draft or free agency so there is really nothing to watch camp for really. Not for quarterback anyway.

New England Patriots

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2007 586 5 403 2 4,859 1 50 1 9 3
2008 533 12 338 10 3,792 10 21 12 11 5
2009 592 5 390 4 4,540 3 28 7 13 7

2010 Starter Tom Brady Depth Chart Change? No Fantasy Relevance? Always

Not a lot happening in the preseason for Brady other than seeing if Wes Welker really is healthy enough to play all season. Brady - like Manning - will do little more than cameo work in preseason games. Nothing to follow here.

New Orleans Saints

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2007 652 1 440 1 4,423 3 28 9 18 19
2008 635 1 413 2 5,069 1 34 1 17 23
2009 544 14 378 5 4,490 5 34 1 12 6

2010 Starter Drew Brees Depth Chart Change? No Fantasy Relevance? Big Time

The only reason to watch Brees in the preseason is to make sure he does not get hurt. The Saints will likely have him bubble-wrapped until September so no changes here.

New York Giants

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2007 544 16 302 22 3,376 22 23 14 20 23
2008 491 21 298 22 3,353 18 23 9 10 4
2009 542 15 338 14 4,246 11 28 8 14 13

2010 Starter Eli Manning Depth Chart Change? No Fantasy Relevance? Hey, maybe

The nice thing about the Giants rushing game falling apart last year was that the young wideouts all contributed and Manning ended up with a great season. Even in the year of "everyone passes better", 2009 was a decent year to have Manning-the-Other on your roster. The only notable from camp is if Manning connects any better with second year players like Hakim Nicks. Manning actually did not fade late in the season as he normally does so there is encouraging signs that the Giants may still pass more this year than their stated desire to return to more rushing.

New York Jets

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2007 510 23 309 21 3,294 25 15 26 19 20
2008 527 14 346 8 3,498 16 22 10 23 32
2009 390 32 209 32 2,569 31 12 29 20 28

2010 Starter Mark Sanchez Depth Chart Change? No Fantasy Relevance? Nah

Yeah. Mark Sanchez does get a new receiver with Santonio Holmes joining the team after serving a four game suspension. And on paper Holmes along with Jerricho Cotchery and Braylon Edwards and Dustin Keller suggests this team can pass more. Even adding LaDainian Tomlinson may mean a few more passes (though the Jets almost never threw to the backs once Leon Washington was injured last year. But this was the worst passing attack statistically from 2009 thanks in no small part to a dominating defense and good rushing game. Worth watching but if this team is even average as a passing offense it will be a bad sign for the rest of the team.

Oakland Raiders

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2007 450 29 260 31 2,893 29 17 25 20 23
2008 419 31 221 32 2,631 31 13 29 11 5
2009 484 26 255 29 2,875 29 10 32 18 21

2010 Starter Jason Campbell Depth Chart Change? Thankfully Fantasy Relevance? Well...

The Raiders have been so horrible in the passing game for so long, that really it is hard to remember back when they had Kerry Collins passing for 3759 yards and 20 touchdowns. This team has been largely a joke on offense thanks in no small part to JaMarcus Russell. Now that he has been mercifully kicked out the door, the Raiders deserve some watching in training camp. Campbell may be only average in the NFL but now heads up an offense that has been bottom three in yards and scores for the last three seasons. Outside of Zach Miller, there has been no way of knowing if there are any receivers in Oakland. In no way is Campbell likely to be worth a fantasy start this year but there are so many unknowns here after three seasons of inane futility that he and the rest of the receivers are worth seeing what happens. No matter what, Campbell is going to be a major upgrade here.

Philadelphia Eagles

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2007 576 7 350 9 4,005 10 24 12 15 10
2008 605 4 362 6 4,060 6 23 8 15 16
2009 552 12 335 16 4,380 10 27 10 13 7

2010 Starter Kevin Kolb Depth Chart Change? Major Fantasy Relevance? Major

This is one of the most interesting situations for quarterbacks and maybe the most important. Kolb comes in as a gunslinger prior to the NFL and now inherits an offense that has been around top ten in yards in scores each season. Kolb steps into a nice situation with DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Brent Celek ready to resume their productive ways. Maclin as a rookie in 2009 was encouraging and now gets to take his second step with Kolb behind center. While Kolb has little more than two monster games last year as a track record, he has been seasoning on the sideline for three years now. He's ready and not a secret. Definite watch in camp to see where he belongs as a likely fantasy starter or at least high grade backup.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2007 440 31 281 27 3,386 21 34 3 14 5
2008 506 19 303 21 3,607 15 19 18 15 16
2009 534 19 350 9 4,490 6 27 9 13 7

2010 Starter Hey Baby Depth Chart Change? Eventually no Fantasy Relevance? Declining

Though the Steelers are a mess this year with Ben Roethlisberger suspended for six games which may be reduced to four. But those go through the easiest part of the schedule and then the defenses get worse when he returns. Byron Leftwich is the likely starter but that will need to be won in training camp since Dennis Dixon has not been completely ruled out. Leftwich needs the time with the first team but in fantasy terms, this may only last four weeks when a rusty Roethlisberger returns. The loss of Santonio Holmes is another issue here and Mike Wallace steps up as a relative unknown as the split end. Antwaan Randle El is back and Hines Ward may never leave but this is an offense with much more risk this year and training camp is not going to do much more than give Leftwich some playing time to prepare for what may only be the first month.

San Diego Chargers

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2007 470 26 280 28 3,158 26 21 16 16 14
2008 478 25 312 15 4,009 8 34 2 11 5
2009 517 24 337 15 4,485 7 29 6 10 4

2010 Starter Philip Rivers Depth Chart Change? No Fantasy Relevance? Yes

Nothing much to track here since Philip Rivers has turned into a passing machine for the last two seasons. The absence of Vincent Jackson during his three game suspension is not a major change for the offense but the lingering questions about him holding out or getting traded make for a more interesting situation. Rivers needs the preseason to show a bit more chemistry with the promoted Malcolm Floyd but he'll still have Antonio Gates and running backs to throw to as well.

San Francisco 49ers

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2007 513 22 274 29 2,685 32 15 27 17 17
2008 508 18 309 16 3,724 12 21 13 19 26
2009 527 21 312 22 3,293 22 23 15 14 13

2010 Starter Alex Smith Depth Chart Change? No Fantasy Relevance? Growing

The 49ers were below average in passing yards and scores but the reality is that they were better once Alex Smith took back the reins in week seven. With Michael Crabtree entering his second season (and only first training camp), this camp is worth watching to see if Smith can continue his impressive run from last year. He scored 18 times in the final 11 games and enters this season with the same offensive coordinator (an incredible rarity in San Francisco). Crabtree has the pedigree to join the ranks of the elite wideouts and Vernon Davis finally came to life as well. Keep an eye on Smith in the preseason - he may surprise.

Seattle Seahawks

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2007 600 2 375 4 4,215 7 30 7 14 5
2008 474 26 262 28 2,831 29 18 20 15 16
2009 608 1 371 7 3,729 15 20 20 19 25

2010 Starter Matt Hasselbeck Depth Chart Change? No Fantasy Relevance? Yes... in 2007

No question here about Matt Hasselbeck being the starter but the Seahawks brought in Charlie Whitehurst from the Chargers who will get some "look see" in camp as the backup and perhaps starter in future seasons. What is worth watching here is that Hasselbeck claims to be in the best shape in many years and that could see him reclaim fantasy relevance that has been missing for two injury marred seasons. He's also in a contract year so Hasselbeck is a fantasy backup who could be intriguing depending on his health and how his receivers step up.

St. Louis Rams

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2007 573 9 332 15 3,559 18 18 21 28 32
2008 515 15 290 23 3,251 23 11 30 19 26
2009 542 16 311 23 2,934 28 11 30 21 29

2010 Starter Sam Bradford Depth Chart Change? Ye$, for $ure Fantasy Relevance? 2012 maybe

The Rams took the plunge and drafted Bradford out of Oklahoma with the #1 overall pick so there is no pretense that Bradford will just season on the bench this year. He will play and do so with a pretty bad offensive line and questionable - at best - receivers. It is all worth watching just to see what the future may hold but likely there will be little or no 2010 value from the quarterback.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2007 490 25 316 20 3,579 16 18 19 8 1
2008 561 6 354 7 3,785 11 17 21 13 12
2009 522 22 279 26 3,134 25 18 22 29 31

2010 Starter Josh Freeman Depth Chart Change? No Fantasy Relevance? Not much

The Buccaneers are installing a new west coast offense this year and that means shorter passes for Freeman who was not the most accurate "mad bomber" anyway. Freeman took over at mid-season and had better stats than the team numbers above suggest but he still is unlikely to produce much more than fantasy bye week cover stats. Add in a very young set of receivers and a coach who prefers to run and there is not much here that has fantasy relevance.

Tennessee Titans

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2007 464 28 288 25 3,077 27 9 32 17 17
2008 453 27 265 26 2,902 28 13 28 9 3
2009 475 28 271 27 3,104 26 16 24 15 15

2010 Starter Vince Young Depth Chart Change? No Fantasy Relevance? Marginal

Young took over last year and while he had a nice winning streak, he was back to his old ways of winning in all kinds of ways but not many of them get you fantasy points. Worse yet, when he drops a clunker statistically, it can be a bad one. Like sub-200 yard games with no scores. You can pretend that camp is needed for him to improve as a passer but by now Young is who he is. And that has only marginal fantasy value.

Washington Redskins

Year Pass Rank Comp Rank Passing Yards Rank TDs Rank Int Rank
2007 522 20 317 19 3,588 15 17 23 11 4
2008 506 20 315 14 3,245 24 13 27 6 1
2009 530 20 339 13 3,762 14 20 19 15 15

2010 Starter Donovan McNabb Depth Chart Change? Yes Fantasy Relevance? At least some

This is another camp that should be followed because the Redskins have never been any better than average in passing and normally much less. But the addition of Donovan McNabb brings in the best quarterback that the franchise has seen in decades. Santana Moss historically has two or three big games and then nothing in all the rest. But McNabb may change that and could help Malcolm Kelly and Devin Thomas make good on being two of the first wideouts drafted in 2008. McNabb falls back to being a fantasy backup from the risk and unknowns but camp can only help his fantasy stock.

We come off a 2009 season that witnessed almost all quarterbacks having a good year but it seemed more of a fundamental change than just a cyclical blip. The running backs are being used in committees on most teams and the passing game has been more emphasized using receivers from all available positions. In fantasy terms, the top ten quarterbacks are all starters in your leagues but each year we see some progress nicely in their career and one or two will just be a delightful surprise we did not see coming in the summer. Training camp is the place it all starts and preseason is as much about who you want for a backup as it is collecting starters in your draft.

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