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2010 Player Rankings: Quarterbacks
Updated: September 9, 2010   Print this page Print 
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Tier Four
Trent Edwards - OAK YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 31
Keeper: 32
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2007 BUF 10 151 269 1630 7 8 14 49  
2008 BUF 14 245 374 2699 11 10 36 117 3
2009 BUF 8 110 183 1169 6 7 14 106  
Avg   11 169 275 1833 8 8 21 91 1
Proj OAK       2500 14 16   50  

Trent Edwards is the starting quarterback for the Bills but only going into training camp where an open competition for the job is being held by new HC Chan Gailey. The Bills ranked in the bottom three in virtually all passing categories, though 46 sacks were only fourth worst in the league. Edwards only played in eight games last year and had a concussion and an ankle injury. Some consider the fourth-year player shell-shocked after the beating he took behind a patchwork offensive line. No matter what – Edwards has no real fantasy value this year. With the new coaching regime owning no ties, Brian Brohm is considered the favorite to get the starting job this year.

Jake Delhomme - FA YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 32
Keeper: 31
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2007 CAR 3 55 86 624 8 1 6 26  
2008 CAR 16 246 414 3288 15 12 20 21 2
2009 CAR 11 178 321 2015 8 18 17 60  
Avg   10 160 274 1976 10 10 14 36 1
Proj FA       2300 14 19   20  

On the plus side, it cannot get worse for Delhomme who inherits a passing attack that ranked dead last in yardage (2227) last year. Then again, it may not get any better. Delhomme has struggled with injuries and production since 2005 and comes off his worst career showing when he only managed 2015 yards and eight scores against 18 interceptions in his 11 games last year.

Delhomme will certainly start the season and also will help mentor Colt McCoy. But Delhomme is playing on a team that still has no apparent viable wideouts and he’ll share at least a little with Seneca Wallace who is slated to get a few plays in special formations. Factor in McCoy getting some playing time and there is not much to like about Delhomme who has been, literally, one of the worst quarterbacks for the last two seasons. Look elsewhere for your backup QB and if not, plan on tracking this mess all season.

Dennis Dixon - BUF YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 33
Keeper: 34
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2007                    
2008 PIT 1 1 1 3     2 -3  
2009 PIT 1 12 26 145 1 1 3 27 1
Avg   1 7 14 74 1 1 3 12 1
Proj BUF       760 4 6   20  

(-Risk) With Ben Roethlisberger suspended from four to six games, Dixon should be first in line to become the interim starter. The third year quarterback has only thrown 27 NFL passes but is considered most likely to fill in from the group that includes Charlie Batch and Byron Leftwich. HC Mike Tomlin has said he will not determine which quarterback starts until August, and even then there is no guarantee that the player remains the starter until Big Ben returns. Unless you are drafting Roethlisberger – and not a great idea there – then the winner of the #2 has only temporary value.

09-02-10 Update: Dixon likely grabs the starter role while Roethlisberger is out thanks in part to Byron Leftwich injuring his knee. But Charlie Batch could also be used in whole or part and the Steelers do not want to name a quarterback yet for competitive reasons. There is no safe play here and even after week one, there is no certainty that they won't change again.

Tim Tebow - FA YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 34
Keeper: 43
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2007                    
2008                    
2009                    
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj FA       360 3 5   180 1

Tebow will be an interesting one if nothing else. The Florida QB won a Heisman and a couple of national championships and he has the typical NFL size, a big arm, and all of the intangibles plus uncommon athleticism for the position; he certainly has a good base to work from. But he was a running quarterback as well, which was highly effective in college and yet never seems to translate to the NFL. Tebow will spend at least one year seasoning on the bench and working on changing from a scrambling QB playing in a spread offense to a more traditional NFL signal caller. He has no value in a redraft league but is worth a gamble in a dynasty league if you can take up a roster spot for a year and maybe two.

Michael Vick - NYJ YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 35
Keeper: 39
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2007                    
2008                    
2009 PHI 12 6 13 86 1   24 95 2
Avg   12 6 13 86 1 0 24 95 2
Proj NYJ       180 1 1   230 2

Vick is unhappy being the #2 in Philly but he has no chance of starting short of an injury to Kevin Kolb. Vick will continue to be used in wildcat formations but he only passed for 86 yards and a score last year while adding just 95 yards on 24 runs with two touchdowns. He’s reasonable insurance for Kolb owners but unlikely to have fantasy relevance this year.

Jimmy Clausen - CHI YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 36
Keeper: 27
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2007                    
2008                    
2009                    
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj CHI       440 5 4   30  

Clausen has the tools needed to develop into a starting quarterback in the NFL. With three years of experience playing in Charlie Weis’ pro-style offense, he is a very smart, intelligent quarterback with great instincts. He has experience going through his reads and progressions as a quarterback along with playing under center, unlike many of the other quarterbacks in this year’s draft. Jimmy has great mechanics with a clean, quick delivery; his arm strength is very good, with the ability to consistently throw the ball down the field in the passing game.

This will be a training camp watch because Matt Moore is the de facto starter and Clausen will have to win the job away without pissing off teammates—which he has been known to do. Clausen fell to the 2.16 pick for Carolina in part because of a perceived attitude. He looked good in mini-camp but he was also reported to have upset his receivers, a report which was later refuted. It is a situation worth watching, and in dynasty leagues he will be a definite must- track player. But for 2010, he’ll most likely watch Moore play. If Clausen does start at any point in the season, it is very uinlikely he will produce fantasy numbers to merit him being a starter.

Luke McCown - NOS YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 37
Keeper: 37
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2007 TBB 5 94 139 1009 5 3 12 117  
2008 TBB 2   1       3 15  
2009 JAC 3 1 3 2          
Avg   3 32 48 337 2 1 5 44 0
Proj NOS       560 3 6   40  

McCown is in competition for the starting QB job after playing for two other teams and only throwing four passes in the last two years. There is almost no chance that he shows up David Garrard in training camp, but he could end up getting playing time during the season if only near the end when the Jags are eliminated from the playoffs. Even if McCown wins the job, he’s not likely to ever offer fantasy starter production.

Charlie Whitehurst - TEN YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 38
Keeper: 38
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2007                    
2008                    
2009                    
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj TEN       300 3 5   30 1

New HC Pete Carroll has deemed the Seahawks' quarterback spot open for competition—and then only added Whitehurst to the mix. The 6-4 ex-Clemson star was drafted by the Chargers in 2006 and sitting behind Drew Brees and Philip Rivers meant he has never actually thrown a pass in the NFL though Charlie has scored a rushing touchdown on one of his two career carries. The expectation is that Matt Hasselbeck will hold onto the starting job at least at first but that Whitehurst will at least see some playing time this year. It all adds up to a less than attractive fantasy situation.

Brian Brohm - FA YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 40
Keeper: 33
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2007                    
2008                    
2009 BUF 2 17 29 146   2 3 -3  
Avg   2 17 29 146 0 2 3 0 0
Proj FA       400 2 4   10  

Brian Brohm is the early favorite to be the starting quarterback for the Bills this year, though that “honor” may be held by several players before December is finished. New HC Chan Gailey has opened the job up for competition but Trent Edwards has already proven inadequate and Ryan Fitzgerald is a definite third place going into camp. Brohm was a second round pick by the Packers in 2008 but has only played in two games in the league, both last year for the Bills. The quarterback battle is only mildly interesting to those in incredibly deep leagues because this offense is shaping up to be as bad as last year.

Tarvaris Jackson - SEA YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 41
Keeper: 35
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2007 MIN 12 171 294 1911 9 12 54 260 3
2008 MIN 9 88 149 1056 9 2 26 139  
2009 MIN 8 14 21 201 1   17 -10  
Avg   10 91 155 1056 6 5 32 130 1
Proj SEA       350 2 3   20  

(-Risk) The subset of people who believe Jackson can be a starting quarterback in the NFL is minuscule; fortunately for Jackson it includes Brad Childress, who steadfastly refuses to admit his mistake from the 2006 draft. T-Jax is the apparent backup plan should Brett Favre stand up the Vikings, which for a team with Super Bowl aspirations like the Vikings is akin to walking a tightrope with a concrete safety net.

Fantasy owners know better than to bank on Jackson, whose best single-season performance to date works out to a pedestrian 14.6 points per game that barely registers as a fantasy backup. Even if you buy into the Minnesota company line that Jackson will suddenly “get it” after spending last season watching a real NFL quarterback and project across-the-board increases—not to mention a full 16 starts, something Jackson hasn’t even come close to pulling off—his top-end numbers throw him in the middle of the QB2s, where he’s surrounded by guys with legitimate upside (read: they haven’t already proven they’re incapable of NFL success). Worse, if it’s Jackson instead of Favre the fantasy values of the rest of the Vikings offense take monster hits as well.

08-18-10 Update: Favre is back and Jackson takes a back seat yet again.

A.J. Feeley - FA YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 42
Keeper: 40
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2007 PHI 3 59 103 681 5 8 7 23  
2008                    
2009                    
Avg   3 59 103 681 5 8 7 23 0
Proj FA       160 2 2   30  

No analysis available.

Colt McCoy - WAS YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 43
Keeper: 29
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2007                    
2008                    
2009                    
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj WAS       120 1 1   10  

McCoy comes in as the “winning-est” quarterback in NCAA history but he’ll have to get used to the losing side for at least a while. He actually lands in a decent spot if he can last long enough for the team to improve around him. McCoy doesn’t have the biggest arm but he is very accurate in short to medium range throws and can pass on the run. McCoy has all the intangibles you want – smart, great leader, winning attitude. But he may not play at all this year and even if he does it will come very late season. He has no real value in a redraft league but could develop in a dynasty league though you will need to wait at least one year and possibly two or three before he gets the weapons and seasoning to make a difference for a fantasy team.

   
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