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2011 Player Rankings: Quarterbacks
Updated: September 8, 2011   Print this page Print 
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John Beck - FA YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 37
Keeper: 36
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008                    
2009                    
2010                    
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj FA       900 6 5   10  

Beck is reported to be the front runner for the starting job in Washington despite only throwing actual passes in games during 2007. Five years into the league and he has one touchdown and three interceptions to his credit. But Shanahan likes him and will offer him the chance to start for the Redskins along with Rex Grossman who will compete for the job. This spells hands off for now from a messy QB situation on a team with even worse receivers.

Sam Bradford - STL YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 14
Keeper: 15
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 2%
2008                    
2009                    
2010 STL 16 354 590 3512 18 15 27 63 1
Avg   16 354 590 3512 18 15 27 63 1
Proj STL       3900 24 16   60 1

Bradford may not only be the last huge dollar rookie QB, he's also the last one that was worth the money. Offensive Rookie of the Year, the ex-Sooner was thoroughly impressive throwing for 3512 yards and 18 touchdowns against only 15 interceptions on a team that had constant and significant problems keeping healthy receivers on the field. He'll have to learn a new system with OC Josh McDaniels importing the DEN/NE scheme but he took a new scheme last year and did magic. Playing in one of the weakest divisions in the NFL doesn't hurt at all as well.

Tom Brady - NEP YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 3
Keeper: 3
Auction 10: 16%
Auction 12: 18%
2008 NEP 1 7 11 76          
2009 NEP 16 371 565 4398 28 13 29 44 1
2010 NEP 16 324 492 3900 36 4 31 30 1
Avg   11 234 356 2791 21 6 20 25 1
Proj NEP       4360 34 8   40 1

Brady had surgery on his right foot in January and has recovered completely in time for camp. Brady enters his 12th season and the Pats are retooled for a playoff run this year. Not only does Brady never have a "bad" year other than his knee injury in 2008, he should be poised for an ever better than normal season with plenty of running backs, Ocho Cinco on the team and one of the easier schedules he has seen in many years.

Drew Brees - NOS YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 4
Keeper: 4
Auction 10: 14%
Auction 12: 15%
2008 NOS 16 413 635 5069 34 17 22 -1  
2009 NOS 15 363 514 4388 34 11 22 33 2
2010 NOS 16 448 658 4620 33 22 18 -3  
Avg   16 408 602 4692 34 17 21 10 1
Proj NOS       4380 33 15   10  

The worst you get over the last five seasons in New Orleans with Brees is 4418 yards and 26 touchdowns. He has turned in 33+ scores in each of the last three years and remains among the elite, can't miss players. A stronger rushing game this year may detract, but then again it didn't in 2009 when they ended with the Lombardi Trophy.

Jason Campbell - CIN YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 25
Keeper: 28
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 WAS 16 315 506 3245 13 6 47 258 1
2009 WAS 16 327 507 3618 20 15 46 236 1
2010 OAK 13 194 329 2387 13 8 47 222 1
Avg   15 279 447 3083 15 10 47 239 1
Proj CIN       2900 15 14   220 1

Jason Campbell returns for his second season with the Raiders but last year only saw him pass for 2387 yards and 13 scores in the thirteen games he played. Campbell was not needed to excel in many games thanks to the success of Darren McFadden rushing the ball. The problem here is that the Raiders did not upgrade their below average receivers and the schedule reverses from being one of the easier to one of the tougher in the league this year. The biggest success of the offense last year was against the NFC West opponents no longer on the schedule.

Matt Cassel - MIN YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 18
Keeper: 23
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 NEP 16 327 516 3693 21 11 73 270 2
2009 KCC 15 271 493 2924 16 16 50 189  
2010 KCC 15 262 450 3116 27 7 33 125  
Avg   15 287 486 3244 21 11 52 195 1
Proj MIN       3500 23 10   130  

Cassel's second season in Kansas City saw an incremental gain when he ended with 3116 yards and 27 touchdowns and his interceptions actually fell from 16 to only seven. His challenge in 2011 will be a far tougher schedule than last year. But he has at least an improved set of receivers including Dwayne Bowe and newly added Steve Breaston along with the rookie Jonathan Baldwin who supplies the badly needed and completely absent ability to get down field far and fast. The schedule will be the biggest challenge but the tools are better and the offensive scheme remains the same.

Jimmy Clausen - CHI YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 34
Keeper: 35
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008                    
2009                    
2010 CAR 13 157 299 1558 3 9 23 57  
Avg   13 157 299 1558 3 9 23 57 0
Proj CHI       1400 6 10   30  

Clausen got his shot as a rookie and the 2.16 pick quickly did his share to ensure that the Panthers would have the worst passing attack in the league last year. That got rewarded by the team drafting Cam Newton with the first overall draft pick (that Clausen helped them get). Writing is on the wall in very big letters but Clausen will help ease Newton into the full role.

Kerry Collins - FA YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 24
Keeper: 46
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
Movement:
2008 TEN 16 242 415 2676 12 7 25 49  
2009 TEN 7 119 216 1225 6 8 11 15 1
2010 TEN 10 160 278 1823 14 8 10 1  
Avg   11 174 303 1908 11 8 15 22 0
Proj FA       3200 19 14   20 1

Collins has to be a handcuff for any Manning owner and the good news is that no one else will try to steal him from you. Collins is an above average QB for his career and should help keep the Colts going against a lighter opening schedule if need be.

Jay Cutler - CHI YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 13
Keeper: 14
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 3%
2008 DEN 16 384 616 4526 25 18 57 200 2
2009 CHI 16 336 555 3666 27 26 40 173 1
2010 CHI 15 261 432 3274 23 16 50 232 1
Avg   16 327 534 3822 25 20 49 202 1
Proj CHI       3500 26 18   220 1

Cutler's 2010 campaign ended rather ignominiously with him on the sidelines in the NFC title game, capping a season in which those monster numbers in Mike Martz's offense never materialized. He loses safety net Greg Olsen and gains wideout Roy Williams, but the bigger issue might be how much protection Cutler gets behind an already-shaky offensive line that won't return center Olin Kreutz.

Andy Dalton - CIN YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 31
Keeper: 29
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008                    
2009                    
2010                    
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj CIN       2100 10 17   60  

While Dalton is an ideal fit for Jay Gruden's new West Coast offense, he's still a rookie and will still need time to get on the same page with his young receivers. Dynasty leaguers will value Dalton more than redrafters, but with Carson Palmer staying retired and Bruce Gradkowski more mentor/insurance than challenger he should see the bulk of the snaps right from the start.

Ryan Fitzpatrick - HOU YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 17
Keeper: 18
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 2%
2008 CIN 13 221 372 1905 8 9 60 304 2
2009 BUF 10 127 227 1422 9 10 31 141 1
2010 BUF 13 255 441 3000 23 15 40 269  
Avg   12 201 347 2109 13 11 44 238 1
Proj HOU       3500 23 16   230  

After six seasons that spanned gigs in St. Louis, Cincinnati and now Buffalo, Fitzgerald has finally found a home. He comes off a surprising 3000 pass yards and 23 touchdowns in the first season of Chan Gailey's new offense. With a similar schedule and a second season as starter, Fitzgerald should at least hold on to his yardage totals so long as he can keep Tyler Thigpen on the bench.

Joe Flacco - BAL YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 12
Keeper: 13
Auction 10: 2%
Auction 12: 3%
2008 BAL 16 257 428 2971 14 12 52 180 2
2009 BAL 16 315 499 3613 21 12 35 56  
2010 BAL 16 306 489 3622 25 10 43 84 1
Avg   16 293 472 3402 20 11 43 107 1
Proj BAL       3800 26 10   80 1

The good news is, Flacco's development as an NFL quarterback continues as he notched career bests in both yardage and TDs last year. The bad news is, the Ravens have talked all season about rededicating themselves to the running game--plus, he lost safety net Todd Heap. Flacco's situation prevents him from making the jump to fantasy stud, but he's still a solid contributor.

Josh Freeman - FA YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 10
Keeper: 11
Auction 10: 4%
Auction 12: 4%
2008                    
2009 TBB 10 158 290 1855 10 18 30 161  
2010 TBB 16 291 474 3451 25 6 68 364  
Avg   13 225 382 2653 18 12 49 263 0
Proj FA       3600 26 8   350  

Freeman has come a long way in just two years, playing on a below average offense and yet producing 3451 pass yards and 25 touchdowns against only six interceptions last year. The downside to him is that he almost never has more than two scores in any game or more than around 220 yards. The upside is that he scored in all but one game last year and he throws in around 20 or 30 rush yards per game. Not great but never bad. A reliable fantasy backup.

Blaine Gabbert - SFO YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 32
Keeper: 20
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008                    
2009                    
2010                    
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj SFO       1300 10 12   180 2

Gabbert is huge at 6-4, 233 pounds and has both mobility and the ability to thrown any pass on the field. He has a big arm and is going to be quickly groomed to take the starting reins. Chances are he'll start the season just watching, pick up some work along the way and likely end the year already starting.

08-20-11 Update: He has not done anything great yet but he has not been bad and David Garrard has been nursing a tender back. Chances are better he will see some playing time earlier than later.

Bruce Gradkowski - PIT YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 38
Keeper: 38
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 CLE 2 7 21 26   3 1 2  
2009 OAK 7 82 150 1007 6 3 18 108  
2010 OAK 6 83 157 1059 5 7 12 41  
Avg   5 57 109 697 4 4 10 50 0
Proj PIT       660 7 4   40  

Gradkowski is reunited with Jay Gruden from their days in Tampa, where Bruce posted career highs of 1,661 yards and nine touchdowns. Is that enough to keep Andy Dalton on the bench for a year? Possibly, though there's little if any fantasy upside to Gradkowski. At best he's a one-week fill- in, though by the time you need him he'll most likely be holding a clipboard for Dalton.

Rex Grossman - WAS YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 30
Keeper: 34
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 CHI 4 32 62 257 2 2 3 4 2
2009 HOU 1 3 9 33   1 3 9  
2010 WAS 4 74 133 884 7 4 3 6  
Avg   3 36 68 391 3 2 3 6 1
Proj WAS       2400 8 14   60  

Grossman is expected to re-sign with the Redskins and compete with John Beck to be the starter. Amazingly, early reports have Beck as the favorite to win the job but there will not be many fantasy points from the position this year and no certainty that either will play all year. Hands off this situation.

Matt Hasselbeck - IND YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 27
Keeper: 32
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 SEA 7 109 209 1216 5 10 11 69  
2009 SEA 14 293 488 3029 17 17 26 119  
2010 SEA 14 266 444 3001 12 17 23 60 3
Avg   12 223 380 2415 11 15 20 83 1
Proj IND       2900 17 9   40  

The 36-year old Hasselbeck enters his 13th season playing for Titans this to wind down his career and offer some veteran guidance to the first round pick Jake Locker. These final three seasons, Hasselbeck has devolved into just an average quarterback which has been a problem since the ground game in Seattle has disappeared. The Titans won't ask him to do too much other than manage the offense and make sure Chris Johnson gets the ball. Marginal fantasy value here at best.

Chad Henne - JAC YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 21
Keeper: 25
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 MIA 3 7 12 67          
2009 MIA 14 274 451 2878 12 14 16 32 1
2010 MIA 15 301 490 3301 15 19 35 52  
Avg   11 194 318 2082 9 11 17 28 0
Proj JAC       3600 17 18   50  

Henne enters training camp as the prohibitive starter and the hard ball that the Broncos are playing with Ken Orton so far have not born fruit. So Henne will compete with only Matt Moore which is to say Henne gets to start and reprise his average season of 2010. Chad played for 15 games and passed for 3301 yards and 15 scores against 19 interceptions. That was just good enough to prevent the Fins from reaching for a new starter. Short of a later trade involving Orton, Henne will take the start again this year. Henne did have four games with two scores and passed for at least one score in 11 different games. He's been consistently decent.

Tarvaris Jackson - SEA YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 26
Keeper: 39
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 MIN 9 88 149 1056 9 2 26 139  
2009 MIN 8 14 21 201 1   17 -10  
2010 MIN 3 34 58 341 3 4 7 63  
Avg   7 45 76 533 4 2 17 64 0
Proj SEA       2860 13 12   200 1

Jackson lands in Seattle and reunites with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell that should see him take the starting job. The Seahawks have not had time to install the new offense yet and yet Jackson already knows it. Charlie Whitehurst is in the running to start as well but has never played in a West Coast offense. The addition of Jackson signals this to be a rebuilding year as he has never passed for more than 1911 yards or 9 TDs in any of his five seasons.

Colin Kaepernick - SFO YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 35
Keeper: 26
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008                    
2009                    
2010                    
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj SFO       850 4 7   230 2

The 6'5" rookie out of Nevada comes to the Niners with a cannon arm and the ability to run as well. HC Jim Harbaugh says it is an open competition for starter but Alex Smith will likely take that by virtue of the lockout and the lack of time the rookie has spent with the team and playbook. But make no mistake, he will replace Smith sooner than later. Enough so that he's the one to want in a dynasty league and he ruins any potential value of Smith this year.

Jon Kitna - DAL YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 45
Keeper: 44
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 DET 4 68 120 758 5 5 6 34  
2009                    
2010 DAL 10 209 318 2365 16 12 31 147 1
Avg   7 139 219 1562 11 9 19 91 1
Proj DAL       150 1     10  

No analysis available.

Kevin Kolb - FA YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 22
Keeper: 19
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 PHI 6 17 34 144   4 13 2  
2009 PHI 5 62 96 741 4 3 5 -1 1
2010 PHI 7 115 189 1197 7 7 15 65  
Avg   6 65 106 694 4 5 11 22 0
Proj FA       3400 18 21   100  

(+Upside) Kolb finally gets his chance to the the starting QB and there is no decent backup for him this time to steal the job. The Cards were horrible last season passing for only 3247 yards and 10 touchdowns total. That's a far cry from the 4000+ yards every season that Kurt Warner was around. The still lingering problem though is an offensive line that needs help and a rushing game that has never reached the heights of average. The schedule is good though and fantasy playoff weeks have him going against SF, CLE and @CIN. Kolb makes an interesting backup but is too risky for being a fantasy starter.

Jake Locker - TEN YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 44
Keeper: 30
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008                    
2009                    
2010                    
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj TEN       150 2 1   10  

The Titans have high hopes for their #8 overall pick in the draft but signed Matt Hasselbeck to give the rookie time to develop. Locker can learn from the veteran without being thrown to the wolves before he is ready. The Titans offense will never be pass-heavy with Chris Johnson there so even long-term, Locker likely won't become a top ten fantasy QB.

Peyton Manning - DEN YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 33
Keeper: 5
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
Movement:
2008 IND 16 371 555 4002 27 12 20 21 1
2009 IND 16 393 571 4500 33 16 19 -13  
2010 IND 16 450 679 4700 33 17 18 18  
Avg   16 405 602 4401 31 15 19 9 0
Proj DEN       1200 10 4   20  

Manning may go down as the most consistently productive QB of all time thanks to five straight seasons with more than 4000 passing yards. He has thrown for 31+ scores in five of the last six years. But Mr. Automatic is now nursing a neck injury and starts training camp on the PUP list with no stated timetable for when he can practice. The expectation and assumption is that he will play in week one and the Colts did just hand over a cool $90 million contract for the next five years so the situation does not bother them. I will assume all is well but it bears watching. There isn't even a decent insurance pick to cover Manning.

08-24-11 Update: Manning's neck is becoming more of a concern and the signing of Kerry Collins is a red flag that the Colts are concerned about the start of the year as well. He drops in the ranks from the risk factor.

Eli Manning - NYG YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 11
Keeper: 12
Auction 10: 3%
Auction 12: 3%
2008 NYG 16 289 479 3238 21 10 20 10 1
2009 NYG 16 317 509 4021 27 14 17 65  
2010 NYG 16 339 539 4002 31 25 32 70  
Avg   16 315 509 3754 26 16 23 48 0
Proj NYG       3800 28 18   60 1

Manning enters his ninth season and comes off his second straight 4000 yard season. Manning also threw for a career best 31 touchdowns last season. His need to throw will likely be just as great in 2011 with the same aging backfield but this time he is missing Steve Smith. He's also behind a worsening offensive line that allowed a career worst 25 interceptions last year and that is amid being rebuilt. Manning has always been a decent QB but has crept up into being a low-end fantasy starter for the last two seasons.

Luke McCown - NOS YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 36
Keeper: 27
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
Movement:
2008 TBB 2   1       3 15  
2009 JAC 3 1 3 2          
2010 JAC 1 11 19 120     1 4  
Avg   2 4 8 41 0 0 1 6 0
Proj NOS       900 8 12   40  

No analysis available.

Colt McCoy - WAS YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 19
Keeper: 21
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008                    
2009                    
2010 CLE 8 135 222 1576 6 9 28 136 1
Avg   8 135 222 1576 6 9 28 136 1
Proj WAS       3300 17 15   320 2

McCoy was adequate in eight games as a rookie starter; the hope this season is that Pat Shurmur can do for him what he did for Sam Bradford a year ago. The Browns added a little offensive firepower in rookie WR Greg Little and pass- catching RB Brandon Jackson; that, combined with the new coaching staff and a year of maturity have things at least pointing in the right direction for Colt.

Donovan McNabb - FA YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 15
Keeper: 16
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 2%
2008 PHI 16 345 571 3916 23 11 39 147 2
2009 PHI 14 267 443 3553 22 10 37 140 2
2010 WAS 13 275 472 3377 14 15 29 151  
Avg   14 296 495 3615 20 12 35 146 1
Proj FA       3800 22 12   140  

The Vikings are wagering a couple of sixth-round picks that McNabb has enough left in the tank so they can let Christian Ponder learn by watching in his first NFL season. McNabb is used to working with a cast of nondescript wideouts and he does have Adrian Peterson to hand off to, but his days as a fantasy starter were likely left behind in Philly.

Matt Moore - MIA YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 43
Keeper: 43
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008                    
2009 CAR 7 85 138 1053 8 2 12 -3  
2010 CAR 6 79 143 857 5 10 5 25  
Avg   7 82 141 955 7 6 9 11 0
Proj MIA       240 2 3   10  

The Fins settled for Matt Moore when the Kyle Orton sweepstakes was too expensive and there will be an open competition for starter in training camp. Of course Henne should win that hands down even though there is a new scheme being installed by OC Brian Daboll. Short of an unexpected training camp, Moore gets $2.5 million to watch Henne play for the next two seasons.

Cam Newton - CAR YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 29
Keeper: 24
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008                    
2009                    
2010                    
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj CAR       1200 8 10   500 4

Newton is a winner and a rare talent that has a cannon arm and yet is a devastating runner as well. The Heisman Trophy winner and National champion from Auburn, he'll be playing this year but likely with help from Jimmy Clausen. In a redraft league - leave Newton alone. In a dynasty league, he's a worthy gamble to see if the Panthers can eventually build an offense around him.

Kyle Orton - FA YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 23
Keeper: 45
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 CHI 15 272 465 2972 18 12 24 49 3
2009 DEN 16 336 541 3802 21 12 24 71  
2010 DEN 13 293 498 3653 20 9 22 98  
Avg   15 300 501 3476 20 11 23 73 1
Proj FA       3400 18 10   30  

Orton has played the game trying to get a better contract out of the Dolphins and failed. Until something happens - and it may not - Orton remains a Bronco backup QB. He could be first in line if another team needs a QB, so he's a decent deep stash in any case.

08-03-11 Update: Orton appears to be staying in Denver for now and being the starting QB. That's an upgrade to the passing stats all around.

Christian Ponder - MIN YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 46
Keeper: 31
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008                    
2009                    
2010                    
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj MIN       100 1 1   10  

The Vikings drafted Ponder with the intention of letting him compete for the starting job, but after acquiring Donovan McNabb during the offseason the plan changed; now, in a best-case scenario Ponder will spend the year on clipboard duty while acclimating himself to the NFL. If the Vikings are out of the playoff hunt by their Week 9 bye they could accelerate the future and give Ponder some on-the-job training. Either way, his greatest (only) fantasy value comes in dynasty leagues.

Philip Rivers - SDC YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 5
Keeper: 6
Auction 10: 12%
Auction 12: 15%
2008 SDC 16 312 478 4009 34 11 31 84  
2009 SDC 16 317 486 4254 28 9 26 50 1
2010 SDC 16 357 541 4710 30 13 29 52  
Avg   16 329 502 4324 31 11 29 62 0
Proj SDC       4460 29 10   50  

Rivers has thrown for over 4000 yards in each of the last three seasons and returns a healthy crew once again. Always a lock for a decent game, Rivers only had only four games with more than two scores last year and three of those were against opponents he will not face in 2011. The schedule is tougher this year and the running game is no longer as dominant which will show up more this season. He's still a lock to be one of the top passers.

Aaron Rodgers - GBP YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 2
Keeper: 2
Auction 10: 18%
Auction 12: 20%
2008 GBP 16 341 536 4038 28 13 56 207 4
2009 GBP 16 350 541 4434 30 7 58 316 5
2010 GBP 15 312 475 3922 28 11 64 356 4
Avg   16 334 517 4131 29 10 59 293 4
Proj GBP       4100 28 13   300 3

There's not much mystery here: the Green Bay offense still flows through the quarterback position, where Rodgers will put up something in the neighborhood of 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns, with a dozen multiple-touchdown games and a half- dozen 300-yard efforts. The only caution may be Rodgers backing off on the rushing a bit so as not to risk another concussion and his schedule strength has gone from average to one of the worst.

Ben Roethlisberger - PIT YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 7
Keeper: 8
Auction 10: 7%
Auction 12: 10%
2008 PIT 16 281 469 3301 17 15 34 101 2
2009 PIT 15 337 506 4328 26 12 40 82 2
2010 PIT 12 240 389 3200 17 5 34 176 2
Avg   14 286 455 3610 20 11 36 120 2
Proj PIT       4180 27 10   180 1

With no league-mandated vacation on the horizon, Big Ben has the weapons and the schedule to match last season's fast start (12 of his 17 TDs came in his first six games). If he's able to finish--and again, the schedule should help him out-- he'll give you borderline elite QB production for a fraction of the draft-day cost. Check out who he plays during fantasy playoffs - CLE, @SF and STL. Reason enough to take him.

Tony Romo - DAL YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 6
Keeper: 7
Auction 10: 10%
Auction 12: 12%
2008 DAL 13 276 450 3448 26 14 28 41  
2009 DAL 16 347 550 4483 26 9 35 105 1
2010 DAL 6 148 213 1605 11 7 6 38  
Avg   12 257 404 3179 21 10 23 61 0
Proj DAL       4500 28 10   60  

Tony Romo was on a hot pace of 321 pass yards per game last year but then suffered a broken collar bone that forced him out for the final 11 games. Romo has been good for no less than 27 TDs and 4300 pass yards when healthy the entire year and has as good of weapons as any QB. He's stepped up in the offseason and taken a bigger role as a leader. His schedule is slightly softer than last year.

Matt Ryan - ATL YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 8
Keeper: 9
Auction 10: 8%
Auction 12: 10%
2008 ATL 16 265 434 3440 16 11 55 104 1
2009 ATL 14 263 451 2916 22 14 30 49 1
2010 ATL 16 357 571 3705 28 9 46 122  
Avg   15 295 485 3354 22 11 44 92 1
Proj ATL       3960 32 8   90  

Ryan enters his fourth year and is already a borderline fantasy starter on the verge of becoming an elite player. He passed for 3705 yards and 28 touchdowns last year and that was with little more than Roddy White and an aging Tony Gonzalez. Now the Falcons drafted the hot rookie Julio Jones and Ryan will have more targets than he has ever had. This could be a monster year for Ryan going against an easier schedule than last season.

Mark Sanchez - PHI YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 20
Keeper: 22
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008                    
2009 NYJ 15 196 364 2444 12 20 36 106 3
2010 NYJ 16 278 507 3291 17 13 30 105 3
Avg   16 237 436 2868 15 17 33 106 3
Proj PHI       3350 19 14   100 3

The rush heavy attack of the Jets means that Sanchez rarely has to throw much and the defense always keeps game scores low and close anyway. After two seasons, Sanchez has been little more than an average QB in fantasy terms and with a lesser receiver corps and an even better defense, there is no reason to expect anything more from him this year.

Matt Schaub - OAK YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 9
Keeper: 10
Auction 10: 8%
Auction 12: 10%
2008 HOU 11 251 380 3043 15 10 31 68 2
2009 HOU 16 396 583 4770 29 15 48 57  
2010 HOU 16 365 574 4370 24 12 22 28  
Avg   14 337 512 4061 23 12 34 51 1
Proj OAK       4400 25 12   80 1

Schaub comes off his second straight 4300+ yards season though his numbers dropped slightly from 2009 thanks to the newly found rushing game with Arian Foster. The schedule is roughly the same strength and all the same players are on the roster and familiar with the system. Schaub should do no worse than last year... and maybe better.

Alex Smith - KCC YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 28
Keeper: 33
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008                    
2009 SFO 11 225 372 2350 18 12 24 51  
2010 SFO 11 204 342 2370 14 10 18 60  
Avg   11 215 357 2360 16 11 21 56 0
Proj KCC       2300 15 12   40  

(-Risk) The good news is that Smith gets the starter reins again this year. The bad news is that he has a new head coach, a new offensive coordinator and scheme, his best wideout is injured and his running back is holding out. Oh yes, and the Niners used their 2.04 pick to grab his successor. Smith will start the year but there is no guarantee he finishes it or at least gives way to the rookie Colin Kaepernick in patches. Smith is a risk even as your backup.

Matthew Stafford - DET YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 16
Keeper: 17
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 2%
2008                    
2009 DET 10 201 377 2267 13 20 20 108 2
2010 DET 3 57 96 535 6 1 4 11 1
Avg   7 129 237 1401 10 11 12 60 2
Proj DET       3640 24 10   70 1

Before you go overboard as to what Stafford might do if he could only stay healthy for 16 games, consider that in 13 career starts he's topped 300 yards just once and boasts nine games with zero or one touchdown. Okay, dampers off: Megatron, Jahvid Best and Brandon Pettigrew provide Stafford with a splendid core of pass-catchers, and if he could only stay healthy...

Tim Tebow - FA YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 42
Keeper: 40
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008                    
2009                    
2010 DEN 9 41 82 654 5 3 43 227 6
Avg   9 41 82 654 5 3 43 227 6
Proj FA       100 1 3   60 1

The future is now what Tebow who will be given the starting job whether Kyle Orton is still on the team or not. With only three games to judge by, Tebow's effectiveness is hard to guage but he did rush in a score in all three games and pass for at least one touchdown. Denver has a brutal passing schedule this year and the intention is to pass less and run more. But Tebow is going to add rushing yards and scores to his tally and could end up surprisingly effective in fantasy terms.

08-03-11 Update: It now appears most likely that Tebow will not start since Kyle Orton has not been traded. Tebow will still show up and perhaps in every game for a few plays.

Tyler Thigpen - FA YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 41
Keeper: 42
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 KCC 14 230 420 2608 18 12 62 386 3
2009 KCC 2 4 8 83 1 2 2 3  
2010 MIA 5 33 62 435 2 2 13 73  
Avg   7 89 163 1042 7 5 26 154 1
Proj FA       180 2 2   40  

Thigpen changes teams and reunites with Chan Gailey who coached him in 2008 when he was a starter. Thigpen starts out as the backup for Fitzpatrick and he already knows the offense. He's a must have handcuff if you have to rely on Fitzpatrick.

Michael Vick - NYJ YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 1
Keeper: 1
Auction 10: 18%
Auction 12: 20%
2008                    
2009 PHI 12 6 13 86 1   24 95 2
2010 PHI 12 233 372 3018 21 6 100 676 9
Avg   12 120 193 1552 11 3 62 386 6
Proj NYJ       3500 26 9   700 8

Vick was a huge surprise when he took over in 2010 and easily turned in his career best season despite missing four games with a rib injury. The three years away from being a starter apparently were spent well - he rushed for 676 yards and nine scores and threw for 21 touchdowns and 3018 yards. With Kevin Kolb gone there is even less reason to worry about Vick not remaining the franchise player here. Entering his second season in the offense, Vick even has a decent schedule this year.

Charlie Whitehurst - TEN YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 39
Keeper: 37
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008                    
2009                    
2010 SEA 6 57 99 507 2 3 20 43 1
Avg   6 57 99 507 2 3 20 43 1
Proj TEN       380 3 4   40 1

The departure of Matt Hasselbeck would have opened the door for Whitehurst to start this year but no such luck. New OC Darrell Bevell comes over from Minnesota and brings along Tarvaris Jackson who already knows the offense. The competition will get lip service in camp but Jackson is expected to win the job.

Vince Young - FA YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 40
Keeper: 41
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2008 TEN 3 22 36 219 1 2 8 27  
2009 TEN 12 152 259 1879 10 7 55 281 2
2010 TEN 9 93 156 1255 10 3 25 125  
Avg   8 89 150 1118 7 4 29 144 1
Proj FA       200 2 2   40  

Young goes to the Eagles to back-up Michael Vick and that's not a terrible place to reinvent himself. Vick has lasted all 16 games only once in his career (2006) and Young will almost certainly be called on at some point. A decent backup for Vick owners in deeper leagues.

   
 
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