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2008 Player Rankings: Quarterbacks
Updated: September 2, 2008
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Tier Four
Brodie Croyle - KCC YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 31
Keeper: 39
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005                    
2006 KCC 2 3 7 23   2 3 -3  
2007 KCC 9 127 224 1227 6 6 7 18  
Avg   6 65 116 625 3 4 5 8 0
Proj KCC       2500 15 16   20  

After waiting around during his rookie season, Croyle was given sporadic play last year before taking the starting job in week 11. The results were less than stellar though and he directed the offense to six straight losses. He never passed for more than 195 yards in a game and totaled five scores in those six games. Unfortunately, he threw four interceptions, lost three fumbles and was sacked 13 times. And again – they lost every game. The team has not written Croyle off but is not yet sold him either. HC Herman Edwards suggested that the starting job would likely come down to a competition between Croyle and Tyler Thigpen with Damon Huard evidently not considered an option. Croyle was only marginally effective even in purely fantasy terms and may not win the starting job or do much with it if he does. Let training camp determine the starter for the Chiefs so you can be sure which starting quarterback you can plan not to draft.

08-21-08 Update: Looks like Croyle will be the starter for at least week one but last year showed that he's a huge risk to rely on every week. Tyler Thigpen will likely end up the #2.

Joe Flacco - BAL YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 32
Keeper: 31
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005                    
2006                    
2007                    
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj BAL       1900 12 15   20  

(+Upside) HC Cam Cameron was dumped after his disastrous season with the Dolphins and he lands right back where he belongs – being an offensive coordinator. And one of his first priorities was to obtain a quarterback who can function in the shotgun formation. They traded up to snare Flacco exactly as most expected since Flacco worked from the shotgun in college. The Ravens have even mentioned that when they drafted him that they were hoping for an “abbreviated learning curve” which is coachspeak for “the rookie plays”. Maybe not during week one and maybe not by midseason, but expect to see Flacco getting experience in his first year.

Flacco is so big that there is some concern that he may be too large at 6’6” where very almost no quarterbacks have excelled (Derek Anderson being the only potential candidate). Flacco has tremendous size and a huge arm and already is familiar with the basics of the shotgun offense. He has all the qualities that cannot be taught and a few teams felt that he had as much upside as Matt Ryan. He was not drafted to offer depth, he will be playing this year.

The new offense under Cameron should be a big change from the unimaginative one of the last several seasons but it will take some time. The first step in rebuilding the franchise was to get the quarterback and Flacco only needs to pass Kyle Boller to become the starter. Flacco is a training camp watch because he could end up as a week one starter – he has that much potential.

08-21-08 Update: Flacco has been slow to come around so far and will start the year with a clipboard. Only consider in deep dynasty leagues.

08-25-08 Update: Actually check that. Apparently he is back in contention to be the week one starter. That only illustrates that no BAL QB is a good pick this year.

Brady Quinn - CLE YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 33
Keeper: 29
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005                    
2006                    
2007 CLE 1 3 8 45          
Avg   1 3 8 45 0 0 0 0 0
Proj CLE       400 4 4   20 1

(+Upside) Quinn suffered in the NFL draft when he wasn’t taken for 22 picks and once he finally went to the team that wanted him most, he suffered yet again when Charlie Frye was dumped and Derek Anderson decided to suddenly play like a top ten quarterback. The supposed franchise savior from Notre Dame only threw eight passes as a rookie. But all is certainly not lost though it could be for this year. The Browns have given Anderson a three –year contract but it is structured in such a way that they can dump him next year if they want. This year Anderson has to prove that 2007 wasn’t just a happy fluke and that his late season slide wasn’t his true self coming to play.

It won’t be an open competition in training camp and Brady is slated to be the back-up but if Anderson doesn’t look like a quarterback who earns $8 million this year, Brady will get his shot. He still holds value in a dynasty league because chances are that 2009 will either see him starting for the Browns or traded to another team.

Matt Leinart - ARI YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 34
Keeper: 36
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005                    
2006 ARI 12 213 376 2542 11 12 23 44 2
2007 ARI 5 60 112 647 2 4 11 42  
Avg   9 137 244 1595 7 8 17 43 1
Proj ARI       500 4 9   10  

(-Risk) Leinart had an encouraging end to his rookie season when he threw for a score in five of his last six games and even had one 405 yard effort (though never 300 yards). Entering into his sophomore season in the NFL sparked obvious optimism but with the new offense being installed, Leinart struggled. After starting the first two games against softer defenses of SF and SEA, he was pulled from games against the Steelers and Rams and by week five, he had fractured his collarbone and was done for the season. It was a very shaky start for Leinart in the new offense and it came with two premier wideouts in Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin. 2007 showed that Leinart had skills to play in the NFL but his brief playing time last season undid much of the promise he seemed to have.

There is no doubt that Leinart will be the starter this year but there is risk aplenty whether he is going to be able to rise to the challenge, let alone perform anywhere near as well as a fantasy quarterback needs to do. In his favor, his collarbone has healed and HC Ken Whisenhunt has already said that a player does not lose his job due to injury. But if Leinart replicates 2007, it would only be a matter of time before Warner would start showing up in games yet again.

The Cardinals have a tougher schedule this season than last and that will do no favors for Leinart. But he still has Boldin and Fitzgerald and a rushing game that simply is not good enough to carry games for the Cardinals. Figure on Leinart being only a fantasy back-up for you this year and don’t be too confident that he’ll be there when you need him. He has a lot to prove this year and spending time in the offseason having his partying pictures surface on the internet doesn’t help his case. Leinart needs to take a very visible step up this year.

08-25-08 Update: Leinart passed only 4 of 12 for 24 yards and three interceptions in the week three game when he really needed to step. He's likely to get passed over now by Warner who has consistently been the better quarterback.

Troy Smith - BAL YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 35
Keeper: 37
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005                    
2006                    
2007 BAL 4 40 76 452 2   12 54 1
Avg   4 40 76 452 2 0 12 54 1
Proj BAL       440 4 6   40  

Smith has managed to remain in the QB competition with Kyle Boller but the winner does not neccessarily get to play in all 16 games. The Ravens have a brutal schedule and at some point may change QBs.

J.P. Losman - BUF YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 36
Keeper: 46
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005 BUF 9 114 229 1340 8 8 31 154  
2006 BUF 16 269 430 3049 19 14 38 140 1
2007 BUF 8 111 175 1204 4 6 20 110  
Avg   11 165 278 1864 10 9 30 135 0
Proj BUF       400 3 2   100  

After four seasons with the Bills, Losman has lost his starting job to Trent Edwards and despite overtures to prompting a trade, he remains with the team as the back-up QB. Losman actually enjoyed a career high 63% completion rate last year but after three seasons, he’s just run his course for the Bills barring an injury to Edwards. Losman carries no fantasy value this year unless Edwards is out and even then, there is bound to be a better choice for you. Losman had the bad fortune to be a veteran QB that comes cheaply this year as a back-up.

Chris Redman - ATL YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 37
Keeper: 24
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005                    
2006                    
2007 ATL 7 89 149 1079 10 5 8 16  
Avg   7 89 149 1079 10 5 8 16 0
Proj ATL       400 3 4   20  

After four seasons as a back-up in Baltimore, Redman went to the Falcons in 2007 and was given the final five starts of the season. Redman actually outperformed both Byron Leftwich and Joey Harrington (who had not lifted the bar all that high) and he threw for two or more scores in four of his final five games. Of course he only had 34 passing yards in week 15 when Bobby Petrino burned rubber on the team but Redman passed for 250+ yards in three of his final four games thanks to facing NO, @ARI and SEA (resting for the playoffs).His ten touchdowns over those four weeks easily beat his previous high of seven scores back in 2002. Redman looked fairly serviceable under center but the selection of rookie QB Matt Ryan says it wasn’t impressive enough. Redman will be little more than a placeholder until the Falcons opt to start Ryan. And since the Falcons have allowed 47 sacks in both the last two years, Redman’s biggest advantage to the team is absorbing hits while the rookie gets his bearings from the sideline.

There’s not much sense in drafting Redman even though he will most likely start the year and could play most of the weeks. He could be considered as a bye week filler in week ten with the Saints come to visit but that will be too deeply into the season to not make Ryan a very likely starter by then. Don’t bother with Redman this year.

Rex Grossman - CHI YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 38
Keeper: 43
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005 CHI 2 20 39 259 1 2      
2006 CHI 16 262 480 3193 23 20 24 2  
2007 CHI 8 122 225 1411 4 7 14 27  
Avg   9 135 248 1621 9 10 13 10 0
Proj CHI       400 3 5   10  

(-Risk) The Bears are having an open competition in training camp for starting quarterback and both Kyle Orton and Grossman have already played at least three years for the Bears. Early speculation has Orton in the lead and Grossman did himself no favors by starting seven games in 2007 and only throwing for four touchdowns. He also proved to be a sack-magnet since he never started a game without being sacked at least twice if not as many as six times as he was in his final start last year. But Grossman has been the only Chicago quarterback in recent years with any notable success.

Early money is on Orton to win this competition but Grossman could take over during season just as easily. It’s not a pretty picture for the passing game in Chicago and it’ll likely be 2009 before the Bears can get a quarterback in that can make a difference.

Kellen Clemens - NYJ YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 39
Keeper: 41
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005                    
2006 NYJ 1           1 8  
2007 NYJ 10 130 250 1529 5 10 27 111 1
Avg   6 65 125 765 3 5 14 60 1
Proj NYJ       300 1 2   40 1

(-Risk) The Jets turned over the reins to Clemens last year in week nine and the second year player finally had some playing time. Clemens “seasoned” on the bench all of 2006 when Pennington had his only season without missing a game. Clemens ended up with seven starts thanks to suffering a rib and shoulder injury that forced him out for two weeks. In those seven games as a starter, he only passed five touchdowns and never more than one per game. He did have two efforts that exceeded 259 yards but also had three that failed to reach 170 passing yards. He also threw 10 interceptions against those five scores. The Jets ended 2007 with every passing category ranking in the bottom ten of the league.

Clemens wasn’t that impressive even considering they were only his initial career starts and the Jets have called for an open competition in training camp for the starting quarterback job. Clemens has not sold himself to the team that he can become a franchise quarterback and the Jets really no longer have the luxury of losing games while the new guy figures out how to be an NFL quarterback. Training camp will determine who the starter will be in New York but even that cannot be relied on. If Clemens wins, the Jets could start losing again and the coaching staff opts for Chad Pennington to save their jobs. If Pennington wins, he could get injured and let Clemens start again. Just too much risk and almost no upside in this passing attack to bother with a fantasy pick.

Drew Stanton - DET YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 40
Keeper: 32
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005                    
2006                    
2007                    
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj DET       290 3 4   10  

The Michigan State grad lost his rookie season with a knee injury but had arthroscopic knee surgery and has been healthy for a while. The 6’3”, 226 pound Stanton was the second round pick of the Lions last year and was considered to have a lot of upside as an NFL quarterback. While he doesn’t have the biggest of arms, he is a tough competitor who is extremely bright. He even earned academic honors five times in college – he can handle a playbook. While Stanton was not drafted by the current offensive staff, they are still very high on the future prospects for Stanton. Jon Kitna remains a lock to be the week one starter but if the Lions falter and fall from the playoffs (no shocker there), Stanton could be given some playing time to see what he’s got for 2009. That doesn’t make Stanton attractive in a fantasy draft but does throw risk onto Kitna this year. Stanton is a good depth pick for a deep dynasty league to see what develops but it will almost certainly be 2009 before he’ll have any fantasy value. Training camp will be interesting to watch for him.

Alex Smith - SFO YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 41
Keeper: 40
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005 SFO 9 84 165 875 1 11 30 103  
2006 SFO 16 257 442 2890 16 16 41 151 2
2007 SFO 7 94 193 914 2 4 13 89  
Avg   11 145 267 1560 6 10 28 114 1
Proj SFO       300 2 7   40  

Three seasons later and nothing that Alex Smith has done remotely validates why the 49ers made him the first quarterback drafted in 2005. His one season under Norv Turner was his only decent season and even then he only threw for 2890 yards and 16 touchdowns against 16 interceptions. Last year his shoulder injury limited him to just six games played but even in those Smith only averaged around 150 yards per game and threw only two touchdowns. Smith had shoulder surgery but is healthy again.

Now Smith has to learn yet another offense and the quarterback spot is open competition between Smith, Shaun Hill and even possibly J.T. O’Sullivan. Mike Martz scheme is complicated to learn and has always resulted in a high number of sacks and interceptions everywhere he has gone. The Greatest Show on Turf is something lost to the annuls of history because the talent in San Francisco is a fraction of what existed back in St. Louis. Smith has a shot at winning the starting spot but even if he does, there is no guarantee he will keep it thanks to either injury or more likely lack of performance. Stay away from the three-headed competition here and even when it is determined who will start, you cannot take that as something that will last 16 games.

08-21-08 Update: Smith is starting to fade in the QB competition with J.T. O'Sullivan and there are even rumors that the 49ers could end up trading or releasing their former #1 pick.

Kevin Kolb - PHI YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 42
Keeper: 30
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005                    
2006                    
2007 PHI 1           3 -2  
Avg   1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0
Proj PHI       250 3 3      

Kolb only played in one game and never threw a pass last year but the ex-Houston quarterback has impressed the coaching staff enough to likely be the back-up for Donovan McNabb. The Eagles have had to rely on someone besides McNabb in each of the last four years so his primary back-up will also be a prudent late round pick by the McNabb owner. Kolb hasn’t cemented the position quite yet but should during training camp. A.J. Feeley played well in relief of McNabb last year but he is not the future in Philly. Kolb could be.

Tyler Thigpen - KCC YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 43
Keeper: 45
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005                    
2006                    
2007 KCC 1 2 6 41   1      
Avg   1 2 6 41 0 1 0 0 0
Proj KCC       300 2 4   10  

Thigpen only threw five passes last year and was injured during practice which cut his season short. He would not be worthy of any consideration but he has impressed coaches during minicamp and apparently only has Brodie Croyle to beat out for a starting job since HC Herman Edwards has openly stated that he may enter the season without Huard. Thigpen was actually drafted by the Vikings with their 7.07 pick last year and released before landing with the Chiefs. The Chiefs are not going to produce a fantasy significant quarterback this year so this doesn’t bear much attention. Expect the starter in Kansas City to be determined in training camp and Thigpen will be in the mix.

John David Booty - MIN YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 44
Keeper: 44
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005                    
2006                    
2007                    
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj MIN       160 1 2   10  

The Vikings only had five picks in the draft and selected Booty with their second pick at the 5.02. The USC product could be a good fit here since he is smaller than most (6’2” and 213) but is very mobile and can throw on the run. He doesn’t have the strongest arm but could be good in the West Coast offense that requires timing and accuracy over deep throws. Plus he is accomplished at handing off to the running back and that counts big in Minnesota. No need to draft him this year and he has only marginal dynasty value at best. He will likely beat out Gus Frerotte to become the #2 at least by the end of the season if not sooner.

Brian Brohm - GBP YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 45
Keeper: 48
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005                    
2006                    
2007                    
Avg   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Proj GBP       150 1 2   10  

The Packers hedged their future with the selection of Brohm with the 2.25 pick of the NFL draft but he’ll remain on the sideline this year and absorb the game. Brohm brings with him good accuracy, timing and touch which will serve him well in a west coast scheme and new starter Aaron Rodgers hasn’t been the most durable player even though he has almost never done more than practice. Chances are Brohm has no fantasy value this year but could challenge for time or even the starting position next year. The Louisville product is actually more like Favre than Rodgers is.

John Beck - MIA YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 46
Keeper: 42
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005                    
2006                    
2007 MIA 5 60 107 559 1 3 9 12 1
Avg   5 60 107 559 1 3 9 12 1
Proj MIA       120 1 1   10  

Beck’s rookie season wasn’t all that encouraging but with so many injuries on the team and a general all-around implosion happening, 2007 cannot be considered to be a measure of anything. He only managed to pass for one touchdown and never had more than 177 passing yards in a game. The team management still likes Beck but did draft Chad Henne with their 2.26 pick and he will be getting his chance to compete for the job along with veteran Josh McCown. It isn’t in Beck’s favor that the new coaching regime wasn’t around when he was drafted and that they drafted their own second round quarterback or that Beck was never even marginally successful last year but training camp will determine the starter for week one. After that, the Fins won’t be shy about changing roles to determine who the starter will be in future seasons.

Damon Huard - KCC YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 47
Keeper: 47
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005                    
2006 KCC 10 148 244 1878 11 1 9 9  
2007 KCC 11 206 332 2257 11 13 9 -1  
Avg   11 177 288 2068 11 7 9 4 0
Proj KCC       100 1 1   10  

Huard is still with the team but HC Herman Edwards has hinted that he may not keep the 11 year veteran on the roster by the start of the season. The Chiefs have still not given up on Brodie Croyle despite his 0-6 showing last year and second-year player Tyler Thigpen has been impressive in minicamps. Since the departure of Trent Green, Huard has been the only quarterback with any level of success and last year passed for 2257 yards and 11 touchdowns as a starter for nine games. His final effort in week 16 saw him pass for 305 yards and two scores against the Lions (but who didn’t really?). He passed for at least one score in seven of his games so has had some marginal fantasy value. He averaged 218 yards per start while Croyle only managed about 170 passing yards per start. The Chiefs only won four games in 2007 but each one came with Huard at the helm.

But the 35-year old Huard has fallen from favor and is certainly not the future of the franchise. The situation in Kansas City isn’t pretty unless there is an unexpected progress made by either Croyle or Tyler Thigpen. Until the starter is clear, there is no Chiefs’ quarterback you should draft and even then there is a good chance that once again there will be a carousel of starters.

Matt Moore - CAR YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 48
Keeper: 49
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005                    
2006                    
2007 CAR 9 63 111 730 3 5 3 5  
Avg   9 63 111 730 3 5 3 5 0
Proj CAR       150   1   10  

Moore became the fourth quarterback to start for the Panthers last year when he took the reins in the final two games. He passed for three scores against DAL and TB with about 180 yards in each game. That was good enough to send David Carr packing in the offseason and Vinny Testaverde has retired (Part IV). Moore remains the primary back-up for Delhomme this year and according to HC John Fox, he is more than comfortable turning to Moore should any problems arise with Delhomme. That makes Moore of minor fantasy interest to Delhomme owners wanting to insure their quarterback but it would need to be a rather deep league to make any sense. If Delhomme does suffer more problems with his elbow or gets otherwise injured, then Moore needs to come off the waiver wire immediately.

Kyle Boller - BAL YEAR TM GMS CMP ATT PYD PTD INT CAR RYD RTD
Huddle Rank: 49
Keeper: 38
Auction 10: 1%
Auction 12: 1%
2005 BAL 9 171 293 1799 11 12 23 66 1
2006 BAL 4 33 55 485 5 2 22 34  
2007 BAL 12 168 275 1743 9 10 19 89  
Avg   8 124 208 1342 8 8 21 63 0
Proj BAL       100   2   20  

On the plus side, when McNair could not play last year, Kyle Boller stepped in and threw for a total of nine scores on the year and at least one in each of the final five games but as always, his yardage was lagging and he only topped 191 passing yards twice in eight starts. He was marginally better than he had been as a starter before McNair showed up but what the new Ravens want is a true franchise quarterback. After five seasons, Boller has proven that he is not the guy. Even as a full 16 game starter one year, he had his career high of only 13 touchdowns.

Boller’s role will be to offer a veteran presence until Joe Flacco is deemed ready to take over. If he can hold off Flacco in training camp, Boller gets the benefit of starting the season against CIN, HOU and CLE which could suggest that he may be up to the task until the schedule turns into PIT, TEN and IND. Unless training camp changes things, expect Boller to likely take about half the season as a starter before turning it over to Flacco for the first and yet final time. With week 15 and 16 going against PIT and DAL, having any Ravens starting quarterback during fantasy playoffs doesn’t make much sense.

   
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