Fantasy Football Player Analysis: Quarterback

by Cory J. Bonini on August 6, 2012 @ 15:15:25 PDT

 

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25) Andrew Luck | Indianapolis Colts | 6-foot-4, 235 pounds | Rookie

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Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts

Fantasy analysis: Luck doesn't have the supporting cast to be special just yet. Indy's running game needs help, their offensive line is patchwork, and an uninspiring crew of targets doesn't help his chances for a huge fantasy season. The Colts' defense likely will stink, so expect a lot of yardage from the rookie, but turnovers could come in droves. He will have a few big games and several forgettable efforts in 2012. Draft him as a low-end No. 2, especially if your league doesn't penalize heavily for turnovers.

26) John Skelton | Arizona Cardinals | 6-foot-6, 244 pounds | 3rd year

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Fantasy analysis: The Cardinals' quarterback battle could go deep into the preseason, but we feel like Skelton has a good chance if the front office doesn't influence Ken Whisenhunt's decision. The awkward third-year passer has chemistry with Larry Fitzgerald and boasts a powerful launcher. He brings a vertical element to Arizona's offense that Kevin Kolb lacks. Should Skelton win the job, he is a reasonable QB3 gamble in deep leagues.

27) Matt Cassel | Kansas City Chiefs | 6-foot-4, 230 pounds | 8th year

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Fantasy analysis: Cassel brings nothing to the table for fantasy owners to get excited about, and it's tough to endorse him as even being a serviceable backup. He has injury history and plays in a watered-down offense. Reserve him for leagues that roster three quarterbacks.

28) Christian Ponder | Minnesota Vikings | 6-foot-2, 229 pounds | 2nd year

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Fantasy analysis: The long-term future for Ponder looks much brighter than his 2012 forecast. A lack of talent around him, a suspect offensive line and a bland offensive philosophy will keep him in check from a statistical prospective. QB3 is Ponder's ceiling this season.

29) Jake Locker | Tennessee Titans | 6-foot-3, 234 pounds | 2nd year

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Fantasy analysis: Locker's mobility could nicely augment his fantasy value in 2012, however there isn't much else to be confident about due to his struggles with accuracy. His top wideout has two bum knees, as well as off-the-field concerns, and the second-year passer is embroiled in a position battle with veteran Matt Hasselbeck. Locker has potential, but he is best resigned to No. 3 quarterback status if he wins the starting gig. In best-case scenario, his athleticism boosts him to low-level QB2 consideration.

30) Kevin Kolb | Arizona Cardinals | 6-foot-3, 218 pounds | 6th year

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Fantasy analysis: It's pretty sad when arguably the best thing you have going for you is that you signed a huge contract last year and the organization may feel obligated to start you over a third-year Fordham product. Kolb doesn't have much of an arm and appears to have durability problems. He is a so-so third fantasy quarterback if he "earns" the job.

31) Matt Hasselbeck | Tennessee Titans | 6-foot-4, 225 pounds | 14th year

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Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Tennessee Titans

Fantasy analysis: Mediocrity is about what you can expect from the well-aged Hasselbeck. He - surprisingly - started all 16 games last year but gave way to Jake Locker in a few contests. The two are contending for the No. 1 job, but the former Seahawk should be a No. 3 in your fantasy football world.

32) David Garrard | Miami Dolphins | 6-foot-1, 239 pounds | 9th year

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Fantasy analysis: The veteran missed all of the 2011 season and has resurfaced with the Dolphins as part of a three-way QB duel. In reality, it's a two-man race, with Matt Moore currently running second to Garrard. The East Carolina alum is nothing special but has been serviceable in his career. Consider him a middling third if he wins the job, because you can almost guarantee Ryan Tannehill will enter the fray if (when?) Miami is out of the hunt.

33) Brandon Weeden | Cleveland Browns | 6-foot-3, 220 pounds | Rookie

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Fantasy analysis: One of Cleveland's 2012 first-round picks will start the season under center, barring any last-minute changes. He has a strong arm and is poised for a rookie - a 29-year-old pup, if you will. Cleveland's weapons are suspect, Weeden plays in a tough division, and the offense should emphasize the run. He is a weak QB3 in single-year leagues.

34) Blaine Gabbert | Jacksonville Jaguars | 6-foot-4, 235 pounds | 2nd year

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Fantasy analysis: Gabbert was about as outmatched as any rookie quarterback in recent memory, although it wasn't all his doing. The offense had almost zero weapons to work with, and Gabbert's offseason was practically nonexistent. He should make strides this year, which still means he is only a third fantasy passer.

35) Matt Moore | Miami Dolphins | 6-foot-3, 216 pounds | 6th year

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Fantasy analysis: Moore has shown flashes of talent in his NFL career, but he rarely gets a shot to build on any success he finds. David Garrard and Ryan Tannehill are better bets for playing time in 2012, but Moore is still in the hunt for the starting job. As a starter, he profiles as a No. 3 fantasy passer.

36) Tim Tebow | New York Jets | 6-foot-3, 236 pounds | 3rd year

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Fantasy analysis: No matter how you slice it, Tebow in New York equals headaches for fantasy owners. Barring a complete meltdown by Mark Sanchez, the former Bronco will be used as a gimmick and specialty player. It is awfully difficult to bank on him for anything in fantasy leagues, and drafting him is throwing away a pick in most formats - at least leagues with fewer than 20 rostered players.

 

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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