Does Rattay Have Fantasy Value?

by Fraser Lovat on October 16, 2007 @ 15:38:10 PDT


Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner (elbow) was injured during the team's Week 6 game against the Carolina Panthers. Warner said he tore ligaments in his left, non-throwing elbow while attempting to recover his own fumble. Warner is expected to miss one week with the injury. Before leaving the game with an injury, Warner completed two passes, in as many attempts, for 21 yards.

Free-agent quarterback Tim Rattay was signed to be Warner's backup. Rattay was signed less than a week prior to the team's Week 6 game against the Panthers. He came into the game in relief of Warner. He completed 12 of 24 passes (50.0 percent) for 159 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions in a 25-10 loss to Carolina. With Warner out and quarterback Matt Leinart (collarbone) on Injured Reserve, Rattay would likely start during Week 7.

Rattay was at times a starter with the San Francisco 49ers (2000-05) and most recently the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2005-06). For his career, Rattay has completed 429 of 711 passes (60.3 percent) for 4,848 yards with 28 touchdowns and 23 interceptions. He played in four games last season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was the starter in two of them. He was 61-for-101 (60.4 percent) for 748 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions.

In his career he has shown to be mediocre, at best, but can manage the game well. He has had a few multiple touchdown games but is not likely to put up upper-echelon numbers. He joined the team just over a week ago, because he has yet to entirely learn the offense.

Running back Edgerinn James has been utilized in 88 plays, accounting for 36 percent of the team's offense. He has 10 plays inside the red zone and two plays inside the 5-yard line in the past four weeks. With quarterback Rattay under center, the rushing attack could get an increased role in the offense. Rattay was signed Oct. 9 and has yet to learn the entire offense. James could see an increase in the workload and could be utilized a significant amount of times in the upcoming weeks. James has started all six games this season. He has rushed 129 times for 522 yards (4.0 yards-per-carry average) with four touchdowns. He also has seven receptions for 68 yards.

Fantasy Outlook

If you are a fantasy owner that had Warner on your squad, and you are desperate to replace him, you could pick up Rattay, even if you don't play him. With Warner expected to be out only a week, Rattay will be matched up against the Washington Redskins in Week 7. The Redskins defense ranks in the top 10 in all defensive categories and ranks first in passing yards allowed per game, allowing only an average of 175.3 passing yards a game over the past four weeks (three games).

Rattay has the weapons at wide receiver with Larry Fitzgerald, and he possibly could have Anquan Boldin (hip), who has been out the past few weeks with a hip injury, back in the lineup. Rattay targeted Fitzgerald seven times during the game against the Panthers. Fitzgerald had six catches for 97 yards; Warner and Leinart targeted Fitzgerald 59 times (14.75 times per game) and six times (1.5 per game) in the red zone since Week 2.

James' fantasy value could go up due to the quarterback situation and the team playing a very good pass defense in Week 7. James will be going up against the sixth-ranked rush defense in the league; Washington is allowing only 69.3 yards and one touchdown per game to opposing running backs in the past four weeks (three games).

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About Fraser Lovat

Fraser is a Hot off the Wire Analyst with KFFL and has been with the company since 2007.

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