Offseason QB carousel's fantasy football fallout

      April 2, 2013 @ 16:00:00 PDT

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Matt Flynn

Oakland Raiders WR Denarius Moore
Uncertainty faces Moore, Raiders

Rookie sensation Russell Wilson made Flynn, who signed a relatively lucrative three-year contract to move to Seattle just one year ago, expendable. The good news for Flynn is that the Raiders shipped Carson Palmer out of town shortly after obtaining Flynn. The bad news is that the LSU product will once again have to compete with a mobile quarterback -- Terrelle Pryor, in this case -- for the starting position.

But there's more good news for Flynn's job prospects: In January, the Raiders hired Greg Olsen to be their offensive coordinator. Olson's offenses are notable for their power running games, which in Oakland will feature and are more suitable for Darren McFadden than Greg Knapp's zone-blocking scheme. The OC's portfolio is comprised overwhelmingly of work with passers of the classic drop-back variety. In addition, Oakland GM Reggie McKenzie was the Green Bay Packers' director of football operations prior to his arrival in the Bay Area and is thoroughly familiar with Flynn.

Someone in the Raiders' organization is almost assuredly a fan of Pryor, who displayed poise in his first and only NFL start, in Week 17 of last season against the San Diego Chargers. He was 13 of 28 (46.4 percent) for 150 yards, two touchdowns and one INT, and he rushed nine times for 49 yards and another score. Olson stated in a March interview with the team's official site that one of his responsibilities is to mold the offense to fit his unit's personnel. A number of NFL teams have incorporated elements of the zone-read option, but it's not yet a part of Olson's playbook. Whether that begins to change this summer will be a telling sign about the viability of Pryor as the winner of this QB competition. Would the Raiders have made this deal if they were content to enter the 2013 season with Pryor under center, though?

It's possible that Oakland will draft a quarterback, too, but that player would likely be more of a project since they restructured Flynn's contract. The former Packer has to be considered the honest favorite to start, this time around. The Raiders have some dangerous pass-catchers in Denarius Moore, Jacoby Ford, Rod Streater and Juron Criner. Dump-offs to Run DMC are always threats to become big gains. But this offense will probably be designed to pound and protect the ball, foremost. Even if Flynn is ready to deliver on the so-called promise that has made him so appealing to some NFL clubs, he won't be more than a QB2 to start.

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About Nicholas Minnix

Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.

The University of Delaware alum is a regular guest on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio and Baltimore's WNST AM 1570.

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