So what if Zeke is a rookie? And they didn't draft him #4 overall, given that he's a prototype 3-down back, to have him in a timeshare with Morris or McFadden. Behind that line, coupled with his skills as a runner, receiver, and pass blocker, there's no way he should fall past the first round.
2010 Fantasy Football Rankings: Quarterbacks 21-40
These 2010 Fantasy Football Quarterback Rankings will be updated often throughout the summer, so make sure you check back from time to time. Also, be sure to check out my other 2010 Fantasy Football articles, which will include sleepers, busts, tons of 2010 Fantasy Football mock drafts and other material.
Jason Campbell, QB, Raiders. Bye: 10.
Jason Campbell just compiled 3,618 yards, 20 touchdowns and 15 interceptions on a miserable team behind a horrific offensive line. It's hard to believe, but the Raiders are better up front and have more talented weapons (Michael Bush, Darren McFadden, Zach Miller, Chaz Schilens, Louis Murphy) than the Redskins do. Campbell should be a solid QB2 this season.
Kyle Orton, QB, Broncos. Bye: 9. AUG. 30 UPDATE:
I'm not sure who Denver's starting quarterback is right now, but it's certainly not Kyle Orton. This man may look like Orton and talk like Orton, but he's not playing like Orton. The guy wearing Orton's jersey has inexplicably shown improved arm strength this preseason. He was 9-of-14 for 80 yards and a pick against the Steelers, but was much better than those numbers suggest. In all seriousness, Orton is a solid QB2 to own.
A few days after signing a $9 million extension, Kyle Orton made the Broncos organization proud by going 16-of-22 for 177 yards, two touchdowns and an interception that wasn't his fault (the ball popped out of third-string running back Lance Ball's hands and into Dre Bly's). With Brady Quinn playing like crap and Tim Tebow still mechanically unsound, Orton's going to keep the job the entire year, making him a decent QB2.
David Garrard, QB, Jaguars. Bye: 9. AUG. 14 UPDATE:
The Jaguars came out looking pretty sluggish at Philadelphia, which shouldn't surprise you if you're familiar with Jack Del Rio's abysmal work ethic. David Garrard epitomized the malaise; he went 5-of-10 for 35 yards. Maybe it's just me, but he looked like he was bored. On all but a couple of his passes, he didn't even look downfield; instead, he contently dumped the ball off three yards downfield.
If anything, David Garrard's consistent. He plays behind a very questionable offensive line and has no proven receiver to throw to aside from Mike Sims-Walker (though I do like Mike Thomas), but that hasn't stopped Garrard from compiling about 3,600 yards and 15 touchdowns the past two seasons.
Alex Smith, QB, 49ers. Bye: 9. AUG. 23 UPDATE:
Alex Smith was 9-of-13 for 88 yards against the Vikings. Did he play as good as those numbers indicate? Absolutely. Smith, who opened 5-of-6 for 59 yards on the first drive, was missing Frank Gore, Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis. He deserves a ton of credit for moving his team down the field despite having to throw to the likes of Ted Ginn, Nate Byham and Dominique Zeigler.
AUG. 16 UPDATE:
Frank Gore and Michael Crabtree missed the preseason opener, but it doesn't excuse Alex Smith's horrendous performance. Smith was 3-of-9 for 37 yards and an interception. He had Vernon Davis wide open for a 50-yard touchdown, but completely missed him. And to think, the 49ers could have traded for Donovan McNabb...
Believe it or not, Alex Smith wasn't a terrible fantasy quarterback in 2009. In 11 games, he compiled 2,350 yards, 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Extend that over a 16-game stretch, and you get 3,418 yards, 26 scores and 18 picks. Not bad.
Don't expect those numbers, however. The 49ers couldn't run the ball last year, so Smith spent a ton of time in the spread offense. With Anthony Davis and Mike Iupati joining the offensive line, Mike Singletary has made it clear that he'll favor the ground attack this season.
Matt Moore, QB, Panthers. Bye: 6.
Jimmy Clausen is the better quarterback, but it's not like Matt Moore is some scrub. In five starts, one of which was without Steve Smith, Moore totaled 990 yards, eight touchdowns and one interception. If Moore continues where he left off, his 2009 stats project into 3,312 yards, 32 touchdowns and four picks over a 16-game slate in 2010.
Of course I don't expect Moore to eclipse the 30-touchdown barrier, but this could be some sort of a Drew Brees-Philip Rivers situation if Moore keeps playing well. John Fox hates playing rookies, so as long as Moore doesn't royally screw up, the job will be his. As it stands now, he's a solid QB2.
Mark Sanchez, QB, Jets. Bye: 7. AUG. 29 UPDATE:
I was really eager to see how Mark Sanchez would play against the Redskins. Sanchez has been awful this preseason, particularly a week ago at Carolina. He really needed to rebound.
That didn't happen. Sanchez finished 13-of-21 for 139 yards, one touchdown and an interception, but those numbers are a farce. Sanchez was 6-of-8 for 60 yards and a score against Washington's scrubs in the third quarter, meaning he went just 7-of-13 for 79 yards against the starters.
I found myself saying "ugh" out loud on nearly half a dozen of Sanchez's passes in this contest. It was that bad. Sanchez's pick was a stupid throw into double coverage. He should have tossed a second interception, but DeAngelo Hall dropped a potential pick-six on what was a weak sideline pass toward LaDainian Tomlinson.
AUG. 23 UPDATE:
Mark Sanchez was 5-of-10 for a laughable 12 yards at Carolina - and he was even worse than advertised. Sanchez should have thrown a pick on an attempt to Braylon Edwards. He also really struggled to identify the blitz, causing Panther defenders to frequently flood the backfield (Sanchez was sacked twice on the opening drive).
Like Chad Henne, Mark Sanchez will see a major boost in his stats because his team acquired a new receiver. The Jets didn't trade for Santonio Holmes to keep running the ball non-stop. Sanchez's passing attempts will rise.
Matt Cassel, QB, Chiefs. Bye: 4.
Next time, don't give a noodle-armed quarterback $63 million. Matt Cassel totaled 2,924 yards, 16 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in 2009. He held a YPA greater than 6.7 in only three contests and was limited to fewer than 190 passing yards on seven instances. Translation: Cassel is a mediocre QB2 at best in 12-man fantasy leagues.
Derek Anderson, QB, Cardinals. Bye: 6.
The Cardinals made a well-publicized quarterback switch before this contest, handing the starting job to Derek Anderson over Matt Leinart. My take: If Anderson is sober, he should be the guy. He has a much better arm than Leinart and can actually get the ball downfield to Larry Fitzgerald. If Anderson plays like a drunk, as he has in Cleveland the past two years, then it really doesn't matter because the Cardinals will be terrible no matter what.
Derek Anderson performed well at Chicago, going 7-of-12 for 94 yards and a touchdown. He had one poor throw in which Bears linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer dropped an interception, but Anderson was impressive otherwise, showing very good arm strength and accuracy. The job should be his.
Jake Delhomme, QB, Browns. Bye: 8.
Jake Delhomme was awesome in the preseason opener. I don't know if he's healthy again, or if his son is finally safe and sound at home, but Delhomme looks like the same guy who quarterbacked the Panthers to the Super Bowl seven years ago. Delhomme was 6-of-7 for 66 yards. His one incompletion was nearly picked off by Nick Collins, but overall this was a great improvement over last season's disaster.
Matt Hasselbeck, QB, Seahawks. Bye: 5. AUG. 22 UPDATE:
Matt Hasselbeck was a lot better in the second preseason game than he was last week. He went 11-of-15 for 127 yards and a touchdown, though it's worth noting that some of those numbers came against Green Bay's second-string defense. Still, Hasselbeck's QB2 prospects are encouraging because Charlie Whitehurst really struggled. Whitehurst was 9-of-20 for 73 yards and two picks. The first interception was an ugly toss that was weakly floated toward the sideline. The second was overthrown.
It's a shame, but all of his injuries have sapped Matt Hasselbeck of his skills. He's not nearly the same quarterback he was in 2007 and before. In 14 games last year, he threw for 3,029 yards, 17 touchdowns and 17 interceptions on a pedestrian 6.2 YPA. More telling were Hasselbeck's numbers in the final three weeks of the season: 61-of-113 (54.0%), 629 yards (5.6 YPA), three scores and nine picks.
Hasselbeck is the likely starter going into Week 1, but it's probable that he'll either suffer an injury or lose his job to Charlie Whitehurst.
Sam Bradford, QB, Rams. Bye: 9.
Coming out of a spread offense, Sam Bradford is not ready to play in the NFL right away. Bradford is not like Matt Ryan, Matthew Stafford or Mark Sanchez; those were all pro-style quarterbacks. With mediocre/young talent around him in St. Louis and barely any familiarity with playing under center, Bradford will likely struggle as a rookie - if he even plays.
Charlie Whitehurst, QB, Seahawks. Bye: 5.
Matt Hasselbeck is old, injury-prone and part of the old regime, so Charlie Whitehurst is likely to see extensive action in 2010. How he'll play is unknown. Whitehurst is essentially a rookie with a sub-par offensive line, questionable rushing attack and no proven No. 1 receiver.
Trent Edwards, QB, Bills. Bye: 6.
I suspect the Bills will be rotating their quarterbacks this year. It's highly unlikely that they'll have any success with Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick or Brian Brohm.
Tarvaris Jackson, QB, Vikings. Bye: 4.
Remember Chris Berman's reasoning for the Vikings passing on Jimmy Clausen in the 2010 NFL Draft? "You don't want to anger Brett Favre." Oops! Tarvaris Jackson will start for the Vikings if Favre retires. Jackson compiles enough rushing stats to be a low-end QB2, but remember that he could easily be benched in favor of Sage Rosenfails. Don't bother.
Jimmy Clausen, QB, Panthers. Bye: 6.
Jimmy Clausen is pro-ready and knows 90 percent of Carolina's playbook, word-for-word. If he starts, he'll be a decent high-end QB2 as a rookie. My projection for him would be about 3,550 yards, 19 touchdowns and 12 picks.
Unfortunately, John Fox really hates playing rookies. I think the only way Matt Moore will be benched this year is if his son is kidnapped and he has to start losing games on purpose, just like Jake Delhomme.