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 Matt Schaub, OAK (Bye: 5)
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Height: 6’5”   Weight: 239   DOB: 1981-06-25   Age: 33
College: Virginia   Draft: 2004 Round 3 (27)   Experience: 9
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2011HOU10178 292 2,479 15 6 15 9 2 196.9 19.7
2012HOU16350 544 4,008 22 12 21 -9 0 287.5 18.0
2013HOU10219 358 2,310 10 14 5 24 0 157.9 15.8
2014 (Projected)OAK 308 513 3,540 22 17 92 46 0 269.6  

Outlook: It took just one season for the Houston Texans to fall the way from vying for the top seed in the AFC playoffs to picking No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft. Although the team went through a number of changes, the lack of quality quarterback play seemed to be the biggest problem that the team faced. A horrendous start to the season from Matt Schaub led to the formerly-considered “franchise” quarterback being benched after Week 6. Although Schaub would see some playing time again in a few spot starts, it was clear that his time in Houston had passed and it was time for both parties to go their separate ways. Schaub now finds himself in an equally terrible situation, but this time he will be without his safety blanket Andre Johnson. Instead Schaub will be working with a hodgepodge group of receivers that he has no chemistry with, on a team that is unlikely to be competitive in many games. Schaub may become a bye week fill-in, but he is unlikely to be drafted in most fantasy leagues and should not be trusted until he can prove that his days of touchdown streaks to the opposing team are behind him.


 Geno Smith, NYJ (Bye: 11)
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Height: 6’3”   Weight: 220   DOB: 1990-10-10   Age: 23
College: West Virginia   Draft: 2013 Round 2 (8)   Experience: 1
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2013NYJ16247 443 3,046 12 21 72 366 6 272.9 17.1
2014 (Projected)NYJ 248 435 2,956 16 12 62 291 2 252.9  

Outlook: Geno Smith showed the typical rookie growing pains for most of his first season in the league. He finished the season barely eclipsing 3,000 yards and throwing for only 12 touchdowns against 21 interceptions. Buried in that abyss, however, was the young field general leading the way to impressive wins at Atlanta and at home against the rival Patriots, where he played very well. Perhaps more importantly for his 2014 prospects, Smith finished the year strong, leading the Jets to a 3-1 record in his last four games. During that four-week span, Smith threw for 790 yards with four touchdown passes and only two interceptions. He also rushed for 186 yards and three more touchdowns, making him a borderline QB1 candidate down the stretch. Reports from training camp have been mostly positive and his “battle” with Michael Vick for the starting job hasn't been a fair fight as the second-year player has received about 75 percent of the snaps with the first unit. The team added some weapons to help with Smith's development, most notably former Bronco Eric Decker. Smith was more of a pocket passer at West Virginia who was reluctant to leave the pocket despite his above-average athleticism. The team encouraged him to run more as the season progressed and Smith gained confidence tucking the ball away and taking off and it became a valuable weapon for the team. Smith finished the season with 366 yards and six touchdowns on the ground, despite not running much until the last quarter of the season. Smith should make some improvements as a passer and if he continues to run the ball, he isn't such a terrible option for your backup quarterback spot late in the draft.

Comment: Smith is penciled in as the Jets starter but smart money is on Vick getting a crack at the starting job at some point during the season. ~ Mike Krueger


 Ryan Fitzpatrick, HOU (Bye: 10)
27
Height: 6’2”   Weight: 225   DOB: 1982-11-24   Age: 31
College: Harvard   Draft: 2005 Round 7 (36)   Experience: 8
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2011BUF16353 570 3,832 24 24 56 215 0 309.1 19.3
2012BUF16306 505 3,400 24 16 48 197 1 291.7 18.2
2013TEN11217 350 2,454 14 12 43 225 3 219.2 19.9
2014 (Projected)HOU 240 401 2,765 16 14 46 204 1 228.7  

Outlook: The Texans' decision to not draft a quarterback with the top overall selection in this year's NFL Draft has defined their offseason. Instead of talking about potential and talent at the quarterback position, fantasy owners are left reading words like “stopgap” and “game manager.” Fitzpatrick was unable to carry fantasy appeal after a strong start to the 2011 season as a member of the Bills and he failed to inspire in 11 contests as a replacement to Jake Locker in 2013. Interceptions have long plagued him and new head coach Bill O'Brien will certainly try to help his starting quarterback mitigate those errors this year. Throwing to future Hall of Famer Andre Johnson and emerging playmaker DeAndre Hopkins will give the nine-year veteran signal caller his best group of targets as a pro. That might not be enough to make him worthy of QB1 status but he should be a readily available plug-and-play option for a team that should do well in the field position game. The Texans will make University of Houston alum Case Keenum the second-stringer to open the season after letting go of T.J. Yates prior to training camp. If Keenum starts, the entire offense will take a hit in terms of production. Rookie fourth-rounder Tom Savage has the size and arm to be developed into a quality pocket passer but should not be a factor into the team's plans for another couple of years.


 Josh McCown, TB (Bye: 7)
28
Height: 6’4”   Weight: 213   DOB: 1979-07-04   Age: 35
College: Sam Houston State   Draft: 2002 Round 3 (16)   Experience: 11
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2011CHI335 55 414 2 4 12 68 0 35.5 11.8
2013CHI8149 224 1,829 13 1 13 69 1 156.4 19.5
2014 (Projected)TB 231 373 2,759 16 14 27 129 1 220.9  

Outlook: After cutting ties with Josh Freeman, the Bucs allowed 2013 second-round selection Mike Glennon to get his feet wet. Glennon was up to the task for the most part; however the passing game needed a jolt. The new regime in Tampa Bay felt that veteran leadership would not only help kickstart a putrid passing attack but also provide a solid foundation of leadership to change the culture of the team. The team moved quickly to sign an affordable stopgap in Josh McCown during free agency. Handpicked by the new head coaching staff, McCown was anointed the starter as soon as the ink touched the paper on his new deal. He steps into a situation that could yield quality fantasy stats so long as the McCown of seasons past doesn't show up. During parts of nine seasons with five different teams prior to 2013, McCown was a turnover machine, throwing 44 interceptions against only 37 touchdowns. He was hardly a sure thing as a backup let alone a starter. The Bears took a chance on him and let quarterback guru Marc Trestman figure out how to minimize the turnovers. It worked and when Jay Cutler got hurt the same guy who couldn't stick with a team stepped right in and caused a small quarterback controversy. Did McCown grow enough as a NFL passer under Trestman to be a reliable quarterback for a team full of hope? If Lovie Smith couldn't get enough out of Cutler, his chances with McCown can't be too good. That's where new offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford enters the picture. Tedford should have plenty of room to create an offense that allows its big receivers Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans to work down the field and make plays in the vertical passing game. At the same time, McCown will also reap the benefits from using the running backs in the short passing game. The net result should be a quality fantasy QB2 with upside to start some weeks depending on matchups.

If McCown's 2014 makes his 2013 success look like a fluke, then the Bucs would be forced to give Glennon another shot. Though the leash will be long for McCown, the news surrounding Glennon has been positive. If given the opportunity in 2014, he would have a similar fantasy ceiling as McCown. He represents the better long-term option for the Bucs but doesn't have a clear-cut route to the starting job anytime soon, making him a more of a speculation play in dynasty formats.


 Johnny Manziel, CLE (Bye: 4)
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Height: 5’11”   Weight: 207   DOB: 1992-12-06   Age: 21
College: Texas A&M   Draft: 2014 Round 1 (22)   Experience: R
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2014 (Projected)CLE 261 428 2,825 13 14 70 313 2 236.6  

Outlook: As one of the most polarizing players in the NFL, Johnny Manziel provides a similarly tantalizing dilemma for fantasy owners. He has undeniable physical gifts, but does he have enough between the ears to win the starting job and run with it? A dynamo on the ground and in the air, Johnny Football dazzled the college ranks for two years at Texas A&M. He showed improved development as a pocket passer in his short collegiate career, but enters a pro system that will undoubtedly test his discipline and maturity.

A positive for Manziel is the presence of offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. Shanahan knows a little something about getting the most out of fleet-footed rookie quarterbacks. Expect Shanahan to employ Manziel on a bevy of rollouts and bootlegs to give him the throw/run option. No matter who is under center, the Browns will use a running-based offense, especially considering the potential loss of All-Pro receiver Josh Gordon. Manziel will be a part of that attack and with enough playing time, he could approach 100 carries. Any potential fantasy impact that Manziel might have will be tied to playing time. If he can win the job in camp, he should start all 16 games. Manziel's cocky attitude, reckless play style and sinewy rocket arm harken back to a young Brett Favre. In his first year as a starter for the Packers, Favre put up 3,000+ yards passing and had a respectable 18-14 touchdown to interception ratio. With a limited offense, experience and weapons to throw to, Manziel's full-season stats are most likely capped at QB2 potential. Keep a close eye on his development, as Manziel could be a valuable spot starter late in the season for a needy fantasy owner.


 Jake Locker, TEN (Bye: 9)
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Height: 6’2”   Weight: 234   DOB: 1988-06-15   Age: 26
College: Washington   Draft: 2011 Round 1 (8)   Experience: 2
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2011TEN534 66 542 4 0 8 56 1 54.7 10.9
2012TEN11177 314 2,176 10 11 41 291 1 183.9 16.7
2013TEN7111 183 1,256 8 4 24 155 2 122.3 17.5
2014 (Projected)TEN 207 357 2,249 11 13 41 262 1 188.7  

Outlook: Since he was drafted as the No. 8 overall pick in 2011, Jake Locker has yet to live up to expectations in the fantasy game or real life. He is slated to begin the 2014 season as the starting quarterback for the third straight year despite not having his option picked up by the team. How is that for confidence? If Locker hopes to get a shiny new deal, first he will have to learn how to stay on the field. Over the past two years he has missed nearly half of the Titans' games (14 of 32) with ailments to his hip, foot and shoulder. So far this offseason Locker has shown that he is mostly over the Lisfranc injury that sidelined him last season. He participated in mini camp last month and is grasping the playbook under new head coach Ken Whisenhunt. Tennessee has also made an attempt to bolster the offensive line by signing tackle Micheal Oher and drafting Tyler Lewan. Locker should have a good-sized leash as Tennessee opted to not bring in a high-priced veteran to challenge for the starting role. Instead, the team chose to add a career backup in Charlie Whitehurst. Whitehurst has knowledge of the system having served as Phillip Rivers' understudy last year in San Diego and if everything falls into place he could make a Luke McCown-like splash midseason. If Locker is indeed healthy and making good reads in this offense he would still only be an average reserve for fantasy purposes. Should he falter or suffer another injury, the Titans would turn to Whitehurst until rookie Zach Mettenberger is ready. Mettenberger is reportedly doing well in his recovery from an ACL injury that caused him to slide to the sixth round. If he can impress in his first pro season, he would likely be in the mix to start as soon as next year, assuming Locker is not brought back on a new deal.


 Chad Henne, JAC (Bye: 11)
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Height: 6’3”   Weight: 230   DOB: 1985-07-02   Age: 29
College: Michigan   Draft: 2008 Round 2 (26)   Experience: 4
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2011MIA464 112 868 4 4 14 101 1 75.5 18.9
2012JAC10166 308 2,084 11 11 19 64 1 160.6 16.1
2013JAC15305 503 3,241 13 14 26 77 0 221.8 14.8
2014 (Projected)JAC 226 390 2,456 13 11 10 34 0 178.2  

Outlook: If you have ever had to put Chad Henne into your fantasy lineup, you probably did so while crossing your fingers. As he keeps the seat warm for rookie Blake Bortles, Henne is rather boring in the fantasy game. Coming off a career-best 503 passing attempts, Henne barely maintained a 60 percent completion rate en route to a pedestrian 3,241 passing yards. If that wasn't enough to drive away fantasy owners, he made sure to throw more interceptions than touchdowns. In fact, Henne has never thrown more touchdowns than interceptions in a single season during his six-year career. Most of the Jags' receiving corps have been banged up this preseason, not to mention they're inexperienced. At best, Henne will find some level of chemistry with his younger wideouts, keep the chains moving and limit his turnovers to allow the offense to be fantasy relevant. Unless you play in a cavernous league that starts two quarterbacks, you are better off hoping Henne is good enough to make somebody besides Toby Gerhart fantasy relevant before relinquishing the job to Bortles permanently.


 Kirk Cousins, WAS (Bye: 10)
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Height: 6’3”   Weight: 214   DOB: 1988-08-19   Age: 26
College: Michigan State   Draft: 2012 Round 4 (7)   Experience: -
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2012WAS333 48 466 4 3 3 22 0 41.5 13.8
2013WAS581 155 854 4 7 4 14 0 60.1 12.0
2014 (Projected)WAS 36 56 449 3 2 4 15 0 36.0  

 Matt Cassel, MIN (Bye: 10)
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Height: 6’4”   Weight: 230   DOB: 1982-05-17   Age: 32
College: -   Draft: 2005 Round 7 (16)   Experience: 8
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2011KC9160 269 1,713 10 9 25 99 0 135.6 15.1
2012KC9161 277 1,796 6 12 27 145 1 134.3 14.9
2013MIN9153 254 1,807 11 9 18 57 1 146.1 16.2
2014 (Projected)MIN 181 306 2,145 15 12 26 81 0 175.4  

Outlook: There is perhaps no more schizophrenic position in the NFL than quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings. Since 2000, the Vikings have had a whopping 15 different players make a start at quarterback. 2013 was no different, as three players, Matt Cassel, Christian Ponder and Josh Freeman took rides on the quarterback merry-go-round. The result? An ugly 6-10 record, an 18-19 touchdown-to-interception ratio and a yet another attempt at a long-term answer by drafting Teddy Bridgewater late in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Because there is a great chance that more than one quarterback will be under center again in 2014, until one guy emerges by playing well and winning, this is a fantasy situation to avoid. But watch closely, as there are a few reasons why the quarterback position in Minnesota won't be a total black hole and may actually provide some solid QB2 possibilities.

With the re-signing of Cassel and the drafting of Bridgewater, the Vikings have seemed to move on from their last first-round quarterback, Ponder. Despite starting 16 games in 2012 and “leading” his team to the playoffs, Ponder has neither shown the physical tools or technical savvy to be anything more than a decent back-up. With Ponder relegated to No. 3 duties or perhaps off the team altogether by the start the season, put your focus on Cassel and Bridgewater. The skill position talent in running back Adrian Peterson and pass catchers Greg Jennings, Cordarrelle Patterson, and Kyle Rudolph, combined with the offensive coaching philosophy and pedigree of new offensive coordinator Norv Turner, are enough to make Cassel and Bridgewater intriguing options. Based on offseason work, it seems Cassel will open the season as the starter. Cassel has experience and the support of his coaches and teammates and will have a legitimate chance to hold off Bridgewater if he plays well. Unfortunately for him, that's a giant-sized IF. New lava-tempered head coach Mike Zimmer will look to make his mark and won't drag his feet before making a change at the position like former Head Coach Lesile Frasier was guilty of doing. Bridgewater went from darling to dud in the offseason, falling all the way to the end of the first round in the draft. He has the leadership and decision-making to be successful, but the biggest knocks on Bridgewater were physical; he doesn't offer much more than Cassel. Also, the Vikings will play all home games outside for the next two years, further limiting any late-season upside from Bridgewater in 2014. Only super desperate 12-team leagues will have to consider a Vikings quarterback this season, but in deeper leagues some QB2 value could be unearthed from this icy Minnesota wasteland.


 Brian Hoyer, CLE (Bye: 4)
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Height: 6’2”   Weight: 215   DOB: 1985-10-13   Age: 28
College: Michigan State   Draft: -   Experience: 5
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2011NE31 1 22 0 0 4 -3 0 0.8 0.3
2012ARI230 53 330 1 2 1 6 0 21.1 10.6
2013CLE357 96 615 5 3 6 16 0 52.4 17.5
2014 (Projected)CLE 75 128 844 7 6 22 43 0 74.5  

Outlook: Lacking the physical gifts of his rookie competition, Brian Hoyer is a backup-level talent that will struggle to put up numbers in this Cleveland offensive system. While Hoyer has the chops to lead and brings a two-game spark to a Cleveland team that was again spiraling out of control, he's a career journeyman quarterback. Hoyer's upside is limited by a run-based offense and the presence of Johnny Manziel. Hoyer will battle for the starting gig in the preseason, but remember that Manziel remains the franchise's future. Unless Hoyer plays lights out and the Browns win games, Manziel is going to siphon starts away at some point this season. While his work ethic and leadership are admirable, Hoyer simply doesn't bring enough to the table to be a valuable piece of your fantasy roster and is nothing more than a QB3.

Comment: Hoyer begins camp as the starter but expect Manziel to be the starter at some point during the season. ~ Mike Krueger


 Michael Vick, NYJ (Bye: 11)
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Height: 6’0”   Weight: 215   DOB: 1980-06-26   Age: 34
College: Virginia Tech   Draft: 2001 Round 1 (1)   Experience: 11
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2011PHI13253 423 3,303 18 14 76 589 1 302.1 23.2
2012PHI10204 351 2,362 12 10 62 332 1 205.3 20.5
2013PHI778 142 1,216 5 3 38 291 2 121.9 17.4
2014 (Projected)NYJ 41 70 475 3 2 12 76 1 49.4  

Outlook: Michael Vick was signed this offseason under the guise of competing for the Jets' starting quarterback job. From the beginning, however, he's been resigned to the fact that the job is most likely Geno Smith's to lose. Vick is still one of the better running QBs in the league, despite his advanced age. Outside of 2010 he has never been able to put up big numbers in the passing game. Vick will likely only see the field if Smith gets injured or if he struggles and the team is losing. He's a guy to keep an eye on for a quick waiver wire claim should the Jets call his number, but right now he shouldn't be listed on your draft board.


 Matt Flynn, GB (Bye: 9)
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Height: 6’2”   Weight: 225   DOB: 1985-06-20   Age: 29
College: -   Draft: 2008 Round 7 (2)   Experience: 5
SeasonTeamGameComp Att Yard TD INTAtt Yard TDFFPtsFFPts/G
2011GB533 49 518 6 2 13 -6 1 55.3 11.1
2012SEA25 9 68 0 0 4 -5 0 2.9 1.5
2013OAK7124 200 1,392 8 5 20 65 0 108.1 15.4
2014 (Projected)GB 9 15 104 0 1 0 0 0 5.2