Fantasy spins: Backup QBs Orton, Carr and Anderson

Posted March 14, 2012 @ 7:28 p.m.
Posted By William Del Pilar

Orton settles for backup job, signs with Cowboys

Kyle Orton lands with the Cowboys in a backup role. It's a little surprising as most thought he would look for an opportunity where he could possibly start. Despite Matt Cassel being atop the Chiefs' depth chart, he would at least have had a fighting chance to start in training camp. With the Cowboys his only job is holding the clipboard.

His signing secures the position if starter Tony Romo does go down, as Orton has the ability to come in and lead a high-powered offense with positive results. In Denver from 2009-10, he threw for 7,454 yards, 41 TDs with 21 interceptions, with a per-game average of 257.0 yards and 1.4 TDs with 0.7 interceptions.

In 2011 with the Broncos he had a disastrous start to the season, and a wave of Tim Tebow support forced head coach John Fox to bench him and eventually waive him. No one said life was fair, and he moved on to the Chiefs, where he finished out the season. 

Orton will replace Jon Kitna, who is retiring, and his presence means the receivers will continue to have fantasy value if Romo goes down.


Carr re-signed by Giants

David Carr, the former first overall pick in 2002, will continue to hold the clipboard for Eli Manning and the Giants as a backup. Carr was never able to recover mentally from the beat-down he took for the expansion Texans. In a five-year span, he was sacked 249 times, and no one can deny the toll that takes on any quarterback.

He's a veteran now, but if Manning goes down, no one knows how productive Carr can be. He's seen action in only 16 games since leaving the Texans in 2007 and has no fantasy value. Based on a strong supporting cast, he should not lower the receivers' values if forced to start.


Anderson re-signs with Panthers

The Derek Anderson experiment ended in 2010 when the Cardinals gave him an opportunity as a starter and he fell flat on his face. In a career year with the Browns in 2007, he threw for 3,787 yards and 29 TDs with 19 interceptions. Since then he's never reached those numbers or held on to a starting job. Anderson does know this offense, as his offensive coordinator is Rob Chudzinski, who held the same position when Anderson was in Cleveland. 

There's a clear drop in talent from Anderson to Cam Newton, and as an example, Anderson would make WR Steve Smith a low-end No. 2 or No. 3 fantasy receiver.

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