Fantasy spins: Grossman, Quinn, Hill and Whitehurst

Posted March 22, 2012 @ 7:31 p.m.
Posted By William Del Pilar

Grossman re-signs with Redskins

Rex Grossman must have come to the realization that, at 31 years old, he's not going to be anything more than a temporary NFL starter. Signing with the Redskins on a one-year contract, he understands he will be the backup in all likelihood to Robert Griffin III.

Grossman has been inconsistent at best as a fantasy quarterback and last year threw for 3,151 yards, 16 touchdowns with 20 interceptions in 13 games. In his nine-year career, Grossman has thrown for 10,232 yards, 56 TDs and 60 interceptions in 54 games — a per-game average of 189.5 yards and 1.04 TDs with 1.1 interceptions. He has minimal value as a fantasy quarterback and should be avoided.

Quinn reunites in K.C. with Daboll

I've always been of the belief that if Brady Quinn had NFL starting-QB talent, he would have won a job already. Spending three seasons in Cleveland and two in Denver, he reunites with former offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. After not throwing a pass during his two seasons in Denver, he has completed 184-of-353 passes for 1,902 yards and 10 TDs with nine interceptions in 14 games, with 12 starts — a 52.1 completion percentage.

Brady knows this offense, and although he'll compete for the backup job, there's a chance he could compete to start if he has the talent some believe he has. Current starter Matt Cassel is averaging only 198.8 yards and 1.4 TDs with 0.8 interceptions in 39 games as a Chief. Those are hardly the numbers of a franchise QB. Keep an eye on this potential battle in training camp, but right now, Quinn has no value.

After two years Whitehurst returns to Chargers

No one can say Charlie Whitehurst didn't have his opportunities to become a starting NFL quarterback. The Seahawks, like many, believed he had NFL starting talent coming out of college as the son of former Packers QB David Whitehurst. In four starts over two seasons he failed to showcase himself as the Seahawks' franchise quarterback, and his future is now as the backup to Philip Rivers in San Diego.

He went 1-3 as a starter in Seattle and replaces Billy Volek as the Chargers' backup. In four years he's completed 84-of-155 for 805 yards and three TDs with four interceptions and a completion percentage of 54.2 percent. His one positive is that he was on the Chargers' roster in 2006 as the No. 3 quarterback and knows the offense. He would be a watch-list player if Rivers went down, as the Chargers run a high-powered offense. Until then he has no value.

Lions keep valuable insurance in Hill

No one will deny the drop-off in talent from Matthew Stafford to Shaun Hill, but re-signing Hill was the best move fantasy owners could hope for. Hill has been a backup for two years under Stafford and knows the system and players. In 2011 he had only three attempts, but in 2010 he completed 257-of-416 for 2,686 yards and 16 TDs with 12 interceptions in 11 games — a per-game average of 244.2 yards and 1.5 TDs with 1.1 interceptions.

This is a very high-powered offense, and although Hill would be a Jon Kitna-type wild card, he would be a No. 1 fantasy quarterback if forced to start. Remember, Stafford has not been the model of health during his career, missing 19 out of 48 regular-season games since entering the league in 2009. Hill has fantasy value as a handcuff to Stafford, if you draft him, though Hill has a ceiling in terms of talent.

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