Around Fantasyland: Quarterbacks

Posted May 30, 2012 @ 2:44 p.m.
Posted By William Del Pilar

OTAs are going on which means nuggets of offseason news and notes for the savvy fantasy owner. Staying on top of the news will give you an edge on draft day when everything else looks equal among similar players.

Confusion reigns
Ben Roethlisberger
is under the impression the Steelers want to return to a smashmouth, ground-and-pound rushing attack. The team does not expect RB Rashard Mendenhall (torn ACL) to be ready and new offensive coordinator Todd Haley runs a high-octane offense built around a strong passing attack. Big Ben said he talked to Haley about the no-huddle offense, the passing attack and receivers, which sounds like an offense geared to pass. Big Ben is a No. 2 fantasy quarterback but not a No. 1 as he’s too inconsistent.

The difference maker
The Bears hired Jeremy Bates as their quarterbacks coach/passing-game coordinator and he helped make Jay Cutler a Pro Bowler in Denver. In 2008, Cutler went to his only Pro Bowl after throwing for 4,526 yards and 25 TDs with 18 interceptions. If the offensive line can hold it together, Cutler has No. 1 fantasy potential. We have said this before, however, and it hasn't happened in Chicago yet, so right now take him as your No. 2 with upside.

Overblown battle
Matt Flynn
was the best looking quarterback during the portion of the Seahawks’ OTAs that were open to the media. This shouldn’t come as a surprise as Tarvaris Jackson has never lived up to expectations and Russell Wilson is a rookie trying to learn to play in the NFL. However, the Seahawks are splitting reps right now. Flynn has No. 2 fantasy quarterback talent with upside.

In name only
Brandon Weeden
is proving the quarterback competition in Cleveland will be a sham, as the team already plans on building the offense around the rookie's strengths. Offensive coordinator Brad Childress will expand the playbook to include the no-huddle, a spread offense and throwing downfield — traits normally not seen in a West Coast offense. Regardless, Weeden's 2012 value is only in dynasty and keeper leagues whereas Colt McCoy has no value.

Working to be more consistent
Ryan Fitzpatrick has been working with new Bills QB coach David Lee to work on mechanical flaws that Lee saw in Fitzpatrick’s footwork. Fitzpatrick has been inconsistent and if this helps him get over the hump it does increase his value. However, right now, he remains a No. 2 fantasy quarterback at best.

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