Chris Wesseling

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011


Quarterbacks

Vince Young, Eagles - VY is still owned in less than 20 percent of CBSSports.com leagues while pedestrian fantasy options such as Alex Smith and Andy Dalton are owned in roughly 70 percent. The Eagles are reportedly optimistic that Michael Vick (ribs) will play this week, though coach Andy Reid conceded that wouldn’t have happened had the game occurred on Monday. With a Week 12 matchup against a Patriots defense allowing the third-most points to opposing fantasy quarterbacks, Young should be rostered as a low-end QB1 option should Vick miss another game.

Recommendation: Should be owned in 12-team leagues.

Caleb Hanie, Bears - There are six games left in the season. In four of those games, Hanie plays against defenses allowing top-five production to opposing fantasy quarterbacks. What little we know of Hanie is that OC Mike Martz isn’t crazy about him, and that he provided a spark by playing like he belonged on the field in the NFC Championship game last season. Jay Cutler was 18th in fantasy scoring through 10 weeks, so don’t expect more than QB2 production out of Hanie even with the attractive schedule.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Matt Moore, Dolphins - In the past three weeks, Moore boasts two of the five highest-rated games of the season, according to ESPN’s Total QBR. Unfortunately, those are the only two games all season that he’s managed to accrue 20 fantasy points. He’s a better NFL than fantasy QB in a conservative offense that complements a defense that hasn’t allowed a touchdown in three games.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Jake Locker, Titans - Last week’s relief appearance at Atlanta was a reminder that Locker is a supreme NFL athlete with a Jay Cutler arm and accuracy issues. The No. 8 overall pick provided an immediate spark to a previously lifeless offense, throwing downfield bullets while leading two touchdown drives in a quarter and a half. Keep in mind that Matt Hasselbeck (elbow) isn’t certain to miss this week’s game against the Bucs. Even as a tantalizing physical talent, Locker’s production will be erratic should he take over for Hasselbeck down the stretch.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues and all keeper formats.

Rex Grossman, Redskins - John Beck’s confident public persona notwithstanding, he was a timid passer, afraid to test defenses down the field. Grossman is essentially the opposite, willing to make any throw however inadvisable. For fantasy purposes, at least, that makes Grossman a substantial upgrade. I just can’t bring myself to trust him not to throw it to the defensive backs on the Seahawks and Jets the next two weeks.

Recommendation: Worth a look in deeper leagues.

Watch List: Dan Orlovsky, Matt Flynn, Shaun Hill, Ricky Stanzi

Beat writer Phillip B. Wilson has been pushing for Orlovsky to get the call over Curtis Painter coming out of the bye week, but the Colts have been predictably tight-lipped about their QB situation. … Flynn and Hill are the best of the QB handcuffs. … Stanzi could get a look later in the year after Tyler Palko faceplants.

Hold Off: Tyler Palko, Richard Bartel

Palko’s arm makes Chad Pennington look like Jeff George. … Bartel won’t draw the start over John Skelton regardless of Kevin Kolb’s status.

Cut Bait: Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy

Bradford has managed to find the end zone just five times in eight games. With both starting tackles out, it’s time to give up the ghost in 12-and 14-team leagues. … McCoy’s schedule is brutal over the final six weeks.


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Chris Wesseling is a senior football editor and Dynasty league analyst for Rotoworld.com. The 2011 NFL season marks his fifth year with Rotoworld and his third year contributing to NBCSports.com. He can be found on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.
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