Free Agent Quarterback Moves

Derek Anderson could certainly be a low-level fantasy starter in Arizona.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - The 2010 NFL free agent marketing process consists of three different phases. As soon as the signing period opens, the "plum" choices are selected by teams at premium prices. We finished this first phase a few weeks ago. Signings tend to die down after a couple of weeks as teams prepare for Draft Day. We are currently here, as it's less than a week before the 2010 NFL Draft. And finally, teams re-enter the free agent market after the Draft when circumstances don't allow them to fill a need with college "graduates."

In the second of a four-part series, we will look at the free agent quarterback position.

This is a totally un-interesting bunch of quarterbacks. Barring injury to a starter, I can't see where any of the 10 will have a significant fantasy impact.

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Derek Anderson, Arizona - I still believe the job in Arizona is Matt Leinart's to lose, but should he fall flat, Anderson could certainly be a low-level fantasy starter given the quality of receivers on the team. I don't believe, however, that Anderson should be a selection on Draft day, unless you chose Leinart (ADP 136.5) earlier in the proceedings.

Jake Delhomme, Cleveland - Delhomme may be the starter in Cleveland, but that doesn't mean he's getting any respect from the fantasy world. He's not being drafted in the top-175 of early mock drafts, putting him behind such "stalwarts" as Matt Moore, Kyle Orton, David Garrard and untested rookie Sam Bradford. Expect the Browns to draft a quarterback somewhere on Day 2 and if the team loses early, that selection could be a late-season starter in Cleveland.

A.J. Feeley, St. Louis - Feeley will be an insurance policy in case their No.1 selection (almost certainly Bradford) is not ready for opening day. Even if he were the starter in game one, the team's wide receiving corps doesn't lend to Feeley being "fantasy-worthy."

Brady Quinn, Denver - The trading of No.1 wideout Brandon Marshall to Miami makes the job of quarterback in Denver a nearly impossible situation. From a fantasy point of view, the team will emphasize the running game with Knowshon Moreno and there will be fewer opportunities to throw. Throwing to Eddie Royal, Brandon Stokely and Jabar Gaffney doesn't seem like a great situation so even if Quinn could beat out Orton, the position has limited upside.

Chris Simms, Tennessee - Simms will take over the backup role from Kerry Collins, but barring an injury to Vince Young, won't get on the football field. Even Young get only moderate interest (ADP 120), because the Titans offense is "all Johnson all the time."

Seneca Wallace, Cleveland - Assuming Wallace could beat out Jake Delhomme, is there anything in his past history that shows he could be a "fantasy-worthy" quarterback? In 48 games, 14 starts, Wallace has never thrown for more than 261 yards.

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Marc Bulger - Bulger could be an insurance policy for a team with a young or untested quarterback. There has been some interest from Carolina and Oakland, but in neither spot would Bulger have any fantasy value.

Troy Smith - Smith is a restricted free agent who would cost the signing team a fifth-round pick. He'd like to go home, to Cleveland, but that would be a crowded situation with Delhomme, Wallace and a draft-choice-to-be-named later.

Daunte Culpepper - Culpepper had a decent Week 17 performance (23-for-34 for 262 yards and two scores) and might be able to land the "mentor" role back in Detroit. He's got no fantasy value at this time.

Marc Brunell - At 40-years old he ought to ride into the sunset with his team's Super Bowl win, but did go to New York to talk about a role in mentoring Mark Sanchez. He has no fantasy value.

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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