As Many As 4 Different QB’s likely…
1) A.J. FEELEY- The journeyman QB, on his 3rd team in six seasons in the NFL, has only played in 24 games in his career, amassing 27 TD’s and 29 INT’s. The 34 year old is clearly not an upgrade to Sam Bradford, who suffered a high ankle sprain on the last offensive play vs the Packers on Sunday. Brandon Lloyd’s signing this week should help Bradford when he returns as he has been unable to get the ball into the endzone all that much given his total of 3 TD passes through five games. Feeley will just fill the void for Bradford vs Dallas this week as there is a chance that Bradford will return for the Saints game. Not worthy of a pickup.
2) CARSON PALMER- The former 1st pick in the 1st round of the Bengals in the 2003 draft, has decided to come out of his self impossed ‘retirement’ and flee to Oakland. Palmer, who just threw in the towel and quit on his former team following his signing for way more money than he was worth, will be taking Jason Campbell’s(broken collar bone) place under center this week. Palmer is familiar with Coach Hue Jackson’s offensive system as he was in Cincinnati from 2002-2006. Problem is, we don’t think he has much left in the tank. He finished last season with 20 picks and his arm strength is a question mark at best. For his services, the Raiders gave away a 2012 1st rounder and a conditional 2013 2nd round pick (if Oakland wins 1 playoff game this year). A bit too steep for this malcontent whose Bengals are doing so much better since his departure and distractions.
3) CHRISTIAN PONDER- This 1st round pick of the Vikings out of Florida St. in this year’s NFL draft, has gotten the nod over Donovan McNabb in Sunday’s game vs the Packers. Not the best of teams to play when you get to start your first game in the NFL…McNabb has been ineffective thus far as he’s only averaged an anemic 171 yards passing through 6 games and a 6.6 yard average per toss. The Vikes have had to rely too much on Adrian Peterson in the absence of a legitimate passing game. Hopefully Ponder will provide a spark in their offense as he’s known to run and run well as witnessed by his 8 rushes for 61 yards in 1 half of Minnesota’s last pre-season game. Not fantasy worthy at this point, however.
4) John Beck-Although head coach Mike Shanahan said he would withold announcing who the starting quaterback would be until Wednesday, odds are good that John Beck will replace Sexy Rexy Grossman at QB. In his last two games he’s thrown 6 picks and in his last 10 games with Washington he has 13 TD’s and 13 INTs. Strange that most of the Redskin’s receivers, led by Santana Moss, have rallied around Grossman and urged Shanahan to keep him at starting QB. Meantime, Beck, even though he fumbled when he came in for Grossman last week, did show that he can move with the ball by rushing- twice for 14 yards and a TD. So he’ll add another facet to the Redskin’s game and if he starts, can be moderately fantasy relevant.