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A Shark’s Eye View – QB Depth and why it should not be ignored



I see the same thing arise in drafts over and over and over again. Bench QB’s are ignored by many in an attempt to shore up other positions; I believe this is a mistake. Just ask the

Donovan McNabb owner who was backup-less last season what he had to choose from to start the games he missed Weeks 12 and 13. I don’t envy the decision he had to make – “should I pick up

Kyle Boller,

Trent Dilfer, or Tarvaris Jackson? Hmmm.” Yea, I wouldn’t want to be in his shoes either. The phrase “it’s difficult to find starting RB’s in-season” is beaten to death every season, but while the same is true for QB’s, I rarely, if ever, see such a thing stated. Let’s start a new trend: backup your QB’s, sometimes twice. What? Three QB’s on my roster? Are you crazy?! Maybe, but I also won’t be considering starting

Jeff Garcia at all this season either.

QB’s get injured. A lot.

Name all the QB’s that have started all 16 games each of the last three seasons. It’s not a very long list, one-third of the players on the list were knocked out of their team’s last game played in one of the seasons and would not have been able to return had they had another game, and another third of the players are questionable to start Week 1 in 2008 (yes, I realize Brady and Peyton wouldn’t miss a game unless they were absent a limb, you know what I’m getting at though).





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That’s it. Turnover at the QB position is frequent, whether it be via injury or being replaced for another option. Not every Top 12 QB is going to make it through the season healthy and more than a few QB2’s will get injured, lose their jobs or not pan out themselves. Sure, you could gamble and hope to hit this year’s

Kurt Warner or

Derek Anderson, but you’d be taking a dangerous risk by doing that. For every Warner and DA there are 10

Kellen Clemens‘,

Brodie Croyle‘s,

Gus Frerotte‘s, etc. Build depth at QB and you won’t have to worry about waiver wire QB’s in-season, given the list of options listed before I think you’d be happy about that.

After the Top 15-20 QB’s the available talent falls off a cliff

I hinted at this before, but I really wanted to make it clear. Once the better QB2’s are off the board, what’s left is a mix bag of never was, has been and untapped potential. Me? I wouldn’t feel good about whoever I draft after Delhomme, Schaub and Cutler are off the board. If I’m looking at Eli, Rivers, Leinart, among others as my QB2 I’d be feeling queasy. That said, I get that some of you are high on them as QB2’s so I’ll assume for arguments sake that they’re adequate QB2’s. Now, take a look what’s left behind them. Yikes.

Vince Young?

Jeff Garcia? JT O’Sullivan?! If you sleep on your backup QB and are forced to invest in one of these guys to be your #2, I’d begin to prepare myself to have a five-second panic attack every time my #1 is hit. If he goes, so does your season. Yes, RB’s win championships, but even with the best RB stable your advantage would in all likelihood be negated with

Kyle Boller in your starting lineup. Get some depth and you won’t have to worry.

In-season it’s a lot easier to find a start-worthy WR/TE than it is QB

There is no need for more than two bench WR’s or any bench TE’s on your team in most formats. I see it happen all the time, it’s late in the draft and owner A drafts their WR7 (i.e.

Patrick Crayton) or TE2 (i.e.

Donald Lee) while leaving a perfectly serviceable QB available for someone else. I don’t get it. Finding a stopgap at WR or TE in-season is not a very difficult task, furthermore finding Crayton or Lee-like production off waivers in-season is actually very easy. Crayton averaged a little more than three rec/gm, 42 yds/gm, and less than a TD every other game. Lee averaged three rec/gm, 35 yds/gm, and had even less TD’s than Crayton. This sort of production is very easily replaced on waivers; there should be several options available that will likely see five targets/gm if you’re desperate. The same cannot be said for QB’s. Ask yourself – would you rather plug in Schaub to start and comb waivers for a

David Patten or

Kevin Walter? Or would you rather plug in Crayton and comb waivers for a

Matt Ryan or

Kyle Orton? The answer’s clear in my mind; if I’m wrong I’d love to be convinced otherwise.

Remember this on draft day when your final handful of picks come around; comb the bottom of the adequate QB2 barrel and let the others duke it out for their favorite average bench WR. Whoever they land will be just as good as whoever you’ll add when you need an in-season bye week filler. Good luck. If you would like to comment on this article – good or bad – please do so in the Article Discussions forum within the tanks forums.

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