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First QB Rankings: 11 – 20



 


11. Matt Schaub | Houston Texans

| 6th Year



 


G


COM


ATT


YDS


TD


IN


RYD


RTD


FP


FP/G


2008

11

251

380

3,043

15

10

68

2

220.95

20.09


Rank


20

23

18

14

9

NA

NA

21

7


 


2008 Recap:

Although he started slowly, Schaub looked a lot more comfortable in his second season as the Texans’ starter, fully utilizing talented wide receiver Andre Johnson, wide receiver Kevin Walter and emerging tight end Owen Daniels (restricted free agent). In 11 games played, Schaub averaged 276.6 passing yards, 1.36 touchdown passes and 0.90 interceptions per outing. He threw for 200-plus yards in five games, threw for 300-plus yards in three contests and threw for 400-plus yards in one game. In addition, Schaub tossed at least one touchdown pass in eight outings. Houston’s pass protection left a lot to be desired. Schaub was sacked 23 times in 11 games, which projects to 34 sacks for a 16-game season. Only six quarterbacks were taken down more times in 2008. Schaub missed five games due to a knee injury.


 


Early 2009 Outlook:

Schaub is to fantasy owners what a gallon of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream is to a dieter – very tempting. Schaub, who will turn 28 in June, is a very high risk/high reward low-end No. 1 fantasy quarterback. The Virginia product is capable of producing fantasy numbers that are on par with some of the quarterbacks rated ahead of him. Projecting Schaub’s 2008 numbers for a full 16-game regular season produces 4,426 passing yards, 22 touchdowns and 15 interceptions for 321.4 fantasy points and 20.09 fantasy points per game. Schaub, however, has been injury prone since he arrived in Houston. He has missed 10 of 32 regular-season starts from 2007 through 2008 due to injuries. Could this be the season that Schaub finally stays healthy and starts all 16 regular-season games? If you select Schaub, make sure you acquire a good backup.



 



 


12. Donovan McNabb | Philadelphia Eagles

| 11th Year



 


G


COM


ATT


YDS


TD


IN


RYD


RTD


FP


FP/G


2008

16

345

571

3,916

23

11

151

2

303.90

18.99


Rank


5

4

7

7

T8

9

T3

7

9


 


2008 Recap:

McNabb enjoyed one of the best statistical campaigns of his NFL tenure, amassing career bests in attempts, completions and passing yards. The former Syracuse star also started 16 regular-season games for the first time since 2003, averaging 244.8 passing yards, 1.44 touchdown passes and 0.90 interceptions per outing. McNabb satisfied his fantasy owners with some nice consistency in the scoring department, logging at least one touchdown (passing or rushing) in 14 games and passing for multiple scores in seven outings. He also notched three 300-yard passing games and topped the 250-yard passing mark in six other contests. Prior to his controversial two-quarter benching in Week 12 against the Baltimore Ravens, McNabb had averaged 251.8 passing yards, 1.27 touchdown passes and 0.9 interceptions per game. After the benching, he averaged 229.2 passing yards, 1.80 touchdown passes and just 0.2 interceptions per outing.   McNabb was sacked 24 times (1.5 timer game), which rated close to average.


 


Early 2009 Outlook:

McNabb is usually hard to rank, and this year is no exception. When he is healthy, McNabb rates as a productive, albeit risky low-end No. 1/high-end No. 2 fantasy quarterback – despite not having any elite pass-catching talent around him. McNabb is at his best as a play-action passer when the Eagles successfully run the football. The addition of deep threat wide receiver DeSean Jackson obviously helped boost McNabb’s numbers, and tight end Brent Celek looks like an emerging starter. On the other hand, it always seems like McNabb is one nasty hit away from a significant, long-term injury. As discussed, McNabb has played a full 16-game season just one time in the last five seasons. It is doubtful that McNabb will match his career-high numbers from 2008; players rarely duplicate personal-best statistics. Philadelphia’s list of opponents ranks No. 9 in difficulty. If you select McNabb, make sure you acquire a rock-solid backup quarterback.



 



 


13. Carson Palmer | Cincinnati Bengals

| 7th Year



 


G


COM


ATT


YDS


TD


IN


RYD


RTD


FP


FP/G


2008

4

76

130

736

3

4

38

0

48.60

9.72


Rank


NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA


 


2008 Recap:

Palmer missed 12 games with a right (throwing) elbow injury, which is why it was pointless to rate his 2008 statistics among all quarterbacks. According to the most recent reports, the 29 year old will not need surgery and is expected to be ready for the 2009 season.


 


Early 2009 Outlook:

From 2005 through 2008, Palmer averaged 4,000 passing yards, 29 touchdown passes, 15 interceptions and 299.70 fantasy points per season (18.73 fantasy points per game), so it would be foolish to write him off completely. Assuming Palmer’s elbow is 100 percent, he looks like a good bounce-back candidate. However, you should keep your expectations for Palmer in check; he rates as just a No. 2 fantasy quarterback heading into the new season. For the first time in Palmer’s career, he will lead the Bengals offense without the services of reliable wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh (Seattle Seahawks), who was Palmer’s favorite target. The presence of dependable possession wide receiver Laveranues Coles will help compensate for the loss of Houshmandzadeh, but Coles is at least a step down from Houshmandzadeh in terms of ability. Enigmatic wide receiver Chad “Ocho Cinco” Johnson also needs to rebound from his worst pro season, but will that happen? Cincinnati has a soft defense, so expect Palmer to throw frequently to keep his team competitive in games. The Bengals have drawn a soft schedule this year; their 2009 list of opponents ranks No. 22 in difficulty, which bodes well for Palmer.



 



 


14. Matt Hasselbeck

| Seattle Seahawks | 11th Year



 


G


COM


ATT


YDS


TD


IN


RYD


RTD


FP


FP/G


2008

7

109

209

1,216

5

10

69

0

77.70

11.10


Rank


NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA

NA


 


2008 Recap:

Hasselbeck missed nine games due to a herniated disk in his back and some other related ailments. Handicapped by his health and a shortage of healthy wide receivers, Hasselbeck posted his worst numbers since joining the Seahawks in 2001.


 


Early 2009 Outlook:

Although Hasselbeck’s best fantasy days are likely behind him – he will turn 34 early in the regular season – the presence of free agent wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Seattle’s soft schedule (No. 24 in difficulty) make him a solid No. 2 fantasy quarterback option and a prime candidate for a rebound season. During 2007, which marked the last time that Hasselbeck played a full season, he threw for 3,966 yards and 28 touchdowns with just five picks. From 2004 through 2006, Hasselbeck averaged 3,100 passing yards, 21 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions per season. It looks like 3,100-3,200 passing yards and 20-22 touchdown passes is a realistic early prediction for Hasselbeck, because new head coach Jim Mora has indicated that he would like the club to utilize a more run-oriented, ball-control offense to help keep Seattle’s smallish defense off the field. In addition, Hasselbeck’s favorite receiver from previous seasons, Bobby Engram (Kansas City Chiefs) will not return. On the positive side, wide receiver Deion Branch returned to form late last season after missing time due to a knee surgery, and tight end John Carlson looks like a future Pro Bowler.


 



 


15. Trent Edwards

| Buffalo Bills | 3rd Year



 


G


COM


ATT


YDS


TD


IN


RYD


RTD


FP


FP/G


2008

15

245

374

2,699

11

10

117

3

198.65

14.19


Rank


T22

25

23

T18

T9

14

T2

23

23


 


2008 Recap:

There had been high hopes for a breakout season from Edwards, but offensive coordinator Turk Schonert and head coach Dick Jauron broke their preseason promises to utilize a more aggressive downfield passing attack. The 27-year-old Edwards entrenched himself as Buffalo’s starter, displaying some noticeable improvement during his second year but barely rated as a fantasy backup/matchup play. Hampered by the club’s run-first mentality and a glaring shortage of playmakers in the passing game, Edwards threw one touchdown pass in only nine games and threw multiple touchdown passes in just one other contest while averaging 192.8 passing yards, 0.79 touchdown passes and 0.71 interceptions per outing. Although the Stanford product did not notch any 300-yard passing games, he threw for at least 215 yards in seven contests. Edwards missed one game due to a concussion.   Edwards was sacked 23 times (1.5 times per game), which is considered below average.



 


Early 2009 Outlook:

With the still-capable, yet enigmatic wide receiver Terrell Owens officially on board to stop enemy defenses from ganging up on wide receiver Lee Evans, Edwards has earned early sleeper status as a No. 2 fantasy quarterback, but do not go overboard with your expectations. Jauron never has been a fan of wide-open passing attacks, so do not expect Edwards to do a Jim Kelly impersonation. On the other hand, Jauron is coming off his third straight 7-9 season in Orchard Park, which may motivate him to alter his conservative offensive philosophy. The Bills should throw enough to keep Owens happy and to keep opposing defensive squads from crowding the line of scrimmage to contain running backs Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson. Despite the presence of Owens, it is hard to see Edwards, a third-year pro, topping 3,200 passing yards and 22 touchdown passes. Buffalo’s list of opponents ranks No. 6 in difficulty, which is a concern. In case you are wondering, Owens historically has been on his best behavior during his first season with a new team.   

 





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