The NFL Rank ‘Em Up: #24-21 QBs

June 17, 2011 at 6:00 pm (Sports) (, , , , , , )

When a quarterback (or any player for that matter) comes out of nowhere and starts playing the best ball of his life, it’s an extremely gratifying feeling.  Especially if that guy was on your team before the big turnaround.  This sort of thing happened last year when I correctly predicted that Arian Foster, BenJarvus Green-Ellis, and LeGarrette Blount would all be huge, and I had all of them (one on three different teams).  One quarterback on this list made that jump last season.

Last year, Carson Palmer, my #24 quarterback, was the king of garbage time.  Some of his best games were in losing efforts.  Like in Week 4, when he went for 371 yards and had a passer rating of 121.4, but still lost to Cleveland.  Or in Week 7, when he threw for a season high 412 yards and an-almost season high three touchdowns in a loss to Atlanta.  If he can find a team that will employ him other than the Bengals, he may not lead them to wins, but he’ll light up the air.

At #23, we have David Garrard.  I actually feel a little bad for David Garrard.  He’s been a perfectly good quarterback for the majority of his career, but with Blaine Gabbert on the roster, the pressure has got to be on for Garrard.  However, I think that unless the Jags start to get really desperate to sell tickets, Garrard will be the starter for the entire season.  At least, that would be the smart approach.  Like I said in the Gabbert piece, the only reasons Blaine Gabbert should start this season would be if either Garrard gets injured, or Garrard plays the worst football of his life.

It’s too bad that most fantasy football leagues don’t award points for wins, because if they did, Mark Sanchez wouldn’t be 22nd.  He would probably be in the top 10, and maybe higher.  Half the time, it seems like the Jets win in spite of him, rather than because of him.  I’m not saying the Sanchez is a bust or anything like that.  But I think that this is going to be a make-or-break season for the Sanchise.  Yes, the Jets rely on an extremely conservative offense, but that may be because the Jets don’t want to rely of Sanchez.  If he continues to stagnate the way he has, the Jets will need to take a good long look at whether or not Sanchez is actually the quarterback of the future for the Jets.

Who saw Ryan Fitzpatrick coming?  Seriously, the first time I saw him in his rookie season for the Rams, he was one of the worst quarterbacks I’d ever seen.  And when he joined the Bills in ’09, I though their idea was that they were going to combine him, Trent Edwards and Brian Brohm into one halfway decent quarterback.  Then, after Trent Edwards failed to live up to the Bills’ meager quarterback expectations, Fitzpatrick came in, and all of a sudden, it just clicked.  And it really shouldn’t have, since they lost #2 receiver Roscoe Parrish.  But a revival of Lee Evans and the unexpected breakout of Stevie Johnson made the Harvard grad a star in the making.  He’s easily the best quarterback the Bills have had since Drew Bledsoe, and the first true long-term solution at quarterback since Jim Kelly left.  So, why is he only #21?  Well, he does tend to take games off, but as long as he keeps the Bills competitive enough for their defense to win some games, the Bills will be OK with him.

In the next article, we have two quarterbacks who are on the same team.  For now…

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