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Four options as backup quarterbacks

Posted on: January 20, 2011 5:32 pm
Edited on: January 20, 2011 5:39 pm

Here was Wednesday's Twitter question @jameyeisenberg: Which of these quarterbacks has the most upside in 2011? Tim Tebow, Matthew Stafford, Matt Cassel or Sam Bradford

In our 2011 rankings, my order is Stafford, Tebow, Cassel and Bradford. Based on your responses, many of you think Bradford should be drafted first with the addition of Josh McDaniels as the new offensive coordinator.

@tattsnscars13 Stafford if he can stay healthy, then Bradford

@mattcassel44 Matt Cassel

@phildreis Definitely Tebow. If I knew he'd play 16 games, he'd be top 5-10.

@CraiginSuwanee QB upside: Cassel, Bradford, Stafford, Tebow. TT has to show more. MS has to stay on field.

@collinjc775 Bradford with the addition of McDaniels and 1 year under his belt. If the WR's stay healthy he's a top 10 QB.

@HaitianKid79 Bradford. The Josh McDaniels factor.

@iMarques82 Stafford! If healthy, he has the best weapons. Could have a Schaub like season

@Jonbrony I like tebow because of his receiving core as a whole.

@RJones22 Stafford cuz he'll play a full season, then Tebow. I think Bradford will do the exact same next yr. Cassel :(
@rockhoundlsu wow tougher than first thought, may have to lean toward Bradford but must get Clayton back and Julio Jones in draft.

@gingerdad1 wow, great question! I would go Cassel (bowe/Charles), tebow(orton?), stafford(inj),& Bradford(mcd could be huge boost)

@oCLAYBOYo 1) Bradford 2) Stafford 3) Cassel 4) Tebow / that is my ranking and I see the Rams taking the NFC West next season!
@AP_Manning Stafford, he has top 5 upside, but he's also the biggest risk.

@fantasytips Stafford with all those weapons.

@FantasyJedi I'm guessing StL goes WR early in the draft. Bradford has the highest ceiling going forward. McDaniels should help.

@BenStandig Stafford by far. Look at what the #Lions qbs did this year collectively, plus gets a "healthy" Best for pass game

I like Stafford the best of this group for a couple of reasons: Calvin Johnson and the Lions production at quarterback in 2010. Whether it was Stafford, Shaun Hill or Drew Stanton, each quarterback had quality Fantasy production. The downside for Stafford is obviously health.

Tebow is next because of what he showed in his three starts to end the year. Like Michael Vick, his rushing and passing totals should lead to quality stats, and he had at least 24 Fantasy points in each outing. He also has a solid receiving corps with Brandon Lloyd, Eddie Royal, Jabar Gaffney, Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker. But Tebow first has to win over new coach John Fox and prove he deserves the job.

Cassel was tremendous this season and has an elite wide receiver in Dwayne Bowe. But we'll find out how the loss of offensive coordinator Charlie Weis will impact the passing game.

And Bradford, as many of you pointed out, has a high ceiling with McDaniels now calling plays, but the receiving corps needs to be addressed. Keeping Mark Clayton will help, but they need a proven No. 1 option to help Bradford take the next step in his career.

These are four quarterbacks many Fantasy owners should consider on Draft Day. You won't count on them as starters, but they could end up as a bye week or injury replacement. And if they develop or play as expected, then they can turn into trade bait.

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