The football season is finally here. Teams have been drafted and everyone has a good idea about who the top 10-12 quarterbacks are.
But even fantasy teams with Rodgers, Brees, Brady and Manning need to think about a second quarterback for their bye week. A few top 12 quarterbacks also could turn into busts, so it’s always good to have an insurance policy for a bye week, injury or a bad match-up.
Michael Vick probably has the most upside of any quarterback not in the top 12. Chip Kelly’s fast paced offense could prove to minimize the punishment Vick receives on the field and keep him healthy for an entire season. With Vick’s rushing ability, he’s always a threat to get some easy points on the ground and his team has a fairly favorable schedule as well.
Jay Cutler is a household name, but is not respected in the fantasy football community. Cutler has been putting up pedestrian numbers for the last few seasons, but he’s been held down by one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL.
The Bears signed former Saints Left Tackle, Jermon Bushrod to protect Cutler’s blind side, which should increase Cutlers productivity quite a bit and keep him off of his back. Combine an upgraded left tackle along with the new offensive-minded head coach, Marc Trestman and Cutler could put up top 10 fantasy numbers this year. If you aren’t 100% sold on your starting quarterback, Cutler could prove to be a nice security blanket.
Carson Palmer played for arguably the worst team in the last decade (Oakland Raiders) with no receivers worth mentioning and still managed to throw for more than 4,000 yards and 22 touchdowns. This year he will be throwing the ball to Larry Fitzgerald and will be working under new head coach, Bruce Arians.
Arians is a very well respected offensive mind around the NFL and Palmer is intent on extending his playing career. Palmer should not be a starter for any fantasy team early in the season, but if your quarterback is on a bye or has an unfavorable match-up, Palmer could be a nice filler.