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Quarterback Merry-Go-Round

Arizona's starting quarterback position is Matt Leinart's job to lose.
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - With rare exception, quarterbacks score the most points in fantasy football, so the position is the one that gets followed with the most interest. This offseason, there will be plenty of starting quarterback changes around the league.

Arizona - The retirement of Kurt Warner (3,753 yards, 26 TD, 14 INT) leaves a gaping hole in the potent Cardinals offense. It is obviously that it will be Matt Leinart's job to lose, but according to coach Ken Whisenhunt, he'll have to earn the job with a "passer-to-be-named-later." The Arizona starting quarterback will be a fantasy starter in Week 1. Despite the loss of wideout Anquan Boldin, the team still has plenty of receiving talent with superstar Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Breaston, Early Doucet and Tim Hightower out of the backfield.

Carolina - Nine-year veteran Jake Delhomme (2,015, 8 TD, 18 INT) lost his starting job at mid-season and now has been let go by the Panthers. Whether Matt Moore is the "answer" is up for debate, but whoever starts there gets to throw to talented Steve Smith which always helps your statistics.

Cleveland - Neither Brady Quinn nor Derek Anderson were "fantasy-worthy" and new Browns president Mike Holmgren and general manager Tom Heckert are searching hard for their 2010 starting quarterback. Wherever they find this player, through the draft, free agency or trade, he'll find it tough sledding at the beginning. The wide receiver corps in mediocre (leading receiver Mohamed Massaquoi had 34 receptions for 624 yards and 3 TDs) and the offensive line needs some work.

Jacksonville - Because of a tough financial situation in Jacksonville, there is talk of bringing in a local hero - Florida Gators' quarterback Tim Tebow. Incumbent David Garrard threw for 3,597 yards, 15 TD, 10 INT but isn't the long-term answer. Whoever starts has one good receiver in Mike Sims-Walker (63-869-7), but that's about it. Veteran Torry Holt is gone and tight end Marcedes Lewis (32-518-2) has never developed into a top pass-catching tight end. Plus, Maurice Jones-Drew does most of the team's scoring leaving the quarterback position a weak option as far as fantasy owners are concerned.

Oakland - The position has been a disaster since Rich Gannon left and doesn't look to be headed in the right direction anytime soon. Neither JaMarcus Russell, Bruce Gradkowski, Charlie Frye or J.P. Losman are "fantasy-worthy" quarterbacks. The receiving corp is weak despite spending a No.1 draft choice on the position in 2009 and only tight end Zach Miller has any fantasy value.

Philadelphia - The Eagles currently have three quarterbacks who are better than anything in Oakland, Cleveland, St. Louis or Carolina. I don't believe all three will be coming to Eagles training camp in July. Either Kevin Kolb or Donovan McNabb would yield the most in return, but I don't think Philadelphia is going to deal Kolb after the youngster's solid two-game display as starting quarterback (391 yards against New Orleans and 327 yards vs Kansas City).

St. Louis - Marc Bulger has struggled for a few years now and neither Kyle Boller nor Keith Null was the answer to the Rams' offensive problems. St. Louis appears to be ready to select Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford with the No.1 selection. While it would certainly solve the long-term answer, there isn't enough talent surrounding him to make him "fantasy-worthy" in his rookie year.

Seattle - The team appears to be headed away from Matt Hasselbeck with rumors of conversations with the Eagles about McNabb being bandied about. Backup Seneca Wallace has already left and with Hasselbeck being injury prone, a veteran replacement is a must. Whoever throws the ball in Seattle will have a solid receiver in T.J. Houshmandzadeh, a solid tight end in John Carlson and a couple of running backs who can catch the ball.

Washington - The team continues to tell all that Jason Campbell is their quarterback, but he's proven that he can't get it done. He's rarely had any significant fantasy value and new head coach Mike Shanahan could easily go in a new direction by selecting Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen with the No.4 pick in the 2010 draft. The offensive line yielded 46 sacks and the receiving corps is mediocre, so whoever is behind center will have a tough time producing solid fantasy numbers until those positions are corrected.

Comments? Criticism? Applause? Contact Steve Schwarz at sschwarz@sportsnetwork.com.

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