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Of course, there are training camp battles at quarterback this year as well. But it’s hard to see any QB in this group emerging as a QB1 this season. Here’s a quick breakdown of the training camp battles under center.
Matt Hasselbeck vs. Jake Locker
Locker could be a fantasy force in the future, but the Titans have stuck with Hasselbeck thus far despite Locker finding some success in limited action. Hasselbeck started all 16 games last season, while Locker played in five and produced a QB rating of 99.4 on 66 pass attempts. Hasselbeck had a rating of 82.4.
The Titans could go pass-heavy this year with talented receivers Kenny Britt, Nate Washington, Kendall Wright and tight end Jared Cook. Of the QBs battling for jobs, Hasselbeck and Locker are the most likely to have a fantasy impact this season.
Matt Moore vs. David Garrard vs. Ryan Tannehill
The Dolphins' aerial attack is riddled with questions after the loss of top receiver Brandon Marshall and the addition of No. 8 overall pick Ryan Tannehill to compete with incumbent Matt Moore and veteran David Garrard as the team's signal-caller.
Matt Moore was a decent fantasy backup with Brandon Marshall as his main target, but the WR corps of 2012 looks meager, headlined by 34-year-old Patriots castoff Chad Ochocinco, Brian Hartline and Davone Bess. The fantasy outlook for Tannehill and Garrard would be just as bleak.
Kevin Kolb vs. John Skelton
While neither Kolb nor Skelton is likely to end up starting in many fantasy leagues, the battle will affect fantasy stud Larry Fitzgerald and rookie Michael Floyd. Fitzgerald had some of his best games late in the season when Skelton was under center, averaging 117 yards per contest in Weeks 14 through 17.
Kolb hasn’t lived up to expectations since being acquired from the Philadelphia Eagles last July, but is probably the favorite heading into training camp by simple fact that the Cards already paid a considerable price for his services.
Tarvaris Jackson vs. Matt Flynn
Jackson was a non-factor in fantasy in 2011. Meanwhile, Flynn only had an impact for one game in those leagues that count Week 17, when he set records for Green Bay QBs with 480 yards and six touchdowns.
The offense has run through Marshawn Lynch the past two years in Seattle and likely will again in 2012, making it unlikely that Jackson or Flynn will be anything more than a fantasy bye-week fill-in.