Fantasy Football 2010: Seven Quarterbacks You Shouldn't Touch

Kevin RobertsSenior Writer IJuly 14, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 16:  Quarterback Matt Leinart #7 of the Arizona Cardinals walks back to the sideline against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Louisana Superdome on January 16, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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There are fantasy locks, fantasy bargains, fantasy steals, and fantasy sleepers. And, of course, sometimes you can even find the occasional deep sleeper.

But away from all of that fantasy football jazz, there is the other realm: the guys you shouldn't even think about drafting.

Forget about when to draft these guys. If you want to be smart about your fantasy season, you won't waste your time breathing life into their dead fantasy values.

Here's a a list with brief comments as to why these fantasy quarterbacks shouldn't be anywhere close to your fantasy roster in 2010.

Jason Campbell (Oakland Raiders)

We'll admit, when we first heard of the trade sending him from Washington to Oakland, we jumped the gun (just like everyone else) and marked him down as a potential sleeper.

The fairy dust has rubbed off, my friends.

This is still the Raiders we're talking about, a team that doesn't even have a true offensive identity, can't protect it's passer, and has receivers with speed, but no hands.

If Campbell is a sleeper, he's hiding somewhere in the Titanic .

Yeah, that's pretty deep.

We're not saying there's no way Campbell can find success in 2010, we just wouldn't bank on it helping out your fantasy roster too much. If the guy struggled to maintain consistency in Washington, what are his chances in Oakland?

And there's the rub.

Sam Bradford (St. Louis Rams)

I know, the Atlanta Falcons didn't look so hot when Matt Ryan took over in 2008, and he blew everyone away.

Why can't Bradford, right?

Simple. Because Ryan had a solid offensive line, Roddy White, and a balanced rush attack. That, and we simply view Ryan as more prepared and durable than Bradford appears to be.

Bradford's line will make him go down a few times this year, and his lack of elite offensive weapons will make him cringe when he's standing up.

Josh Freeman (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Freeman is a big boy with a cannon arm, but that's where the love-fest stops and reality sinks in.

The guy threw 18 picks in just nine starts in 2009, and threw just seven touchdowns in his final eight starts. Not exactly fantasy gold.

Toss in the fact that he lost Antonio Bryant and likely has two rookies as his top receiving targets, and Freeman and co. are in for another season of hard times.

Trent Edwards (Buffalo Bills)

Gone are the days of Edwards surpassing J.P. Losman and starting the fantasy season as a sleeper candidate. The guy's brain and supposed accuracy has gotten him only so far, and now his lack of elite arm strength and elite weapons is about to completely expose him.

Things are still not right in Buffalo, and with a bad offensive line for what feels like the 10th year running, you simply can't put any stock in a Buffalo passer.

Jake Delhomme (Cleveland Browns)

He couldn't keep the magic carpet ride alive in Carolina, and that's when he had a dominant offensive line, a crazy-good rush attack, and Steve Smith.

All of that is gone, and now he's on the Browns. Can you guess where his fantasy value is?

Matt Leinart (Arizona Cardinals)

Anquan Boldin takes away a big red-zone target and a guy who would sacrifice his body for the better of his team. Kurt Warner takes away Matt Leinart's safety net, and has the former USC product on the brink of full exposure.

Leinart never wowed the critics before, and his inconsistent play in camp reports doesn't suggest he's about to do any different than in the past.

We're not saying he can't still be a franchise passer. But we are saying that we don't really trust him under pressure, late in games, or against elite competition.

Matt Hasselbeck (Seattle Seahawks)

You can leave your Mr. Clean jokes at the door folks. Sure, we'll probably reprise a strand of baldy jokes in mid-season (if Hass is still standing), but now is not the time.

Hassebeck is aging, is playing behind a shaky offensive line, and will be reporting to a new head coach (his third in three seasons). The dude has talent and can make plays, but he hasn't had a full head of steam against elite competition in over two years, and he's turning out to be Mr. Fragile.

With Charlie Whitehurst waiting in the wings, Hasselbeck could turn out to be a major shot in the dark on draft day. We do love the off-season offensive additions, but we're just not sold on Hasselbeck staying healthy and playing well enough to keep the starting job.

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