Fantasy Football: 2011 NFC East Quarterback Situations

Ryan LesterSenior Writer IMay 15, 2011

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 09:  Michael Vick #7 of the Philadelphia Eagles drops back against the Green Bay Packers during the 2011 NFC wild card playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 9, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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The NFC East has three established quarterbacks and one messy situation.

Michael Vick is the No. 1 fantasy quarterback in the division. He’s a bit of a risk in part because of injuries and in part because he’s never had a season like last year. He has the tools to succeed and the weapons around him to flourish, but we won’t know if he still has the drive to be a better quarterback.

He’s easily a top-tier QB1, but he has more risk than the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Peyton Manning. Kevin Kolb is one of the better backup quarterbacks in the league. He could find himself traded, possibly to Arizona. He makes a decent QB2 if he’s a starter.

Tony Romo put up big numbers when he is healthy. Dez Bryant is immature, but he gives Romo another quality weapon. He’s averaged 2699.5 yards and 1.9 touchdown passes per game over the past four years (51 games).

Romo's lack of playoff success keeps him from the Brady, Peyton and Brees discussions, but he is possibly the best value among fantasy quarterbacks because of it.

Eli Manning reached 4,000 yards for the second straight season. Not bad for a team that historically likes to run the football. His career-high of 31 touchdowns gives him an average of 29 over the past two years and 25 over the past six.

Eli really formed a nice rapport with Hakeem Nicks and remains a solid QB1 if you want to address other needs or a high-end QB2.

Then there is Washington. Donovan McNabb is as good as gone, which marks the second straight season he’s been sent packing. I don’t know if he’s a starting-caliber quarterback anymore. Even if he finds a new gig, his fantasy days are most likely behind him. 

Rex Grossman could be brought back, but it appears John Beck could get a chance to show what he can do. This is a situation to avoid. Not only are the QB options mediocre at best, but they are running thin in the playmaker department.

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