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Fantasy Football: Be patient with QBs Newton, Vick

Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers. (Getty)

Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers. (Getty) Photo Credit: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers. (Getty)

In both the NFL and fantasy football, it is very hard to overcome a poor performance from the QB position.

So, what should you do if the QB you drafted has proved to be a disappointment so far? Let's break it down case by case:

Cam Newton (QB, Panthers) - The Panthers coaches seem to have forgotten how to make the most out of his unique skill set, leading to a sophomore slump of sorts. However, the negative hype is overblown (he has been a top 10-12 QB depending upon the scoring system) and his remaining schedule will get easier. Even if you have a backup who has surpassed expectations like the Buccaneers' Josh Freeman, you should plan to stick with Cam.

Michael Vick (QB, Eagles) - There are calls for him to be benched in Philly. However, Nick Foles isn't a viable replacement, Vick has a slew of weaker defenses on his remaining schedule, and he is still capable of exploding for a high fantasy score each week. Unless you had "Luck" picking your backup, you are probably just as stuck with Vick as Andy Reid is.

Jay Cutler (QB, Bears) - His fantasy value suffers from the fact that the Bears rarely need to throw the ball because of their dominant defense and solid running game. Cutler is still a decent QB2, but a player like Carson Palmer of the Raiders would be worth promoting over Cutler the rest of the way.

Philip Rivers (QB, Chargers) - He has probably been the biggest fantasy bust at the QB position this year, and this is now the second year that something has seemed off about him. He should be considered barely worth keeping on your roster in a 10 team league, and a player like the 49ers' Alex Smith is probably a better option at this point.

Alex Case is amNY's fantasy football columnist.


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