Dear RotoRob: They’re Dropping Like Flies
Kyle Orton has become a must-start QB.
I lost Dallas Clark and now Tony Romo, so I traded Larry Fitzgerald for Kyle Orton this morning. Sam Bradford is my No. 2 quarterback, but both are on bye for Week Nine.
I must use my waiver wire No. 2 pick on Josh Freeman, Jon Kitna or Chad Henne and drop Bradford. Which QB do you suggest for Week Nine only?
Thanks as always.
It’s pretty amazing how quarterback play in Arizona has regressed to the point that trading Fitzgerald, a surefire first- or second-round pick this year, for Orton, probably undrafted in many leagues, was met with a solemn nod on my end. Good job, Ken Whisenhunt. Way to have a plan post-Kurt Warner.
As for your choices, they’re all pretty marginal. Everyone is on the road against solid or better pass defenses. Under other circumstances, I’d take my chances with Kitna because of all the guys they have, but Green Bay shut that offense down with Romo at the helm last season, and the Packers are familiar with Kitna from his Motown days. Freeman played pretty well in Atlanta last year (250 passing yards, two TDs, no INTs) and is probably the safest selection.
The most interesting is Henne, based primarily on Baltimore’s recent struggles — Tom Brady threw for 292 yards and Ryan Fitzpatrick (not a typo) threw for 382 yards and four TDs — but there’s always the risk that the Ravens will get out of their funk defensively. Still, given Henne’s numbers and B-More’s recent struggles he’d be the guy I’d give a shot to.
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