2. Geno wins the day: On Day 1 of the pseudo quarterback competition, Smith outplayed Michael Vick, who threw an interception that wasn’t entirely his fault. (Rookie wide receiver Jalen Saunders ran the wrong route.) There will be more days like this, especially if Smith continues to receive three-quarters of the first-team reps. Vick is working with an inexperienced cast of characters, and that’s bound to impact his performance. You’ll be reading a day-by-day analysis of the quarterback situation (hey, it’s what we do), but know this: To nail down the job, Smith needs to show up in the preseason games. In other words, he can’t throw a pick-six on a screen pass on his first attempt. (See: Mark Sanchez, 2013).
The only really valuable thing to come out of training camp reports are tidbits that actually tell us about the order of the depth chart. The rest of the information, like hot fantasy takes from beat writers, can be classified in the category “more harm than good”.
I’ll be nervously watching the Jets battle because I am ready to pull the trigger on Geno in every league. I figure it allows me to pound away at RB/WR for 15 rounds or so and even if Geno is horrible, I’ll have a decent enough lead at the other positions that in a worst case scenario I could just turn one of those players into a QB.
Sometimes going late round QB works out really well, like Kurt Warner in 2008 or RGIII in 2012. But even when it doesn’t go according to plan you can still roll with Tim Tebow in your title game (2010) and that’s fine too. The next time I regret passing on a QB early will be the first time.
Don’t get me wrong. I understand the desire to go QB early to increase your level of difficulty if you’re getting bored with fantasy football. But when the cheat code is there for you, why not use it?