Engel: NFC West Offseason Fantasy Outlook

We continue our team-by-team offseason fantasy outlooks in the NFC West. We'll examine every squad from the offensive side of the ball as we begin to prepare for the 2007 season.


Quarterback: ('http://insider.espn.go.com/nfl/players/fantasy?statsId=7759')">Matt Leinart's sprained left shoulder is reportedly healing quickly, and he shouldn't be negatively affected for the upcoming season as long as he has no further setbacks. Leinart started well when handed the job in 2006, but then he quickly tailed off and had trouble completing drives. Leinart has great weapons around him, but he still lacks experience and his blocking will still be inconsistent. Don't depend on him as a regular fantasy starter just yet. The Cardinals want him to bulk up some more to take the full pounding of a 16-game schedule and Leinart still has a lot to learn the nuances of the pro game. Count on him as a top fantasy backup, and if he progresses more quickly than we expect, consider it a bonus.