Kyle Orton, QB, Bills
2014 Outlook: Do Not DraftLast updated on Aug-14-2014 by Larry Gold
Kyle Orton shook off some serious rust, starting his first game in nearly two years for the Cowboys' 2013 season finale. Orton filled in admirably for Tony Romo in a must-win situation with 358 yards and two TDs, but ultimately was picked off late in the fourth quarter, ruining what would have been a remarkable victory. Orton is now holding out and although Dallas would like to retain him for depth, it is uncertain where he will start training camp. Although Orton has shown flashes of being a serviceable starter during his career, it is likely that his best case scenario is as a backup to Romo or somewhere else.
Update: On July 15, 2014, the Dallas Cowboys released Orton.
Bills head coach Doug Marrone announced Monday that Kyle Orton will be the team's starting quarterback going forward. Marrone said he came to the decision to bench 2013 first-round pick E.J. Manuel in favor of the 31-year-old Orton this afternoon. According to Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News, Marrone didn't declare Orton will be the starter for the rest of the season but "indicates it's not a one-week move either." Marrone did say Manuel "has got a tough road ahead of him."Fantasy Analysis:
This move was all but assured once Buffalo handed Orton, a quarterback who was heavily considering retirement, an $11 million, two-year contract right before the season started. Manuel expedited the change with his usual brand of bad quarterbacking. He was competent when asked to throw the ball only 20-25 times per game. But once the Bills fell behind in their past two games, Manuel fell apart. In Weeks 3 and 4 combined, Manuel completed 53 percent of his passes, averaged 5.6 yards per throw and took five sacks.
Perhaps the Bills are pulling the plug on Manuel a little early -- he has played in just 14 career games. But at 2-2 and in a division without a clear power, the Bills think they can win now and that Orton gives them the best opportunity to do so. Maybe, but Orton is far from an ideal fantasy option. This move has greater fantasy impact on the likes of Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods, who will both benefit without Manuel's horrid accuracy. Orton's aim isn't much better, but at least it is better.
The Bills, with Orton under center, will go on the road to face the Lions in Week 5. Even with the new quarterback, this offense is still one to target if you're into streaming defenses.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors9/29 - Bills bench QB E.J. Manuel for Kyle Orton
Latest References to Kyle Orton on FFToolbox:
You must login in order to comment:
If you do not have an account yet, register here -- it's free