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Fantasy Football Preview - David Garrard

The Jacksonville Jaguars signed QB David Garrard to a seven year, $60 million dollar contract this week, finalizing his role as the leader of the Jaguars.  

Last year Garrard had a breakout season - 3509 pass yds, 18 pass TDs, 3 interceptions and a whopping 102.2 QB rating.  Outstanding.  Now what do the Jags get for their $60 million, and what do you get for your fantasy team?

Reasons to upgrade:  He only took over the starting role a week before the season began, and that was with a brand new offensive coordinator.  A year's worth of experience in the system - along with a full pre-season knowing he's the starter - will mean a smarter, more prepared David Garrard.  The receiving corps has been upgraded with Jerry Porter and Troy Williamson.

Reasons to downgrade - Half of his 18 touchdowns came in his final four games.  The Jaguars are a run-first team, so you're not likely to see Garrard put up the ball 30+ times or throw for 300+ yards. The receiving corps has been upgraded with Jerry Porter and Troy Williamson.

Conclusion - Garrard should be a steady, reliable fantasy QB in 2007.  He's a #2 QB in all but the largest fantasy leagues, but you should be able to count on him for a bye week or injury fill-in against any opponent.