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FANTASY FOOTBALL

Fantasy football: Use Terrelle Pryor, Jay Cutler, Nick Foles

Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger left his owners downcast after Week 1, as he earned paltry fantasy points.

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Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger left his owners downcast after Week 1, as he earned paltry fantasy points.

I’ve been spending so much time researching quarterbacks for one of my fantasy teams that I may as well write about the position.

The quarterback research comes as a result of me completely freezing during one of my drafts and not adjusting to what was happening around me. I’ll make this simple: In my first draft, I grabbed Tony Romo in the ninth round and was especially pleased about this development.

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So I went into my second draft thinking I could pull off a similar maneuver — acquire a decent quarterback in the middle rounds. Except Romo went in the fifth round, and instead of realizing that a run on second-tier quarterbacks was going on before my eyes, I continued to draft running backs and wide receivers.

That’s why I ended up with Ben Roethlisberger as my opening week starting quarterback, and that’s why I am now desperate.

Roethlisberger contributed 11 fantasy points to my cause last weekend. Thanks for the memories, Ben.

Three up:

Terrelle Pryor, QB, Oakland: Compiling 217 passing yards and 112 rushing yards against a playoff team will earn an undrafted fantasy quarterback some attention. Pryor, a second-year player who played in three games last season and started one, took the quarterback’s job in training camp from Matt Flynn. He has a terrific matchup this weekend against Jacksonville and he’ll be in my starting lineup.

Jay Cutler, QB, Chicago: Cutler threw for two touchdowns against the Bengals, but most importantly, he didn’t get sacked once. In recent seasons, he has been running for his life after the ball is snapped.

Nick Foles, QB, Philadelphia: He didn’t play in the Eagles opener, but if you have roster flexibility, Foles is worth owning. Starter Michael Vick is 33 and injury-prone — perhaps even more so in coach Chip Kelly’s offense.

Three down:

Cam Newton, QB, Carolina: There’s a chance Newton will underperform as long as Mike Shula is his offensive coordinator. Newton’s poor opening week could be blamed on facing a strong Seattle defense, but the Seahawks were missing three key defenders.

Torrey Smith, WR, Baltimore: Smith is Baltimore’s only established receiving threat, making his matchup with tremendous Cleveland cornerback Joe Haden dispiriting.

Frank Gore, RB, San Francisco: Gore isn’t fooling anyone, and that’s part of the reason the Niners drafted LaMichael James two years ago and Marcus Lattimore in the spring. Gore’s matchup with Seattle is dreadful.

Ed Ryan can be reached at ed_ryan@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @EdzoRyan
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