Quarterback carousel will have little draft impact

In the past two days, the Browns have signed Jake Delhomme to a two-year deal and traded Brady Quinn to the Broncos in exchange for Peyton Hillis and two future draft picks.

From a fantasy perspective, the player that will see the greatest increase in value might surprise you.

Delhomme joining the Browns is not great news for the value of Mohammed Massaquoi, Joshua Cribbs, Brian Robiskie or any other Browns receiver.

Over the last two seasons, Delhomme has averaged 196 passing yards in 27 starts with a combined 23 touchdown passes and 36 turnovers. He doesn’t figure to see a major improvement (if any at all) with his new team.

In fact, Delhomme is someone I’d avoid altogether in drafts.

The same holds true of Quinn, who doesn’t figure to threaten Kyle Orton’s starting job in training camp. If nothing else, Orton has proven that he can win at the NFL level. That alone should keep him in a prominent role.

On a positive note, Quinn is only 25 and should have a chance to take over the offense of coach Josh McDaniels in the future. That gives him a hint of value in dynasty leagues but little appeal in seasonal formats.

So which player will actually see an increase in value as a result of these moves?

I think it’s Peyton Hillis.

He saw little burn last season under McDaniels, but that should change with the Browns. Hillis now has a legitimate chance to complement Jerome Harrison and see short-yardage and goal-line work in an offense that will lean on the run.

Remember, Hillis was a solid waiver-wire pickup as a rookie before an injured hamstring landed him on the sidelines. In 12 games (six starts), Hillis averaged an impressive 5.0 yards per carry and scored a combined six touchdowns.

Lawrence Vickers is a lock to start at fullback, so Hillis will see more of a running back role, and is now worth a late-round look in drafts.

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