Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/10/12
Unless your name is Tom Brady, Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers your fantasy quarterback stock is in constant motion. 
Sometimes the motion does not depend solely on your capabilities but the weapons you are given.  So going into week one of preseason here is how a few quarterbacks are rising and falling. 

Stocks on the Rise John Skelton
Sometimes it pays to be lucky and good.  Kevin Kolb started the preseason Hall of Fame game against the New Orleans Saints.  In his first preseason game Kolb injured his ribs.  Enter Skelton to remind people what differentiates him from Kolb.  Let's see ability to command the huddle, check.  Ability to avoid injury, check.  And he possess a rocket arm, check.  In the first preseason game Skelton went 4 or 6 for 32 yards. Skelton looked poised in the pocket while leading the Cardinals on a 90-yard touchdown drive against the Saints' first team defense. 
Last year Skelton went 5-2 as a starter.  Kolb went 1-7.  Skelton's stock has been rising since the end of last year.

Robert Griffin III
Griffin III has come into the league without the pressure of being the number one pick.  The Heisman winner is not without expectations however.  Chosen second by the Washington Redskins, Griffin III is surrounded by talent.  On his first preseason game he showed poise in the pocket and the ability to go through all his progressions. Griffin III looked off tight end Fred Davis and WR Leonard Hankerson before completing a 20-yard pass to Pierre Garcon.   He went 4 for 6 with 70 yards a touchdown and a fumble against the Buffalo Bills.  For those who are waiting for him to look like Cam Newton remember, Newton looked unremarkable during preseason last year. 

Jay Cutler
Cutler has always been that hit or miss quarterback. He is blessed with a rocket arm, and cursed with a nasty disposition.  Fortunately fantasy scores do not depend on a quarterback's body language and ability to communicate with the press.  And this year Cutler has been given the gift of Brandon Marshall.  Together in Denver, the Cutler to Marshall tandem produced 206 receptions for 2,590 yards and 13 touchdowns. This production was over two seasons. 

The Bear's offense is being built to make Cutler succeed. In addition to Marshall, new offensive coordinator Mike Tice has retained the services Cutler's safety blanket, Earl Bennett.  Tice has also drafted Alshon Jeffery who resembles Marshall in both size and ability. 
Cutler will be the sleeper pick of the season. 

Stocks on the Down Slide Mark Sanchez
Before the first snap of the first pre-season game Sanchez is spiraling downward. There is no way to stop the inevitable free-fall that is Sanchez.  Caught in the whirlpool that we will call HurricaneTebow there is very little upside for Sanchez.  If Tim Tebow doesn't replace him outright at quarterback, Tebow will go in for goal line stances.  Sanchez's fantasy value dissipates with every snap Tebow takes.  Whether Tebow comes in for 'wildcat' formations, or goal line stands, or displaces Sanchez completely.  There is no denying Sanchez value is a victim of Tebow.  Sanchez is a fantasy bust. 

Michael Vick
When Vick hit his hand on his teammates helmet fantasy players took a collective gasp.  Vick stock fluctuates every year that he plays.  Not because he doesn't run.  Not because he doesn't throw.  Vick can't stay on the field for a complete season.  Vick has not played a complete season in well a long time.  And in his career he has only played one full season.  If he goes out of the pocket he risks injury.  If he stays in the pocket he risks injury.  While he has the potential of being a fantasy stud, Vick is a delicate flower.  His stock is spiraling because the preseason hand injury, though minor reminds us all that he will not be in for the long haul.

Matthew Stafford
This is my M. Night Shyamalan pick, you know there is the potential for greatness.  But you also realize there is an epic chance for failure too.  This off-season the Detroit Lions were imploding.  No team could have been happier to see the structure of training camp arrive.  And while Stafford has seemed to avoid direct hit from the implosion there will be peripheral damage suffered, none are spared. 
Last year Stafford accumulated 5038 yards with 41 touchdowns on 16 interceptions.  And then there is the Madden Curse.Your number one receiver in on the cover of Madden.  The Curse it's a thing! 

Your number one running back is suffering residual concussion damage.  And then there is the ever present fear of injury that plagues Stafford.  Last year he managed to stay on the field, but is that the norm or the anomaly?

Even with optimum conditions it would be difficult for Stafford to replicate last year's numbers. He will be good not great.  Enough of a drop for his stock to slip. 

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