Ainge a 'Fantasy' flop?

After a brilliant freshman campaign, Tennessee's Erik Ainge is regarded as one of the brightest young quarterback prospects in all of NCAA football. If you participate in a Fantasy Football League, however, don't waste a pick on him.

That's the word from the folks at They recently posted a list of the 50 most desirable quarterbacks for Fantasy League purposes, and Ainge was nowhere to be found.

Entitled ''2005 College Fantasy Football ... Quarterbacks,'' the unbylined story notes that the rankings are not based on a QB's overall ability but rather on his point potential in Fantasy Football scoring systems. The article goes on to note that Fantasy scoring is weighted heavily in favor of mobile quarterbacks who pile up rushing yards and touchdowns. This explains the presence of Boise State's Jared Zebrowsky (13 rushing TDs in 2004) and Texas' Vince Young (14 rushing TDs last fall) being ranked among's top five Fantasy QBs.

Ainge, of course, is a pure dropback passer who runs only as a last resort.

Anyway,'s top five Fantasy QBs are as follows:

1. Omar Jacobs, Bowling Green

2. Brad Smith, Missouri

3. Jared Zebrowsky, Boise State

4. Bruce Gradkowski, Toledo

5. Vince Young, Texas

For what it's worth, 2004 Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart of Southern Cal ranks eighth in the Fantasy ratings. Four Southeastern Conference QBs are ranked in the top 50 -- Florida's Chris Leak (ninth), Auburn's Brandon Cox (38th), Vanderbilt's Jay Cutler (40th) and Georgia's D.J. Shockley (43rd).

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