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by contributing author Bill Berthold

Quarterback Questions

NFL seasons are like finger prints, no two are alike. Parity is the enemy of certainty and the current age of NFL parity make fantasy predictions a risky business. Each new season brings new questions. The answers? They are to be determined. Here are the top 10 questions regarding the quarterback position heading into the 2013 fantasy football season.

10. Will the Buffalo Bills prove draft gurus wrong with their selection of E.J. Manuel? 

Most experts were critical when the Buffalo Bills made the Florida State product the 16th selection in April's draft, but the duel threat at quarterback is the current rage in the NFL, and Buffalo hopes they found one. Manuel can be both a running and passing threat. Recent history shows quarterbacks can have great early success. Does that make Manuel a viable fantasy option in year one? Probably not.

9. With a new home, can Kansas City Chief Alex Smith have a productive fantasy year? s

One thing is true, Andy Reid likes to throw the football. The weapons are in place for Smith to have his best statistical season. Afterall, every screen pass Jamal Charles turns into a long gain counts as passing yards. Add a receiving corp that features red zone targets Dwayne Bowe and Jonathan Baldwin and the ingredients are there. Is Smith worthy of a fantasty starting job? No. But a top flight backup is plausible. 

8. What to make of Colin Kaepernick?

  Kaepernick is the real deal. His playoff performance is proof, even if his team narrowly missed the Lombardi Trophy. There is nothing not to like: strong arm, running ability, and maybe the best athlete in the sport today. The receiving corps in San Francisco isn't the greatest especially with Michael Crabtree's injury, but Kaepernick has the rare ability of making others around him better. Much like he will do for fantasy teams in 2013.