News:Zach Mettenberger completed 16-of-29 passes for 217 yards and a touchdown against Arkansas on Friday.
Analysis:Zach Mettenberger's 2013 outlook is not rosy. Although he'll be surrounded by a good amount of talent, LSU will remain a run-heavy team, and Mettenberger lacks the mobility to add points on the ground.
News:Zach Mettenberger completed 22-of-37 passes for 282 yards and two interceptions against Mississippi on Saturday.
Analysis:Zach Mettenberger has been too up-and-down to be utilized in most formats this year, even with a weak Arkansas squad up next.
News:Zach Mettenberger completed 19-of-30 passes for 273 yards and two touchdowns against Mississippi State on Saturday.
Analysis:Zach Mettenberger has played very well the last two weeks, and it looks like he might be an SEC-only league option against Mississippi.
News:Zach Mettenberger completed 24-of-35 passes for 298 yards and a touchdown against Alabama on Saturday.
Analysis: Considering the context, it's almost certainly Zach Mettenberger's most impressive showing of the year. No quarterback has played nearly this well against Alabama this year, which is quite odd given how otherwise unimpressive Mettenberger has been. We in any case still can't recommend him against Mississippi State.
News:Zach Mettenberger completed 11-of-29 passes for 97 yards and a touchdown against Texas A&M on Saturday.
Analysis:Zach Mettenberger simply isn't very good, and unless you're in a two-QB or 14-team SEC-only league, there probably can't exist a scenario where he's a justifiable start against Alabama.
News:Zach Mettenberger completed 12-of-25 passes for 148 yards and an interception against South Carolina on Saturday.
Analysis: It could have been worse. Zach Mettenberger's release is dreadfully slow and he's a sitting duck in the pocket. LSU would be wise to limit his exposure as much as possible, and fantasy owners would be wise to steer clear entirely.
News:Zach Mettenberger faces a South Carolina defense Saturday that held Georgia to 109 yards passing Oct. 6.
Analysis: Georgia's Aaron Murray is a much, much better player than Zach Mettenberger, who has shown an alarming lack of pocket presence and maneuverability to this point. South Carolina probably has the nation's best pass rush, led by the most frightening defender in the nation, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. Mettenberger should not be started in any fantasy leagues this week.
News:Zach Mettenberger completed 15-of-26 passes for 238 yards and two touchdowns against Towson on Saturday.
Analysis:Zach Mettenberger did fine against an inferior defense, but we need to advise benching him against Florida, assuming you even own him in the first place.
News:Zach Mettenberger completed 15-of-27 passes for 169 yards against Auburn on Saturday.
Analysis:Zach Mettenberger can throw the ball decently if he has an open pocket, but he becomes dreadful in the face of pressure. He's not a fantasy option.
News:Zach Mettenberger completed 17-of-22 passes for 222 yards, two touchdowns and one interception against Idaho on Saturday.
Analysis: Idaho's defense was completely overwhelmed, so Zach Mettenberger should do at least this well in this setting. He has a passing grade so far but hasn't exactly been groundbreaking as LSU's starter.
News:Zach Mettenberger completed 12-of-18 passes for 195 yards and a touchdown against Washington on Saturday.
Analysis: It's an improvement over his shaky Week 1 showing, but there's still no reason to think Zach Mettenberger will turn into a fantasy option.
News:Zach Mettenberger completed 19-of-26 passes for 192 yards, one touchdown and one interception against North Texas on Saturday.
Analysis:Zach Mettenberger got annihilated on a helmet-to-helmet hit on a blitz, so hopefully he won't get scared in the pocket as a result. In any case, Mettenberger is no more than depth in SEC leagues unless he gets into a better rhythm from here.
News:Zach Mettenberger is expected to be more aggressive as a passer than Jordan Jefferson or Jarrett Lee were, ESPN reports.
Analysis:Zach Mettenberger is unlikely to possess fantasy value outside of SEC-only leagues, but his arrival as starter is good news for Odell Beckham and whoever else starts at receiver for LSU.
News: LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee injured his ankle against Northwestern State which led to the team playing Zach Mettenberger, but it appears Lee's injury shouldn't cost him any playing time.
Analysis: Lee is doing just enough to give the team wins, which is all the Tigers require of him.
News: LSU head coach Les Miles talked recently about the need to get Zach Mettenberger playing time, saying "If that opportunity presents itself, certainly that would be something that we would look forward to doing."
Analysis: For the time being Jarrett Lee is the starter, but if Lee falters at all, it will be Mettenberger's show.
News: According to ESPN, LSU head coach Les Miles will play JUCO transfer Zach Mettenberger tonight against LSU. Jarrett Lee will start the game but the one-time Georgia Bulldog will see action with Jordan Jefferson being suspended.
Analysis: Just one more thing to think about but it's tough to see either LSU quarterback being a major option in any fantasy league.
News: With Jordan Jefferson pretty much out of the picture, LSU quarterback Jarrett Lee can't relax yet as Zach Mettenberger is still in the thick of it. "We can go to option B in a heartbeat" says head coach Les Miles.
Analysis: If Lee struggles, I would not be surprised to see Mettenberger take the field and not leave it.
News: After being arrested on charges of second degree battery, LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson and linebacker Josh Johns have been indefinitely suspended from the team.
Analysis: With Jefferson in hot water, the Tigers will look to Jarrett Lee (and possibly Zach Mettenberger) when they face off against Oregon.
News: With all the talk surrounding the LSU players who are being investigated as perpetrators, defensive end Sam Montgomery and quarterback Zach Mettenberger were victims of being held at gunpoint in an altercation. The full story can be read here.
Analysis: The good thing is that both athletes were not injured and that there are no legal ramifications for them. With Jordan Jefferson's future in limbo, the Tigers will need Mettenberger to stay away from trouble.
News: In the latest scrimmage for LSU, Jordan Jefferson looked real good completing 15-of-25 passes for 100 yards and a score. Jarrett Lee had some first team snaps and threw for 111 yards. Zach Mettenberger tacked on 71 yards and two scores.
Analysis: The only thing holding the Tigers back is their quarterback play and as long as Jefferson can just limit his mistakes, the Tigers are a strong contender for the national title.
News: Mettenberger tells the Associated Press that he expects to play for LSU at some point this season - even though it's not likely to be as a starter.
Analysis: "Obviously, Jordan is in position to be the winningest quarterback in LSU history," Mettenberger acknowledges. "It's not like I was just going to walk in and take his job. Worst-case scenario, I still have two years to play and for me that's fine.I do look to get some game experience this year, but right now it's definitely Jordan's job - and Jarrett's the backup."
News: Quarterback Zach Mettenberger is currently working out with the freshman, while Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee workout with the upperclassman. "I would not read much into that," coach Les Miles said.
Analysis: Maybe it is standard practice for junior college transfers to open fall camp with the freshman. Even if that is the case, it is pretty clear from the reports this spring that Mettenberger is well behind Jefferson on the depth chart.
News: While attending the Manning passing camp as a counselor, LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson exuded much confidence about the upcoming season and his role as the top signal caller when he said "I will be the starter, hands down."
Analysis: Jefferson has impressed all spring and looks to have pulled away from Jarrett Lee and highly-touted JUCO transfer Zach Mettenberger.
News: Mettenberger has committed to LSU, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Analysis: Mettenberger was in line to be the starting quarterback for Georgia this season, but he was dismissed from the team in May after running into legal trouble. Mettenberger, who led Butler Community College to the junior college title game, will get a chance to compete for LSU's starting quarterback spot in the spring.
Mettenberger Planning Visits to Bearcats, Cardinals
News: Mettenberger, who recently pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of sexual battery, is apparently planning to take visits to the University of Cincinnati and Louisville before the end of the month, ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Mettenberger, should he transfer, would have to sit out 2010 according to NCAA transfer rules, but would be able to play in 2011 and would retain three years of eligibility at the college level. ESPN.com speculates that Louisville may be the better fit for Mettenberger, especially given a) it is closer to his home state of Georgia, and b) Cincinnati has Zach Collaros under center for the next two years.
News: Mettenberger was dismissed from the Georgia football team by head coach Mark Richt, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. He was arrested in March and charged with underage consumption and possession of alcohol, possessing fake identification and disorderly conduct-obstruction.
Analysis: It was thought he could compete for a starting job before his off-field troubles. His departure leaves true freshman Hutson Mason as the third quarterback behind Aaron Murray and Logan Gray.
UGA's Mettenberger to be Suspended One Game for Drinking
News: Mettenberger will be suspended for one game - per university mandate - as a result of his recently being charged with underage consumption and possession of alcohol, ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Head coach Mark Richt states Mettenberger has "shown remorse for his actions, and he has taken full accountability in dealing with his punishment . . ."
Georgia's Mettenberger Charged with Underage Drinking
News: Mettenberger was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with underage consumption and possession of alcohol, possessing fake identification and disorderly conduct-obstruction, the Associated Press reports.
Analysis: The redshirt freshman is expected to compete for the starting quarterback job this season, though this incident could put that in jeopardy. Police chief Mike Terrell said the circumstances are still being investigated, and Georgia will likely let more facts emerge before making a statement.
News:The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Georgia head coach Mark Richt said that true freshmen quarterbacks Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger will get the opportunity to compete for backup duties with Aaron Gray behind starter Joe Cox. However, if neither player can beat out Gray, then Richt said he has no issues with redshirting both gunslingers.
Analysis: Both Murray and Mettenberg come in with strong accolades from the high school level, but Cox is a seasoned backup and appears ready to resume the starting role. Richt said he will likely find ways to use Gray's athleticism with certain packages, but it does seem like a long shot either Murray or Mettenberg will start the season under center for Georgia. Cox is still really the only quarterback worth drafting in Fantasy.