The record-breaking 2011 season for quarterbacks and passing numbers skipped right over the NFC West a year ago. It doesn't look like that will change much here in 2012.
Sure, the 49ers' Alex Smith is improved and has added weapons; Kevin Kolb should be better with a full offseason and training camp; offseason free agent Matt Flynn could add some presence to the Seahawks passing game; and the Rams' Sam Bradford has no place to go but up in Year 3.
Still, all of them can improve, and this will remain the worst quarterbacked division in football.
Exactly how much those low-end fantasy passers improve will determine just how much fantasy value will be found in the NFC West. It makes for a lot to watch in training camps and the preseason here, particularly if you're mining the depths of fantasy for some potential sleepers.
We are already taken our capsule looks at the NFC East, AFC East, NFC North, AFC North, NFC South, AFC South and AFC West. We conclude with the run-heavy (out of necessity) NFC West's depth charts, position battles, injury questions and fantasy positional rankings:
1 Kevin Kolb ARI
1 Marshawn Lynch SEA
1 Larry Fitzgerald ARI
1 Vernon Davis SF
1 David Akers SF
1 49ers SF