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Quarterback Watch - Week 13
Scott Boyter
November 30, 2004
Top Ten Fantasy QB’s To Own Comment
1 IND Peyton Manning This is ridiculous. He’s single-handedly winning weeks for a whole lot of fantasy teams. The only remaining D that can possibly slow him down is probably Baltimore, but even that game is in Indianapolis.
2 PHI Donovan McNabb It took a rushing TD to make McNabb’s day successful from a fantasy standpoint, but that’s the element D-Mac brings to the table. He’s got another great matchup at home against the Pack this weekend.
3 MIN Daunte Culpepper Same as McNabb, Culpepper’s rushing score turned his fantasy day from mediocre to very good. His next four games (at Chicago, Seattle, at Detroit, Green Bay) could be huge.
4 SD Drew Brees Place your bids now for the hottest free-agent-to-be. Brees is doing nothing but putting vast numbers of Benjamins in his pocket. Oh yeah, he’s also directing this season’s biggest surprise story to a potential AFC West title. At home against the Broncos this weekend, there’s no reason not to expect another great game.
5 STL Marc Bulger The Rams may be schizophrenic this season, but Bulger has been pretty steady. He has the potential for big games against the 49ers, Panthers and Cardinals.
6 GB Brett Favre Another Monday night, another great performance. He's making it look easy for now, but this week he'll have to deal with Philadelphia's tough defense. He should still be solid, though.
7 DEN Jake Plummer Even in a blizzard Plummer was able to put up decent numbers, even if it was against Oakland’s defense. We leave him at No. 7 because his matchup with San Diego should result in some big numbers.
8 NE Tom Brady Brady’s not in this spot for his pedestrian performance against Baltimore, but rather in anticipation of his tasty upcoming games against Cincinnati and Cleveland. Does 58-48 ring any bells?
9 TB Brian Griese He’s averaged about 250 yards and two TDs in his last four games, and should do even better against Atlanta, San Diego and New Orleans in the next three weeks. Griese has been a late season godsend for a lot of fantasy owners.
10 CAR Jake Delhomme Delhomme continues to display copious amounts of intestinal fortitude, performing at a high level with a broken bone in the thumb of his throwing hand. His numbers should remain solid against the Saints, Rams and Falcons.

(Note – this listing considers the rankings of QB’s if a draft was held today)

Climbing Up The Ladder

Kelly Holcomb (CLE) – Anytime somebody throws for five TDs and more than 400 yards, he has to be mentioned. Was he a one-week wonder? Probably, but who cares? Holcomb may have made himself a pretty good chunk of change for next season with that performance.

John Navarre (ARI) – John who? Hey, the guy’s already been named starter against the Lions, and he does have a couple of excellent targets in Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin. If you’re totally screwed at QB in your upcoming fantasy game, Navarre will at least be worth a look.

Sliding Back

Trent Green (KC) – OK, let me get this – the Chiefs score 31 points against San Diego, and Green throws for only 200 yards with no TDs? Like the dog said in the old Warner Bros. cartoon, “That just don’t add up.” Green should rebound against Oakland, but slides out of the top 10 for now.

Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) – The Steelers are winning, but they’re not exactly firing on all cylinders. Roethlisberger has been sacked 11 times in his last two games and failed to reach the 150-yard mark in his last three – with no TDs. That can’t make Steeler fans feel good entering the stretch drive.