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Quarterback Watch - Week 14
Scott Boyter
December 7, 2004
Top Ten Fantasy QB’s To Own Comment
1 IND Peyton Manning He threw for “only” three touchdowns but made up for that horrendous production by putting up 425 yards. The Texans remember how Indy ran up the score on them four weeks ago, but will it really matter?
2 PHI Donovan McNabb McNabb put up Manning-esque numbers against the hapless Packer defense, and this week goes up against the same Washington D he riddled for four touchdowns on Nov. 21.
3 MIN Daunte Culpepper The Bears usually seem to give the Vikings fits in Chicago, yet Culpepper still had a good fantasy day. He should find the going much easier at home against the Seahawks.
4 KC Trent Green He skyrockets to this spot not so much for his own performance, but through attrition because Nos. 5-8 had such subpar games. But Green definitely deserved to rebound into the top 10 after torching Oakland for 340 yards and three TDs. Big numbers should await against the Titans and Broncos, as well as his rematch with the Raiders.
5 SD Drew Brees Yes, he was horrible against Denver, but his performances for the large majority of the season have been outstanding. Tampa Bay will be a difficult game for him this week, but he should light up the Browns and Colts afterward.
6 NE Tom Brady His numbers suffered against Cleveland because the Pats’ special teams, defense and rushing game were dominant. But if he isn’t big against the Bengals this weekend, he’ll probably fall from this list for good.
7 DEN Jake Plummer Two, if not three of Plummer’s four interceptions against the Chargers probably weren’t his fault, but he still slips due to no passing TDs. He should rebound quite well against Miami, the Chiefs and the Titans.
8 CIN Carson Palmer No. 8 with a bullet after throwing for nine touchdowns in his last three games. The way he lit up the Raven defense convinced us he’s finally top 10 worthy.
9 GB Brett Favre Wow. How bad was that? Favre needs to burn the Philly game film and get his mind right for a visit from Detroit’s suspect defense.
10 CAR Jake Delhomme Delhomme had pretty good numbers against the Saints (294, one TD), and has a great matchup versus St. Louis.

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

Climbing Up The Ladder

Chad Pennington (NYJ) – Pennington made a triumphant return to the starting lineup against the Texans. His numbers weren’t spectacular (155 yards, two TDs), but were good enough to make it safe for you to put Pennington back in your starting lineup.

Kerry Collins (OAK) – He’s averaged about 340 yards and has seven TDs in his last two games. His matchup this weekend on the road against Atlanta doesn’t look great, but his next two after that are against the Chiefs and Titans.

Drew Bledsoe (BUF) – Yes, him. Bledsoe has come out of nowhere to average 246 yards and throw eight TDs in his last three games. Lee Evans has awakened, and the Bills’ tight end position has become a scoring threat in the red zone. Plus, Bledsoe gets the Browns and Bengals in the next two weeks.

Sliding Back

Marc Bulger (STL) – If Bulger returns to the starting lineup next week, he immediately returns to the top 10. But shoulder sprains, especially those affecting the throwing arm, are hard to rebound from in six days.

Michael Vick (ATL) – The Bucs have simply owned Vick most times they’ve met. But as bad as he looked on Sunday, he could be just that good in upcoming games against Oakland, Carolina and the woeful Saints.