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Quarterback Watch - Week 4
Scott Boyter
September 27, 2005
Top Ten Fantasy QB’s to own Comment
1 PHI Donovan McNabb He was limited by chest and groin injuries, yet still had 365 yards and two TDs. He’ll have ample opportunities to post great numbers in his next two against Kansas City and Dallas.
2 CIN Carson Palmer His yardage numbers (169) fell off against the Bears, but even on an “off” day he still threw three TDs. The hits should just keep coming this week as the undefeated Bengals host the Texans.
3 STL Marc Bulger Bulger comes back strong with 292 yards and three touchdowns against the Titans. Don’t look for huge numbers on the road against the Giants, but Bulger should quickly rebound at home against the Seahawks.
4 OAK Kerry Collins The best 0-3 QB around, Collins continues to post big numbers even though his team can’t buy a “W.” His numbers against the Eagles (345 yards, two TDs) – on the road – solidified his top 5 status. He should go for 400 against an extremely vulnerable Dallas secondary.
5 NE Tom Brady No TDs, but putting up 372 yards on the road against Pittsburgh is impressive. He won’t lose any games for your team, but he will help win quite a few. Look for excellent numbers against the Chargers at home.
6 DAL Drew Bledsoe Through three weeks, he’s second in TDs, fifth in yards and third in passer rating. Yeah, he belongs in the top 10. This week his numbers should get even better, since the Cowboys will probably be in a shootout with Oakland.
7 CAR Jake Delhomme Delhomme did surprisingly well on the road against the Dolphins with 285 yards and three TDs. Look for more of the same against the horrible Packer defense on Monday night.
8 SEA Matt Hasselbeck Didn’t have to do much because Shaun Alexander took the game over with four TDs – three of them from the one-yard line. But he should explode the next four weeks against the Redskins, Rams, Texans and Cowboys – and the last two will be at home.
9 PIT Ben Roethlisberger Another 200-yard, two-TD game. He leads the league in passer rating and is tied for second in TDs. Plus, after a bye he gets to pick apart the Charger D. Put it all together and you have a top 10 QB.
10 IND Peyton Manning He’s here on reputation alone, obviously. How long can his mediocrity continue? But we just can’t convince ourselves to drop him from the list completely, and hey, the Colts are 3-0. That said, if he doesn’t absolutely light up the Titans, he’s gone. Promise.

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

Climbing Up The Ladder

Daunte Culpepper (MIN) – He lives! Culpepper finally found a clue against the Saints. We’ll wait to see what he does on the road against Atlanta before we’re completely sold, but at least you know it’s probably safe to put him back in your lineup.

Drew Brees (SD) – He fed the ball to L.T., fed it to him some more, and even surrendered a TD pass to Mr. Everything. But Brees still managed to throw for 191 yards and two scores. But he’s got a brutal schedule coming up, with a roadie at New England and a home matchup with the Steelers.

Eli Manning (NYG) – Had big numbers in a losing cause against the Chargers, and should have an even better game at home against a suspect Ram pass defense.

Sliding Back

Kurt Warner (ARI) – Suffered a groin injury in the second quarter and did not return. If he’s OK, he could be a good play against the 49ers – but only if you have absolutely no other options.

Chad Pennington (NYJ) – The Jets are on the verge of total collapse, and Pennington’s shoulder likely has ended his season.

Brett Favre (GB) – Favre’s at the helm of another team on the verge of implosion. He’s throwing too many picks and not balancing those out with enough TDs (a TD/INT ratio of 5/7). That said, though, his slip should be a temporary one, as he faces the Saints, Vikings and Bengals in three of his next four.

Trent Dilfer (CLE) – Had no TDs and barely 200 yards against Indianapolis, and has to face the Bears and Ravens in upcoming weeks.