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Quarterback Watch - Week 5
Scott Boyter
October 4, 2005
Top Ten Fantasy QB’s to own Comment
1 PHI Donovan McNabb Maybe Daunte Culpepper needs to develop a sports hernia. McNabb keeps putting up huge numbers while being hurt, and they shouldn’t get any smaller against the Cowboys.
2 STL Marc Bulger He throws too many interceptions, but numbers like he put up against the Giants will win a lot of fantasy games. Look for another strong performance at home against the Seahawks.
3 CIN Carson Palmer Palmer had an “off” day and still threw for 276 yards and a TD. Has a tough matchup against Jacksonville on Sunday night, however.
4 IND Peyton Manning Finally showed a pulse with four TDs against the Titans, and has a fantastic matchup against the defensively-challenged 49ers. If Josh McCown could go for 385 and two scores against San Francisco, imagine what Manning can do.
5 NYG Eli Manning No. 5 with a bullet after torching the Rams. We’ll see what the bye week does to his momentum, but he’s done enough through four games (985 yards, 9 TD, 2 INT) to warrant this lofty spot.
6 OAK Kerry Collins A surprisingly conservative game plan against the porous Cowboy secondary kept Collins’ numbers low. After a bye week, he should be involved in a shootout against the Chargers.
7 CAR Jake Delhomme Solid but unspectacular on Monday night against a weak Packer defense. Spread the ball around well as Green Bay took away Steve Smith. Gets another crack at a suspect secondary as he travels to Arizona this week.
8 NE Tom Brady A pretty pedestrian day with 224 yards, a pick and a TD against San Diego. If the Patriot defense keeps getting torched, Brady may have to air it out a lot more. Of course, there’s also a huge risk that Bill Belichick will get ultra-conservative and feed Corey Dillon a lot more.
9 SD Drew Brees The Chargers may have had their breakthrough game in routing the Patriots, and Brees played a huge part with 248 yards and two scores. Pittsburgh looms next Monday, but the feeling here is Brees will have another big game.
10 SEA Matt Hasselbeck Didn’t have great stats against the Redskins (242 yards, 1 TD), but his numbers were fairly impressive considering the caliber of defense he faced. He must be licking his chops when he looks at his next foe, the Ram D.

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

Climbing Up The Ladder

Josh McCown (AZ) – This could be his one and only mention this season, but his huge numbers against San Francisco warrant a back slap. He should get at least one more start in place of Kurt Warner.

Brian Griese (TB) – Griese was able to withstand the loss of Cadillac Williams by putting up 302 yards and 2 TD against the Lions. Teams like to run against his next opponent, the Jets, so his numbers might not be as big.

Brett Favre (GB) Favre almost pulled off some Monday night magic against the Panthers, but still ended up with astounding totals (303 yards, 4 TDs). With games against the Saints and Vikings sandwiched around a bye, Favre should deliver his owners some more explosive performances.

Sliding Back

Daunte Culpepper (MIN) – So much for that one-week revival. Luckily for everyone the Vikings don’t play in Week 5.

Drew Bledsoe (DAL) – Bledsoe was hamstrung by a conservative game plan against the Raiders, and will have to face the Eagle blitz on Sunday. That doesn’t bode well for his stat line.

Michael Vick (ATL) – After a torrid start against the Vikings, Vick hurt his knee in the second quarter and didn’t return. Early indications were he’d be able to play at home against the banged-up Patriots, but no quarterback in the league relies on his legs as much as No. 7.