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Quarterback Watch - Week 7
Scott Boyter
October 18, 2005
Top Ten Fantasy QB’s to own Comment
1 CIN Carson Palmer Yawn. Just another garden variety, 272-yard, two-TD day. Unfortunately for Palmer owners, though, in the next seven weeks he faces Pittsburgh and Baltimore twice, and Indianapolis once. Mixed in between will be Green Bay and a bye week. Palmer’s numbers could drop, so make sure your No. 2 QB is solid, just in case.
2 NE Tom Brady Another stud who’s stock could slightly drop in the next few weeks due to matchups with Buffalo, Indianapolis and the Dolphins. He’s on bye this week.
3 IND Peyton Manning Teams are dropping too many defenders into coverage, daring the Colts to beat them with the run. And Indy is happy to oblige. The Ram game was the second one in a row where you expected Manning to shred a secondary, but didn't. But even a relatively disappointing Manning still rates a top 5 spot.
4 PHI Donovan McNabb He’s in the top 5 by a thread after an awful showing against Dallas in Week 5, but should solidify his standing with San Diego coming to town. He should do well against Denver, but the following week will bring a tough matchup with Washington.
5 DAL Drew Bledsoe It’s hard to call a 312-yard, one-TD performance disappointing, but we expected a little more out of Bledsoe against a very weak Giant secondary. He’s still a solid top 10 QB, though.
6 GB Brett Favre You asked for him, you got him. We keep expecting the wheels to fall off, but he keeps putting up big numbers. The good times should keep rolling the next two weeks against the Vikings and Bengals.
7 SEA Matt Hasselbeck His numbers suffered due to Shaun Alexander and Houston’s absolute joke of a rushing defense. They may suffer some more against Dallas’ rejuvenated pass D, but his following four are against Arizona, St. Louis, San Francisco and the Giants. Grab him now if you can.
8 NYG Eli Manning Manning could only manage 215 yards and a score against the Cowboys, and turned the ball over twice. But he’s still in the top 5 in TDs thrown. Look for a rebound at home against Denver’s No. 25 pass defense.
9 CAR Jake Delhomme The hit he took at the end of the Detroit game was scary, but he’ll have a bye week to clear the cobwebs. In Week 8, he gets to torch the Vikings at home.
10 WAS Mark Brunell He's averaged more than 320 yards and two TDs in his last two games, and should absolutely light up San Francisco in Week 7.

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

Climbing Up The Ladder

Mark Brunell (WAS) – The last two weeks he’s been outstanding, averaging about 325 yards and two TDs against the Chiefs and Broncos. He’ll probably surge into the top 10 after lighting up the 49ers and Giants.

Chris Simms (TB) – It’s likely Brian Griese’s knee injury will cost him the season, propelling Simms into the No. 1 spot. We’ll see if he can generate the same chemistry with Joey Galloway that Griese did.

Jamie Martin (STL) Martin gets the keys in Bulger's absence. He's obviously worth a pickup, but hold off on starting him until he proves he can avoid the number of turnovers he committed against the Colts. That is, unless you're hurting at QB and Martin has an irresistable matchup.

LaDainian Tomlinson (SD) – Come on – the guy’s a machine. Two passes and two TDs; what more can you ask?

Sliding Back

Drew Brees (SD) – L.T. is once again firmly entrenched as the engine driving the Charger offense, so Brees’ numbers are suffering. Philly will be tough, but Brees has a chance at big numbers the following week against Kansas City.

Brian Griese (TB) – Griese is likely out for the season after suffering a knee injury against the Dolphins.

Kerry Collins (OAK) – His No. 1 target, Randy Moss, has a groin problem. It’s hard to bounce back quickly from that kind of injury, so Collins may be headed for a downturn.

Marc Bulger (STL) It was a sickening sight for Bulger owners on Monday night, but it could have been worse. It's "only" a sprain. But Bulger missed two games last year with the same injury, so logic dictates he'll miss at least that much time this go around.