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Quarterback Watch - Week 10
Scott Boyter
November 8, 2005
Top Ten Fantasy QB’s to own Comment
1 CIN Carson Palmer Palmer wasn’t spectacular against the Ravens, but was very effective with 248 yards and two TDs. He’ll have a bye week before facing the Colts at home.
2 PHI Donovan McNabb Was it just me, or did McNabb seem to have more pep in his step after having the T.O. yoke lifted from his neck? He didn’t look hurt at all. Plus, he put up 304 yards and a score against a very difficult Redskin pass defense – on the road, no less. Next Monday night he’ll face the tough Dallas D, but he’ll be at home and it will be a must-win for Philly. And the Eagle fans will have had an entire day to get liquored up.
3 SD Drew Brees Brees had 270 yards and a TD against a good Jet pass defense. The Chargers are on bye, then face Buffalo’s No. 1 pass defense. But it doesn’t matter – Brees has become a must-start no matter who he plays.
4 OAK Kerry Collins Collins’ yardage total was mediocre against the Chiefs’ porous pass defense (175 yards) but he did manage two scores. Oakland’s game with Denver this weekend has the makings of a shootout.
5 DEN Jake Plummer Plummer slips only because of a bye. He’ll come back strong after ripping the Raiders.
6 IND Peyton Manning After a monster Monday night game, Manning is on the verge of fantasy greatness again. The problem is he checks out of too many passing plays, and his defense is good enough that Manning doesn't necessarily have to attack opposing secondaries. He's just as comfortable handing the ball to Edgerrin James. You'll run him every week, obviously, but don't expect a whole lot more explosions the rest of this season.
7 NYG Eli Manning Manning was good (251 yards, one TD) but should have been better against San Francisco’s No. 32 pass D. But he’ll be at home against Minnesota this weekend, so expect big numbers.
8 NE Tom Brady Brady had a very impressive showing with 265 yards and three TDs against a very difficult defense. Even when he doesn't have a running game, he can exploit the best of secondaries. Right now, Brady looks like a must start from here on out.
9 SEA Matt Hasselbeck Again, another QB with mediocre numbers (158 yards, one TD) against a middle-of-the-road Arizona defense. But he did mix in a rushing TD. His numbers should be big against St. Louis.
10 CAR Jake Delhomme Delhomme has Steve Smith in his back pocket, so he has the potential for huge numbers every week. There’s no reason he shouldn’t post more good numbers at home against the Jets. If you’ve got Delhomme and you’re not running him, make a trade immediately and get an impact runner or receiver.

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

Climbing Up The Ladder

Michael Vick (ATL) – Vick actually showed a pocket presence and had a decent day against a decent Miami defense. He should light up the downtrodden Green Bay defense.

Byron Leftwich (JAC) – He had OK numbers (218 yards, one TD) against the Texans but added a rushing score.

Trent Green (KC) – Green gutted it up and came through with a good performance (235 yards, one TD) against Oakland to honor his father. Green may be on the verge of a breakout week, but it will be tough against the Bills.

Brooks Bollinger (NYJ) – Give the kid credit for throwing for two late scores and nearly pulling off a miracle comeback against San Diego. His showing may have convinced Herman Edwards to give him a start against Carolina. Not that you’d start him in your league, though, unless you’re past the point of desperation.

Kurt Warner (ARI) – He’ll probably keep Josh McCown on the bench after throwing for 334 yards and a TD against Seattle, but his three interceptions will give Dennis Green enough of a reason to hesitate before naming a starter. If Warner is the guy, though, he’ll be a risky play against Detroit’s No. 10 pass D.

Sliding Back

Drew Bledsoe (DAL) – Bledsoe’s a victim of the bye this week. But he also will have a tough matchup in a Philadelphia hornet’s nest.

Brett Favre (GB) – The sad saga continues. He’s got to know he’s reached the end of the road this season. It wouldn’t be the least bit surprising if Mike Sherman decided (with Favre’s permission, of course) to give Aaron Rodgers some game experience.