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Quarterback Watch - Week 12
Scott Boyter
November 22, 2005
Top Ten Fantasy QB’s to own Comment
1 IND Peyton Manning He has finally climbed back to the mountaintop. We know he was unable to sleep for weeks, pining for the day he would be back to the No. 1 spot on The Huddle Quarterback Watch list. But after his outing against the Bengals, how can you not say he’s the best? There’s a decent chance this will be a short-lived stay, though, with the Steelers coming to town next Monday night.
2 CIN Carson Palmer Palmer had 335 yards, two TDs, and still drops a notch – that’s how good Manning was. He has a tough matchup himself in the Baltimore D, so he may go down before he rises back up.
3 SD Drew Brees A phenomenal performance against the supposedly-tough Bills D (339 yards, four TDs) established Brees as a no doubt top three fantasy quarterback. Of course you’ll run him this week, but be prepared for a significant drop in numbers against the Redskins on the road.
4 NE Tom Brady Brady had three TDs against a solid Saint pass defense, and gets to go up against Kansas City’s No. 29-ranked passing D. Even though the game is in Arrowhead, Brady should put up good numbers – weather permitting.
5 OAK Kerry Collins Collins wasn’t spectacular, but still posted a strong performance (289 yards, one TD) against Washington. He should have similar numbers, at least, at home against Miami’s middle-of-the-road pass D.
6 NYG Eli Manning Three touchdowns are always impressive, even if they come against the porous Eagle defense. But be leery of Manning this week, because he’s a different player on the road, where he’ll be this week against Seattle.
7 DEN Jake Plummer Plummer was disappointing to say the least with 225 yards and nothing else against the Jets. If you have another option, you may want to consider it because Plummer plays on the road against Dallas’ No. 10 pass defense.
8 GB Brett Favre Favre's nightmare of a season continued Monday night. He did put up 227 yards and two touchdowns to Driver, but there were also two interceptions - one returned for a TD. With no running game to speak of look for Favre to keep chugging along, putting up enough stats to make him startable most weeks.
9 AZ Kurt Warner Warner didn’t break the 300-yard mark as he had his previous two games, but he still had 285 yards and added three scores. Plus, he got Anquan Boldin back. If you haven’t added Warner already, it may be too late – because someone below you in the standings is going to pull the trigger. He’s got an extremely tough matchup this week, though, against Jacksonville’s No. 1 pass defense.
10 JAX Byron Leftwich Leftwich has averaged 229 yards per game his last three, but he’s also tossed five TDs and scored two more on the ground. He gets to continue the roll against Arizona this week.

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

Climbing Up The Ladder

Mike McMahon (PHI) – McMahon did well against the Giants in his first start, throwing for 298 yards and a TD, and adding a rushing score as well. He should get the keys now that Donovan McNabb is out for the season.

Michael Vick (ATL) – Vick is becoming a reliable fantasy starter, as evidenced by his five TDs (plus one rushing TD) and 247-yard average in his last three. And two of those games were against good defenses in Miami and Tampa Bay. Get him in your lineup against Detroit.

Aaron Brooks (NO) – It’s been a lost season for the Saints for a long time, but Brooks was able to light up the Patriots for 343 yards and two TDs. Let’s give him some props when he earns them.

Sliding Back

Donovan McNabb (PHI) – McNabb’s season is over with the announcement that he will undergo sports hernia surgery. It’s unclear when he’ll be able to resume football-related activity.

Marc Bulger (STL) – Just when he was looking like he hadn’t missed a beat, he re-injured his throwing shoulder. He’ll likely miss several weeks, meaning he’ll probably be unavailable for your playoff chase.

Drew Bledsoe (DAL) – Bledsoe has averaged only 166 yards, and has as many interceptions (three) as touchdowns. The Cowboys are running more and more, and they’re winning. That doesn’t bode well for his fantasy numbers the rest of the way.