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Quarterback Watch - Week 13
Scott Boyter
November 29, 2005
Top Ten Fantasy QB’s to own Comment
1 IND Peyton Manning His numbers may not have been spectacular against the Steelers (242 yards, two TDs) but he did enough to keep the top spot. Once again, though, who knows what opposing defenses will try and take away? Will it be Edgerrin James or will it be the Colt passing game? Either way, Manning will still get very good numbers. And there's a great chance he'll be spectacular.
2 CIN Carson Palmer Yet another spectacular game for Palmer, who threw for 302 yards and three scores against Baltimore’s No. 8 pass defense. The Steelers are tough to get passing TDs against, but Palmer is itching for redemption after posting only 227 yards with no touchdowns against Pittsburgh in Week 7.
3 NYG Eli Manning He’s not “little brother” anymore – he’s his own Manning. Cheesy lines aside, Manning has proven he’s the real deal, and his 344 yard, two-TD performance on the road against Seattle only confirms it. The Cowboys can be tough against the pass, so don’t expect spectacular numbers.
4 SD Drew Brees Brees was a fantasy nightmare against Washington, with 215 yards, three INTs and no scores. But he’s not the only top 10 QB who had a pathetic day. And he should rebound nicely against the Raiders.
5 NE Tom Brady Of his four picks, you could make the argument that only one was his fault. Doesn’t matter. He was horrible against a KC defense he should have lit up. Don’t look for big numbers against the Jets’ No. 4 pass D.
6 OAK Kerry Collins Collins somehow survived the seven-sack onslaught he suffered against the Dolphins, but he was basically a fantasy liability with only 226 yards, no TDs, a lost fumble and two interceptions. Only a rushing TD saved his owners from total disaster. The Chargers are susceptible to the pass, however, so Collins’ numbers should improve significantly.
7 AZ Kurt Warner If he can go off for 315 yards and two scores against Jacksonville’s formerly No. 1 pass D, he can do it against anyone. If you were astute enough to pick him up a couple of weeks ago, there’s a good chance he’ll give you a lot of points against the 49ers.
8 DEN Jake Plummer He was mediocre at best against Dallas (162 yards, one TD, one INT) but should be huge against the Chiefs.
9 KC Trent Green Green finally cracks the top 10 after putting up excellent numbers the last two weeks. He should continue the trend against Denver’s No. 28 pass D.
10 SEA Matt Hasselbeck The Giants dared Hasselbeck to beat them with his arm, and he obliged. The Eagles are usually very difficult to run on, so he might have to do it again.

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

Climbing Up The Ladder

David Carr (HOU) – He’s worth a mention, probably for the only time this season, after tearing up St. Louis with 293 yards and three touchdowns. Look for a return to oblivion against the Ravens.

Brad Johnson (MIN) – The guy finally came up big with three TDs against the Browns. There’s no telling how huge he can be against the disoriented, and disinterested, Lions.

Aaron Brooks (NO) – If Brooks keeps this up he could be top 10-worthy. Brooks’ yardage total (181) was mediocre, but he had three scores against a Jet pass D that had only surrendered seven all season. Don’t look for a repeat against the Bucs, however.

David Garrard (JAX) – Garrard will take over for the injured Byron Leftwich in Jacksonville. The Jaguar schedule includes the Browns, 49ers and Texans the rest of the fantasy season, so he’s worth a look.

Steve McNair (TEN) – You’ve got to give him credit for throwing five TDs in his last two starts, plus he has his No. 1 option, Drew Bennett, back. Don’t look for great numbers against the Colts, but his next two are at home against the Seahawks and Texans.

Ryan Fitzpatrick (STL) – There’s no guarantee he’ll start against the Redskins, but the Harvard grad was phenomenal after being pressed into action against the Texans. If he does get the nod against Washington, though, he’ll probably get a huge taste of reality.

Drew Bledsoe (DAL) – Bledsoe came from fantasy mediocrity to throw for 232 yards and two scores against the Broncos. It’ll be tough for him to duplicate that performance on the road against the Giants.

Sliding Back

Byron Leftwich (JAX) – Even if Leftwich somehow returns this season from a broken ankle, it’ll be way to late to help any fantasy team.

Brett Favre (GB) – Favre slides back out of the top 10 after a bad outing against a subpar Philly pass D. Think he’ll have a rebound game against the Bears? Didn’t think so.