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Quarterback Watch - Week 14
Scott Boyter
December 6, 2005
Top Ten Fantasy QB’s to own Comment
1 IND Peyton Manning Manning just keeps rolling along, as evidenced by his three TDs against the Titans even with a pedestrian total of 187 yards. Jacksonville’s pass defense is ranked No. 4, but Kurt Warner lit them up a couple of weeks ago. Manning should easily hit the 250-yard, two-TD area.
2 CIN Carson Palmer Palmer more than redeemed himself for the first time he met Pittsburgh by throwing for three scores and 227 yards. Cleveland ranks No. 11 in the league, but they’re still giving up a little more than a passing TD per game.
3 SD Drew Brees Brees wasn’t spectacular against the Raiders, with 160 yards and two scores, but several other top 10 QBs had such bad days he grabs this spot by default. He should maintain his hold on No. 3 with a good day against Miami at home.
4 AZ Kurt Warner Warner continues his steady climb with yet another 330-plus yard day. He’s been the hottest QB in fantasy football, and there’s no reason he won’t continue his roll against the Redskins at home. After all, he tore up the then-No. 1 Jacksonville pass D for 315 yards and two TDs a couple of weeks ago.
5 DEN Jake Plummer Plummer was strong on the road against the Chiefs, although he only had one TD. He came within a half-yard of mixing in a rushing score as well. Look for good numbers at home against Baltimore.
6 KC Trent Green Green’s quiet surge continues, as he continues to prove that Larry Johnson isn’t the only Kansas City fantasy player you can rely on. His matchup against the Cowboys on the road isn’t that great, however.
7 NE Tom Brady His three-TD performance against New Orleans was only three games ago, but for Brady owners it feels like it was a year ago. But if Sage Rosenfels can torch the Buffalo pass D, you’ve got to believe Brady will. His numbers should improve with the return of Corey Dillon.
8 NYG Eli Manning Manning was horrible against Dallas, with no scores, two interceptions and only 152 yards. Look for a good game against the Eagles’ No. 22 pass defense, however.
9 OAK Kerry Collins Collins’ stock is on the verge of total collapse, as it’s obvious Randy Moss will probably not be more than a shadow of his superstar self the rest of the season. He’s done enough through the season to still warrant a top 10 spot, but he’s an extremely risky start on the road against the Jets’ No. 6 pass defense.
10 SEA Matt Hasselbeck What can you say? The guy didn't have a chance to do anything because his defense scored something like five or six TDs. At least it seemed like that they scored that many. I lost count as soon as their third freaking fluke score sent me to a crushing loss. Anyway, there's no reason Hasselbeck should be knocked down, especially when you consider the fact that he should tear up San Francisco's putrid pass D this weekend.

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

Climbing Up The Ladder

Brad Johnson (MIN) – He hasn’t exactly been a yardage machine, but Johnson has five TDs in his last two starts. Oh, and by the way, the Vikings are 5-0 since he took the helm. The Vikings take on the Rams’ No. 28 pass defense at home this week.

Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) – Even with a bum thumb, Roethlisberger had a spectacular game against Cincinnati, with 386 yards and three TDs – and that included three interceptions. He’ll vanish from fantasy relevance this week against the Bears, though.

J.P. Losman (BUF) – You’ve got to give him credit for his three-TD game against Miami. There’s no reason he can’t have another great game against the Patriots, unless weather is a factor.

Sliding Back

Aaron Brooks (NO) – Brooks was simply pathetic against the Bucs, with four picks, no scores and only 215 yards. He shouldn’t do much better in the Atlanta hornet’s nest on Monday night.

Ryan Fitzpatrick (STL) – Earth to Ryan – welcome back. He may have decent numbers against the Vikings, but probably not anything that great.

Drew Bledsoe (DAL) – If his offensive line can’t protect him any better than it did against the Giants, Bledsoe will be a fantasy liability the rest of the season. But a lot of owners will start him against the Chiefs’ No. 30 pass defense.