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Quarterback Watch - Week 15
Scott Boyter
December 13, 2005
Top Ten Fantasy QB’s to own Comment
1 IND Peyton Manning Same ‘ol, same ‘ol for Manning, just another, garden variety 324-yard, two-TD game against Jacksonville. You can probably rest assured that Tony Dungy will play his starters at least the next two weeks, so Manning is another great play – especially against a San Diego pass D that has surrendered 17 passing touchdowns.
2 CIN Carson Palmer Palmer surprisingly struggled against the Browns with only 93 yards and a score. But he’s done too much during the season to knock him down for one bad game. If he has a bad game against the No. 10 Lion pass defense, though, that’s another story.
3 SD Drew Brees The Chargers may have hurt their playoff chances with a loss to Miami, but Brees had another strong day, with 279 yards and two scores. Don’t look for similar numbers against the tough Colt D.
4 NE Tom Brady Brady shoots back up the charts with 329 yards and two scores, plus a rushing TD, against the reeling Bills. It will be tough, however, for Brady to put up a similar performance against Tampa Bay.
5 KC Trent Green Green was huge against the Cowboys, even though Larry Johnson had an explosive day. Be wary this week, because he has to deal with a desperate Giant defense that has really played well in recent weeks.
6 AZ Kurt Warner Warner didn’t have the type of day against the Redskins that we’ve been used to seeing lately, but his 255-yard, one-TD output probably didn’t hurt too many owners. Look for a monster day against the Texans.
7 SEA Matt Hasselbeck Hasselbeck had yet another great game against his favorite whipping boys, the 49ers, throwing for 226 yards and a whopping four touchdowns. The Titans rank No. 15 vs. the pass, but they’ve also allowed 26 TDs through the air. It could be another feast for Hasselbeck owners.
8 NYG Eli Manning Manning had a 300-yard, one-TD day against the Eagles, and should be an excellent play at home against Kansas City’s No. 30 pass defense.
9 DEN Jake Plummer Since his four-TD explosion in Week 8 against the Philadelphia, Plummer has been fairly ordinary. But he hasn’t been doing anything to hurt fantasy teams. He just hasn’t been spectacular – he’s been steady enough to remain on the list, though. This week he’s got a chance to have a great game against the Bills.
10 DAL Drew Bledsoe Bledsoe surges back to the list after his 332-yard, three-TD game against the Chiefs. He may fall off once again, however, against a solid Redskin pass defense.

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

Climbing Up The Ladder

Gus Frerotte (MIA) – As long a Frerotte has Chris Chambers, he has a chance to post pretty good numbers. It’ll be tough for him to do so against the Jets.

David Garrard (JAX) – Garrard had 250 and a score, plus mixed in a rushing TD against an excellent Colt defense. He’s become as much a rushing threat from the five-yard line on in as Greg Jones. Garrard is worth a long, long look against the 49ers.

Sliding Back

Kerry Collins (OAK) – Great decision there, Norv. Benching Collins made all the difference for your team. Unbelievable.

Mark Brunell (WAS) – Since his 226-yard, two-TD outing against Tampa Bay in Week 10, Brunell has averaged only 157 yards a game. He has only two scores versus three interceptions. It doesn’t look to get a whole lot better against the Cowboys.