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Quarterback Watch Report - Week 10
Scott Boyter
November 7, 2006
Top Ten Fantasy QB’s to own Comment
1 IND Peyton Manning Manning’s grip on the No. 1 position gets stronger after lighting up the Patriots for 326 yards and two scores. Who knows who his primary target will be from week to week, but you can definitely count on No. 18 to torch the opposing secondary. This week he gets Buffalo’s No. 19-ranked pass D at home. Another feast should await his owners.
2 NO Drew Brees Brees just keeps putting up staggering numbers. Counting his 314-ayrd, three-TD explosion against the Bucs, he has nearly 900 yards and nine touchdowns, versus only five interceptions, in his last three games. A no-brainer starter no matter the opponent. If Jake Plummer can explode against the Steelers, Brees is a good candidate to do so as well.
3 STL Marc Bulger Even in a losing effort, Bulger cracks the 350-yard mark. He only had one passing score and fumbled once, but his production was enough to help every fantasy team he was on. He takes on a Seattle pass defense that has struggled most of the season.
4 PHI Donovan McNabb Slips due to his bye and his struggles against the Jaguars in Week 8, but McNabb should bounce back strong against a porous Redskin pass D.
5 DET Jon Kitna Kitna keeps quietly putting up strong numbers, with the latest example being 321 yards and a score against the Falcons. The No. 5 slot may seem high, but Kitna’s consistency, paired with the inconsistency shown by the bottom five on the list, make him a member of the Fantasy Elite – at least for this week.
6 NYG Eli Manning Huh? Manning throws up only 179 yards, one score, and a pick against a Houston team that had surrendered 12 going into Week 9? Amazing. It doesn’t figure to get a lot better against an angry Chicago defense.
7 CIN Carson Palmer It seems like he’s holding on to a Top 10 spot by a thread, but he’s still thrown for 12 TDs and nearly 1,900 yards. If you’ve got him, you’re going to start him – even this week against the stout San Diego D.
8 GB Brett Favre Even on an off day for his team, Favre manages to slime out a 1-yard TD pass and 287 yards on the day. His two picks, however, probably hurt a lot of teams. You can probably feel pretty confident starting him on the road against Minnesota, judging from how Tom Brady carved them up in Week 8.
9 ATL Michael Vick Talk about crashing back down to earth. After torching his two previous opponents, Vick managed only 163 yards, one TD and committed three turnovers. Several dropped balls didn’t help him out, however, plus he still managed 80 yards rushing. He should be able to get back on track in a big way at home this week against Cleveland.
10 NE Tom Brady Another example of how Brady will be like a yo-yo the rest of the way depending on the weakness of the opposing defense. Indianapolis is pathetic against the run, so New England answered by gouging the Colts for 148 yards on the ground. As a result, Brady’s numbers suffered dramatically. The four picks definitely didn’t help, but at least two of those were caused by good passes going through receivers’ hands. The Jets rank No. 22 against the pass and have surrendered 10 passing scores, but they’re even worse against the run (No. 30 rank, giving up 143 yards per game and 13 rushing scores), so don’t look for a big game this week, either. Better, but not big.

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

Climbing Up The Ladder

Tony Romo (DAL) – Romo’s dangerously close to supplanting a much-more established quarterback from the Top 10. He’s thrown for nearly 781 yards and five TDs since taking over for Drew Bledsoe, and has shown no signs of being overwhelmed, or even nervous. Arizona is nothing special against the pass, so now could be the time to give Romo a run.

Damon Huard (KC) – There’s going to be a good old-fashioned Quarterback Controversy when Trent Green is finally cleared to return as starter. All Huard has done is throw for 1,623 yards and 11 TDs versus only one interception since taking the reins. He has a tough matchup in Miami this week, but he’s still worth a look.

Jake Plummer (DEN) – It looks like the shackles are slowly being removed from The Snake’s right arm. He torched the Steelers for 227 yards and three scores, and with RB Tatum Bell’s toe injury looking like it will be a lingering problem, Mike Shanahan will probably be forced to air the ball out more.

Sliding Back

Rex Grossman (CHI) – Grossman’s Jekyll-and-Hyde season continues. He was pathetic against the Cardinals, fantastic against the 49ers, then scraped bottom against the Dolphins. It’s probably advisable to sit him against the Giants unless you have no better option on your roster.

Brad Johnson (MIN) – An absolutely putrid performance against San Francisco. He’s probably not even worth a look against Green Bay’s lousy pass defense.