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Quarterback Watch Report - Week 11
Scott Boyter
November 14, 2006
Top Ten Fantasy QB’s to own Comment
1 IND Peyton Manning He had an off day against the Bills for sure, but Manning still clings to the No. 1 spot. This week against the Cowboys will be a true test for his standing. Not necessarily because Dallas has a daunting pass defense, but rather because the Cowboys should be able to control the pace of the game with their running attack. That was Buffalo’s recipe for a near-upset, and should be Dallas’ approach as well. Manning can’t put up huge numbers when he doesn’t have the ball, and it figures Colt possessions will be limited at Texas Stadium.
2 NO Drew Brees Ho-hum. Another game, another 350-plus yards for Brees. He’s been on fire this season, and that trend doesn’t figure to change this week at home against the Bengals. If you have depth at the QB position deal your other one right now, because Brees has shown enough that you can trust him to carry you at that spot through the rest of your season.
3 CIN Carson Palmer BAM! That’s what we’re talking about. Amazing totals of 440 yards and three TDs against a stout San Diego D. The downside, of course, is that Cincinnati lost. With some, to say the least, questionable character guys on the team, you have to wonder if this latest loss is the one that sends the Bengals into a tailspin the rest of the season. If that’s the case, and guys quit on the team, there’s a chance that Palmer’s outburst on Sunday will be his last of 2006. But for now, at least, that was too good of a performance not to vault him up this list.
4 STL Marc Bulger Bulger had an off day in a Seattle monsoon, but he’s been too consistent the rest of the season to knock him down too many pegs. Carolina has been susceptible to good passing attacks this season, so look for a Bulger bounce-back in Week 11.
5 PHI Donovan McNabb McNabb had a surprisingly lackluster game against a vulnerable Redskin pass D, but he’s done too much this season not to be considered a Top 5 fantasy QB. If he doesn’t light it up at home this week against a woeful Tennessee defense, however, that position will be in doubt.
6 GB Brett Favre Favre just keeps rolling along. Not bad for an old man. Don’t look for huge numbers against the Patriots, but they should be good enough to help your squad win. Favre has become a reliable starter every week, and his upcoming schedule (at Seattle, Jets, at San Fran, Detroit, Minnesota) could help make him your team’s MVP down the playoff stretch.
7 SD Philip Rivers It’s time to officially welcome the youngster to the Top 10 after a magnificent, 337-yard, three-TD masterpiece against Cincinnati. His stay could be short-lived, however, depending on how he does against the tough Denver defense on the road, a D Rivers has to face twice in the next four weeks.
8 NE Tom Brady Another decent game from Brady against the Jets. Not great, not terrible – not good enough to take your team over the top, but not bad enough to be a liability. Green Bay has been weak against the run, so look for New England to feed Dillon and Maroney at the expense of Brady’s numbers.
9 DAL Tony Romo After three and a half games as the starter, Romo’s done enough to warrant a slot on this list. All he’s done is throw for seven TDs and nearly 1,100 yards. Call this a knee-jerk reaction if you will, but the opinion here is that Romo has advanced to “must-start” status. Of course, now that we’ve jinxed him he’ll be absolutely putrid against the Colts this weekend.
10 DET Jon Kitna Kitna hangs on to this list by a mere thread after a lackadaisical performance against the 49ers. What exactly was that? It was as the team couldn’t wake up on Sunday morning. Like the Bengals, there’s a chance this team will officially pack it in for the season after that embarrassment, so use caution with Kitna and any other Lion. The Lions have a great matchup with the Arizona D, if they decide to show up.

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

Climbing Up The Ladder

Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) – Bash him when he’s down but give him props when he lights it up, and 264 yards and three scores against the Saints qualifies as a light-up. Pittsburgh may catch fire the rest of the season, and if they do Big Ben will light the match. He’s got a couple of challenging defenses the next two weeks, however, in Baltimore and Tampa Bay.

Rex Grossman (CHI) – It took him a while to get going against a decimated Giant defense, but Grossman was able to put up 246 yards and three scores. But he’s still too schizophrenic and it’s tough to give him a blanket endorsement against the Jets this week.

Steve McNair (BAL) – His grudge match against the Titans went well, as McNair threw for 373 yards and three scores. He’s worth a look this week at home against the Falcons.

Sliding Back

Michael Vick (ATL) – Welcome back down to earth, Michael. After posting huge numbers for a couple of weeks, Vick once again returned to mortal status against Detroit and Cleveland, defenses he should have torn up. It doesn’t look like he’ll do any better against the Ravens this weekend.

Eli Manning (NYG) – A pathetic effort against the Bears jettisons him from the Top 10. He’s failed to crack the 200-yard mark in his last five games, and has only managed a total of two touchdowns in his last three. You think that’s going to get any better on the road against Jacksonville?

Damon Huard (KC) – Huard was serving as a more than capable replacement for Trent Green until hitting the wall against the Dolphins. Have opponents figured him out? Is Huard about to remind everyone why he’s been a career backup? We’ll find out this week as Huard goes up against Oakland’s stout pass D.

Mark Brunell (WAS) – Redskin head coach Joe Gibbs finally pulled the trigger and replaced Brunell with Jason Campbell.