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Quarterback Watch Report - Week 14
Scott Boyter
December 5, 2006
Top Ten Fantasy QB’s to own Comment
1 IND Peyton Manning Since Drew Brees could only manage a mortal outing against the 49ers, Manning’s total of 351 yards against the Titans was enough to boost him back to the top, even if he did only manage one TD. But you don’t care where he’s ranked, because you’ll bank on him to deliver during your playoffs. Don’t expect massive numbers against the Jaguars in Jacksonville, however.
2 NO Drew Brees Gets knocked down a peg after a disappointing game against the 49ers, but Sunday night’s game against the Cowboys smells like a shootout. You’ve gone with Brees this long; this isn’t the time to abandon him.
3 CIN Carson Palmer Palmer didn’t set the field on fire against Baltimore, but he’s been too good in recent weeks to even think about benching him unless there’s a blizzard forecast for Cincinnati this Sunday. His matchup against the Raiders, at home, however, doesn’t look like a very good one.
4 NE Tom Brady Steady as she goes again, although Corey Dillon stole all of the touchdowns, Brady still cracked the 300-yard mark against the Lions. But then again, I could probably throw for two bills against that D. Nothing really tasty about this week’s matchup with the Dolphins, but he did throw for two scores in their first meeting this season.
5 STL Marc Bulger The Ram offense finally showed a pulse this week, although you have to wonder how they’ll rebound from yet another loss. Bulger’s done too much this season to totally abandon him, but he couldn’t have a worse matchup than Monday night against the Bears. Make very, very sure your No. 2 isn’t a viable starter.
6 DAL Tony Romo Romo didn’t throw for any TDs against the Giants, but he still warrants a spot on the list due to his immense upside. Dallas/New Orleans should be a point-fest in Texas Stadium, and Romo owners should be huge beneficiaries.
7 TEN Vince Young Bandwagoning? Maybe. But Young’s been too good the last two weeks to ignore, as his passing ability has apparently caught up to his running ability at the NFL level. He’s making excellent decisions, and he remains a threat to run for a TD anywhere from the 30-yard-line in. To really make the case for his inclusion, though, I offer as evidence this week’s opponent, the Houston Texans. Houston’s defense is pathetic, and Young will want to put on a show in his hometown. I’m pinning my playoff hopes this week largely on him.
8 DET Jon Kitna Kitna’s surprisingly good outing against New England raises hopes that the Detroit offense can help during the fantasy playoff push. Kevin Jones seems like he’s once again healthy, so opposing defenses may have to respect the running game after ignoring it for a couple of weeks. If you trust the Lion offensive line, Kitna looks like a great start against the Vikings’ still-lousy pass D. Don’t let that fluke in Chicago lead you to believe Minnesota’s pass defense is back.
9 SD Philip Rivers Rivers stays in the top 10 only because he managed a TD against the Bills. With LaDainian Tomlinson taking so many TDs, there isn’t much left for the youngster. Maybe Rivers will toss L.T. a couple of receiving scores against the Broncos.
10 GB Brett Favre On a horrible day for the Pack, Favre had a rough day personally. He’s still worth looking at as a starter against the 49ers.

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

Climbing Up The Ladder

Eli Manning (NYG) – Give Manning credit for strong numbers (270 yards, two TDs) and for putting New York in position to win late in the game. But the flip side is the Giants may be a lost cause, and Manning may not sniff success the rest of the season.

Chad Pennington (NYJ) – Pennington did what he should have against a pathetic pass defense; generate strong fantasy numbers. Although he did have 263 yards and two scores, his two picks stick out. If you’re strapped at the position, he’s worth a look against the Bills.

Trent Green (KC) – Welcome back. Is this the real deal, or will the Chiefs go back to relying on Larry Johnson to score their TDs? Four scores through the air, after all, didn’t result in a win. Green isn’t a great start against the Ravens, but his monster day at least warrants a mention.

Sliding Back

Rex Grossman (CHI) – It doesn’t get any worse. Because of Grossman, you can’t trust any Bear offensive player. Yes, he’s been that bad. Now watch him light up the Rams in St. Louis on Monday night. It’s possible, of course, but do you want to take that risk?

Brad Johnson (PHI) – Just when Johnson showed a bit of fantasy relevance, he throws out a putrid 73-yard, four-interception performance. We know the Chicago defense is fantastic, but come on …

Matt Hasselbeck (SEA) – Dude, if you’re hurt stay on the bench. It’s obvious his many maladies are bothering him. Use with caution this week, even if the opponent is Arizona.