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Rest Of Season Player Rankings: Quarterbacks - Week 2
Scott Boyter
September 11, 2007
Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers | Tight Ends | Kickers | Team Defenses
These player rankings track a player's value for the remainder of the season.
QUARTERBACKS
Mv Rank Player Team Bye
  1 Peyton Manning IND 6
  2 Tom Brady NEP 10
  3 Carson Palmer CIN 5
  4 Jon Kitna DET 6
5 Tony Romo DAL 8
  6 Marc Bulger STL 9
7 Drew Brees NOS 4
  8 Donovan McNabb PHI 5
9 Ben Roethlisberger PIT 6
10 Jay Cutler DEN 6
  11 Philip Rivers SDC 7
12 Jake Delhomme CAR 7
13 Josh McCown OAK 5
  14 Matt Hasselbeck SEA 8
15 Matt Schaub HOU 10
  16 Jason Campbell WAS 4
  17 Alex Smith SFO 6
18 Vince Young TEN 4
19 Matt Leinart ARI 8
  20 Rex Grossman CHI 9
21 Trent Green MIA 9
22 Brett Favre GBP 7
  23 David Garrard JAC 4
  24 Jeff Garcia TBB 10
25 Kyle Boller BAL 8
26 J.P. Losman BUF 6
  27 Joey Harrington ATL 8
28 Eli Manning NYG 9
29 Steve McNair BAL 8
30 Kellen Clemens NYJ 10
31 Chad Pennington NYJ 10
  32 Damon Huard KCC 8
  33 Tarvaris Jackson MIN 5
  34 Brady Quinn CLE 7
  35 Brodie Croyle KCC 8

Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys – Moving Up
The sleeper Fantasy QB of the 2007 season showed up in a huge way on Sunday night against the Giants, throwing for 345 yards and four touchdowns, and adding a rushing touchdown as well. Numbers like that deserve a catapult into the Top 5, even if it only lasts a week. The Dolphin defense is much better than New York’s, so look for a bit of a return back to normal.

Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints – Moving Down
OK, maybe Week 1 was an anomaly, and the Colt defense really is that good. But Brees was putrid in his ’07 debut and, on paper at least, things don’t look to get a whole lot better on the road against Tampa Bay. But it’s too early to plummet Brees in the rankings too far. Another clunker like last Thursday, though, and it won’t be.

Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers – Moving Up
Call it a knee-jerk reaction, and yes, even I could have thrown for two scores against the Browns, but Big Ben’s four-TD day can’t be ignored. The Steelers showed signs all preseason that they’d be a more aggressive offensive from a passing standpoint this season, and Roethlisberger did nothing in Week 1 to make Pittsburgh’s coaching staff deviate from the plan. If you have a chance to grab Roethlisberger, get him and start him against Buffalo unless your other QB is named Peyton Manning, Tom Brady or Carson Palmer.

Jay Cutler, Denver Broncos – Moving Up
Cutler was impressive on the road against Buffalo, and yes, that could be more an indication of a bad Bills defense than anything else. But with a seemingly 100 percent Travis Henry to shoulder a lot of the load, Cutler should have ample opportunities to accumulate big yardage this season. He faces a Raider team that surrendered 284 yards through the air to the Lions in Week 1, and he faces them at home.

Jake Delhomme, Carolina Panthers – Moving Up
The yardage total wasn’t great against the Rams (201 yards passing) but the three TDs were. He has a healthy Steve Smith and looks to have finally found a No. 2 receiver he can count on in Drew Carter. Plus the rushing tandem of DeShaun Foster and DeAngelo Williams, who combined for 156 yards against St. Louis, once again looks strong. Carolina gets Houston at home and the Texans have lost starting strong safety Jason Simmons for the season. Delhomme is definitely worth starting consideration this week.

Josh McCown, Oakland Raiders – Moving Up
Again, this is probably a knee-jerk reaction, but it was so stunning to see ANY Oakland quarterback put up good numbers that McCown deserves the props for one week. JaMarcus Russell is now in the fold, but that won’t make any difference; McCown firmly established himself as the No. 1 in Week 1. Of course, he’ll probably return to his Fantasy hole against Denver.

Matt Schaub, Houston Texans – Moving Up
It’s hard to base anything on a game against a Kansas City team that should be absolutely horrible this season, but Schaub showed enough to warrant a bump up. His poise was impressive, and he has already formed a bond with Andre Johnson. This isn’t to say you need to immediately grab him and insert him in your starting lineup against the Panthers this week, but he’s worth taking a flyer on as your No. 2.

Vince Young, Tennessee Titans – Moving Down
Look – we love the excitement VY brings to the field. But as a Fantasy quarterback, you just can’t count on him. Yes, he had a rushing touchdown against the Jaguars. But that only saved him from totally disastrous fantasy numbers. An interception and only 78 yards passing? And you want to count on him every week? It can’t happen. Until a receiver emerges as the true No. 1 option for the Titans, you need to plant Young on your bench and keep him there.

Matt Leinart, Arizona Cardinals – Moving Down
Wow. At least Young had a rushing score. Leinart was shockingly bad. He’s never been worthy of consideration as a No. 1 Fantasy quarterback in his short career, but most people believe he’s a solid No. 2. But you have to wonder after the egg he laid on Monday night against San Francisco. Surely he won’t be that bad again, but make him prove himself for a couple of weeks before you think about taking a flyer on Leinart. As for those who own Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin, you can’t be blamed if you’re starting to panic.

Trent Green, Miami Dolphins – Moving Up
Green moves up not for a sterling performance against the Redskins (219 yards, one TD) but because of a combination of injuries and his next opponent. Eli Manning, Chad Pennington and possibly even Steve McNair are better fantasy options, but they’re all either out or extremely iffy for Week 2. Green, on the other hand, faces a Cowboy defense that was absolutely decimated by Peyton’s little brother. Keep a close eye on whether or not Dallas cornerback Terence Newman will play this week. If Newman is out again, Green is definitely worth looking at as a starter because he should have a field day.

Brett Favre, Green Bay Packers – Moving Down
Yeah he got his milestone win but he was lousy. Maybe that’s a function of how good the Philly defense is, but maybe it’s more a function of having only one healthy and reliable receiver in Donald Driver and having a rookie (Brandon Jackson) shoulder the load at running back. Favre plays the pathetic Giant pass defense this week and he’s still not worth starting unless you’re already desperate.

Kyle Boller, Baltimore Ravens – Moving Up
Steve McNair’s groin injury gives Boller the chance to prove he really is an NFL-caliber starting quarterback. But Boller’s late-game performance against the Bengals is probably all that Raven fans need to see. Steer clear of Boller unless you need an emergency No. 3 QB on your roster.

J.P. Losman, Buffalo Bills – Moving Up
Another case of a quarterback moving up simply due to injury. Losman was lousy against the Broncos, but Denver will make a lot of QBs look bad this season. There’s a good chance, though, that he’ll look even worse on the road against the Steelers. Avoid at all costs.

Eli Manning, New York Giants – Moving Down
If not for a shoulder injury, Manning would have been in the Top 10 after his incredible showing against the Cowboys. Although he insisted on Monday that it wasn’t anything more than a bruise, there’s too much evidence in the media to the contrary. It’s looking more likely that Manning will miss at least a month. Keep him on your squad, though, and hope for a full recovery by Week 6.

Steve McNair, Baltimore Ravens – Moving Down
McNair was hobbled by a groin injury for most of the Cincinnati game on Monday night, and it looks like he’ll have to sit a week, at least. No question that McNair is a gamer, and if there’s even the slightest chance he can play he will. But even healthy he’s a No. 2 Fantasy quarterback at best.

Kellen Clemens, New York Jets – Moving Up
Clemens will get the call if Chad Pennington’s ankle doesn’t respond to treatment this week. But he’ll be going up against and very agitated Baltimore defense if he does. Enough said. Clemens may be worth a pickup as a No. 3 Fantasy QB if Pennington’s ankle keeps him out for an extended time.

Chad Pennington, New York Jets – Moving Down
Pennington’s ankle injury looked severe enough that he could miss quite a bit of time, but hold on to him until you know for sure. He’s got enough game, when healthy, to be worth a start when your No. 1 QB is on a bye.

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