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Rest Of Season Player Rankings: Quarterbacks - Week 3
Scott Boyter
September 18, 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 Carson Palmer CIN 5
  2 Tom Brady NEP 10
3 Peyton Manning IND 6
  4 Jon Kitna DET 6
  5 Tony Romo DAL 8
  6 Marc Bulger STL 9
7 Jake Delhomme CAR 7
  8 Ben Roethlisberger PIT 6
  9 Jay Cutler DEN 6
10 Brett Favre GBP 7
11 Donovan McNabb  PHI 5
  12 Phillip Rivers SDC 7
  13 Matt Hasselbeck SEA 8
14 Matt Schaub HOU 10
  15 Jason Campbell WAS 4
16 Drew Brees NOS 4
17 Matt Leinart ARI 8
18 Jeff Garcia TBB 10
  19 Vince Young TEN 4
20 Eli Manning NYG 9
21 Josh McCown OAK 5
22 Alex Smith SFO 6
23 Derek Anderson CLE 7
  24 David Garrard JAC 4
25 Rex Grossman CHI 9
  26 Kyle Boller BAL 8
  27 J.P. Losman BUF 6
  28 Joey Harrington ATL 8
29 Trent Green MIA 9
  30 Steve McNair BAL 8
  31 Kellen Clemens NYJ 10
  32 Chad Pennington NYJ 10
  33 Damon Huard KCC 8

Carson Palmer, Bengals - Moving Up
Talk about Number One with a bullet. There’s no way he doesn’t shoot up the chart after an astounding six-TD, 401-yard onslaught. What’s even more astounding is the performance came in a losing cause. Next up is a Seattle defense that surrendered 299 yards to Matt Leinart in a Week 2 loss to the Cardinals. Look for normal numbers from Palmer, but “normal” in this case is still outstanding.

Peyton Manning, Colts - Moving Down
Manning has to slip to No. 3 after Palmer’s phenomenal game and an excellent showing from Tom Brady against San Diego’s supposedly excellent defense. He throws for 312 yards and a TD and moves down – that’s how good Palmer and Brady were. Odds are Manning will get back on top after playing a Houston defense that Jake Delhomme roasted for 307 yards and three TDs.

Jake Delhomme, Panthers - Moving Up
Speaking of Delhomme, he’s looking like a must-play as long as Steve Smith stays healthy. He’s averaged 250 yards and three TDs through two games, and although his next opponent, Atlanta, has been stingy against the pass, you better have a real good reason if you decide to sit Delhomme.

Brett Favre, Packers - Moving Up
So much for the “run Favre only if you’re desperate” statement from last week. Maybe his 286-yard, three-TD performance was more indicative of how bad the Giants’ pass defense is. But maybe Favre will be the late-round sleeper pickup of the year at the quarterback position. Temper your expectations this week, however, because the Packers host the Chargers, who were torched by Tom Brady. There’s no way the San Diego pass defense will look that bad two weeks in a row.

Donovan McNabb, Eagles - Moving Down
Things are looking scary in Philadelphia. McNabb's receivers can't fight their way out of a wet paper bag and will see a steady dose of press coverage until they prove otherwise. And because of his obviously still-limited mobility, McNabb can't move as well out of the pocket to buy time for those receivers to get open. Hopefully you grabbed a good No. 2 Fantasy QB, because McNabb is an incredibly risky start, for now, at least.

Matt Schaub, Texans - Moving Up
Schaub moves up mostly because of the free-fall of Drew Brees, but he still has put up two good games in a row. His status is shaky for two reasons, however. First, he goes up against an Indianapolis pass defense that looks like the real deal. Second, his main weapon, Andre Johnson, hurt his knee against Carolina and there’s no guarantee he’ll play against the Colts.

Drew Brees, Saints - Moving Down
Brees is a 4-yard TD pass to Marques Colston from falling out of the Top 20 altogether. No story in all of Fantasy Football is more shocking than Brees’ fall from the quarterback elite. The good news, if there’s any, is the Saints play Tennessee at home on Monday Night Football in a game they absolutely, desperately need to win. If Brees can’t put up good numbers in this one, he may need to ride Fantasy pine the rest of the season.

Matt Leinart, Cardinals - Moving Up
This isn’t a huge jump but it’s warranted after Leinart rebounded in a big way from his disastrous Week 1 showing against San Francisco. Against Seattle, Leinart threw for 299 yards and a TD. Not astounding numbers, but salty enough for a small bump. Don’t get used to it, though, because the Cardinals head to Baltimore this weekend. A slide back down the chart appears to be in Leinart’s near future.

Jeff Garcia, Buccaneers - Moving Up
For the three of you who started Garcia against the Saints, congratulations. For those of you who took a flyer on Garcia in the late rounds, your foresight may soon be rewarded. The Saints look like they’ll be horrible against the pass all season, but Garcia should be good for more than that one other time this season Tampa Bay plays New Orleans. Joey Galloway should put up strong numbers the rest of the way, Cadillac Williams looks healthy, and Garcia looks to be in top form. If you’re at all vacillating on your QB position and he’s on your squad, give Garcia some serious consideration at home against the Rams.

Eli Manning, Giants - Moving Up
Manning shocked nearly everyone by being able to play in Week 2, and although his numbers weren’t that great, that’s more a function of Green Bay having a good pass defense. Manning will have to be huge the rest of the season in order for the Giants to have a chance because their pass defense is atrocious.

Josh McCown, Raiders - Moving Down
As expected, McCown found his level against the Broncos with three picks and only 73 yards passing. Give the Raiders credit for hanging tough, but two gut-wrenching losses to start the season may be enough to send them into a tailspin. But offensively, at least, that tailspin should hold off until they play the Browns. South Dallas Barber College could probably put up 31 points against Cleveland.

Alex Smith, 49ers - Moving Down
Smith struggled against the Rams (126 yards, no touchdowns) but it’s still too early to make a definitive statement abut him either way. This week, however, he’s a definitive “sit” against Pittsburgh on the road.

Derek Anderson, Browns - Moving Up
From oblivion to a fantasy stud in one week, with five TDs and 328 yards against Cincinnati after unexpectedly being elevated to the No. 1 QB slot. But don’t rush out and make him your No. 1. Grab him if you can, but don’t start him until you know for sure that explosion wasn’t a fluke. It’s a pretty safe bet the Oakland pass defense is superior to Cincinnati’s.

Rex Grossman, Bears - Moving Down
Think Kansas City’s pass D is that tough? Tough enough to hold a good Fantasy quarterback to 160 yards and one touchdown, while picking him off two times? Didn’t think so. Those numbers, against that team, are pathetic. But still, Grossman goes against a Dallas D that once again may be without Terence Newman, so he should at least have a serviceable game.

Trent Green, Dolphins - Moving Down
Green’s not just moving down, he may be on the verge of moving out. He and Cleo Lemon were basically 1 and 1A on the Miami depth chart the last week of preseason, and he had a horrible outing against a weak Dallas pass defense (FOUR interceptions and a fumble). His numbers were decent, with 287 yards and two scores, but his turnovers offset those totals. Don’t be surprised if Lemon starts taking snaps with the starters in practice this week.

Brady Quinn, Browns - Moving Down
The Quinn bandwagon lost a wheel after Derek Anderson’s performance against the Bengals. Barring an injury or a complete meltdown by Anderson, it should be quite a while before Quinn cracks the starting lineup.

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