Tom Brady, Patriots – Moving Up
There’s no way he doesn’t deserve the No. 1 ranking after yet another multi-TD game. With 16 TDs through five games, he’s on pace for 51 touchdowns for the season, which would break Peyton Manning’s record of 49 set in 2004. The Patriots are throwing it from their own 20 or the opponent’s one-yard-line – it doesn’t matter. As long as that continues happening, Brady is gold.
Brian Griese, Bears – Moving Up
With the win over the Packers, Griese further entrenched himself as Chicago’s starter. He also has a new target in TE Greg Olsen, who is finally healthy and looks like he will be worthy of the hype he received in preseason. Add to that the first appearance of a decent running attack, and Griese could be a strong Fantasy starter the rest of the way.
Kurt Warner, Cardinals – Moving Up
Matt Leinart will be out indefinitely with a broken collarbone, giving Warner the keys to the Arizona offense. And this unit still has the potential to be a spectacular one, with an effective Edgerrin James and a revitalized Larry Fitzgerald. Anquan Boldin should return relatively soon from a hip injury, giving the seasoned Warner a host of weapons from which to choose.
Marc Bulger, Rams – Moving Down
Gus Frerotte showed he could survive a game without too much damage and actually put up good numbers in a loss. Neither one of those developments bodes well for the immediate return of Bulger, but there was no official word after the game whether or not Frerotte would be the starter in Week 6. That’s the only reason Bulger doesn’t slide farther down the list.
Gus Frerotte, Rams – Moving Up
Frerotte will obviously move up more if Scott Linehan decides to keep Bulger on the shelf for an extended amount of time. If that happens, Frerotte will be good for an occasional Fantasy start, but he won’t be an elite QB because of the sorry state of the Ram offensive line.
Cleo Lemon, Dolphins – Moving Up
Lemon replaced Trent Green when Green suffered a devastating concussion against the Texans. It looks like he will be the starter for the foreseeable future. And with a resurgent Ronnie Brown taking some of the pressure off of him, and a pretty good receiver in Chris Chambers, Lemon could put up decent numbers. He’s no more than bye week filler, though.
Trent Green, Dolphins – Moving Down
The knee to the head he took against Houston may not only have ended his season, it may have ended his career. Green’s got to take a long look at his quality of life after football, and that could mean hanging it up for good. And no one would blame him.
Matt Leinart, Cardinals – Moving Down
It’s not known when, or if, Leinart will be able to return from a broken collarbone. At the very least, he won’t see the field for quite a long time. There’s a good chance his disastrous season has come to a premature end.
Jake Delhomme, Panthers – Moving Down
It was announced on Monday that Delhomme would need season-ending surgery on his throwing elbow. David Carr is pegged to be the starter the rest of the way, but he hurt his back against the Saints and it’s not known if he’ll be able to go this Sunday against Arizona. Matt Moore is the only other QB on the Carolina roster. Safe to say it’s advisable to stay away from all Panthers with the possible exception of Steve Smith.