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Rest Of Season Player Rankings: Quarterbacks - Week 8
Scott Boyter
October 23, 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 Tom Brady NEP 10
  2 Carson Palmer CIN 5
  3 Peyton Manning IND 6
  4 Tony Romo DAL 8
  5 Brett Favre GBP 7
6 Ben Roethlisberger PIT 6
  7 Matt Hasselbeck SEA 8
  8 Donovan McNabb  PHI 5
9 Jon Kitna DET 6
  10 Derek Anderson CLE 7
11 Brian Griese CHI 9
12 Jeff Garcia TBB 10
  13 Philip Rivers SDC 7
14 Matt Schaub HOU 10
  15 Jason Campbell WAS 4
  16 Eli Manning NYG 9
  17 Jay Cutler DEN 6
18 Drew Brees NOS 4
19 Kurt Warner ARZ 8
  20 Daunte Culpepper OAK 5
  21 Chad Pennington NYJ 10
  22 Vince Young TEN 4
  23 Damon Huard KCC 8
  24 Cleo Lemon MIA 9
  25 Kyle Boller BAL 8
  26 Joey Harrington ATL 8
  27 David Carr CAR 7
  28 Marc Bulger STL 9
29 David Garrard JAC 4
  30 Trent Edwards BUF 6
  31 Alex Smith SFO 6
  32 Tim Rattay ARZ 8
  33 Gus Frerotte STL 9
  34 Vinny Testaverde CAR 7
35 Sage Rosenfels HOU 10

Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers – Moving Up
Even though the Steelers lost, Roethlisberger carved up the Broncos for 290 yards and four touchdowns. Champ Bailey was out, but those are still impressive numbers. Five of his next six games, Roethlisberger goes up against Cincinnati twice and also gets the Jets, Miami and Cleveland. Look for Big Ben to put up fat fantasy numbers in coming weeks.

Jon Kitna, Lions – Moving Down
If someone in the Top 10 moves up, somebody else has to move down. Kitna is the victim for a couple of reasons. First, he’s failed to crack 150 yards in his last two games and hasn’t thrown a TD. And his upcoming schedule isn’t great, with road games against the Bears and Cardinals and home games against the Giants and Broncos, who should have Champ Bailey back. Far more importantly, however, is the fact he’s once again getting killed. He’s suffered nine sacks his last two games combined and been hit many more times than that. The beatings will take a toll sooner or later – if they haven’t already.

Brian Griese, Bears – Moving Up
I’m not prepared to say that Griese can be counted on to lead your team to fantasy glory, but the early returns are extremely impressive. He’s averaged 300 yards and two TDs in four games since taking over for Rex Grossman. That’s enough for me to say he’s worth a start every week. Will he put up those numbers week in and week out? Probably not. But he will perform well enough to be a productive part of your team on a consistent basis.

Jeff Garcia, Buccaneers – Moving Up
Garcia’s done enough his last three games (244 ypg, 5 TDs) to warrant a bump up the charts but he’s not a no-brainer start each week. But when the matchup dictates, Garcia is worth serious consideration. After Tampa Bay’s Week 10 bye, Garcia has favorable matchups against Atlanta (twice), New Orleans and Houston.

Matt Schaub, Texans – Moving Down
After the Texans’ heartbreaking loss to the Titans, where Sage Rosenfels nearly brought the team back to a miraculous win, it looked like there’d be a good old-fashioned quarterback controversy in Houston. That may still be the case, but early in the week it looked like Schaub, if sufficiently recovered from the beating he took against Tennessee, would remain Houston’s starter. His matchups the next two weeks aren’t that great (at San Diego, at Oakland), but after the Week 10 bye Houston faces the Saints and Browns.

Drew Brees, Saints – Moving Up
Brees creeps up the chart after he and the New Orleans offense once again showed signs of life against the Falcons. But it’s too soon to completely trust him, especially with upcoming matchups against the 49ers and Jaguars. However, he’s averaged about 230 yards and two TDs his last two games. If he can manage those numbers against San Francisco and Jacksonville, then you can be pretty confident he’ll produce for your lineup.

Kurt Warner, Cardinals – Moving Up
It was painful just watching him out there on Sunday, but give him credit for throwing for 282 yards and two scores against a tough Washington D. The bottom line – if he could make it through that, the elbow shouldn’t keep him from missing any starts. The rest of his body is another matter, and it’s the reason Warner doesn’t jump up farther. His immobility is a huge concern. But if he does manage to remain upright, he has good upcoming matchups in Week 10 against Detroit, Week 11 against Cincinnati, and Week 13 against Cleveland.

David Garrard, Jaguars– Moving Down
Garrard has been a consistent fantasy backup so far this season but he suffered an ankle injury on Monday night that will keep him out at least two weeks.

Sage Rosenfels, Texans – Moving Up
Rosenfels makes the list not just for his outstanding performance against the Titans, but because of the, albeit slight, chance that he’ll be taking over for Matt Schaub. Schaub did take a beating against the Titans, so there’s a possibility that Rosenfels will start in Week 8 against the Chargers. If Rosenfels takes over the starting spot for the remainder of the season, of course he’ll move up the list, especially with the likelihood that Andre Johnson will be returning in a couple of weeks. But that’s pure conjecture at this point.

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