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Player Trends Report - Quarterbacks - Week 5
Scott Boyter
September 30, 2008
Quarterbacks  |  Running Backs  |  Receivers
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RISING

Brett Favre, Jets – What can you say about Favre’s spectacular six-touchdown game? “Keep it coming?” While you obviously can’t expect numbers approaching that every week, you can run out Favre knowing he has two legitimate threats at receiver in Jerricho Cotchery and Laveranues Coles. The only concern you may have regarding Favre is an anemic running game, as Thomas Jones has been a severe fantasy disappointment so far. With no threat in the backfield, good defenses will be able to shut the Jet passing game down. But unless he’s going against a superior pass defense, start Favre every week.

Matt Schaub, Texans – It looks like you can put those concerns of Sage Rosenfels taking Schaub’s place to rest for now. Even though Houston lost, Schaub still had 307 yards and three touchdowns on the road against a tough Jacksonville defense. Schaub may not have earned enough of your confidence to make him your starter quite yet, but he’s at the least a bye week fill in. He may also be good trade bait if he’s doing nothing more than filling up space on your roster.

Jake Delhomme, Panthers – I’ve pulled both hamstrings jumping on and off the Delhomme bandwagon, but this week I’m back on after The Snake put up 294 yards and two TDs against Atlanta. Is this more a case of Delhomme finding his groove or Atlanta’s pass defense being that bad? Don’t look for that question to be answered this week as Delhomme takes on the Kansas City defense at home. He should put up big numbers, though, and is worth serious starting consideration should your No. 1 QB either have a bye or a tough matchup.

Jason Campbell, Redskins – Campbell has done a 180 from his horrible outing Week 1 against the Giants. The Cowboys have a questionable secondary, but Campbell was very impressive in dissecting that unit for 231 yards and two scores. He’s found his rhythm, looks very comfortable in Jim Zorn’s offense, and has Santana Moss, Antwaan Randle-El and Chris Cooley to throw to. He also has a strong running game to keep defenses honest. Conventional wisdom says Campbell will have a hard time putting up really good numbers on the road against Philadelphia in Week 5, but you probably would have said the same thing going into Week 4.

Kyle Orton, Bears – It was a tale of two halves for Orton against Philadelphia on Sunday night. He threw for three TDs in the first, then did basically nothing through the air in the second while the Bears relied on their run game. But you’ve got to really think about giving Orton a chance in what should be a field day offensively against the Lions. Maybe having a bye week will help Detroit shore up some of their defensive problems, but it’s doubtful they made the drastic improvements they needed to make.

FALLING

Kurt Warner, Cardinals – How can I put this guy on the “Falling” list after he put up nearly half a thousand yards and two TDs? Three interceptions and four fumbles, that’s how. While his numbers are astounding from a fantasy standpoint, if his penchant for giving the ball to the other team continues, sooner or later he’ll be riding pine. Then his numbers won’t mean a damn thing. Here’s hoping he figures out a way to hold onto the ball, because he’s great for fantasy football. But if you’re relying on Warner and you have no quarterback depth, you better get some quickly.

J.T. O’Sullivan, 49ers – O’Sullivan is another guy who, based on numbers alone, doesn’t belong on this side of the list. But he’s a quarterback in a Mike Martz system, and as such he takes an absolute beating. He was sacked six times by the Saints, fumbled once, and threw two interceptions. The 49ers host a New England defense that’s had two weeks to stew over being embarrassed by the Dolphins. You might want to look elsewhere for your quarterback this week.

Trent Green, Rams – Well, one guy you can’t question as being definitely on the “Falling” side of things is Green, who will reportedly go back to the bench in favor of Marc Bulger. It’s not like things will get any better for the Rams with Bulger in the lineup; this team has “0-16” written all over it. If they get really lucky, they’ll win one or two games this season. Neither Bulger nor any Ram except Steven Jackson (and maybe kicker Josh Brown) has any fantasy value at this point.

Derek Anderson, Browns – Yeah, Cleveland won, but what exactly has happened to this offense? Maybe Anderson bought himself another start with the win. Maybe the Browns will use the bye week to rectify whatever ails that offense. Or maybe they’ll use the bye to break in a new quarterback, Brady Quinn. Even if Anderson is the starter in Week 6, steer clear of him or any other Brown until that offense finally begins to show a pulse.

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