Sage Rosenfels, Texans – Matt Schaub’s injury will reportedly keep him out at least four games, and there was a chance at this writing that he’d be placed on Injured Reserve, thus ending his season. Rosenfels gets the keys to the offense in Schaub’s absence, and has Andre Johnson to throw to and Steve Slaton in the backfield to keep defenses honest. He doesn’t have the greatest matchups, but there is a two-game stretch in Weeks 12 and 13 where Houston plays Cleveland and Jacksonville. Those two teams have combined to surrender 23 passing TDs this season, with the Jaguars giving up 14 of them.
Trent Edwards, Bills – Edwards isn’t exactly setting the world on fire, but he had 289 yards and a TD against the Jets, and his schedule looks really favorable the next four weeks. His next four games are against the Patriots, Browns, Chiefs and 49ers, and none of those passing defenses will exactly put a lot of fear in any quarterback. If you find yourself in an injury bind, Edwards may be an option in free agency.
Matt Ryan, Falcons – Ryan had a pretty salty game against the Raiders, with 220 yards and two TDs. Ryan faces the Saints and Broncos at home the next two weeks, then goes on the road to face the porous Charger pass D in Week 13. You could do worse than considering Ryan if your No. 1 quarterback has a bad matchup those particular weeks.
Tyler Thigpen, Chiefs – Again, here’s a guy who is worth a look in deeper leagues if your main guy has injury/matchup issues. It’s almost absurd to suggest it, but he’s been solid the last two weeks and even mixed in a receiving TD in Week 9. Thigpen’s probably not going to catch anymore touchdowns, but he does have some very good matchups the next two weeks, on the road against San Diego and at home against New Orleans.
Rex Grossman, Bears – He’s “rising” only because he’s the starter while Kyle Orton recovers from an ankle injury. Grossman does have a solid running game behind him and some decent receivers, but can you really trust the guy?
Kyle Orton, Bears – What lousy timing for an injury. Not only has Orton been the Fantasy Football surprise of the season, he was playing the Lions and was probably on his way to a huge numbers day. But reports after the game said he’d be out a month, so he’ll have to ride your pine the next four games – unless an MRI scheduled for after this writing says otherwise. But don’t cut him, whatever you do, unless you have absolutely no roster leeway. If he comes back on schedule, he goes against Jacksonville and New Orleans – both at home – in critical Weeks 14 and 15.
Matt Schaub, Texans – Another case of really bad timing. Schaub may be put on IR due to an injured knee just when he was starting to live up to his billing as a strong sleeper QB this season.
Brett Favre, Jets – I didn’t want to pile on with everyone else who has been dogging Favre, but he’s put up three clunkers in his last four games, and thrown 8 interceptions versus only three touchdowns in those four games. However, unless your other quarterback is a stud or has a great matchup, you’re almost forced into rolling the dice on Favre this week at home against the Rams.
Derek Anderson, Browns – Romeo Crennel said in a press conference on Monday that Anderson is his quarterback “for now.” Not exactly a ringing endorsement there, Coach. Then about an hour later, ESPN’s Trent Dilfer reported that Brady Quinn was going to start this week against Denver. If that’s truly the case, then Anderson might as well start looking for a new team because unless Quinn gets hurt, Anderson’s time as Cleveland’s starter is done.