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Player Trends Report - Quarterbacks - Week 12
Scott Boyter
November 18, 2008
Quarterbacks  |  Running Backs  |  Receivers
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RISING

Kerry Collins, Titans – The past two weeks, Collins has started to create ulcers for all the defensive coordinators remaining on the Titans’ schedule. He’s shown Tennessee isn’t just a running team anymore; if you thought last week against the Bears was a fluke, Collins’ 230-yard, 3-touchdown explosion against the Jaguars should have changed your mind. Tennessee faces the Jets, Detroit, Cleveland and Houston the next four weeks, and Collins has a good chance of putting up strong numbers in each. The only downside is for owners of Chris Johnson and LenDale White. All of a sudden, there’s a chance they may not be as valuable as they were in the Titans’ first eight games.

Brett Favre, Jets – Brett’s been bashed the last several weeks by Fantasy players and analysts alike. Dog-cussed, even. But he did a lot against New England to get back into the good graces of us Fantasyland residents by throwing for 258 yards and 2 TDs. It’ll be tough for him to duplicate that effort on the road this week against Tennessee, but before you sour on him again, remember the Jets are at home against Denver the following week.

Aaron Rodgers, Packers – After sterling performances in five of his first six games, Rodgers was mediocre in three of his next four. Then he bounced back against Chicago with a solid 227-yard, 2-TD effort even while the Packers were having a field day on the ground. It may be time to trust Rodgers again just in time for him to pay the Saints’ porous pass D a visit.

Tyler Thigpen, Chiefs – This is starting to sound like a broken record, but Thigpen is doing nothing but continuing to look like the real deal. This is four weeks in a row he’s put up strong numbers, and he has 10 TDs in those four games. And the week he didn’t post great QB numbers against Tampa Bay, he mixed in a receiving score. This week he faces a Buffalo defense that has been pretty strong against the pass in most games this season, but you couldn’t be blamed if you decided to ride Thigpen’s hot hand.

Tony Romo, Cowboys – Finally, he’s back. And finally the Cowboys look like a real offense again. Romo’s numbers weren’t great against Washington, but take away a couple of early turnovers and it’s conceivable he could have had two or three touchdown passes. His numbers will likely get back to their normal levels as he gets back into his accustomed rhythm. However, until his finger is 100 percent you probably won’t see too many deep throws.

FALLING

Jake Delhomme, Panthers – I’m out of energy. I’m defeated. I can’t muster up the venom I had for this guy last week. Just drop him already. He couldn’t crack 100 yards against Detroit – that says it all. The Panther running game is too good, and that doesn’t show any signs of changing. Now as soon as I say this, watch him light up Atlanta for 350 and 3 TDs. But I’m betting he’ll suck yet again.
               
Sage Rosenfels, Texans –Rosenfels isn’t getting the job done – not by a long shot. Matt Schaub at least gave the Texans a legitimate chance to win, but he’s gone for at least another month with a continuing knee problem. Houston is just playing for pride, but they would have a much better chance at getting that pride with Schaub under center. If you’re an Andre Johnson owner, you ought to be getting very concerned. Johnson hasn’t scored in his last two games with Rosenfels, and that may soon become a trend.

Matt Hasselbeck, Seahawks – If you took a flier on Hasselbeck then you’re probably too desperate for playoff contention. Three picks and a lost fumble, combined with pedestrian numbers (170 yards, 1 TD) spelled disaster. It’s hard to see a matchup the rest of the way where Hasselbeck would be worth any Fantasy consideration.

Philip Rivers, Chargers – Everybody has a bad game once in a while, and the Steeler defense is tough, but that was ridiculous. With 159 yards, no TDs and a lost fumble, he probably killed your team if you started him. But even though he’s on the “falling” list this week, expect it to be a short stay. Look for a bounce-back the next two weeks at home against the Colts and Falcons.

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