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Quarterback Watch Report - Week 13
Scott Boyter
November 28, 2006
Top Ten Fantasy QB’s to own Comment
1 NO Drew Brees Brees just keeps rolling along, with another 300-plus, multi-TD game. You're going to run him no matter the matchup, and this week he has a tasty one against San Francisco. In the crucial weeks of the fantasy playoffs, Weeks 15 and 16, Brees faces the Redskins at home and the Giants on the road. You couldn't ask for much better opponents.
2 CIN Carson Palmer Palmer made it look easy against the Browns with a 275-yard, three-TD outing. But beware his matchups to end the season, as Palmer has to go up against the Ravens, Raiders and Broncos in three of his next four games.
3 IND Peyton Manning Manning just barely rates the No. 3 spot after his pedestrian outing against the Eagles. He faces the same Titan defense that held Indy to a mere 14 points earlier this season.
4 STL Marc Bulger Bulger finally came alive in the last drive against the 49ers, going 9-for-9 and 76 yards, plus the winning TD to Kevin Curtis. You'd think he'd have a good matchup against the Cardinals this week, but if the Rams continue to feed the ball to Steven Jackson, Bulger's numbers will continue to suffer.
5 NE Tom Brady A 269-yard, one-TD game would be ho-hum against most teams, but those numbers were excellent against the Bears. If New England continues its trend of attacking the main weakness of the defense, Brady is set up for a field day against the Lions.
6 DAL Tony Romo The fairy tale continues. You've got to think Romo is headed for a speed bump, but it's hard to figure that it would come against a reeling New York Giant defense.
7 SEA Matt Hasselbeck He was horrible in the first half with four turnovers, but rebounded for three TDs in the second. With a healthy Shaun Alexander, Hasselbeck will be able to use play action and hit a strong group of receivers. He'll be solid down the stretch run.
8 GB Brett Favre An off night for sure, with three interceptions against only one TD. But Favre will bounce back, and has been good enough throughout the season to remain a Top 10 QB.
9 SD Philip Rivers Yes, LaDainian Tomlinson threw for more TDs against Oakland than Rivers, but the youngster's done enough in recent weeks to warrant a spot on the list. Buffalo's pass D isn't anything special, so look for a return to normalcy this week.
10 NYJ Chad Pennington It's getting hard to justify anybody else on this list, but Pennington goes up against Green Bay's sieve-like pass defense this week, so he'll be a good play.

(Note – this listing considers the rankings of QB’s if a draft was held today)

Climbing Up The Ladder

Matt Leinart - ARI - You can't ignore a 405-plus yard explosion. With the Cardinals' running game being so anemic, Leinart is definitelyworth considering for a start in upcoming games versus the Rams, Seahawks and 49ers.

Vince Young - TEN - His outstanding performance against the Giants is worth mentioning. He's always a threat with his legs, and has quietly developed a respectable NFL arm. You could do worse if you're thin at the QB position.

Jay Cutler - DEN - The rookie gets the reins of the Denver offense. Mike Shanahan has to see a whole lot in this kid if he names him the starter of a 7-4 squad fighting for the playoffs. Whatever you may think of Shanahan as a person, he knows offensive talent.

Brad Johnson - MIN - He's taken his lumps this season, but he's a good guy so we'll definitely give him props when he throws for 271 and three TDs like he did against the Cardinals.

Sliding Back

Ben Roethlisberger - PIT - The Steelers are out and he should be, too. There's absolutely no reason to expose Pittsburgh's quarterback of the future to further punishment.

Rex Grossman - CHI - You can't count on him as your fantasy quarterback, and you can't blame Lovie Smith if he has the same reservations regarding Chicago's playoff run.

Jake Plummer - DEN - By all accounts he's taken his demotion with class, but that's about all you can say.
Benched in favor of a rookie 11 games into a playoff-possible season? That's flat-out embarrassing.

Charlie Frye - CLE - Speaking of embarrassing, that's what Frye and the rest of Browns were against the Bengals. Ohio State would have smoked Cleveland the way the team played on Sunday. Disgusting.