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Quarterback Watch Report - Week 17
Scott Boyter
December 27, 2006
Top Ten Fantasy QB’s to own Comment
1  IND Peyton Manning His team may be limping into the playoffs, but Manning will probably win at least one Super Bowl – yours, if you have him in your championship game this weekend. The Colts take on the Dolphins, who are stingy against the pass from a yardage standpoint but have allowed 20 TDs through the air.
2 CIN Carson Palmer He didn’t throw for a lot of yardage against Denver but still had two TDs, and had a chance for a third if the Bengals hadn’t bungled the game-tying extra point attempt. The Bengals host the same Steeler pass D that surrendered 256 yards and three TDs to Steve McNair in Week 16.
3 STL Marc Bulger Bulger exploded for 388 yards and four scores against the Redskins just when it looked like the Rams were merely playing out the string. The Rams have been up and down on offense lately, but you’ve got to think Bulger will light it up against the Vikings.
4 NE Tom Brady Brady has been nothing if not steady this season; not really spectacular but rarely a bust, either. This week the Pats are still playing for position in the AFC, and the Titans rank No. 26 against the pass with 22 TDs allowed.
5 GB Brett Favre Favre was unable to find the end zone against the Vikings but still threw for 285 yards, and would have added a TD if Bubba Franks hadn’t fumbled at the 1. Favre’s possible swan song will come against a Chicago pass defense that was just torched by Jon Kitna for 283 yards and three scores.
6 PHI Jeff Garcia Garcia continues to defy logic and opposing defenses. After dusting off Dallas he faces a downtrodden Atlanta defense that probably can’t wait to get the season over with. The Falcons shut down Chris Weinke last week, but that’s not saying a lot.
7 DAL Tony Romo Romo takes on the Detroit defense this week. That’s the only reason he’s ranked at this spot. Otherwise, he’d probably be at No. 9 or No. 10 after stinking it up against Philly.
8 DET Jon Kitna You’ve got to give the guy credit for tearing up the Bears, and you’ve also seriously got to consider running him against a Cowboy pass defense that can’t stop anyone. Bart Starr could go for 300 and two TDs against that defense, and he’ll be 73 in a couple of weeks.
9 TEN Vince Young After disappearing against the Jaguars, Young bounced back in a huge way against Buffalo with two passing TDs and yet another rushing score. The Patriot pass D has given up the fewest amount of passing touchdowns (10), but Young makes so many plays with his legs he’s worth looking at.
10 DEN Jay Cutler It’s time to give the rookie some props. After all, he’s thrown for two scores in each of his four starts, and the Broncos are firmly in playoff contention. And this week Cutler gets to face the 49ers, who are ranked No. 27 against the pass and have given up 24 passing scores.

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

Climbing Up The Ladder

Steve McNair (BAL) – As noted above, McNair shockingly carved up the Steelers to the tune of 256 yards and three TDs. The Ravens will have incentive to put out their full squad for a full 60, and the Bills have surrendered 18 passing TDs. McNair may be an option this week.

Kurt Warner (AZ) – Warner gets to fling it around one more time as Matt Leinart will miss the San Diego game with a sprained shoulder. The Chargers have little reason to put on a full effort, since they’ve clinched home field in the AFC. Warner could put up some healthy numbers in Week 17.

Sliding Back

Drew Brees (NO) – Brees has taken a nose-dive the last couple of weeks and taken a lot of fantasy teams’ championship hopes with him. The Saints really don’t have anything to play for against Carolina since they’ve locked up the No. 2 seed, so Brees’ playing time will more than likely be limited.

Michael Vick (ATL) – Vick hit rock bottom against the Panthers, throwing for a putrid 109 yards, no TDs and two picks. If you’re playing in Week 17, you can’t rely on Vick to win a title. Especially not against the Eagles in Philadelphia. Steer clear.