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Top Fantasy QBs of Week 12

A little early this week, since it’s a short week. Everything is accelerated this time of year and you could as easily be looking at missing the playoffs if you lose as you could be locked up already.

I have the top ten at each of the Big Three positions and you’ll get a little something about each.

Matt Cassel 415/3/1 and 1 rush TD - Cassel continues to improve as a NFL QB and as a fantasy starter. He’s still strictly a matchup guy, but he has some good ones and can blow up like this on occasion.

Chad Pennington 341/3/1 and 1 rush TD – I think the Jets will still take the trade, no matter how good Penni is playing. And he is playing very well. Another matchup guy, but a good one.

Trent Edwards 273/2 and 2 rush TDs - Where was this Trent Edwards the last few weeks? Edwards tore the Chiefs apart and did it well. Once again, a matchups guy as well as a good QBBC cat.

Tony Romo 341/3 and 1 fumble - The usual fumble/turnover happened but Romo is back and firing on all cylinders. I expect more good performances, though his competition was not that stiff this week.

Shaun Hill 303/2 - Speaking of his competition, Hill plays ok, and put up some nice points but I wouldn’t trust him all that much. Consider also that this just points out how much of an achilles heel the secondary is in Dallas.

Eli Manning 240/3 - Manning is still playing well, and he was able to overcome an increasibly solid Cardinal secondary. The Giants didn’t run the ball as effectively as they have before, so they turned to Manning who answered the bell.

Tyler Thigpen 243/3 and 1 fumble - As they were getting blown out, Thigpen had to throw and he continues to play pretty well. Too bad the D wasn’t up to the challenge even remotely.

Jake Delhomme 295/1 and 1 rush TD – A lot better than he has been playing, no doubt about it. Still a little wary of him, as a few times he looked out of sorts, but that whole team has been playing underwhelmingly.

Phillip Rivers 288/2 and 1 fumble - The Chargers throw a lot more than they run and while it is hampering LT’s numbers, Rivers is playing well because of it. The Chargers are on the ropes and how many ‘must win’ games do they have before they start looking to the 2009 draft?

Kurt Warner 351/1/1 and 1 fumble - Not his best day but over 300 yards again and a nice TD. He did turn the ball over twice which I was concerned might happen. Pressure and Warner are not always godo friends. But Warner is playing himself into a job for next year and Matty L may be waiting another year for his shot.

QB Rankings for Week 12

Peyton Manning is facing a defense that cannot get enough pressure on the opposing Qbs to keep them from cutting the secondary – which is pretty inconsistent – into pieces. And who better to do that? Manning is back folks – bank it.

Aaron Rodgers also gets a chance to face a secondary which often falls short of solid. He’s got the weapons to take advantage of some fairly average corners and the run game is movign enough to keep the Saints from standing back and waiting for the pass. Rodgers should have a pretty good game this weekend – and may need to pass to out-gun Drew Brees and his offense.

Tony Romo got his groove back the longer the game went last week and will just keep getting better. As Witten gets healthier, Roy Williams gets more comfortable and Marion Barber continues to produce, Romo only gets into a better situation. If Terrell Owens can just connect with Romo, all would be well but the two are still disconnected. Romo still has enough weapons to get the job done though.

Broncos QB Jay Cutler does face a Raiders secondary which has been much better the last few weeks. But with the RB situation a big fat ‘huh?’, Cutler will throw. And throw some more. And then a little more. Annnnnnnnd……. some more. He will do well in part because of the sheer volume of passes he may throw and with Hillis, Royal, Scheffler and a little known guy named Brandon Marshall, he has the weapons to overcome even an improved Raiders defense.

Tyler Thigpen. Yes he is doing this well. The Bills will be without Donte Whitner and Jabari Greer this week and while it’s not like they just lost Deion Sanders or something, that hurts. Herm Edwards has Thigpen suceeding by putting him in an offense which plays to his strengths. Thigpen – who I will write a country-western song about someday because it sure seems like he’s some man-with-no-name who came in to clean up Dodge City – is putting up very good numbers and while it would take some balls to play him over some of the other top 10 QBs this week, it’s not as insane as it was a month ago.

  1. Peyton Manning, Colts at Chargers
  2. Aaron Rodgers, Packers at Saints
  3. Tony Romo, Cowboys vs. 49ers
  4. Jay Cutler, Broncos vs. Raiders
  5. Tyler Thigpen, Chiefs vs. Bills
  6. Eli Manning, Giants at Cardinals
  7. Drew Brees, Saints vs. Packers
  8. Kurt Warner, Cardinals vs. Giants
  9. Matt Cassel, Patriots at Dolphins
  10. Philip Rivers, Chargers vs. Colts
  11. Brett Favre, Jets at Titans
  12. Donovan McNabb, Eagles at Ravens
  13. David Garrard, Jaguars vs. Vikings
  14. Brady Quinn, Browns vs. Texans
  15. Marc Bulger, Rams vs. Bears
  16. Kyle Orton, Bears at Rams
  17. Jeff Garcia, Buccaneers at Lions
  18. Matt Ryan, Falcons vs. Panthers
  19. Jason Campbell, Redskins at Seahawks
  20. Sage Rosenfels, Texans at Browns
  21. Jake Delhomme, Panthers at Falcons
  22. Chad Pennington, Dolphins vs. Patriots
  23. Daunte Culpepper, Lions vs. Buccaneers
  24. Shaun Hill, 49ers at Cowboys
  25. Kerry Collins, Titans vs. Jets
  26. Matt Hasselbeck, Seahawks vs. Redskins
  27. Gus Frerotte, Vikings at Jaguars
  28. Joe Flacco, Ravens vs. Eagles
  29. Trent Edwards, Bills at Chiefs
  30. JaMarcus Russell, Raiders at Broncos

QB Rankings for Week 11

Kurt Warner has been on fire of course and now has three weapons who are viable targets at wide receiver. The Seahawk’s secondary is bad giving both yards (252 per game) and TDs (14) and rarely if ever picking a pass off (just 4). They do have 22 sacks, but the Cards did a good job protecting Warner last week and I think they will again. Great for Warner.

Do you even need explanations on Drew Brees anymore? Every week he throws for 300 yards. He’s had more yards through nine games than any Qb in NFL history and is on pace to break Dan Marino’s record for total yards (poor Dan – losing records every couple seasons and no ring to tuck under his pillow for comfort). Worried about them runnign too much? Well, Bush was just ruled out – looks like it’s Air Brees again.

There is very little pass defense in Denver and Jay Cutler will have all his targets as they travel to Atlanta. Who knows what the running back situation will be and the Falcon secondary are below average and were torched by Brees last week for 416 yards and two TDs. They do get INTs (as they did three times with Brees) and Cutler has had ball protection issues. He might turn a couple over, but no run game + shaky opposing secondary + tons of weapons = top 5 start in my book.

Donovan McNabb has had an up and down season, though admitedly most of it has been up. He’s faces a marginal Bengals pass defense which isn’t easy to move against, btu lacks a consistent pass rush and has few turnovers or sacks. McNabb should be able to pick them apart with relative ease and have a pretty solid day for his owners this week.

Could Peyton Manning actually have a good day? Coming off a great game against a tough Steeler team, and facing a Houston secondary which has allowed 15 TDs while generating only 6 INTs and 17 sacks? I think he could. Houston has been playing better the last few games, holding down the total pass yards, but still give up TDs on a regular basis (for example, 3 last week to Baltimore). Manning should have his third good to great game in a row on his way back to Fantasy prominence.

Other Notes:
#10 Tony Romo looks to be another in the rare group of guys I think start as normal after an injury, but he may see some speed bumps on the road Sunday night in Buffalo….. #15 Phillip Rivers has too tough a matchup to get excited about….. #19 Brady Quinn still has to prove himself against a decent defense before I get too excited and the Bills get McGee back at corner…… #26 Kyle Orton might be higher if he were a healthier Qb, is a decent hail mary this week if he does but the Packers secondary isn’t a pushover…..

Quarterbacks

  1. Kurt Warner, Cardinals at Seahawks
  2. Drew Brees, Saints at Chiefs
  3. Jay Cutler, Broncos at Falcons
  4. Donovan McNabb, Eagles at Bengals
  5. Peyton Manning, Colts vs. Texans
  6. Matt Ryan, Falcons vs. Broncos
  7. Tyler Thigpen, Chiefs vs. Saints
  8. Aaron Rodgers, Packers vs. Bears
  9. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers vs. Chargers
  10. Tony Romo, Cowboys at Redskins
  11. Jason Campbell, Redskins vs. Cowboys
  12. David Garrard, Jaguars vs. Titans
  13. Trent Edwards, Bills vs. Browns
  14. Jake Delhomme, Panthers vs. Lions
  15. Philip Rivers, Chargers at Steelers
  16. Shaun Hill, 49ers vs. Rams
  17. Chad Pennington, Dolphins vs. Raiders
  18. Eli Manning, Giants vs. Ravens
  19. Brady Quinn, Browns at Bills
  20. Matt Hasselbeck, Seahawks vs. Cardinals
  21. Jeff Garcia, Buccaneers vs. Vikings
  22. Sage Rosenfels, Texans at Colts
  23. Marc Bulger, Rams at 49ers
  24. Gus Frerotte, Vikings at Buccaneers
  25. Kerry Collins, Titans at Jaguars
  26. Kyle Orton, Bears at Packers
  27. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bengals vs. Eagles
  28. Joe Flacco, Ravens at Giants
  29. Rex Grossman, Bears at Packers
  30. JaMarcus Russell, Raiders at Dolphins
  31. Daunte Culpepper, Lions at Panthers

WRs and Rbs later today….

QB Rankings for Week 10

Drew Brees faces a good matchup with an Atlanta defense who is 16th in the league and averages 205 yards per game, allowing 10TDs as well. The defensive line can put pressure on the QB, but the line is good pass-blockinh and Brees should have a ton of time to throw. Getting Colston back – and maybe Shockey – could be pretty huge for him as well.

Kurt Warner is going to see a San Fran team that may be on it’s heels or might be fired up and ready after the bye. But with a pass game this prolific, they can go ahead and be fired up while Warner will do what he always does and throw early often and well. You cannot cover all the weapons – Fitz, Boldin and Breaston – and he will always find someone to throw to.

The only thing that will slow Philip Rivers down against the Chiefs could be the even better matchup the Chargers run game has. But as bad as the run defense is, the Chiefs have been able to move the ball through the air. Against a Chargers D that has issues, they may score more than people expect. which could mean Rivers needs to throw the ball more often as well. Vincent Jackson has been playing well and Antonio Gates is finally playing well, so his weapons are comign along. Don’t be surprised if the first half is a huge LT game and the second half there is more Rivers than expected.

Let’s face it – between a bad series of games by Ryan Grant and a stout Minny run D, Aaron Rodgers will have to throw to win. Couple that with facing the possibility that between Peterson and Berrian, the Packers could find themselves behind on more than one occasion. Rodgers has been very good this year and the Vikings secondary is sub par. Jared Allen may be out as well which could make the pass rush less potent. I think Rodgers will have hilmself a very good day.

The last two times Donovan McNabb finished a season were 2007 and 2005. Both years he finished very strong. Unfortunately in between were two years he finished early – like week 10. For now, McNabb has been healthy (mostly) and passing the ball well. He faces a tough defense in the Giants but he has played them well. And he now has Kevin Curtis to join Jackson and Westbrook. While the Giants have a tough pass rush, the oline for the Iggles give outstanding protection. I think McNabb will have a very good game despite the matchup.

Other thoughts – on the ESPN1230 show I said avoid #24 Rex Grossman, I reiterate that here…. #6 Matt Ryan on the other hand goes from a good starter to a good starter with a great matchup…… #16 Marc Bulger might play better than his ranking as he probably has to throw a lot but the Jets secondary is better than it’s ranking says it is….. #18 Ben Roethlisberger’s shoulder is my biggest concern with him – the matchup almost evens it out for him, but not enough…..

Quarterbacks

  1. Drew Brees, Saints at Falcons
  2. Kurt Warner, Cardinals vs. 49ers
  3. Philip Rivers, Chargers vs. Chiefs
  4. Aaron Rodgers, Packers at Vikings
  5. Donovan McNabb, Eagles vs. Giants
  6. Matt Ryan, Falcons vs. Saints
  7. Brett Favre, Jets vs. Rams
  8. David Garrard, Jaguars at Lions
  9. Peyton Manning, Colts at Steelers
  10. Eli Manning, Giants at Eagles
  11. Jake Delhomme, Panthers at Raiders
  12. Trent Edwards, Bills at Patriots
  13. Chad Pennington, Dolphins vs. Seahawks
  14. Matt Cassel, Patriots vs. Bills
  15. Sage Rosenfels, Texans vs. Ravens
  16. Marc Bulger, Rams at Jets
  17. Gus Frerotte, Vikings vs. Packers
  18. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers vs. Colts
  19. Shaun Hill, 49ers at Cardinals
  20. Seneca Wallace, Seahawks at Dolphins
  21. Joe Flacco, Ravens at Texans
  22. Kerry Collins, Titans at Bears
  23. Tyler Thigpen, Chiefs at Chargers
  24. Rex Grossman, Bears vs. Titans
  25. Daunte Culpepper, Lions vs. Jaguars
  26. JaMarcus Russell, Raiders vs. Panthers

WRs soonish!

QB Rankings for Week 9

Jay Cutler is facing a defense which ranks 25th allowing 233.3 net yards, yards per game and 9 TDs while only gathering 4 interceptions. They can get pressure (17 sacks) which is a concern given the Oline issues the Donkeys have. Over the past 3 weeks, Miami has allowed 808 yards passing. On top of that, Miami will probably score against a struggling defense and Cutler will have to throw to keep ahead. Cutler should be a good start this week and will come out big after his bye.

Kurt Warner is busy playing himself into a contract extention and you should continue to ride along with him. The matchup against a 26th ranked Rams pass defense is tasty – as is the fact that he may have to huck the ball repeteadly since Bulger & Co. will likely score against a suspect Cardinal secondary. Add to it the Cards run game is not playing exceptionally well, it falls to the passing offense to get the job done. Great matchup, great situation – should be a great day.

Against the Seahawks, you have to love Donavan McNabb. The Hawks have allowed over 769 passing yards in the last three games. Westbrook is on his game again, DeSean Jackson continues to excel and Kevin Curtis looked ok in his first game back. McNabb didn’t hit the end zoen last week as it was the Westy show, but I expect him to throw more in this matchup.

What’s that? You still doubt Kyle Orton? Well, even if you do, this week against the Lions would be the one matchup you really can’t argue against. Ranked 31st against the pass, with 258 ypg and 12 TDs given up. Forte will be heavily involved and probably catch some passes. You don’t know (aside from Forte) who will get passes thrown their way but they will get thrown, effectively and accurately and Orton will have quite a day against the Lambs, er, Lions.

Manning: The Peyton had an off game for Peyton against the Titans – but a good game for anyone else. The guy who struggled a bit last week will be just fine this week against a mediocre pass defense averaging 206.3 net yards allowed per game, with 11 passing TDs thrown in for good measure. Wayne is banged up which worries me a tad, but he should be fine. I believe Manning – who has been inconsistent, I’ll admit – is getting back to where he needs to be to be an effective fantasy Qb. While he will not crack the top 5, he’ll be much more consistent, reliable and probably finish close to it.

Other thoughts – I think Marc Bulger has a very good day. Am not completely confident enough to put him in the top 10 but frankly this week he is very close…. I also wouldn’t be shocked if Aaron Rodgers has a below par game but he’s good enough even in bad matchups to crack the 10….. I am still tempted to start Bulger over Rodgers in at least one league….. Usually a consistent but not blockbuster play, David Garrard could blow up completely against the hapless Bungles and yes they deserve that name again…. Jason Campbell is a good QB in a bad matchup – I’d love to see him transcend the ranking but don’t quite have faith about it…..

Quarterbacks

  1. Jay Cutler, Broncos vs. Dolphins
  2. Kurt Warner, Cardinals at Rams
  3. Donovan McNabb, Eagles at Seahawks
  4. Kyle Orton, Bears vs. Lions
  5. Peyton Manning, Colts vs. Patriots
  6. Matt Schaub, Texans at Vikings
  7. Eli Manning, Giants vs. Cowboys
  8. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers at Redskins
  9. Aaron Rodgers, Packers at Titans
  10. David Garrard, Jaguars at Bengals
  11. Marc Bulger, Rams vs. Cardinals
  12. Chad Pennington, Dolphins at Broncos
  13. Matt Ryan, Falcons at Raiders
  14. Jeff Garcia, Buccaneers at Chiefs
  15. Trent Edwards, Bills vs. Jets
  16. Brett Favre, Jets at Bills
  17. Jason Campbell, Redskins vs. Steelers
  18. Gus Frerotte, Vikings vs. Texans
  19. Derek Anderson, Browns vs. Ravens
  20. JaMarcus Russell, Raiders vs. Falcons
  21. Kerry Collins, Titans vs. Packers
  22. Matt Cassel, Patriots at Colts
  23. Dan Orlovsky, Lions vs. Bears
  24. Brad Johnson, Cowboys at Giants
  25. Joe Flacco, Ravens at Browns
  26. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bengals vs. Jaguars
  27. Tyler Thigpen, Chiefs vs. Buccaneers
  28. Seneca Wallace, Seahawks vs. Eagles

WRs in a little while….

Top Fantasy QBs of Week 8

Drew Brees – 339 yards, 3 TDs - No weather problems. No Chargers secondary. No Shawne Merriman. Drew Brees is just amazing. Never hesitate to line him up. Ever. EVER. Colston isn’t even 100%. Bush is out. Shockey banged up. Brees could have the forwards from Arsenal out there and he’d still be throwing TDs.

Phillip Rivers – 341 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT - I didn’t figure that Rivers would rank this high – especially when you consider Tomlinson had a darn fine game as well. But remember two things against the Saints – first, the secondary ain’t very good. Secondly, people fall behind New Orleans – far behind. Which means the opposing QB throws. If he has talent (like Rivers) he should do well. Amazing that both the former Chargers QB and his replacement both top this list this week.

Kurt Warner – 381 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT - A disappointing loss for Warner and the Cards, but still an amazing amount of yards and no sign of Matt ‘Keg Stand’ Leinart. As I always say, there is plenty of love to go round in that offense. Was surprised Breaston still got so many targets – but with those three, Warner has many, many weapons to throw to. While he will turn the ball over, near 400 yards and a pair of TDs is pretty darn good.

David Garrard – 283 yards, 2 TDs, 59 rushing yards – Sigmund Bloom made a good point in that despite the way the Jags usually function (no primary WR, spread the wealth) Matt Jones has given Garrard a consistent target. Moore will ride pine soon but we don’t know quite when, but until then, Garrard is going nuts. Not a consistent top start, but certainly a consistent QB2 with upside. Against Cinci he may be back on the bench as the Jags might go crazy on the ground.

Matt Schaub – 280 yards, 3 TDs - Schaub is finally playing where I thought he would before the season. Could be tough going against Minny this coming week, although you can certainly paste them via the pass. Schaub will need to throw and Andre Johnson and Owen Daniels will be good targets for him. Schaub is hot – ride him while you can.

Close but no cigar – Tyler Thigpen (280 yds and 2 TDs) – really Jets? Really?…… Manning: The Peyton (223 yards, 2 TDs, 1 rush TD, 2 INTs) is looking less consistent than Manning: The Eli…… Chad Pennington (314yds, 1TD) has to be looking at the Jets and thinking ‘wait, do they think I’m still there with that playcalling?’ – the Dolphins fit him like a glove…. Jason Campbell (328 yds, 1TD, 1INT) continues to look pretty good in Zorn’s offense and has become a very good member of your QBBC….. Marc Bulger (301 yards, 1 TD, 1INT) is back BABY – Donnie Avery has stepped up and given the Bulger a reason to hang in the pocket despite no real protection…..

I refus to acknowledge Joe Flacco’s production – anytime you outscore yourself at QB as a WR, it’s not worthy of really noting…..

QB Rankings for Week 8

Hey folks – was hard to choose the top 5 order. Theer are a bunch of great matchups and some top 10 guys who could also have jumped up a few spots.

As I said on There It Is – The Jake Stevens Show on ESPN 1230 this morning (see the link to the right) I expect a very good game by the OG DMac (I call McFadden a pretender while Donovan is the contender so he gets the nickname). The Falcons like to give TDs away through the air and McNabb gets Westbrook and Curtis back. Looks good to me.

I almost went with Matt Schaub as #1. Love Schaub this week and am starting him in as many leagues as I own him. He’s against a pretty unfortunate Bengals team – what could kibosh it, and what kept me from putting him first is, as bad as they are against the pass? They are worse vs the rush. So Steve Slaton could have a fine day as well and maybe they don’t need to air it out as much and Schaub’s numbers might be less than they could be.

Jason Campbell is also a great start with a great matchup. The Lions are just not good. Campbell may see a lot of Clinton Portis running between the tackles, but he should have plenty of time to get the ball to Moss, Cooley and Randel-El and compile some very good stats. There is always the chance that Orlovsky finds Furrey and Calvin Johnson and maybe the Redskins could find themselves passing more than we expect.

Now you will ask yourselves – JT O’Sullivan? Is Santonio Holmes the one on dope, or is it Andrew? Ah, my friends, once again the answer is probably both. But O’Sullivan has a lot going for him. A bad defense across from him (29th vs the pass, 10 TDs so far to 1 INT). A new coach. A (potentially) unshackled Martz. A heckuva running back. Ike Bruce and Josh Morgan on the prowl. I love this matchup. If you were waiting for an excuse to start JT, this is the matchup to do it. Again the biggest negative is Gore might just go cukoo against an equally sad run D.

Finally I close with Kurt Warner. Yes, his matchup is not as tasty as some behind him – in fact it is pretty darned bad. But getting Boldin back (and I do believe he will play) to pair with Larry Fitz will make some hay against Carolina. Do I think he’ll throw 6 TDs? No. But I think this will be a game where his explosive offense will make some ground against a stallwart defense. Sometimes you need to go with your gut, even in the face of numbers. Warner has been able to get yards against some good defenses. I think he can again in Carolina.

Close but no top 5 ranking – I worry Drew Brees will not be able to fight the weather and that the absence of Bush could make it a tougher day than it otherwise should be….. Manning: The Peyton will have to throw – a lot – against a tough Tennessee run D and his numbers will be good because of it…. The Cowboys secondary is pretty shaky (although maybe improved without Roy Williams the Safety) and Jeff Garcia is startingto roll….. Big Ben Roethlisberger (even if VP candidates mangle his name like I used to) should attack the Giants at the weaker secondary (compared to the rush D of course – it’s all ugly in NY) and is on a hot streak right now. Holmes being out will hurt a bit though…….. Trent Edwards will have a good time against the 27th ranked pass Defense as well……

Quarterbacks

  1. Donovan McNabb, Eagles vs. Falcons
  2. Matt Schaub, Texans vs. Bengals
  3. Jason Campbell, Redskins at Lions
  4. J.T. O’Sullivan, 49ers vs. Seahawks
  5. Kurt Warner, Cardinals at Panthers
  6. Drew Brees, Saints vs. Chargers
  7. Peyton Manning, Colts at Titans
  8. Jeff Garcia, Buccaneers at Cowboys
  9. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers vs. Giants
  10. Trent Edwards, Bills at Dolphins
  11. Philip Rivers, Chargers vs. Saints
  12. Jake Delhomme, Panthers vs. Cardinals
  13. Eli Manning, Giants at Steelers
  14. Brett Favre, Jets vs. Chiefs
  15. Matt Cassel, Patriots vs. Rams
  16. David Garrard, Jaguars vs. Browns
  17. Chad Pennington, Dolphins vs. Bills
  18. Derek Anderson, Browns at Jaguars
  19. Kerry Collins, Titans vs. Colts
  20. Matt Ryan, Falcons at Eagles
  21. Brad Johnson, Cowboys vs. Buccaneers
  22. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bengals at Texans
  23. Marc Bulger, Rams at Patriots
  24. Joe Flacco, Ravens vs. Raiders
  25. JaMarcus Russell, Raiders at Ravens
  26. Dan Orlovsky, Lions vs. Redskins
  27. Seneca Wallace, Seahawks at 49ers
  28. Tyler Thigpen, Chiefs at Jets

WRs soonish.

QB Rankings for Week 7

We’re very pressed for time today as a few last minute things came up – so today there is no ranking explanation, just the rankings themselves. Sorry about that but weddings=chaos. If I get the chance this afternoon/evening will follow up these with a brief synopsis of each position but I can’t count on having the time.

Quarterback rankings

  1. Drew Brees, Saints at Panthers
  2. Jay Cutler, Broncos at Patriots
  3. Peyton Manning, Colts at Packers
  4. Brett Favre, Jets at Raiders
  5. Matt Schaub, Texans vs. Lions
  6. Eli Manning, Giants vs. 49ers
  7. Philip Rivers, Chargers at Bills
  8. Kyle Orton, Bears vs. Vikings
  9. Aaron Rodgers, Packers vs. Colts
  10. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers at Bengals
  11. Jake Delhomme, Panthers vs. Saints
  12. Trent Edwards, Bills vs. Chargers
  13. Jason Campbell, Redskins vs. Browns
  14. Matt Cassel, Patriots vs. Broncos
  15. Brad Johnson, Cowboys at Rams
  16. Kerry Collins, Titans at Chiefs
  17. Derek Anderson, Browns at Redskins
  18. Jeff Garcia, Buccaneers vs. Seahawks
  19. J.T. O’Sullivan, 49ers at Giants
  20. Gus Frerotte, Vikings at Bears
  21. Mark Bulger, Rams vs. Cowboys
  22. Chad Pennington, Dolphins vs. Ravens
  23. Dan Orlovsky, Lions at Texans
  24. Charlie Frye/Seneca Wallace, Seahawks at Buccaneers
  25. JaMarcus Russell, Raiders vs. Jets
  26. Joe Flacco, Ravens at Dolphins
  27. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bengals vs. Steelers
  28. Brodie Croyle, Chiefs vs. Titans

QB Rankings for Week 6

We’re a little pressed for time to get these out this week.

Kurt Warner may look like he has a poor matchup but the Cowboys’ secondary is not that good right now – and expect Warner to have to throw a lot to keep up with the Dallas offense…. Drew Brees could get one of his weapons back if Marques Colston comes back, but even without him, Brees should approach and/or surpass 300 this week again…… Back to Dallas, I expect Tony Romo to have a pretty big field day this week against a questionable secondary with Arizona……. The Jags should keep some pressure up on Jay Cutler, but he, Brandon Marshall and Brandon Stokley should put up some good numbers as the Jags secondary is also middling……. Jason Campbell doesn’t have a ton of huge games but I think he will this weekend against a sliding Rams team. Could even devolve into a shootout with Washington’s injuries to their defense…….

On the flip side, Carson Palmer will not start against the Jets so expect them to pressure Ryan Fitzpatrick into some mistakes and watch Darrelle Revis and Dwight Lowery have good days….. Neither QB for the Lions are on the list in part because I have no clue who will be playing and frankly don’t think it matters…..

Quarterbacks

  1. Kurt Warner, Cardinals vs. Cowboys
  2. Drew Brees, Saints vs. Raiders
  3. Tony Romo, Cowboys at Cardinals
  4. Jay Cutler, Broncos vs. Jaguars
  5. Jason Campbell, Redskins vs. Rams
  6. Donovan McNabb, Eagles at 49ers
  7. Brett Favre, Jets vs. Bengals
  8. Aaron Rodgers, Packers at Seahawks
  9. Eli Manning, Giants at Browns
  10. Philip Rivers, Chargers vs. Patriots
  11. Peyton Manning, Colts vs. Ravens
  12. David Garrard, Jaguars at Broncos
  13. Jake Delhomme, Panthers at Buccaneers
  14. Kyle Orton, Bears at Falcons
  15. Matt Schaub, Texans vs. Dolphins
  16. Gus Frerotte, Vikings vs. Lions
  17. Chad Pennington, Dolphins at Texans
  18. Marc Bulger, Rams at Redskins
  19. J.T. O’Sullivan, 49ers vs. Eagles
  20. Matt Hasselbeck, Seahawks vs. Packers
  21. JaMarcus Russell, Raiders at Saints
  22. Matt Cassel, Patriots at Chargers
  23. Matt Ryan, Falcons vs. Bears
  24. Jeff Garcia, Buccaneers vs. Panthers
  25. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bengals at Jets
  26. Derek Anderson, Browns vs. Giants
  27. Joe Flacco, Ravens at Colts

QB Rankings for Week 4

Rodgers is on fire and Tampa Bay’s defense is giving up 230+ yards through the air and five touchdowns. They are pressuring the quarterback however, so Rodgers may get hit, But the Oline is playing relatively well and I think Green Bay’s depleted and banged up secondary will allow Tampa Bay to move the ball, and force Rodgers to do the same to stay ahead.

Romo is playing excellent ball, though he has one brain freeze a week. Still that won’t kill him – nor you – this week as he will continue to be be on fire this week. The ‘Skins are coughing up just under 200 yards a game through the air – expect Tony Romo to surpass that as the Cowboys don’t match averages – they surpass them. Washington has been good at pressuring the QB, but Dallas’ Oline is outstanding, so Romo will have plenty of time to toss the rock this week

I have been ranking Cutler high all year – mostly the #1 spot – and this week is no different. The Chiefs’ pass rush is almost nonexistant and so is there rush defense. In fact, here’s a case where the pass defense looks better statistically than it is. People don’t throw a lot because they can run all day – thus the Chiefs have decent pass defense numbers. Cutler will throw and hit Marshall and Sheffler (and Royal) for some yards. He’ll tear the D up through the air and I just don’t have him ranked higher as he won’t have to. Theonly limit on his yards is the fact that Shanny will run the ball as often as he can and grind the clock out.

Phillip Rivers is heading to Oakland to visit a Raiders team that is just a huge mess, organizationally speaking. And don’t think that doesn’t affect performance on the field. They played better the last two weeks than they did against Denver in week 1, but still give up 200+ yards per game and have allowed four TDs so far. Like Cutler and Rodgers, Rivers has gone off the last few weeks and the Chargers need to beat the Raiders to stay afloat in the division. They will come out hard and while the corners in Oakland can play tough, they can be beat – especially DeAngelo Hall, who has had more than one lapse this season. Rivers could be limited by a big game from LaDainian Tomlinson, but wil lstill put up very good points.

Drew Brees is losing weapons by the bucketload – first Colston, now Shockey and perhaps David Patten. And yet, the ball gets moved through the air. If they could run block, he’d have a ceiling, but since they struggle there, Brees will air it out. The Saints are tough against the pass – only an average of 160 yards a game through the air. But Bush always breaks a long one on a screen and I think they will have problems containing him. Finally, the Saints secondary can be thrown on – at some point Brees may find himself playing catchup and this may degenerate into a shootout.

On the short end of the scale – Derek Anderson (19) may have a better than average game but one mistake and he could be yanked. Matt Schaub (18) is facing a resurgent Jags defense and is himself under scrutiny and could get the hook. Damon Huard (14) may only be a game manager but he can move the ball well and will make Dwayne Bowe and Tony Gonzalez owners happy. Avoid Trent Green (23) this week – the oline is the problem there and I worry Green may not make it out of the game. Injury woes and a bad team equals a nonstart in my world.

Quarterbacks

  1. Aaron Rodgers, Packers at Buccaneers
  2. Tony Romo, Cowboys vs. Redskins
  3. Jay Cutler, Broncos at Chiefs
  4. Philip Rivers, Chargers at Raiders
  5. Drew Brees, Saints vs. 49ers
  6. Kurt Warner, Cardinals at Jets
  7. Donovan McNabb, Eagles at Bears
  8. J.T. O’Sullivan, 49ers at Saints
  9. Carson Palmer, Bengals vs. Browns
  10. Trent Edwards, Bills at Rams
  11. Jason Campbell, Redskins at Cowboys
  12. Jake Delhomme, Panthers vs. Falcons
  13. David Garrard, Jaguars vs. Texans
  14. Damon Huard, Chiefs vs. Broncos
  15. Brett Favre, Jets vs. Cardinals
  16. Brian Griese, Buccaneers vs. Packers
  17. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers vs. Ravens
  18. Matt Schaub, Texans at Jaguars
  19. Derek Anderson, Browns at Bengals
  20. Kerry Collins, Titans vs. Vikings
  21. Matt Ryan, Falcons at Panthers
  22. Gus Frerotte, Vikings at Titans
  23. Trent Green, Rams vs. Bills
  24. Kyle Orton, Bears vs. Eagles
  25. JaMarcus Russell, Raiders vs. Chargers
  26. Joe Flacco, Ravens at Steelers