Week Six Quarterback Rankings
1. Tom Brady @ Cowboys – With Peyton Manning on bye, the top spot on these rankings could have gone a few different ways. Brady claims it because of his ridiculous consistency, as he’s tossed at least three scores in every game this season. Dallas has a quality defense, but its one weakness is the deep passing game, something Brady and Randy Moss will exploit.
2. Carson Palmer @ Chiefs – In his last outing, Palmer didn’t have his greatest game. Fantasy owners out there probably haven’t forgotten that. Still, Palmer is one of the best, if not the best fantasy quarterback in the league. He has all the weapons he’ll need to beat the Chiefs’ defense.
3. Tony Romo vs. Patriots – What in the world was that? I’ve seen high school quarterbacks play better than Romo did against the Bills. I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt, here. Maybe he was out on a hot date the night before. Whatever the case, Romo has had four great games and one bad one. He should have plenty of chances to pass against the Patriots.
4. Kurt Warner vs. Panthers – Not that I was rooting for Warner to become the top man for the Cardinals, but I’m not exactly shedding tears about Matt Leinart’s demise. Warner is no slouch, and he’ll put up fantastic results for as long as he’s healthy. It would help if Anquan Boldin got back on the field.
5. Brett Favre vs. Redskins – Ride the wave. Favre is having a rebirth this season thanks to excellent wide out play and terrible running back play. He has become one of the most consistent fantasy producers as well, so keep playing Favre until it doesn’t work.
6. Eli Manning @ Falcons – Despite Plaxico Burress being hampered by injury (as he is every second of his life it seems), Manning is quietly having a strong season. If Burress could stay healthy, he and Manning would have a shot at becoming a top five quarterback-to-wide-out combination.
7. Derek Anderson vs. Dolphins – Anderson, Braylon Edwards and Kellen Winslow have become quite the triplet. Miami is their next victim, and considering Matt Schaub nearly passed for 300 yards against them, the Browns offense has a number of good plays in this game.
8. Philip Rivers vs. Raiders – Before last season, the Chargers’ offense seemed to have oscillation issues. LaDainian Tomlinson would destroy opponents. Teams would then sell out to stop Tomlinson and they would be torched by the San Diego passing game. Then defenses sat back a little and the process would start all over again. What I’m saying here is that Rivers will be under more pressure this week, which should open up the running game.
9. Matt Hasselbeck vs. Saints – No team is worse against the pass than the Saints. They’ve allowed a league-worst six plays of more than 40 yards. Enter Hasselbeck, who will be without phenom Deion Branch. Okay, that’s not the biggest loss in the world, but it does temper my expectations somewhat.
10. David Garrard vs. Texans – Garrad has flown under the radar, but he has been a fantasy factor. Sort of. He’s tossed a touchdown pass in each game this year, and has no interceptions. That’s not bad at all. Okay, he probably isn’t winning you games, but he isn’t losing them for you either. Sometimes, that’s all a fantasy squad can ask for.
11. Donovan McNabb @ Jets – The Jets aren’t competent at stopping the pass, so the Eagles should be able to take advantage. Unfortunately, few teams are in more disarray at the moment than Philly. That makes this ranking fairly tough. McNabb could easily go for 300 yards or just 150. He could throw three touchdowns or three interceptions. Good luck to those that go with McNabb.
12. Damon Huard vs. Bengals – He appears to be healthy for the moment, so he should get the starting nod against the porous Bengals’ defense. This is good news as well for Dwayne Bowe. Huard knows where his bread is buttered. Or something like that.
13. Gus Frerotte @ Ravens – I can’t believe I wrote that name.
14. Vince Young @ Bucs – The Bucs’ defense has played extremely well and, starting an inexperienced quarterback, no matter how talented, doesn’t excite me at all.
15. Jason Campbell @ Packers – Campbell has been inconsistent, but has put together some factor games. That doesn’t mean you should rush to start the former Auburn quarterback, but he isn’t the worst back-up plan.