Mike Vick is back, and he looks better than ever as he moves up four spots in this week’s rankings. Though he mentioned that he would have to be more careful running the ball after the rib injury, he sustained earlier in the year, it certainly didn’t stop him from running all over the Colts’ defense.
Vick threw for a solid, but unspectacular 218 yards and one touchdown, but he added 74 yards and a touchdown on the ground, making him one of the highest scoring quarterbacks in the league last week. Though most critics would question his accuracy, Vick has not yet thrown an interception in 2010.
Also moving up four spots this week is another NFC East quarterback, Eli Manning, who is fresh off his best fantasy performance of the season. The younger Manning threw for 290 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions in the Giants’ blowout win over the Seahawks. He has now thrown for 12 touchdowns over his past four games and is well on his way to the best fantasy season of his career. With games left against the Cowboys and Jaguars, his best games may yet be in from of him.
Continuing his fall down the rankings this week is Texans quarterback Matt Schaub who has now thrown just three touchdown passes over his last four games, including three single-digit fantasy performances over that span. Schaub has tough matchups remaining against the Jets, Titans (twice), Ravens and Eagles before the end of the year. If he doesn’t turn things around this week against the Jaguars’ 31st ranked pass defense, it might be time to cut ties with this once thought-to-be elite fantasy quarterback.
Injuries to Matt Stafford and Matt Moore have their teams' quarterback positions in shambles. Though neither player was thought to be an elite fantasy quarterback, each of them was a considerably better option than their backups Shaun Hill and Jimmy Clausen.
Moore’s season is over while Stafford is still being evaluated, but initial reports don’t look good for the 2009 No. 1 overall draft choice. Clausen moves up 16 spots to 31st overall but isn’t even the guaranteed starter for the rest of the season as fellow rookie quarterback Tony Pike is nipping at his heels. Meanwhile, Shaun Hill moves up 18 spots and could be considered a spot-starter for the remainder of the year.
Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre finally got things going last week, throwing for a career-high 446 yards in the team’s come-from-behind win over the Arizona Cardinals. Though Favre did throw two early-game interceptions, he turned it on near the end of the game in typical Brett Favre fashion.
Though Randy Moss is gone, Favre will be getting his favorite target, Sidney Rice, back from injury some time soon. Rice has been ruled out for this weekend’s game but should be on the field next week when the Vikings face the Packers in a huge inner-division game.
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