Who's more important than the quarterback in your fantasy league? Dan Carpenter. But if you aren't the Nostrafantasypus, you better have picked a good quarterback. Hopefully you weren't like me and thought Brett Favre had one more season in him.
There have been a few huge surprises this season. Who would have have thought that Michael Vick could actually throw the ball? He was a bad passing quarterback in Atlanta, but he's amazing this season. And who would have thought that Phillip Rivers could do so much with so little?
Anyway, these are the guys to start this weekend.
Quite simply, without any wide receivers, Phillip Rivers has been the best quarterback in the league this year. He’s put up monstrous numbers and kept his team in every game—bringing them back from among the league’s dregs to contending for an AFC West title. His team has the fourth most points in the AFC, and he’s done it with no running game.
This Monday, he plays against the Denver Broncos—the same Denver Broncos that gave up nearly 60 points to the Oakland Raiders. He should put up huge points Monday.
Peyton Manning is Peyton Manning. Even without several top targets, he’ll find a way to beat the Patriots. He’s been a little bit below average—that is, his average. He’ll bring it together this weekend and embarrass the Patriots.
Manning is probably the best quarterback in the league at making something out of nothing. He’ll take his team to the playoffs year in and year out. This year is no exception.
What is there to say about this guy? He’s amazing. He has a quick release, cannon for an arm, and is the most mobile quarterback in the league. For the first time in his career he has a 100+ quarterback ranking.
The guy is amazing, and his comeback has been successful so far. Hopefully he can continue it this weekend against the Giants.
Aaron Rodgers throws the prettiest spiral in football. Even better for him, he faces the hapless Vikings, who can’t buy a win. This should be a big weekend for him.
Don’t the 49ers feel stupid for not drafting him?
Somehow, someway, Kyle Orton has outplayed the man he was traded for, Jay Cutler. Orton’s Broncos have the second best passing offense in the league, after trading their best wide receiver Brandon Marshall.
San Diego has a pretty good defense, or Orton would be ranked higher. They’re third against the pass. Who will come out on top?
Drew Breeeeezzzz. He’s not as good as he was last year, but he’s still Drew Breeeeezzzzz. He’s facing a pretty mediocre defense in the Seattle Seahawks.
Tom Brady is the model of consistency, but hasn’t been as good since Randy Moss left. But he still has Wes Welker and Bill Belichick, who no doubt will have a trick or two up his sleeve against the Colts.
Somehow, David Garrard has been the second best quarterback in the league this year—in terms of passer rating. Plus he gets to play against the Browns. Fun combination.
His play last week made all the highlight reels—throwing to Mike Thomas in the end zone with no time left on the clock. But he’s been a great QB outside of that play as well. Look for fireworks.
The Flacstar plays the awful Carolina Panthers. However, they are pretty good against the pass. Either way, Joe Flacco will put up pretty good numbers and make the Panthers look silly.
Oh, Jay Cutler. I can’t decide what to think of you. You have the strongest arm in the league, but seem to only be able to find other teams defensive backs. Somehow, the Chicago Bears are still competitive. Why can’t you be consistent?!?