Lots of good to great passing games to talk about with the duds thrown in on top. Lets get to it.
Kevin Kolb: 23/29 for 326 yards with 3 TD’s and 1 INT. Wow what a game. Is there another WB controversy in Philadelphia? Andy Reid is on record as saying the job is Michael Vick’s when he gets back and he was the one who pushed Kolb aside in the first place with stellar play of his own. For now take Reid at his word and forget about Kolb for now. Vick will return next week and there really is no reason to keep him around despite the nice run.
Matt Ryan: 23/42 for 250 yards with 2 TD’s and 1 INT. Ryan is having a good season but he seems to leave fantasy football owners wanting more. The yardage hasn’t been great and the TD’s vanish at times but he has been solid. Just not a top fantasy QB.
Colt McCoy: 23/33 for 281 yards with 1 TD and 2 INT’s. It was baptism by fire for the rookie McCoy and all things considered, the kid did all right against arguably the best defense in the league. McCoy is not to be owned in any type of fantasy football league but got to give the kid his props.
Ben Roethelisberger: 16/27 for 257 yards with 3 TD’s and 1 INT. Its like he never left. Roethlisberger once again reminded the fantasy football community that he is a sure fire QB 1 and is looking like a real weapon for the remainder of the year. Those that took the late round flier on him did very well here.
Matt Hasselbeck: 25/40 for 242 yards with 1 TD and 0 INT’s. Hasselbeck used to be a top ten fantasy football QB but no longer. He can still get it done in spurts and I wouldn’t object if he is used as a bye week but anything more than that would be a disservice to your team’s prospects of winning.
Jay Cutler: 17/39 for 290 yards with 0 TD’s and 0 INT’s. The rose if off the bloom when it comes to Cutler who has not had a fantasy football worthy game since Week 3. Things have gone all downhill from there and you have to wonder if he will revert back to the mistake prone rebel he was now that the offense is not clicking with Mike Martz.
Aaron Rodgers: 18/33 for 313 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT including a 4 yard rushing TD. Rodgers had a good game but he hasn’t been the every week fantasy football scoring bonanza he was the last two years. No doubt the season ending injuries to Jermichael Finley and Ryan Grant have hurt his production but it was good to see him rediscover Greg Jennings which will help save his numbers. He is still a top 3 QB in talent so stay the course here.
Chad Henne: 23/39 for 231 yards with 2 TD and 1 INT. Slowly but surely with Henne who I still like long term but who has taken longer to get his feet firmly planted than I originally projected. It was a nice effort here but he is not worth using other than as a bye week fill in until he shows more consistency.
Eli Manning: 20/30 for 177 yards with 2 TD and 0 INT. Manning has been a TD machine this season but the picks have held him back from elite fantasy football status. This was a step in the right direction and the weapons are there for Manning to continue piling up the numbers. If you are in need of a QB, offer a trade to the Manning owner in your league. You can still probably get him cheap and he will provide tremendous value.
Shaun Hill: 9 /15 for 91 yards with 1 TD and 0 INT. Hill was having a nice start once again but he exited with a broken bone in his non-throwing shoulder which was a really tough break (pardon the pun) as he was providing very good fantasy football numbers playing for the injured Matthew Stafford. Stafford himself should be back soon which all but eliminates the value of Hill going forward who is going to be out for a bit anyway.
Drew Stanton: 19/34 for 222 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT. It was a nice effort for Stanton in relief of Hill but he is not worth thinking about.
Drew Brees: 21/32 for 263 yards with 3 TD’s and 1 INT. Welcome back Brees as this was his first HUGE game in a few weeks. The Saints passing game has been surprisingly inept lately but this goes to show you how awesome Brees can be when things are going right.
Josh Freeman: 25/43 for 219 yards with 1 TD and 0 INT. Looking at the score you had to think Freeman was awful with a few picks but he was anything but. He got no help from his running back which made things difficult in the passing game but this guy has tremendous potential. Don’t sleep on him next season.
Philip Rivers: 22/37 for 249 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT. Rivers is now possibly going to be down both TE Antonio Gates and WR Malcom Floyd so if you are an owner, it could be tough sledding for a bit. This team is a mess right now and I would actually advise you to see what you can get for him as his name still carries weight.
Sam Bradford: 18/31 for 198 yards with 1 TD and 0 INT. Nice comeback game for Bradford after having his worst game as a pro last week but he is not worth using as a fantasy football QB until next season when he will definitely be viable. Still on board with the notion this man will be a star soon.
Matt Cassell: 20/29 for 201 yards with 3 TD and 0 INT. Great game for Cassell but you all know how I feel about him. He is a perpetual tease who will mix in a game like this after two or three straight mediocre ones. Nor worth the time or effort.
Matt Schaub: 25/33 for 305 yards with 2 TD and 0 INT. Schuab has been MIA most of the year but this was a very good game for him and his fantasy football owners. He still has time to yield the top numbers owners expected when they drafted him.
Joe Flacco: 27/35 for 285 yards with 2 TD and 0 INT. I wrote some glowing posts on Flacco in the preseason about how I thought he was going to be a QB 1 in fantasy football this season and maybe even get close to the top of the heap. Well he made me look like a fool early one but the last month he has been awesome like I expected. Right now I would trade Philip Rivers straight up for him.
Tom Brady: 27/44 for 292 yards with 1 TD and 2 INT. The trade of WR Randy Moss makes me very nervous when it comes to Brady as a I have a personal interest here since he is my QB 1 in my PPR money league. Luckily I moved my team to 4-2 yesterday despite not much help from him. Its too early to overreact to the mediocre game without Moss as the Ravens are one of the best defenses in the league. Wait another week to see what transpires. Ultimately I think he will be just fine as this is the same man who won a Super Bowl with David Patten and Troy Brown as his two starting WR’s.
Jason Campbell: 8/21 for 83 yards with 0 TD’s and 2 INT’s. This will rank right up there with one of the worst passing performances of the season and Campbell is having an awful season. He showed some promise in Washington but he is nothing but a mess right now. Stay far away.
Alex Smith: 16/33 for 196 yards with 2 TD’s and 0 INT’s. Speaking of messes, Smith actually enjoyed a decent day. His accuracy was poor but the two TD’s and no picks were good. I still wouldn’t touch the guy with your team if I were playing you.
Kyle Orton: 14/34 for 209 yards with 1 TD and 0 INT. I told you to steer clear of Orton against the Jets this week and you saw why. Orton is having a Pro Bowl season however so get him right back out there next week.
Mark Sanchez: 17/30 for 198 yards with 1 TD and 2 INT. We all knew Sanchez was not going to finish the year without throwing INT’s and I still get the feeling the bottom will fall out soon. I just don’t like him as much as others do. Granted I will say that he has played very well but this is still a run first team. Use him but only if the right matchups.
Brett Favre: 14/19 for 118 yards with 1 TD and 0 INT’s. Thought for sure that Favre would have a bigger day that this as he continues to play less than solid football. I guess we cant be too surprised since the man is 41 years old but the drop from last season has been steep. Sidney Rice is getting healthy however and when you combine him with Randy Moss and Percy Harvin, you could have a scary offense to which Favre could put up huge numbers. Hold him on your bench for that reason.
Peyton Manning: 25/38 for 307 yards with 2 TD’s and 0 INT. I have always resisted the idea that Drew Brees or even Aaron Rodgers should be drafted ahead of Manning the last two years. I chose instead to stick with old reliable and I truly have run out of adjectives to describe how awesome he is.
Donovan McNabb: 29/45 for 246 yards with 1 TD and 2 INT. McNabb has been solid but not spectacular….pretty much what he has been the last 5 years or so. Best left as a matchup play, McNabb wont kill you but wont win you your league either.