Quarterbacks Who Will Outperform Relative
To Their Draft Position And Recent Hype
Kyle Orton @ DET
Hears A Who is airing it out more, and Matt Forte is gaining respectable
yardage with the little dump-off passes. Against the Eagles he
notched three tds, and the Lions are the fifth worst against the
passing ff points allowed, so this would be a good week to start
Orton, especially if you’re looking for a bye week sub for Favre.
I’d take him over Matt Cassel if I were stuck.
Eli Manningv. SEA
At first glance Seattle has done a decent job at throttling opposing
QBs—until you realize they were Marc Bulger and a still-under-wraps
Trent Edwards. Eli has been uninspiring but efficient, doing what
is needed to win though not posting the relentless pyrotechnic
numbers of ff QB studs. This week at home he should put up a top
ten QB score when Seattle focuses its efforts on stopping the
vertically imposing Brandon Jacobs.
Matt Hasselbeck @ NYG
Hass is back—or at least as a decent QB#1 with the return of the
timeless Bobby Engram and the soon-to-be-carted-off-the-field-once-again
Deion Broken Branch. Even against the sturdy G-men he’ll record
Brian Griese@ DEN
To borrow from the Buddhists: Playing Griese this week will be
as hazardous as plucking a diamond off a rattlesnake’s head.
Against a pass rush seemingly composed of large men frantically
waving their hands about in the air and not much else, Griese
should find his wide receivers even if he were blindfolded and
meditating on counting the beats of a hummingbird’s wings
in a windstorm. He pitches two tds this week.
Matt Ryan @ GB
As expected, the rook has had his share of poor performances…with
the occasional gem thrown in to promise better things down the
road. He faces a Green Bay team with a wounded secondary. While
still a very risky pick, in deeper leagues Ryan just might be
worth a shot.
Quarterbacks Who Will Under Perform
Relative To Their Draft Position And Recent Hype
Jon Kitna v. CHI
The Bears will be on Kitna early and often unless Rudi Johnson
can find some running room. I don’t think it’s going to happen.
Kerry Collins @ BAL
Collins has been a superb game manager but even the savvy vet
won’t put up starter’s numbers against the Ravens.
David Garrard v. PIT
He has had one great game this year and nothing else. He has no
chance of breaking 200 yards and a TD.
Damon Huard @ CAR
Probably the least likely candidate on this list. You picked him
up off the wire as a bye week replacement and the Panthers haven’t
done anything against quality QBs. But the Panthers will find
an answer for a suddenly-viable Larry Johnson, and Huard will