Friday, October 24, 2008

QB Rankings for Week 8

Hey folks - was hard to choose the top 5 order. Theer are a bunch of great matchups and some top 10 guys who could also have jumped up a few spots.

As I said on There It Is - The Jake Stevens Show on ESPN 1230 this morning (see the link to the right) I expect a very good game by the OG DMac (I call McFadden a pretender while Donovan is the contender so he gets the nickname). The Falcons like to give TDs away through the air and McNabb gets Westbrook and Curtis back. Looks good to me.

I almost went with Matt Schaub as #1. Love Schaub this week and am starting him in as many leagues as I own him. He's against a pretty unfortunate Bengals team - what could kibosh it, and what kept me from putting him first is, as bad as they are against the pass? They are worse vs the rush. So Steve Slaton could have a fine day as well and maybe they don't need to air it out as much and Schaub's numbers might be less than they could be.

Jason Campbell is also a great start with a great matchup. The Lions are just not good. Campbell may see a lot of Clinton Portis running between the tackles, but he should have plenty of time to get the ball to Moss, Cooley and Randel-El and compile some very good stats. There is always the chance that Orlovsky finds Furrey and Calvin Johnson and maybe the Redskins could find themselves passing more than we expect.

Now you will ask yourselves - JT O'Sullivan? Is Santonio Holmes the one on dope, or is it Andrew? Ah, my friends, once again the answer is probably both. But O'Sullivan has a lot going for him. A bad defense across from him (29th vs the pass, 10 TDs so far to 1 INT). A new coach. A (potentially) unshackled Martz. A heckuva running back. Ike Bruce and Josh Morgan on the prowl. I love this matchup. If you were waiting for an excuse to start JT, this is the matchup to do it. Again the biggest negative is Gore might just go cukoo against an equally sad run D.

Finally I close with Kurt Warner. Yes, his matchup is not as tasty as some behind him - in fact it is pretty darned bad. But getting Boldin back (and I do believe he will play) to pair with Larry Fitz will make some hay against Carolina. Do I think he'll throw 6 TDs? No. But I think this will be a game where his explosive offense will make some ground against a stallwart defense. Sometimes you need to go with your gut, even in the face of numbers. Warner has been able to get yards against some good defenses. I think he can again in Carolina.

Close but no top 5 ranking - I worry Drew Brees will not be able to fight the weather and that the absence of Bush could make it a tougher day than it otherwise should be..... Manning: The Peyton will have to throw - a lot - against a tough Tennessee run D and his numbers will be good because of it.... The Cowboys secondary is pretty shaky (although maybe improved without Roy Williams the Safety) and Jeff Garcia is startingto roll..... Big Ben Roethlisberger (even if VP candidates mangle his name like I used to) should attack the Giants at the weaker secondary (compared to the rush D of course - it's all ugly in NY) and is on a hot streak right now. Holmes being out will hurt a bit though........ Trent Edwards will have a good time against the 27th ranked pass Defense as well......

  1. Donovan McNabb, Eagles vs. Falcons
  2. Matt Schaub, Texans vs. Bengals
  3. Jason Campbell, Redskins at Lions
  4. J.T. O’Sullivan, 49ers vs. Seahawks
  5. Kurt Warner, Cardinals at Panthers
  6. Drew Brees, Saints vs. Chargers
  7. Peyton Manning, Colts at Titans
  8. Jeff Garcia, Buccaneers at Cowboys
  9. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers vs. Giants
  10. Trent Edwards, Bills at Dolphins
  11. Philip Rivers, Chargers vs. Saints
  12. Jake Delhomme, Panthers vs. Cardinals
  13. Eli Manning, Giants at Steelers
  14. Brett Favre, Jets vs. Chiefs
  15. Matt Cassel, Patriots vs. Rams
  16. David Garrard, Jaguars vs. Browns
  17. Chad Pennington, Dolphins vs. Bills
  18. Derek Anderson, Browns at Jaguars
  19. Kerry Collins, Titans vs. Colts
  20. Matt Ryan, Falcons at Eagles
  21. Brad Johnson, Cowboys vs. Buccaneers
  22. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Bengals at Texans
  23. Marc Bulger, Rams at Patriots
  24. Joe Flacco, Ravens vs. Raiders
  25. JaMarcus Russell, Raiders at Ravens
  26. Dan Orlovsky, Lions vs. Redskins
  27. Seneca Wallace, Seahawks at 49ers
  28. Tyler Thigpen, Chiefs at Jets
WRs soonish.

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