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Hint: Three more TD passes will give him 300 in his career and tie him with John Elway for fifth-most in NFL history... yet he'll have done it in 72 less games (4.5 full seasons)!!!
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QB Player Rankings – Week 17
(All Games Are Played On Sunday, Jan. 1st)
Quarterbacks (Updated: Friday, Dec. 30 - 04:16PM CT)
1. Tom Brady (vs. Buf) – Tom Brady and the Patriots will be playing in one of the few truly meaningful games this Sunday, which is only part of the reason why I have the Stetson Man as my top-ranked QB for the week. First of all, with a victory over the Bills, the Pats will secure the all-important home-field advantage throughout the playoffs—an asset both Brady and Bill Belichick know very well to be valuable. Second, though maybe slightly less important, is the NFL Passing Yards record. I guarantee both Tommy and his coach know how close he is to snatching that record away from Drew Brees and Dan Marino. At this moment, Brady is 186 yards behind Brees in passing yards this season which might seem like a lot to overcome, but if the Saints decide to sit their starters in the second half of their game, it might not be. Strangely enough, this record could come down to how the St. Louis Rams play against the 49ers because if the ‘Niners lose and the Saints win, New Orleans will have themselves a first-round bye. If San Fran wins, however, the Saints will be locked into the three-seed. Since the ‘Niners should win that game, I expect Drew Brees to sit the second half out which would give Brady a shot at the record if he can toss up about 350 yards. Believe me; he’ll be gunning for it.
2. Cam Newton (@ NO) – Though this game means absolutely nothing to the Panthers, you can bet your ass it means something to Cam Newton. When a player first comes into the NFL as a rookie, numbers tend to mean a little more to them than they do to the veterans. From what I’ve seen out of Newton this year, stats seem to mean a little more to him than they do for the usual rookie so I expect him to do everything he can to pad them a little bit more in his final game of 2011—especially since he was kept off the Pro Bowl team (even though he says he doesn’t care)
3. Eli Manning (vs. Dal – Sunday Night) – This one’s for all the marbles, as they say. In probably the biggest game of 2011’s final weekend and certainly the most meaningful game of the season for the Giants, I expect Manning to come out gunning and not stop until the final whistle blows. In their first matchup just a few weeks ago in Dallas, Eli threw for 400 yards and two TDs en route to a 37-34 win for New York. Though it would turn out to be one of his best fantasy outputs of the year, Manning is certainly no stranger to doing well against Dallas as two of his top-four fantasy games last season were against Dallas as well. With this game expected to be a shootout as usual (this rivalry has averaged a combined 63.8 points the last five games), look for a big fantasy performance out of the NFC Pro Bowler.
4. Tony Romo (@ NYG – Sunday Night) – Everything usually gets tossed out the door when it comes to interdivisional rivalries like this, but you can’t ignore the fact that the Giants defense has allowed the fifth most fantasy points to opposing QBs this season, along with six 300-yard games and three four-TD games. One of those big games came just a few weeks ago when the Cowboys’ Tony Romo threw for 321 yards and four TDs against them. This should really be no shock at all to those who know Romo as out of six career games throwing for four or more TDs, three of them came against this same New York Giants team. In an excited end to the season for both teams, look for the baby-faced QB to have one last good one for his fantasy owners. Oh, and lastly, don’t worry about his bruised hand as most top athletes tend to play a little bit better when dealing with an injury.
5. Michael Vick (vs. Was) – This game may not look like it means anything but believe me, to Michael Vick and the Eagles, it does. After being dubbed the “Dream Team” due to all their high-profile signings in the off-season, Philly came out and pretty much fell flat on their face starting off the year with a 1-4 record. It hasn’t gotten much better since, but they at least have a chance to save face this Sunday by beating the Redskins and pulling off an even 8-8 record. Vick, too, crash-landed in 2011 as he’s fallen off in every statistical category from last season while disappointing his fantasy owners to no end. Yes, it seems he’s gotten a bit back on track over the last couple of weekends, but it’s likely been a little too late for most. That said, Vick’s pride will force him to do everything he can to end his (rotten) season on high note and soothe the Eagles management for extending him that 100 million dollar contract.
6. Matthew Stafford (@ GB)
7. Drew Brees (vs. Car) – *RISKY PLAY* - COULD SEE LESS THAN A FULL GAME OF ACTION
8. Matt Ryan (vs. TB) – *RISKY PLAY* - IF DETROIT WINS, THE FALCONS MAY TAKE HIM OUT EARLY
9. Philip Rivers (@ Oak)
10. Tim Tebow (vs. KC)
11. Carson Palmer (vs. SD) – SLEEPER CANDIDATE
12. Ryan Fitzpatrick (@ NE) – SLEEPER CANDIDATE
13. Kyle Orton (@ Den)
14. Dan Orlovsky (@ Jax)
15. Joe Flacco (@ Cin)
16. John Skelton (vs. Sea)
17. Christian Ponder (vs. Chi)
18. Andy Dalton (vs. Bal)
19. Mark Sanchez (@ Mia)
20. Ben Roethlisberger (@ Cle) – *RISKY PLAY* - COULD SEE A LITTLE MORE THAN ONE HALF OF ACTION
21. Matt Hasselbeck (@ Hou)
22. Matt Flynn (vs. Det) – SHOULD PLAY THREE QUARTERS OR MORE
23. Rex Grossman (@ Phi)
24. Josh Freeman (@ Atl)
25. Alex Smith (@ StL)
26. Matt Moore (vs. NYJ)
27. T.J. Yates (vs. Ten)
28. Tarvaris Jackson (@ Ari)
29. Josh McCown (@ Min)
30. Blaine Gabbert (vs. Ind)
31. Seneca Wallace (vs. Pit)
32. Aaron Rodgers (vs. Det) – LIKELY TO SEE NO MORE THAN ONE QUARTER OF ACTION
33. Kellen Clemens (vs. SF)
34. Joe Webb (vs. Chi)
35. Charlie Batch (@ Cle) – LIKELY TO SEE LESS THAN ONE HALF OF ACTION
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