Our top 5 fantasy quarterbacks for the week look more like the finalists for the league MVP. Tom Brady was sensational on MNF with 4 TDs and 372 yards in a thumping of the Minnesota Vikings. Drew Brees overshadowed his 3 INTs with 3 TDs and a whopping 383 yards...but most of his yardage and points came late as New Orleans found themselves down 21-0 and 35-7 in the eventual loss to the Baltimore Ravens. With a nearly perfect 2nd half performance, Peyton Manning led drive after drive against the previously stout Denver Broncos defense...Manning amassed 345 yards and 3 TDs in the last second win. Michael Vick continued his drive toward MVP consideration with another top performance...Vick through for nearly 300 yards and 3 TDs, but was throttled down to 55 rushing yards in the win over the Cincinnati Bengals on the road. Chicago Bears QB Rex Grossman redeemed himself with 3 TDs in a Bears thrashing over the San Francisco 49ers. Baltimore Ravens QB Steve McNair overcame injury questions and led his team with 3 total touchdowns in a convincing win over the New Orleans Saints on the road. Seneca Wallace replaced injured Seattle Seahawks QB Matt Hasselbeck...Wallace looked better than expected in his 3 TD throws, but Seahawks still lost the game to the Kansas City Chiefs. Sage Rosenfels came in unexpectedly for struggling Houston Texans QB David Carr...Rosenfels threw for 3 TDs in the loss to the Tennessee Titans. Marc Bulger threw for much of his yardage and his two TDs in the 4th quarter after being down to the San Diego Chargers. Cincinnati Bengals QB Carson Palmer was adequate with 2 TDs, but the Atlanta Falcons were superior on the scorboard. Damon Huard somehow played and got the win over the Seahawks...Huard threw for over 300 yards and a TD in the effort.
*Manning also completed a 2 pt. conversion to Wayne
**Vick added 55 rushing yards on 9 carries
WOW! Larry Johnson is either winning his fantasy owners a win by himself or he's helping them to set league scoring records...LJ had 181 yards and 4 (FOUR) TDs against the Seahawks in week 8. LaDainian Tomlinson isn't too far behind LJ...LT2 went for 240 total yards and 3 TDs for his owners (imagine owning both LJ and LT2 this week!). Denver's Mike Bell filled in for Tatum Bell (turf toe during game) and filled in nicely with 136 rushing yards (9 ypc) and 2 TDs in the loss to the Colts. Green Bay Packers RB Ahman Green combined for 133 total yards and 2 TDs in the win over the Arizona Cardinals. Steven Jackson is 4th in total yardage behind LT2, LJ, and Tiki...SJax had 139 and a score in week 8. Chicago Bears RB Thomas Jones split carries with backup Cedric Benson, but Jones had the better totals with 134 total yards and a TD. Reuben Droughns ran for 125 yards and a TD against the Jets in a win for the Cleveland Browns. Marion Barber made the most of his 10 touches for the Dallas Cowboys...2 of them went for touchdowns. Willie Parker combined for 111 total yards and a TD for the Steelers, but the result of the game was the 2nd consecutive win for the Oakland Raiders. RB Edgerrin James got his much needed 100 plus total yards and a TD, but the Cardinals lost again - this time to the Packers. Julius Jones led the Cowboys with 92 rushing yards and a TD. DeShaun Foster gained some decent yardage and TD. Wali Lundy, Joseph Addai, Frank Gore, Jamal Lewis, Vernand Morency, and Mewelde Moore all had 100 yards or more in week 8, but none were able to find the endzone.
Reggie Wayne was clearly the man in the receiving corps for Indy on Sunday with 10 grabs for 138 yards and 3 TDs....and for those who doubted my 1A designation (over Harrison as 1B), Wayne is 38 for 642 and 5 TDs to Harrison's 44 for 553 and 3 TDs on the season - both better than respectable. Saints WR Marques Colston had most of his yardage and 2 TDs in garbage time against the Ravens - Colston is now tied for 2nd in TDs on the year. Joe Horn has become the secondary target in New Orleans, but second wasn't so bad in week 8 as Horn produced with 126 yards and a TD. New York Giants WR Plaxico Burress continued with his brilliant grabs...Burress had 86 yards on 7 catches with a score in week 8. Reche Caldwell was one of 10 Brady receivers to catch the ball on MNF...Caldwell was one of the lucky ones to get a TD. Chris Henry continues to surprise (when he's not suspended)...Henry caught 5 for 81 yards and a TD in the Bengals loss to the Falcons. Kevin Curtis caught 7 for 79 and a TD for the Rams. Superstar WR Steve Smith scored his TD on the ground in week 8. Andre Johnson continues to lead the league in receptions and receiving yardage - Andre caught 9 for 78 yards and a TD on Sunday. Chad Johnson got into the endzone on Sunday and didn't have to shave his mohawk.Eddie Kennison, Terrell Owens, and Isaac Bruce all had over 100 receiving yards, but none of the trio made it across the goalline.
*Wayne added a 2 pt. conversion catch from Manning
**Smith added 24 rushing yards on 1 carry for his lone TD
Owen Daniels impressed for the 2nd straight week...this time with 9 grabs for 99 yards and 2 touchdowns for fantasy owners fortunate enough to notice last week's TD performance and capitalize upon the effort. Desmond Clark also continues to impress for the Bears...Clark also had 2 TD grabs and added 86 receiving yards for his owners. Ben Watson was one of ten New England receivers with a catch on MNF...Watson had 7 for 95 and a TD. Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten was a key part to the Cowboys win over the Panthers on SNF...Witten caught 6 for 80 yards and a TD. Kellen Winslow Jr. has the physical ability and now seemingly has the right offensive coordinator to cultivate his talents...Winslow caught 7 for 76 yards and a TD in the Browns win over the Jets. Alge Crumpler didn't have 3 TDs like he had last week, but he did have one and helped Atlanta to defeat the Bengals on the road. Tony Gonzalez went for over 100 yards without a score. David Martin and Todd Heap each had 40+ yards and a TD in week 8. Dallas Clark and Antonio Gates both had nice games with decent yardage, but neither was able to find the endzone.
News and Notes - Ben Roethlisberger played after suffering a concussion in week 7, but Big Ben threw 4 INTs and the Superbowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers lost their 5th game to go 2-5 for the season...The undefeated Indianapolis Colts go on the road to New England in week 9 to play the Patriots for home field advantage in the AFC...The Chicago Bears scored 41 first half points to take a lead of 41-0 against the San Francisco 49ers on the road - WOW! (the Bears are for real, but face the NY Giants and NE Patriots in the near future)...The Denver Broncos allowed just 44 yards though their first 6 games prior to allowing Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts to lay 34 upon them in week 8...QB Trent Green remains on track to start week 10...Tony Romo looked like a leader in the Dallas win over the Panthers on SNF...Fantasy QB leader to date - Donovan McNabb (2312 passing yds 16 TDs / 200 rushing yds 3 TDs)...Fantasy RB leader to date - LaDainian Tomlinson (656 rushing yds 9 TDs / 303 receiving yds 2 TDs / 1 passing TD)...Fantasy WR leader to date - Torry Holt (574 receiving yds 7 TDs)...Fantasy TE leader to date - Alge Crumpler (383 receiving yds 5 TDs)
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