Well, this would usually be about the time I talk about what is going to happen this week in the NFL. Game of the week, interesting storylines and match-ups, that kind of thing. Well, the NFL hasn’t been delivering in recent weeks. The Bears/Giants Sunday night affair told the whole story didn’t it? And, this week they come back with the Eagles vs. the 49ers. That’s Kevin Kolb! The 0-4 Niners! Don’t miss it! I’ll be safely watching game 3 of the NLDS during that barn burner. Maybe I’ll click over during commercials, until Eastbound and Down comes on anyway. Instead of the usual football talk, I decided I’m going to break down the QBs for DA Fantasy. You see, there are all these online resources for actual fantasy football, but where do my guys go? I’m no genius, but I am well versed in poor quarterback play. So, to the players out there, here’s something to chew on. For those not playing, here’s the QBs you should avoid watching at all costs this weekend.
1. Todd Collins. Did you see Collins last week? First of all, he’s a statue. Secondly, you know how they say some Qbs can make all the throws? Collins can’t make any of them. Once the Panthers get used to his change-up, look out. Projected Key Stat: 3 Interceptions.
2. Max Hall. Hall is thrust into the spotlight in place of Derek Anderson (shed a tear). Hall has receivers to throw to, New Orleans hasn’t had the turnovers on defense like last year either. I don’t think they let the kid reach his full DA potential. Not this week. Also worried about a quick hook. Projected Key Stat: 11/25 passing.
3. Jimmy Clausen. So, Clausen and the Panthers are the favorites in this one? Wow. Hits keep coming for the hair product assassin, who loses Steve Smith this week. I’m not sure Clausen jangles the pick meter too often, but Julius Peppers may break him. Projected key stat: 2 lost fumbles.
4. Josh Freeman. One of the great natural talents in DA hasn’t had his breakout week of 2010 yet. I think that could change this week in Cincy. He already struggled against one AFC North team. This time on the road things get erratic. Projected key stat: 2 INTs
5. Ryan Fitzpatrick. Fitzy’s been dodging bullets for a couple of weeks here. The Jags should be riding high coming off a win against Indy, but when you are dealing with two teams that stink, momentum doesn’t matter. Bad things happen to the Bills. Like Fitzpatrick’s game this week. Projected key stat: 23/44 passing.
6. Bruce Gradkowski. The big bald fella has been a little disappointing by throwing the occasional touchdown and last week dipping into penalty yardage, but he’s no stranger to the pick. The AFC West has turned into a big mess, but the Chargers may have found a little groove last week. Bad news for the Al Davis gang. Projected key stat: 1 pick-6
7. Wallace/Delhomme. I personally hope Delhomme comes back this week, because no one looks more defeated on the football field than our favorite Cajun. The guy’s a mess. If it’s Wallace or Delhomme the problem is, the Browns offense has become Peyton Hillis. They need to loosen the collar on these gunslingers. Projected key stat Delhomme: 2 INTs. Wallace: 94 yards passing.
8. Vince Young. Vince is one of the many QBs who have been hard to figure out this season. The Cowboys defense started the season poorly, but did a nice job with the Texans. I think coming off a bye, at home, they’ll be ready for VY. In between handing off to Chris Johnson, Young drops a stink bomb. Projected Key Stat: 2 Turnovers.
9. Kevin Kolb. So, it’s been a year now since Kolb had a successful play from scrimmage? The guy is a nightmare out there. I think he’s just what the doctor ordered to get SF’s defense on track, and get them off the train to 0-16. Only problem is, he’ll probably be accurate and could throw for some yards. Good news? Kolb loves picks. Key Stat: 3 INTs
10. Matt Cassell. So, the Chiefs are 3-0. Weird. Does going into Indy and playing the biggest game in the franchise’s recent history seem like a spot where Cassell is going to step up? I didn’t think so. If the Colts defense had anything, I’d have Cassell shooting up this list. As is, he might accidentally throw for a score or two. Key Stat: 3 TO’s.
11. Shaun Hill
12. Alex Smith
13. Brett Favre
14. Mark Sanchez
15. Kyle Orton
16. Donovan McNabb