Posted: 8:20 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013
By Scottie Gerhart
The quarterback position continues to produce some great point totals but a few highly drafted quarterbacks have started off slowly to start 2013. Now, I'm not one to recommend overreacting to a slow start because we're only two games into a sixteen game season. There is a lot of football left to be played my friends. On the other hand, who wants to be left holding a poor producing quarterback, when other owners are going to the waiver wire and snagging a hot quarterback. Let's examine four situations.
Tom Brady and the Patriots have been synonymous with high scoring fantasy passing numbers for the last few seasons. He is usually one of the first quarterbacks picked after Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers. His fantasy numbers thus far though have placed him outside the top 20 fantasy quarterbacks. The losses of Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez have affected his numbers more than it seemed they would. Of course, Welker and Hernandez will not be returning to the Patriots anytime soon but Gronk's return is within sight. New England's replacement for Welker, Danny Amendola, has also been out of action. He will hopefully return within the next few weeks. I think Brady will bounce back strong over the next month and a half but I don't think this passing offense will be as prolific as past seasons. If there are owners in your league that covet Brady, wait until mid to late October and then sell high.
The Panthers offense has been ugly and that has crushed Cam Newton's production. In the past, his owners benefited from at least his rushing yards and touchdowns. Thus far those sources of points have dried up. They face the Giants this week. In this matchup last year, Newton looked lost and performed very poorly. Following that game, they have their bye. I really like Newton and his skill set but 2013 is not looking like his year. I'm circling his Week 6 matchup against Minnesota as a big game for him. If the Newton's output continues to sputter leading up to that game, start him in Week 6 and then cut your losses.
Tony Romo was the poster boy for waiting on a quarterback. He hasn't been super bad but his points certainly need to increase. It hasn't been all his fault, as it seems the coaches need to balance the offense and open up vertically in the passing game. I really like the way the schedule falls for Romo and recommend sticking with him. There are a few troublesome spots but those should be easily dealt with by savvy owners.
Russell Wilson was usually one of the first ten quarterbacks drafted this year. He had a decent opener against Carolina and then faced the tough 49ers defense last week. I think Wilson's totals will get stronger as the season progresses. The schedule sets up very nicely. I also think he'll be involved more on the ground which should pad his stats with some rushing touchdowns. Don't give up on Wilson, be patient.
My sleeper this week is Eli Manning. His point totals don't really reflect what he's done so far this season because of his interceptions. He's thrown for 812 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions. A visit to Carolina is just what is needed. With the Giants running game still getting sorted out, Eli should torch the Panthers for at least 330 yards and three touchdowns.
Here are the top five quarterbacks for passing touchdowns:
And the top five quarterbacks for passing yards:
1. Aaron Rodgers - 813
2. Eli Manning - 812
3. Peyton Manning - 769
4. Drew Brees - 679
5. Matt Ryan - 678
Quick Notes: Blaine Gabbert will likely miss the Jaguars game this week against Seattle....Brandon Weeden will likely sit out Cleveland's game against Minnesota this week. Jason Campbell will likely get the start.....The Washington Redskins will not replace Robert Griffin III with Kirk Cousins as long as Griffin is healthy.....
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