Thrown into the fire
The news around the NFL this week is that rookie Jay Cutler will get the start at quarterback for Denver vs. the Seahawks Sunday. If week 12 was any indication, Cutler will do just fine as a fantasy quarterback. Rookies Matt Leinart and Vince Young were among the top-five scorers at quarterback this week. Leinart threw for 405 yards against a terrible Vikings pass defense. He's exceeded 200 passing yards in six of his seven starts, but has tossed nine interceptions on the season. Meanwhile, Young rallied the Titans from a 21-point fourth-quarter deficit against the Giants. He completed over 68 percent of his passes en route to 249 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Young also added 69 yards and a TD on the ground.
At the watering hole
Here's one to throw out there next time you're talking sports with your buddies. If you were an NFL GM and had your pick of any one of the three quarterbacks from the 2004 draft--Eli Manning, Ben Roethlisbeger and Philip Rivers--who would you take? I take Rivers first, then Roethlisberger, then Manning, but I think all three can still have great careers.
Not wasting any time
The play of Tony Romo has been a major reason I'm making a push for the playoffs in one league. The Cowboys quarterback threw for 309 yards and five touchdowns on Thanksgiving vs. the Buccaneers. He's posted nine touchdowns and one interception in his last four games. But more importantly, he's not wasting any time taking advantage of his new fame and is reportedly dating Jessica Simpson. Does Nick Lachey watch Cowboys games and root for Romo to get sacked on every play? And what about Romo's ex-girlfriend? She reportedly broke up with him right before he became the starter. Your girlfriend dumps you, and this leads to a better job and Jessica Simpson? Why can't this happen to regular guys?
Hot Brees in New Orleans
Drew Brees remains fantasy's hottest quarterback. He threw for 349 yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Falcons, and has now eclipsed the 300-yard mark in five straight games. What's more impressive is that Brees didn't have rookie receiver Marques Colston in the lineup Sunday. As long as Colston's not on the field, wide receiver Devery Henderson is a good start. He's posted 327 yards in the last two weeks.
Monday night recap
Shaun Alexander ran for 201 yards on 40 carries against the Packers Monday night. He missed six games in the middle of the season due to injury but should be a solid start the rest of the way. Meanwhile, the jury's out on Matt Hasselbeck. He threw three touchdowns and three interceptions against the Packers and completed less than 50 percent of his passes. Hasselbeck wasn't great when he was healthy in the beginning of the season, tossing seven INTs in Seattle's first four games.
100-yard rushing club: Alexander, Joseph Addai, Larry Johnson, Chester Taylor, Frank Gore, Brian Westbrook, Steven Jackson, LaDainian Tomlinson, Ladell Betts, Fred Taylor
100-yard receiving club: Larry Fitzgerald, Henderson, Anquan Boldin, Roy Williams, Chad Johnson, Marty Booker, Laveranues Coles, Jerricho Cotchery, Terrell Owens, Bernard Berrian
300-yard passing club: Leinart, Brees, David Carr, Romo