It's a little early for me to get into baseball mode, so I thought we'd do a week or two of wrapping up the 2007 fantasy football season. I thought about doing this after the regular season ended, but I figured Baltimore football fans were too focused on the Ravens. After last week's loss to the Colts, most fans are either A.) done with football until we get closer to free agency and the draft, B.) putting all their energy behind the Patriots this weekend or C.) cutting off Mayflower trucks on the beltway.
At any rate, I thought this would be a good time to wrap up the season. We'll start with the quarterbacks and then move on to the other positions. Here are your top-10 scorers at QB for 2007:
1. Peyton Manning
2. Drew Brees
3. Marc Bulger
4. Michael Vick
5. Carson Palmer
6. Tom Brady
7. Jon Kitna
8. Donovan McNabb
9. Philip Rivers
10. Brett Favre
Manning ended up with 31 touchdowns and led the AFC with 4,397 yards. 2006 was the first time in his career that Manning was picked off less than 10 times. What put him over the top was four rushing touchdowns, which were more than he had in the previous four years combined. He will be the first QB off the board in 2007 drafts.
Brees was undoubtedly the surprise, having led the NFL with 4,418 yards, and he threw only five passes in the Saints' meaningless regular-season finale against the Panthers. Going into the 2006 season, I thought the change of scenery, the shoulder surgery and the weak offensive line would spell doom for Brees, but he proved me wrong with a spectacular year. He had a stretch in the middle of the season where he threw for over 300 yards in five straight games.
Bulger was great for the Rams, setting career-highs with 4,301 yards and 24 touchdowns. Maybe more impressive is that he threw just eight interceptions.
Palmer and Brady delivered as expected. Kitna was a surprise with 4,208 yards, but he threw 22 interceptions. McNabb finished at No. 8 despite having played only seven games. And Rivers had a strong showing in his first year as a full-time starter.
Many expected Jake Delhomme to have a big season, but the Panthers quarterback finished 20th among quarterbacks (he did miss three games). He threw 17 touchdowns and 11 interceptions as Carolina finished as one of the league's most disappointing teams. How much worse would Delhomme's numbers have been without Steve Smith?
Matt Hasselbeck matched a career-high with 15 interceptions even though he played in only 12 games. Hasselbeck threw for 203.5 yards per game, his lowest average since 2001. Last year's other Super Bowl quarterback Ben Roethlisberger led the NFL with 23 interceptions.
And then there were those that didn't even finish the season as starters: Drew Bledsoe, Jake Plummer, Kurt Warner, and Mark Brunell.
Questions going forward
What was in Michael Vick's water bottle, and did it have an effect on his numbers this season?
Will Brett Favre be back?
Can Vince Young build on his impressive rookie campaign?
Where should Matt Leinart and Jay Cutler be drafted next year?
Can Tony Romo bounce back mentally from botching the hold in Dallas' playoff loss?