Somewhat Forgotten Quarterbacks
Tom Brady. Peyton Manning. Brett Favre. Tony Romo.
What do these four quarterbacks have in common? They all had amazing regular season, and are watching this weekend’s playoff games in anticipation of who they will face next week. They all had over 4000 yards passing and 28 TDs. They have received the lion’s share of the credit for their team’s success. However, they aren’t the only Quarterbacks who had amazing seasons.
Drew Brees – Brees is coming off three solid seasons, but he had career highs in both passing yards and passing TDs this year. He also had careers highs in attempts, completions, completion percentage, and unfortunately INTs. The best part for fantasy owners is he came on down the stretch.
Carson Palmer – I thought Carson Palmer was going to have an amazing season. I still think he was probably a better deal than Peyton Manning considering he probably went in the 3rd round while Manning may have gone in the 1st. Palmer’s TDs are down from the past two years, but he did throw for a career high 4131 yards this year. He was sacked 19 fewer times, which takes a little fear away from fantasy owners of their guy getting hurt. His team is a mess, but Palmer is the constant.
Matt Hasselbeck – Hasselbeck has had decent years in the past, but he realy stepped up his game this year going for career highs in passing yards, TDs, completions, and attempts. What’s sweet is, despite all of those attempts (562) he only threw 12 picks.
Ben Roethlisberger – His yardage wasn’t great (3154), but you have to figure in that he plays in Pittsburgh. However, he threw for 32 TDs, which was good for third in the league behind Brady and Romo and just ahead of Peyton. He had 14 more TDs than his previous career high.
Kurt Warner – Many figured a Arizona QB would have a solid season. I’m sure few thought it would be Kurt Warner. Despite playing in just 14 games this year, Warner threw for 3417 yards and 27 TDs. His 27 TDs is equal to the number of TDs he threw in his previous five seasons. Like Brees, he did a lot of damage down the stretch.
Out of Nowhere
Derek Anderson – If anyone tells you that they saw this coming, they are complete liars. I don’t even think Derek would have predicted that he’d throw for 3787 yards and 29 passing TDs and 3 rushing TDs. Those are Brett Favre numbers. Not 6th round draft picks that couldn’t make it in Baltimore. He faded a little down the stretch, which took away some of the warm and fuzzies that his fantasy owners felt, but come on. If you lucked into DA from the waiver wire, you truly found fantasy gold.