1. Tom Brady (NE) – There is not a better fantasy QB out there. Start him and hope the weather cooperates!
2. Drew Brees (NO) – He has thrown 8 TD’s and only 1 interception in his last 3 games. Brees is on fire once again, and a struggling 24th ranked Arizona pass defense that has allowed 21 passing TD’s this season will not be able to contain him. Brees is a must start.
3. Tony Romo (DAL) – In week 9 at Philadelphia, Romo completed 20 of 25 passes for 324 yards, 3 TD’s and 1 interception. He could surpass those numbers against the Eagles at home in week 15.Romo is a no brainer for your starting line up.
4. Peyton Manning (IND) – In his last 3 games, Manning has thrown 11 TD passes and only 2 interceptions. He is looking at a tough match up on the road this week against Oakland’s 5th ranked pass defense, but he is back on track, and should supply fantasy owners with a great effort. You can not afford to have him off your starting roster.
5. Brett Favre (GB) – After a solid week 14 performance, Favre appears to have no ill effects from his injured elbow and shoulder. He could be in line for a huge week15 against a mediocre Rams pass defense.
6. Kurt Warner (ARI) – He throws far too many interceptions, but he usually makes up for it with stellar yardage and TD totals. Warner should excel this week against the Saints 29th ranked pass defense. New Orleans has allowed 23 passing TD’s this season, only 3 other teams have allowed more. Only 5 teams have fewer interceptions than the Saints. Warner is a must start this week.
7. Derek Anderson (CLE) – He has been a pleasant surprise all season, but he has been exceptionably good at home. In week 15, Anderson will face the 28th ranked pass defense of the Buffalo Bills. He should be able to continue his successful run at home without difficulty.
8. Matt Hasselbeck (SEA) – He absolutely toasted the Arizona secondary last week throwing for 272 yards and 4 TD’s. This week he will face Carolina’s 12th ranked pass defense. While that ranking is fairly solid, the Panthers were torched by the Jags last week, and have allowed 10 TD passes in their last 5 games. Hasselbeck should stay hot in week 15.
9. Jeff Garcia (TB) – He should be back in the starting line up this week, and this should prove to be a great week for him to be there. Garcia does not typically put up monster numbers, but this week could be different. He faces an Atlanta pass defense that ranks 20th with a bullet pointing downward. The Falcons have been torched through the air in their last 3 games, and they are a team in disarray after losing head coach Bobby Petrino earlier this week. We like Garcia’s chances for a big game.
10. Marc Bulger (STL) – He has been cleared to play, and will start for the Rams in week 15. He has had a roller coaster season with more dips than climbs, but he has been solid at home which is where he will be this week. Bulger will face a solid but vulnerable Green Bay pass defense. They give up a lot of big plays in the passing game, but they also have a fierce pass rush that breeds sacks and turnovers. Bulger is a risky, yet capable week 15 starting option.
11. Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) – Roethlisberger has seen his fantasy stat lines go from great to mediocre in recent weeks, but most of that can be attributed to either bad weather or poor match ups. This week he will face the Jaguars 27th ranked pass defense, but that ranking is somewhat deceiving. This will be a tough game, and the weather is not expected to be favorable. Roethlisberger should bounce back with moderate success in week 15. He is not exactly a safe start, but you could do much worse. (Check injury report: shoulder)
12. Carson Palmer (CIN) – For whatever reason, Palmer has been horrible in recent weeks. In his last 2 games, he has thrown for a combined 372 yards (186 ypg), no TD’s and 2 interceptions. Palmer is a very talented QB, and typically, a very reliable fantasy option, but until he proves otherwise; he should be considered a risky start, even against a very average 49er pass defense. Hopefully he can turn it around in week 15.
13. David Garrard (JAC) – He continues to produce solid, efficient, and consistent numbers on a weekly basis. Typically, Garrard is a great fantasy starting option, but this week, he can only be considered decent at best. He will face the Steelers top ranked defense on the road, and the weather report is calling for cold and snow, not exactly optimal conditions for a warm weather QB. He has shocked and surprised all season, but the circumstances surrounding this week’s game could prove to be too much for him to overcome.
14. Trent Edwards (BUF) – While he had a modest completion and yardage total last week, Edwards did throw 4 TD passes. He appears to be the QB of the future for the Bills, and has a ton of upside as far as fantasy is concerned. Edwards is a risky start given his rookie status, and the fact that he will be on the road, but he is playing great, and a match up against Cleveland bodes well for him. He could be a nice sneaky start for week 15.
15. Phillip Rivers (SD) – You never know what you are going to get with Rivers, but he does have a great match up working in his favor. He will face the Lions 31st ranked pass defense. Detroit has allowed 26 passing TD’s on the season. Only the Browns have allowed more. Rivers is erratic, and a liability against any opponent, but he has a good shot at success this week. (Check injury report: knee)
16. Jon Kitna (DET) – This week he will face the Chargers 13th ranked pass defense. San Diego leads the NFL with 22 interceptions, and no QB is more prone to interceptions than Kitna. On the positive side, San Diego will be without top defender Shawne Merriman this week which should ease the burden a bit. Kitna is too much of a wild card to consider as a reliable start this week, but he should prove to be decent.
17. Donovan McNabb (PHI) – He is obviously capable, and a match up against Dallas’ 19th ranked pass defense looks promising on paper, but it will be a tough week for McNabb. The Cowboys have only allowed 1 passing TD in their last 3 games; they have one of the best pass rushes in the league, and rank 4th in the NFL with 18 interceptions. Do not expect anything more than an average performance from McNabb in week 15.
18. Eli Manning (NYG) – He looked better last week, but he is still not where he needs to be. He will face a vulnerable Redskins pass defense this week, but he has never had much in the way of success against them. Manning makes for a very shaky start in week 15.
19. Vince Young (TEN) –He continues to disappoint, and has now thrown 16 interceptions to only 7 TD’s this season. He faces a Kansas City defense that ranks 9th against the pass, but the Chiefs are pretty beat up, and have struggled in recent weeks. We like V.Y.’s chances for a rebound this week, but he is still far too risky, especially if you are trying to make a playoff run. Keep him on the bench unless you a really desperate.
20. Tarvaris Jackson (MIN) – We have trashed Jackson all season, but maybe we jumped the gun on this guy. We reluctantly have to take back some of the horrible comments we have made about him throughout the season. We still say he sucks as a fantasy QB, but he does win games, and is starting to show some positive consistency. Jackson has a good match up against the Bears in week 15, but he is not putting up the kind of numbers that translate well in fantasy.
21. Todd Collins (WAS)
22. Kyle Orton (CHI)
23. Kyle Boller (BAL)
24. Chris Redman (ATL)
25. Vinny Testaverde (CAR)
26. Kellen Clemens (NYJ)
27. Brodie Croyle (KC)
28. Cleo Lemon (MIA)
29. Josh McCown (OAK)
30. Shaun Hill (SF)
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