10 CARSON PALMER,
Bengals [ARROW DOWN]
Injuries to the
offensive line and receivers, Chris Henry's suspension, and conservative
play-calling have all been blamed for Cincinnati's ineffective offense. Palmer
himself has nine TD passes versus four interceptions, way off his pace from
last year. And if losing left tackle Levi Jones for several weeks with a knee
injury weren't enough, Palmer still has to go up against the Ravens twice, as
well as the Chargers, Falcons and Broncos. He'd be lower on this list if it
weren't for his superb receiving corps.
11. MICHAEL VICK,
Falcons [NEUTRAL ARROW]
Sure, he threw
four touchdown passes on Sunday, but Vick's completion percentage is still an
abysmal 52.4. At least the points he scores as a rusher will help owners avoid
the ups and downs of other QBs.
RIVERS, Chargers [ARROW UP] [HAMMER]
has thrown for six touchdowns since coach Marty Schottenheimer unchained him
three weeks ago, his ranking suffers because San Diego's schedule lacks
13. JON KITNA,
Lions [NEUTRAL ARROW]
Kitna has some
decent numbers (264.7 yards per game, nine touchdowns), but an ineffective
offensive line will cost him the chance to be as productive in Mike Martz's
offense as Kurt Warner circa 2000.
14. ALEX SMITH,
49ers [NEUTRAL ARROW] [EZ]
of receiver Arnaz Battle and a late-season slate with the Packers, Seahawks and
Cardinals make Smith an intriguing fantasy playoff sleeper option.