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New World Order
GENE MENEZ
October 30, 2006
Since Week 1, the hierarchy of quarterbacks has changed many times over. For fantasy owners, here are the indispensable, up-to-date passer rankings based on performance in the first half of the season and potential to produce over the remaining nine weeks
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October 30, 2006

New World Order

Since Week 1, the hierarchy of quarterbacks has changed many times over. For fantasy owners, here are the indispensable, up-to-date passer rankings based on performance in the first half of the season and potential to produce over the remaining nine weeks

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20. BEN ROETHLISBERGER, Steelers [ARROW UP] [HAMMER]

After throwing seven interceptions and no TDs in his first three games, Big Ben has connected for five TDs and no picks against the Chiefs and the Falcons. The schedule isn't friendly, though; he still must face the Ravens twice and the Broncos.

21. MATT LEINART, Cardinals [NEUTRAL ARROW]

Rookie quarterbacks have a history of not faring well in fantasy play, but Leinart may be the exception. Though he threw two interceptions against an underrated Raiders pass defense (ranked No. 1 in the NFL), Leinart has four touchdowns in his first three starts and has demonstrated poise and a feel for knowing where to throw the ball. With only one tough pass defense on the schedule ( Denver in Week 15) and offensive coordinator Mike Kruczek promising a less conservative style, Leinart has the potential to be a big points producer.

22. JOEY HARRINGTON, Dolphins [NEUTRAL ARROW]

While Miami has moved the ball better under Harrington than it did under Daunte Culpepper, Harrington still has not proved he's a viable option for most fantasy teams.

23. BRAD JOHNSON, Vikings [NEUTRAL ARROW] [EZ]

Once thought to be washed up, this 38-year-old has been a decent caretaker in this offense. But he wouldn't even deserve consideration were it not for his schedule: the Lions in Week 14, then the Jets and the Packers.

THE DESPICABLES [ AVOID AT ALL COSTS ]

24. BRUCE GRADKOWSKI, Bucs [NEUTRAL ARROW] [HAMMER]

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