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Quarterbacks
Peter King
July 25, 2005
With the clampdown on pass-defense rules last season, elite quarterbacks reemerged as the most important fantasy performers. Peyton Manning and Daunte Culpepper top the list, but there's value farther down in Kerry Collins and Carson Palmer. And it's always good strategy to have quality depth. A backup could bring a bounty when someone else is shopping for a starter.
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July 25, 2005

Quarterbacks

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YARDS PER GAME TDS INTS
1. Peyton Manning, Colts
Passer who set NFL records for TD tosses and rating (121.1) in '04 gets better with age
284.8 49 10
2. Daunte Culpepper, Vikings 294.8 39 11
3. Trent Green, Chiefs 286.9 27 17
4. Donovan McNabb, Eagles 258.3 31 8
5. Kerry Collins, Raiders 249.6 21 20
6. Marc Bulger, Rams 283.1 21 14
7. Byron Leftwich, Jaguars
New coordinator Carl Smith wants to throw downfield more; good news for Leftwich, who likes to go deep
210.1 15 10
8. Drew Brees, Chargers 210.6 27 7
9. Matt Hasselbeck, Seahawks 241.6 22 15
10. Tom Brady, Patriots 230.8 28 14
11. Michael Vick, Falcons 154.2 14 12
12. Brett Favre, Packers
Surpassed 4,000-yard mark for fourth time in career in '04; another year like that may be too much to ask of his 36-year-old body
255.5 30 17
13. Carson Palmer, Bengals 206.9 18 18
14. David Carr, Texans 220.7 16 14
15. Jake Plummer, Broncos 255.6 27 20
16. Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers 187.2 17 11
17. Jake Delhomme, Panthers
Lost top wideout, Muhsin Muhammad (NFL-high 16 TD catches in '04), who jumped to Bears
242.9 29 15
18. Brian Griese, Bucs 239.3 20 12
19. Aaron Brooks, Saints 238.1 21 16
20. Chad Pennington, Jets 205.6 16 9
21. Joey Harrington, Lions 190.4 19 12
22. Eli Manning, Giants 115.9 6 9
23. Kyle Boller, Ravens
New WRs Derrick Mason and rookie Mark Clayton give Boller weapons like he's never had; new coordinator Jim Fassel will stretch field
159.9 13 11
24. Kurt Warner, Cardinals 205.4 6 4
25. J.P. Losman, Bills 8.0 0 1
26. Steve McNair, Titans 167.9 8 9
27. Trent Dilfer, Browns 66.6 1 3
28. Drew Bledsoe, Cowboys 183.3 20 16
29. Gus Frerotte, Dolphins**
Dolphins need potent Ronnie Brown-- Ricky Williams ground attack to succeed; that means not putting Frerotte in position to make mistakes
172.5 7 2
30. Rex Grossman, Bears 202.3 1 3
31. Patrick Ramsey, Redskins 185.0 10 11
32. Alex Smith, 49ers* 238.5 32 4

With the clampdown on pass-defense rules last season, elite quarterbacks reemerged as the most important fantasy performers. Peyton Manning and Daunte Culpepper top the list, but there's value farther down in Kerry Collins and Carson Palmer. And it's always good strategy to have quality depth. A backup could bring a bounty when someone else is shopping for a starter.

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Stats in charts from 2004 season

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