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Adam Duerson
October 08, 2007
Can these newly promoted quarterbacks energize your lineup?
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October 08, 2007

Backup Generators

Can these newly promoted quarterbacks energize your lineup?

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DAUNTE CULPEPPER had something to prove on Sunday in Miami, his former home. If the Raiders QB's three rushing TDs didn't make his point, then his third-quarter celebration did. He pointed to his surgically repaired right knee and gave an exaggerated O.K. sign. The message: "All systems go. Eat it, Dolphins."

It's the time of the year when bench QBs are rising--nine played last week--and Culpepper, who stepped in for Josh McCown, is particularly intriguing. What should fantasy owners do with a twice-discarded vet who had a wildly confounding stat line (five TDs, but only 75 passing yards and 28 rushing yards) in his first start? In a word: Believe. Quality QBs are at a premium as players like Drew Brees and Marc Bulger struggle. That means owners must shed any skittishness about replacement QBs. What's not to like about Culpepper, anyway? He still has a cannon arm and the wheels to keep defenses honest. Yes, he plays for a crummy team--but that could have been said about Cleveland's Derek Anderson. Anyone know how he's doing?

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