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?