In a close vote, Drew Bledsoe survives again and this week he is spared from nominations because the Buffalo Bills were on a bye.
The news for Drew Brees is not so good however. He received 62% of the vote and is eliminated on his second nomination. We have seen that players who are nominated in this competition get a jump start in the following week, but Brees demonstrated that he is truly horrible and deserved to be eliminated with an uninspired 7 for 49 yards effort. He was pulled in the 4th quarter for Doug Flutie (yes he is still in the NFL) but he didn’t fare much better as the Chargers went on to lose to the Bears.
Chad Pennington came back from his preseason injury to a huge effort. Chad made his fantasy owners happy (myself included) with a 281 Yds and 4 TD effort. Santana Moss was the beneficiary of Chad’s success with 3 of the TDs. Unfortunately for the Jets, they lost in overtime to the Giants.
Tom Brady was the star of the week he received his wakeup call from this competition. On Monday night Brady passed for 350 Yds and 3 TDs including one with just 30 seconds to go to give the Patriots a thrilling come-from-behind victory over the Broncos.
Brett Favre with his broken thumb threw for 3 TDs in a victory over Minnesota. Niners backup Tim Rattay had a great game beating the Rams with a 236 Yd, 3 TD performance. He is probably still on the waiver wire in your league, but remember that San Francisco is on bye this week. Also make sure you check on Garcia’s status before you make a move with Rattay.
We are now starting to get into the heart of the competition. A few surprises are already eliminated with preseason favorites Donovan McNabb and Rich Gannon. The contestants that remain are all very good and capable of a big week every time out. So the voting should get closer and the competition fiercer.
Here is the current status of the contestant pool:
Tom Brady Drew Brees
Aaron Brooks Kerry Collins Daunte Culpepper
Rich Gannon Jeff Garcia
Trent Green Matt Hasselbeck
Kelly Holcomb Tommy Maddox Peyton Manning Donovan McNabb
Jake Plummer Kurt Warner
This week we have 3 contestants for your vote. Aaron Brooks and Matt Hasselbeck scored the lowest of the remaining entrants along with Jeff Garcia who didn’t play because of a high ankle sprain.
Aaron Brooks (New Orleans) – Aaron had an average day in a lackluster win over the Tampa Bay Bucs. Aaron threw for just 142 Yds and 1 TD For 14 fantasy points. Star wide receiver Joe Horn played but was was hurt and that could have affected the New Orleans passing game.
Matt Hasselbeck (Seattle) – Seattle won this week over the Steelers, but the team was led by the feet of RB Shaun Alexander and PK Josh Brown. WR Koren Robinson continues to disappoint, but Matt did connect with WR Darrell Jackson for 1 score. Matt threw for 215 Yds and 1 TD for 16 fantasy points.
Jeff Garcia (San Francisco) – Jeff did not play this week because of an ankle injury. Tim Rattay filled in nicely for the ailing QB as the Niners rolled to a victory over the RB-less Rams. San Fran is on bye this week and Garcia is expected to be back and will retain his starting job.
This is a difficult vote this week as all 3 nominees are quality quarterbacks. But the rules state that someone has to go. Who will it be? Who will be the Ultimate Fantasy Quarterback?