Either way, I think I have a QB1 this week.
After two efficient Dolphin wins, Henne was looking like a playoff quarterback that wouldn't be worth anything in our game of fantasy football. But when you have Brandon Marshall on your team, it's only a matter of time before a big performance. That came in Week 4, when Henne threw for 363 yards on 44 attempts against the Jets, with two TDs and just one interception. On the Jets side, Sanchez connected on three TDs while throwing no interceptions, adding 256 yards in the process.
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If I don't complete a trade during the week, I'm pretty sure I'm rolling with Sanchez. He's produced back-to-back three-TD, no-INT games, while the Bills have just allowed the same performances in two weeks -- albeit to Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, with one of the latter's being on the ground.
And those aren't the only surprisingly high QBs during this first set of bye-week teams ...
1. Peyton Manning, IND at JAC
2. Aaron Rodgers, GB vs. DET
3. Matt Schaub, HOU at OAK
4. Drew Brees, NO vs. CAR
5. Michael Vick, PHI vs. WAS
6. Tom Brady, NE at MIA
7. Philip Rivers, SD vs. ARI
8. Matt Ryan, ATL vs. SF
9. Jay Cutler, CHI at NYG
10. Mark Sanchez, NYJ at BUF
11. Eli Manning, NYG vs. CHI
12. Chad Henne, MIA vs. NE
13. Donovan McNabb, WAS at PHI
14. Bruce Gradkowski, OAK vs. HOU
15. Sam Bradford, STL vs. SEA
16. Kyle Orton, DEN at TEN
17. Carson Palmer, CIN at CLE
18. Joe Flacco, BAL at PIT
19. Vince Young, TEN vs. DEN
20. Matt Hasselbeck, SEA at STL
21. Alex Smith, SF at ATL
22. David Garrard, JAC vs. IND
23. Jimmy Clausen, CAR at NO
24. Ryan Fitzpatrick, BUF vs. NYJ
25. Shaun Hill, DET at GB
26. Charlie Batch, PIT vs. BAL
27. Derek Anderson, ARI at SD
28. Seneca Wallace, CLE vs. CIN
• Michael Vick's great run as Eagles quarterback lands him in this week's top five. While I wouldn't put it past McNabb to come back to Philly and have a stellar game, Vick has just about as much fantasy upside as anyone right now, and he should be the best quarterback on the field on Sunday. There are precious few guys I'm benching for Vick right now.
• Along with Henne and Sanchez, Bruce Gradkowski sneaks into the top 15 this week. The Oakland quarterback has actually established a bit of a vertical passing game, and when it's coupled with the explosive running ability of Darren McFadden (I can't believe I just wrote that), the Oakland offense actually looks halfway decent. No defense can be exploited against the pass more than that of Houston, so Gradkowski is a quality QB2 and borderline spot-starter this week.
• Guys I'm leaving on the bench include Carson Palmer, Joe Flacco and Kyle Orton. Palmer hasn't looked good at all this season, and he's a few dropped balls away from leading the league in interceptions by a wide margin. Flacco and Orton are both quality signal callers, but I don't like the matchup for either, with the Baltimore QB taking on the league's best defense and the Denver QB facing a surprisingly stout Tennessee pass defense.