Week 6: Did we really just recommend Brandon Weeden?

As Drew Brees and Cam Newton owners scramble to find a bye-week replacement this week on the waiver wire, you snicker at the thought they might pick up — GULP! — Brandon Weeden. If Kevin Kolb isn’t available to grab for his sweet matchup at home against the Bills, don’t rule out Weeden. Who’s better? Mark Sanchez? No. Ryan Tannehill? Not against St. Louis. Josh Freeman? Hmmm, this might actually be a good week to play Freeman, who’s home against the Chiefs. But we say Weeden. He had his best game of the season at Cincinnati (322 yards, 2 TDs, no INTs), and this weekend he’s home against — Cincinnati.

What I learned last week:

I don’t think he’s going to be anything better than middle of the pack among starting running backs when the smoke clears this year, but Rashard Mendenhall made it clear in his return last week he’s the Steelers’ best running back.


Play the man:

Joe Flacco. He’s at home against the Cowboys and should bounce back from last week’s stink bomb in KC.


Put him on the pine:

Carson Palmer. He’s going to have to throw a lot against Atlanta and might get some yards, but don’t look for scores, and expect at last two interceptions.



What will QB Brady Quinn do as gets the start for Kansas City?

The Buccaneers will slow down RB Jamaal Charles, meaning Quinn’s arm will come into play. He makes mistakes, but Quinn also brings an undeniable energy. He won’t make you forget Drew Brees, but he’s going to do OK, which is better than Matt Cassel had been doing. Not a ringing endorsement, but if you’re desperate in a bye week ....


Who’s the real Jay Cutler? The one who stunk in Weeks 2 and 3, or the one who produced nicely in Weeks 4 and 5?

Both. After the bye this week he has a nice schedule for the next three weeks and will put up good numbers. After that, Weeks 10 through 16 are nasty, and you’ll be cutting him. I promise.


Arizona’s William Powell, Indy’s Vick Ballard and Green Bay’s Alex Green and James Starks’ are hot waiver wire pickups this week after injuries to starting running backs. Who’s the one to own?

If he’s healthy, it’s Starks. He’s proven, and he’s a better pass protector than Green, which means something to Packers coach Mike McCarthy, who can’t have Green whiffing on a blitz pickup. QB Aaron Rodgers already is getting hit too much.


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