Forget Favre … Delhomme is the man in Carolina

Seems like we can’t talk about anything in the NFL these days without starting with Brett Favre. As juicy as the Favre rumors may be, however, I’ll just use the Favre story as a springboard to talk about a player who is flying much lower these days, well below the fantasy radar … Jake Delhomme.

Jake Delhomme, QB
Carolina Panthers

Statistics, 2004-06:
Yards: 10,112
Touchdowns: 70
INTs: 42

The Panthers were among the first teams thrown into the (for now) hypothetical Brett Favre sweepstakes, and Carolina GM Marty Hurney quickly told the Charlotte Observer that he had no knowledge of the situation.

Look, there aren’t many teams in the league who can afford to completely dismiss the idea of acquiring the prolific Favre for a year or two. But it’s not as if the Panthers are desperate for a quarterback. Delhomme has averaged 3,370 yards and 23 TD passes over his last three full seasons. He missed most of 2007, but fans forget that he had thrown 8 TDs and just 1 INT before suffering an elbow injury in Week 3.

And by the way, Delhomme still owns the record for throwing the longest completion in Super Bowl history (an 85-yard TD pass to Muhsin Muhammad in Super Bowl XXXVIII) — a record that had previously been held by (you guessed it) that guy from Green Bay.

Personally, I hope Favre does not surface in Carolina, because that would spoil my pick of Delhomme for fantasy comeback player of the year. Reports from May minicamps were that Delhomme is recovering nicely and throwing the ball with some zip. Don’t be surprised if he throws for more than 3,500 yards and 30 TDs, and is a fantasy steal for someone in your draft.

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