Week 5 testing quarterback depth

NFL schedule makers must really have a sense of humor. And it is not just the Giants’ laughably easy schedule. Week 5 has become kind of a fantasy wasteland with four top quarterbacks enjoying their mandated off-week. Fantasy owners will be without Drew Brees, Philip Rivers, Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler. Week 5 is the kind of week where Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell could be viable.

Well, if your league rewards points by the pound. I mean, you need to be clever this week, but that is pushing it.

One of the biggest names on the waiver wire this week was Seahawks QB Seneca Wallace who has a great matchup against the Jaguars. The only problem is that incumbent Matt Hasselbeck is practicing this week and is likely to give it a go on Sunday. So if you are one of those owners who did not prepare for this bye week with a quality backup (guilty), time to do some scrambling.

The pool of available quarterbacks will likely include Kerry Collins, Daunte Culpepper and Jake Delhomme. And David Carr … who could start for the Giants this week as Eli Manning continues to recover from a foot injury.

But if you are contemplating starting Carr this week, you are in serious trouble my friend.

Your best bets would probably be Shaun Hill (available in 47 percent of leagues) or Derek Anderson (available in more than 70 percent of leagues) and a lot of praying.

Oh, and if you need some more evidence that the schedule makers have a sense of humor, check out who Peyton Manning is playing in Week 16. The week that most fantasy leagues hold their Super Bowl. I won’t give it away, but the team rhymes with “Manning won’t have a touchdown, nets.”

Adam Rank

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