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It was a week in which a couple of fantasy unknowns, Jerome Harrison and Maurice Morris, proved they have talent. It was a week where at least three receivers finally broke out of their slump - Vincent Jackson, Greg Jennings and Braylon Edwards. But primarily, it was a week dominated by quarterback play and topped by two QBs playing in Pittsburgh who lit up the scoreboard.
Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers and the Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger put on quite a show on Sunday. Rodgers, in a losing cause though not because of him, was 26- for-48 for 383 and three touchdown passes while running in a fourth score from 14 yards out. He totaled 44 points.
Meanwhile, "Big Ben" saved his head coach from having to explain a foolish onside kick while ahead on the scoreboard, by leading his team to the game- winning drive with no time left on the clock. Roethlisberger ended the day with a career-high and NFL season-high, 503 yards passing and three TDs for 36 fantasy points.
These two guys were just the "tip of the iceberg."
A total of 10 quarterbacks collected the 300-yard bonus. Seven passers threw three touchdowns-or-more, including fantasy "regulars" Matt Moore and Vince Young (Moore is owned in about 1% of all leagues while Young is in less than 40% and they were started in even fewer lineups).
While Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady have gotten most of the publicity this season and are 1-3-4 in fantasy points, none of the three are the "best bargain" at the position.
To get Brees, Manning and Brady, you needed to use a very high draft choice, anywhere from your first round to the third round. Rodgers has produced similar numbers at a lesser price. His RapidDraft ADP (Average Draft Position) was 52.1, meaning he was likely a fifth-round selection. He has scored the second- most points of any quarterback and is within three points of leader Manning.
If Rodgers doesn't win the "Best Bargain Award" at the position, it should go to Matt Schaub or Brett Favre. Schaub was drafted around the eighth round yet has produced numbers of a fifth-to-sixth rounder. Favre was drafted late because he came into camp late when many drafts had already taken place. Until the last three weeks, he would have easily won this award, but scores of 12,7,2 to finished the fantasy regular season and begin the first two rounds of the playoffs likely killed many an owner.
| Top 12 Quarterbacks of 2009 (thru Week 15)
* - has yet to play his Week 15 game