The debate rages on about who is the best weapon in football. Is it the flashy quarterback who lofts deep touchdown passes or is it the dynamic backfield option that always seems to have the ball in his hands? For that matter, what about that receiver that always seems to be doing some type of end zone dance? In what follows we will attempt to answer the question of who is the most valuable fantasy player at each position in our weekly column dealing with the
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Coming off his worst performance of the season, though he still tossed the pigskin for 227 yards and a touchdown without an interception against Tampa Bay.
Brees is on pace to throw for 5,354 yards this season, which would shatter the all-time single season record of 5,084 yards set in 1984 by
Battled through shoulder issues last week to throw for 313 yards and three scores, though he isn't out of the water yet as he is still bothered by his right wing.
Rebounded from a three-interception, three-fumble outing and talk of retirement to throw for 250 yards and two scores against Buffalo.
Has thrown for six touchdowns the past two weeks though his interception streak is up to eight-straight games dating back to last season.
Has thrown for only 339 yards, two scores and two interceptions that past two weeks.
Favre leads the NFL with a 110.8 QB rating and 12 scores despite coming off a bye week.
After three scores and one interception in his first three outings, J.T. has totally turned around that performance with four scores and five interceptions the past two weeks.
Over the last four games he has thrown only two interceptions but he has also only tossed three scores.
Lookie here, the Bears might have found a serviceable quarterback as Orton has thrown seven touchdowns the past three weeks.
Turner leads the NFL with 543 rushing yards and is on pace to rush for 1,738 yards and 19 touchdowns in his first season as a starter.
Gore is averaging about 121 yards a game, which puts him on pace for more than 1,900 yards from scrimmage if he continues to rumble at his current pace.
Portis is averaging 102.8 yards per game and has carried the ball at least 21 times in each of his five outings.
Forte is second in the NFL with 107 caries, though he is averaging just 3.6 yards per carry, the lowest mark of the six rushers with at least 93 carries.
Rebounded nicely after an eight carry effort in Week 4 with a 23 carry, 84 yards effort against the Bengals, though he has gone two weeks without an end zone dance.
Bush has 38 receptions, the next closes running back has 22 (Forte), and if your league counts special teams efforts then Bush has been amazing (he returned two punts for scores on Monday Night Football).
Brown has rushed for 238 yards in his last two outings and has scored in three-straight games (six total touchdowns in that time).
Though he has scored twice in the past three games, he has averaged just 63 yards a game on the ground.
Only has 32 carries the past two weeks that have produced just 112 yards (3.5 YPC).
Re-injured his toe in Week 5 and is currently averaging just 66.2 yards per game at an average of 3.7 yards per carry which would be his worst performance since his rookie season.
Leads the NFL with 569 receiving yards, 102 yards more than any other receiver.
Fitzgerald is second in the league with 467 yards, and he is also second with 23 first downs (
Moss is averaging 84.2 yards per game this season, a number he has bettered only once in his career with a 92.7 yard mark in '05.
Has a sinus fracture that hinders his outlook somewhat moving forward. When on the field, he has been tremendous with five scores in his last three efforts.
He may not have a single 90-yard effort in five games, but he has scored in five games, making that a moot point.
Over the past three weeks White has scored twice on his 20 receptions, which have led to 341 yards.
Over his past two games he has only four receptions but they have been mighty productive as he has racked up 188 yards and two scores.
In his four games the yardage numbers have dipped in each effort (166, 155, 77 and 25).
He isn't lighting up the yardage column with 316 yards in five games, but he has lit up the scoreboard with four touchdowns and 24 receptions.
Well off last years pace, T.J. has started to come on the past three weeks with three scores and 25 receptions.
There is no doubt who the cream of the crop is at this position as Witten leads in receptions (35), yards (442) and first downs (23).
Could fall down the list as there are worries that his groin injury could actually be a sports hernia that would require surgery. He is currently third at the position with 259 receiving yards.
Gates continues to be plagued by a bad hip that currently has him at fifth at the position in yards (217) and seventh in receptions (17).
Since the Week 1 debacle (one catch for seven yards), Cooley has averaged six receptions per game the past four weeks.
Fasano has just 14 receptions and 197 yards in four games but ranks high on the list due to a rather depressed tight end group so far this season.
The Chiefs future HOFamer has gone four-straight games without eclipsing the 50-yard mark and has yet to have one game of 60.
Scaife has 20 receptions on the season, or one less than Zach
Still without a score through four games but he has caught 16 receptions the past three times on the field.
Though he has only 12 receptions on the season, he has scored twice in the past three Vikings games.
Olsen has 13 receptions for 181 yards while
A horse so far in distance leagues as he is a perfect 4-for-4 on kicks of at least 50-yards.
Perfect on the young season with 12-for-12 effort on field goals and 13-for-13 on extra points.
Leads the NFL with 13 field goals on a league leading 15 attempts.
After a 93.1 percent conversion rate in '06 followed up by a 87.1 percent mark last year, Elam has started the year perfect going 11-for-11.
Suisham is 7-for-7 on field goal attempts the past two weeks including 3-for-3 on kick of over 40 yards (one was from 50).
Besides being 10-for-10 this season, Kasay has converted a kick between 40-49 yards in each of the Panthers five games.
After scoring 12 points in Week 2 and Week 3, Nate has just 12 points the past two weeks.
How is this for odd? Though he is a perfect 10-for-10 on field goals he hasn't attempted a kick of longer than 37 yards.
Akers has converted just three of his last six field goal attempts and nine of 12 on the year.
Nedney is 5-for-5 in the first half on field goals but just 5-for-7 after halftime.