DAUNTE CULPEPPERhad something to prove on Sunday in Miami, his former home. If the Raiders QB'sthree rushing TDs didn't make his point, then his third-quarter celebrationdid. He pointed to his surgically repaired right knee and gave an exaggeratedO.K. sign. The message: "All systems go. Eat it, Dolphins."
It's the time ofthe year when bench QBs are rising--nine played last week--and Culpepper, whostepped in for Josh McCown, is particularly intriguing. What should fantasyowners do with a twice-discarded vet who had a wildly confounding stat line(five TDs, but only 75 passing yards and 28 rushing yards) in his first start?In a word: Believe. Quality QBs are at a premium as players like Drew Brees andMarc Bulger struggle. That means owners must shed any skittishness aboutreplacement QBs. What's not to like about Culpepper, anyway? He still has acannon arm and the wheels to keep defenses honest. Yes, he plays for a crummyteam--but that could have been said about Cleveland's Derek Anderson. Anyoneknow how he's doing?
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FROM "BAD REX" to "Bad Brian." Thelesson: No Bears QB is worth starting until the line gets healthy, CedricBenson starts rolling and receivers start holding on to the ball.
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October 7, 2007
Daunte dived in with five TDs in his first start.