Four Downs: Time to shuffle QB rankings 

October, 28, 2012
It's a bit too simplistic to note that the quarterbacks in the Atlanta Falcons' romp over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday are heading in different directions, but certainly fantasy owners should react appropriately to the changing values of Matt Ryan and Michael Vick. Ryan got back on his emergent track Sunday in Philly, tossing three first-half touchdown passes, while Vick continues to underachieve, and even in his own words, his starting role appears to be in jeopardy.

For those who sat Ryan in fantasy, due to recent performance and/or weather-related concerns (which didn't become a factor until the second half), he certainly assuaged fears with his 23-fantasy-point effort in ESPN standard formats, and it could have been considerably more had the Eagles made the game competitive earlier. Ryan didn't even need all his elite weapons. Julio Jones embarrassed Nnamdi Asomugha for a 63-yard touchdown and finished with 123 receiving yards, but Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez were relatively quiet.

Meanwhile, youngster Drew Davis caught his first career passes, one for a touchdown, and running back Jason Snelling registered another. Ryan, who barely got his uniform dirty and countered Philly's rush with a league-high 10 screen passes -- he completed nine of them for 81 yards and a score -- bounced back from a disappointing eight-point outing against the Oakland Raiders in Week 6 (he was on bye in Week 7). The schedule is certainly attractive moving ahead, with four of the final nine games against the New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Ryan remains a name to trust and my No. 5 quarterback for the rest of the season, ahead of the Manning brothers and Cam Newton.