- Tristan H. Cockcroft, Fantasy
Each week, I provide my list of 10 things I'm watching on game day, so you'll be prepared for some of the week's biggest developments in advance of them happening.
Hail to the Chief. While most of the focus in Kansas City of late, at least for fantasy, has been on the red-hot Larry Johnson, the developing quarterback story is one that could be every bit as important to watch the next couple of weeks. Coach Herm Edwards had said for the past several weeks that Trent Green would reclaim his starting job once healed from his concussion, but with Green questionable for Week 10 and Damon Huard 5-1 in his past six starts, Edwards is now saying Huard will get every chance to keep the job. It's about time, Herm! Huard is playing too well to bench, either in the NFL or in fantasy, and you can be sure he'll keeping bringing his best, knowing Green could be ready to take over as soon as Week 11. It'd be nice to see Huard register another good game at Miami, because if he does, he'll then face some awfully fantasy-friendly matchups the rest of the way, including Weeks 11 and 16 against the Raiders and Week 13 at the Browns.
The Jaguars' new QB. Byron Leftwich hasn't been out as long as Green due to his ankle problem, but like Green, Leftwich is going to have to hope his stand-in struggles if he wants to get his job back. David Garrard's three TD passes in Week 9, as well as his 6-1 record as a starter this and last season, has earned him a longer look as Jacksonville's quarterback. It's not a bad decision for the Jaguars, but for fantasy, Garrard hasn't been quite as apt to air things out as Leftwich in his time as a starter, preferring instead to pick his spots. Of course, Week 10 provides a quality matchup for Garrard, one that makes him an interesting emergency stand-in, but he needs a good game against the Texans if he wants to keep playing. Otherwise, Leftwich could be right back in there once healthy.
Can Maurice Morris double up? What will Garrard do?