The Brady crunch

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Week in review: Tom Brady out for the season - wow! Is it time to grab his backup Matt Cassel? Maybe. He still has Randy Moss to throw to.

A change of scenery seemed to help Chad Pennington in a losing effort. Solid numbers, but consistency is going to be the key.

Jake Delhomme proved that, when healthy, he's a big threat. He posted some decent numbers and a last-second win on the road. Jay Cutler looked stellar, albeit against a struggling Raider team.

As for RBs, how about Michael Turner taking the spotlight in Atlanta and running like the guy he used to play behind, LaDainian Tomlinson? Who needs a QB in the ATL?

Willie Parker looked like the '06 model and more against the Texans. For more on him, see below.

Who to start: Look for Parker to go on a rampage versus the tackle-challenged Browns. Watch out for Donovan McNabb, who tends to follow big games, with, well, not so big games.

A trip to Dallas is quite the opposite of hosting the downtrodden Rams. Is Joe Flacco the real deal? If you're a desperate Brady owner, you might want to take a chance against Houston.

The waiver wire: Cassel is probably available in your league, though you better move fast. WRs Hank Baskett, Greg Lewis and DeSean Jackson of the Eagles may be worth a look, though McNabb likes to spread the love, and Reggie Brown may re-enter the picture this week.

Eddie Royal of the Broncos could be the week's biggest steal off the waiver wire.

TEs Bo Scaife of the Titans and Robert Royal of the Bills looked good in Week 1, but that's what most TEs do. It's tough finding that consistent guy that's going to haul in 60 or so yards and a touch.

Similarly, Dante Rosario in Carolina and Anthony Fasano in Miami could be seeing more of the pigskin and are worth keeping an eye on in Week 2.