Every week in the Engel Eye, I'll take a look at some key performances from Sunday. We'll determine which players are ones to keep watching, and I'll pinpoint emerging trends.
Derek deserves respect: Yes, he was facing a sorry Miami defense, and he didn't look so good the week before against New England. Yet it's still time we give Cleveland quarterback Derek Anderson his due. The guy is certainly a quality fantasy starter. He has thrown seven touchdown passes in his past three games and has 14 so far this season. With 81 points, he is ranked fifth in ESPN leagues, ahead of Carson Palmer, Jon Kitna and Donovan McNabb. Anderson has delivered five consecutive double-figure performances. He is a big guy with a strong arm who is much more accurate than you may think. He can fit the ball into tight windows and also throws a pretty good deep ball. Anderson can also use his feet to buy time and has also rushed for a pair of touchdowns this season. He is working very well with top targets Braylon Edwards and Kellen Winslow, and if Anderson keeps playing well enough to keep his team in position to win games, the Brady Quinn era isn't going to begin any time soon in Cleveland.