News: FOXSports.com reports Monday that quarterback Sage Rosenfels has agreed to terms on a new contract with the Vikings. Rosenfels was claimed off waivers by Minnesota last season following the teams release of quarterback Donovan McNabb. Rosenfels spent time with Miami and the New York Giants in 2011 but ended his stints with both on injury lists because of a virus. Rosenfels was originally acquired by the Vikings in a 2009 trade with Houston. He was expected to compete for a starting spot before Minnesota signed Brett Favre. Rosenfels is expected to compete in Minnesota with Joe Webb for the backup spot behind Christian Ponder.
Analysis: Rosenfels has minimal Fantasy value unless he somehow overtake Ponder as the starter or Ponder gets hurt. He is not worth drafting in the majority of leagues.
News: The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that there is mutual interest between the Vikings and quarterback Sage Rosenfels about getting together again in 2012. Rosenfels is viewed as a good mentor for Vikings starter Christian Ponder.
Analysis: Rosenfels wouldn't play regularly, which means he'd be useless in Fantasy.
News: Minnesota claimed QB Sage Rosenfels off waivers from Miami on Friday, one day after the Vikings released veteran QB Donovan McNabb. After signing with the Dolphins in early October, Rosenfels was placed on the NFI list before getting cut. He has not played this season.
Analysis: Rosenfels will serve as the backup to rookie QB Christian Ponder, and is not expected to be a major Fantasy contributor for the remainder of the season. Fantasy owners should continue to ignore him in all formats.
News: The Dolphins released QB Sage Rosenfels, who was on the reserve/non-football illness list with an illness. He now be placed on waivers.
Analysis: This is the second time this season Rosenfels has been released. He could latch on with a team in need of a veteran QB, but leave Rosenfels on Fantasy waivers until further notice.
News: Miami placed backup QB Sage Rosenfels on the reserve/non-football illness list Tuesday and signed QB J.P. Losman to replace him on the roster. Rosenfels has reportedly been dealing with a lingering illness after signing with the Dolphins earlier this month. When I first joined the Dolphins, all tests showed that I was healthy and ready to go, Rosenfels said in a statement. I want to thank the Dolphins for their understanding and wish them the best of luck the rest of the season.
Analysis: Rosenfels was added to the team after QB Chad Henne was placed on season-ending injured reserve. The 33-year-old spent parts of last season with the Giants, but has not attempted a pass since 2008. Leave him untouched in all Fantasy formats.
News: The Dolphins signed free agent QB Sage Rosenfels, who was released by the Giants on Tuesday after coming off IR (illness). He took the roster spot of Chad Henne, who was placed on injured reserve.
Analysis: The Dolphins need quarterback depth after losing Chad Henne for the season to a shoulder injury. Rosenfels will now compete with Matt Moore for the starting job. The Dolphins are on a bye in Week 5 before returning to action Week 6 against the Jets. Even if Rosenfels emerges as the Dolphins starter, he is going to start out with low-end Fantasy appeal.
News: The Giants released quarterback Sage Rosenfels on Tuesday. Rosenfels was on injured reserve with an illness. He was released off IR.
Analysis: Rosenfels wasn't first or second string with the Giants and had little hope of getting on the field, even if he was healthy. On IR, he was out for the year anyway. Rosenfels should be left off all Fantasy rosters.
News: The Giants have placed QB Sage Rosenfels on IR with back issues stemming from his strep throat infection. This means QB David Carr, who was the backup in 2009, will serve behind QB Eli Manning this season. Rosenfels previously told CBSSports.com that he expected to be ready for Week 1.
Analysis: Rosenfels was a backup at best, and the fact that he was behind the durable Eli Manning wasn't promising anyway. He was not worth a spot on Fantasy rosters before the ailment, so owners should continue to avoid him especially now that he won't play.
News: Giants QB Sage Rosenfels, who has been dealing with strep throat for more than a week, was among the team's inactives for Monday's game against the Jets. David Carr will assume the primary backup duties behind starter Eli Manning.
Analysis: Rosenfels is a backup at best, but the illness may allow for Carr to overtake him on the depth chart. Even if the veteran remains the No. 2 QB in New York, he is not worth a spot on Fantasy rosters as long as Manning is healthy. Ignore Rosenfels on Draft Day.
News: Giants QB Sage Rosenfels has been hospitalized in Hackensack, N.J., with a strep throat Wednesday, a team spokesman said. It's unknown how serious his condition is exactly.
Analysis: Keep an eye on Rosenfels and hope he is OK. When healthy, Rosenfels is a backup QB for the Giants and has minimal Fantasy value. Ignore him in all leagues on Draft Day.
News: Giants QB Sage Rosenfels saw a few snaps in Week 9 against the Seahawks. With New York taking a 41-0 lead into the fourth quarter, coach Tom Coughlin decided to pull his starters. Sage Rosenfels came on in relief of Eli Manning and played the entire fourth quarter. However, he did not attempt a pass and finished with minus-3 yards rushing after taking three knees at the end of the game.
Analysis: Rosenfels will only have Fantasy relevance if something happens to Manning. He can ignored in all formats at this point.
News:Sage Rosenfels is trying to get prepared for the Giants heading into Week 1 against Carolina. Rosenfels was traded from Minnesota to New York last week. Rosenfels is the only other quarterback on the team and has to be prepared if something happens to Eli Manning. "If I were to play I have to be ready," Rosenfels said after practice on Monday. "There is no excuse not to be ready. I have to get into that play book as much as I can and that's what I am doing." Rosenfels stood next to quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan at practice on Monday, exchanging ideas after each play. While confident in his ability, Rosenfels said it will be impossible to learn the entire offense in a week. His goal will be to learn the 100 or so plays in the game plan for the Panthers.
Analysis: Rosenfels will only have Fantasy relevance if something happens to Manning. Ignore Rosenfels in all leagues as long as Manning is healthy.
News: The New York Giants have acquired quarterback Sage Rosenfels from the Minnesota Vikings for an undisclosed draft pick. The Vikings announced the deal, which also includes running back Darius Reynaud, on their website Friday night. The Giants lost backup Jim Sorgi with a shoulder injury and he was placed on injured reserve, leaving untested Rhett Bomar as the only other quarterback. Now Rosenfels will back up Eli Manning.
Analysis: The Giants lost backup Jim Sorgi with a shoulder injury and he was placed on injured reserve, and apparently didn't trust Rhett Bomar as the backup to Manning. Rosenfels was third string behind Brett Favre and Tarvaris Jackson in Minnesota. Rosenfels is entering his 10th NFL season as a backup quarterback. He will only start if an injury befalls Manning, so Rosenfels still has little to no Fantasy appeal.
News:Tarvaris Jackson is entrenched as Minnesota's backup to quarterback Brett Favre, despite sharp play in exhibition games this month by Sage Rosenfels. Coach Brad Childress confirmed Monday that Jackson remains No. 2 and Rosenfels is still No. 3. Childress said he's seen "an evolution" and "a growth" in Jackson since the beginning of training camp. Asked if the depth chart could change, Childress said "it would probably be hard for it to change."
Analysis: Rosenfels is a candidate to end up with another team before the season starts -- a reunion with Houston might be a possibility. Regardless, he won't be worth considering in Fantasy until he lands relevant playing time.
News: With Brett Favre officially returning to the Vikings this season, Sage Rosenfels will not have a chance to take the starting job in 2010. Rosenfels is expected to help back up Favre along with Tarvaris Jackson and rookie Joe Webb.
Analysis: Rosenfels isn't expected to sniff the field unless he overtakes Jackson for the backup role behind Favre, and only then he'd see playing time if Favre was out for an extended period. Keep Rosenfels off of Fantasy rosters.
News: Vikings QB Sage Rosenfels put up big numbers during Saturday's game against the Rams. He replaced starter Tarvaris Jackson on Minnesota's second possession, and after two unsuccessful drives threw touchdown passes of 2 and 65-yards in the second quarter. He added a 71-yard scoring pass to Marko Mitchell in the third quarter, finishing 23 of 34 for 310 yards. "Mentally I was going into the game thinking like it's a full game, it's not going to be one series or two series and out," Rosenfels said. "I got more and more comfortable as the game went on. It's been a while since I've been out there, seeing real live action. A lot of guys did a lot of good things."
Analysis: Rosenfels is chasing Jackson for the Vikings' quarterback job while Brett Favre waffles on his future. His performance Saturday night came at the expense of St. Louis' second and third-team defenses, even though he was without Minnesota receivers Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice. He's considered the better pure passer of the two, but is a journeyman at this point. Rosenfels would be a low-end No. 2 Fantasy option if he's taking the snaps during the regular season.
News: Multiple sources are reporting that Brett Favre has begun telling the Vikings that he's not playing this season. If that's the case, Tarvaris Jackson would become the starting QB for the Vikings in 2010. Jackson said Tuesday he is just in wait-and-see mode like everyone else. "It's his decision," Jackson said. "He deserves however long he needs to make a decision. It's on him. I am just going to come out here and try to get better." Jackson said he's approached this offseason as if he would be starting in 2010, and since Favre has not been with the team, Jackson has gotten the majority of first-team reps. "You always approach it regardless of who's here and the situation, just try to get better at my craft," he said. If Jackson is named the starter then Sage Rosenfels would move up to No. 2 on the depth chart.
Analysis: Rosenfels could still have the chance to win the starting job ahead of Jackson if Favre does decide to retire, but we expect Rosenfels to be the No. 2 QB. He has minimal Fantasy value this season and is not worth drafting in the majority of formats.
News: The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports Vikings QB Sage Rosenfels could be on the trading block. Rosenfels did not take part in much work during minicamp this past weekend, and that was with Brett Favre not with the team. Tarvaris Jackson ran the first team and rookie Joe Webb ran the second team. R.J. Archer got the few third-team snaps that were available. Asked what was going on, Vikings coach Brad Childress said: "Just rotating him around a little bit. We try to expose all those guys to all situations and it wouldn't be uncommon for you to see here [at Winter Park] or in training camp where you're trying to expose two quarterbacks and shutting [another] guy down for a day. I really wouldn't make anything of that other than we were tryng to expose those other three quarterbacks to some of that red area stuff and some of that blitz stuff yesterday."
Analysis: Childress confirmed that Jackson is his top quarterback right now -- in other words without Favre -- and that comes as no surprise. "He was one coming out of last year," Childress said, actually meaning that Jackson was the top backup to Favre. "He really hasn't done anything to move himself back. That's what training camp is for. My expectation is that all those guys will come in and compete and really the proof is what you put out on the field." Our take is that Rosenfels has no chance to start if Favre does retire, and he could be traded this offseason. No matter where he plays this year, ignore Rosenfels in all leagues on Draft Day.
News: The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports Vikings QB Tarvaris Jackson said he never requested a trade after Brett Favre joined the Vikings last August. Jackson remains content as the backup if Favre returns as expected. But Jackson and Sage Rosenfels find themselves in a difficult situation again this offseason. Many assume that Favre will return in 2010, despite last week's report that he needs ankle surgery. However, if he doesn't come back then Jackson and Rosenfels likely will battle for the starting job. Vikings coach Brad Childress indicated that Jackson would have the edge in that competition. That means Jackson must prepare as if he's going to be the starter, knowing full well he probably won't be in that role on Sept. 9 when the Vikings open the regular season at New Orleans.
Analysis: Rosenfels isn't worth drafting in the majority of Fantasy leagues in 2010 if he's the No. 3 QB behind Favre and Jackson. That will change if Favre retires and Rosenfels has the chance to start, but we expect Favre back with Rosenfels again on the bench.
News: Minnesota has listed the following players as inactive for Week 16 on Monday night against the Bears: QB Sage Rosenfels, WR Jaymar Johnson, CB Karl Paymah, TE Garrett Mills, LB Jeremy Leman, DT Pat Williams and DE Jayme Mitchell.
Analysis: Williams only has low-end Fantasy value as an IDP option for the Vikings. Minnesota doesn't get a lot Fantasy production from any of these players listed above. Leave them all on waivers for Week 16 against the Bears.
News: The Vikings have listed QB Sage Rosenfels (third QB), WR Jaymar Johnson, WR Greg Lewis, CB Asher Allen, S Husain Abdullah, LB Erin Henderson and DT Jimmy Kennedy as inactive for Week 2 at Detroit.
Analysis: Rosenfels had a chance to be the Vikings starting QB this preseason, but when he couldn't put on a good show, Minnesota brought in Brett Favre. Now, Rosenfels is third on the depth chart. Most of these players are reserves or special teamers when active. They have little to no Fantasy value.
News: Minnesota backup QB Sage Rosenfels was the third quarterback on the field in Monday's preseason win over the Texans. Rosenfels missed the last preseason game because of a slight ankle injury but was fine Monday. He went 2 for 3 in the game for 26 yards.
Analysis: Since Brett Favre signed with Minnesota, Rosenfels has become pretty much irrelevant in Fantasy. Do not pick him up on Draft Day in any format.
News: Minnesota QB Sage Rosenfels (ankle) sat out of Friday's preseason game against the Chiefs. He is considered questionable for the team's upcoming preseason game at Houston on Aug. 31.
Analysis: Since Brett Favre signed with Minnesota, Rosenfels has become pretty much irrelevant in Fantasy. Do not pick him up on Draft Day in any format.
News: Vikings QB Sage Rosenfels (right ankle) missed practice for a fourth straight day Wednesday. When asked if he'll play Friday night vs. Kansas City he said he didn't know, but didn't rule it completely out. Rosenfels on what he can handle on his injured right ankle: "I'm jogging on it, making some cuts, but nothing full speed."
Analysis: Rosenfels has become a non-factor for Fantasy owners with Brett Favre now on the team. Ignore Rosenfels in all leagues on Draft Day even when healthy.
News: With Brett Favre agreeing to a deal with the Vikings to be their starting quarterback, Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson will take their preseason battle to start and make it one for the right to be the backup.
Analysis: While a plan might come along to give Favre some rest during the season, it's expected that as long as the three-time MVP is healthy, neither Rosenfels nor Jackson will play much. As such, neither one should be on a Fantasy roster at this point.
News: The Vikings have returned to practice, their QB competition creeping closer to resolution. Sage Rosenfels shined with the first team offense in the first preseason game at Indianapolis, though coach Brad Childress is keeping the performance in perspective. The coach is also making sure not to put Tarvaris Jackson's struggles in too strong of a light. Jackson will get his chance to start this week, when the Vikings play Kansas City. Rosenfels was held out of Sunday's practice. Childress said he was doing some running in the pool. Rosenfels suffered a slight ankle injury in Friday's game, but he played through it and said he was all right.
Analysis: Keep an eye on what happens with Rosenfels and hope he is OK. We'll find out who wins the QB job, but we like Rosenfels slightly better than Jackson. Both QBs fit in as late-round picks in Fantasy leagues, but we'd take Rosenfels ahead of Jackson as long as Rosenfels is 100 percent healthy.
News: QB Sage Rosenfels looked sharp Friday night, leading the Vikings to scores on their first two series and a 13-3 preseason victory over Indianapolis. The longtime backup took the early lead in Minnesota's quarterback derby as last year's starter, Tarvaris Jackson, produced just one field goal in two quarters. Rosenfels, who was off to a miserable start in training camp, finished 10 of 13 for 91 yards in a little more than a quarter with no big mistakes. He also had a 5-yard rush. Jackson wasn't bad, completing seven of 15 passes for 39 yards, but didn't get Minnesota into the end zone. He played nearly twice as long as Rosenfels. "I thought he had a decent rhythm. I thought he knew where he was looking. He got the football up the field, checked it down a little bit, had a good command," coach Brad Childress said. "So he started off this week, and Tarvaris will kick it off next week against Kansas City."
Analysis: We're feeling better about our hunch that Rosenfels will win the battle despite the hot start by Jackson, who did sprain his knee in camp. Remember, the Vikings knew what they had (and still have) in Jackson, and they knew it when they traded for Rosenfels and courted Brett Favre this summer. Rosenfels has been more accurate in the past and has the better head for the position than Jackson, he just needs to show more consistency like he did in this game. Both QBs fit in as late-round picks in drafts, but we'd take Rosenfels ahead of Jackson.
News:Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels have each shown ups and downs during their auditions for the Vikings starting quarterback job over the past two weeks. Full-team drills in Wednesday's workout exposed more of the downs. Madieu Williams intercepted a pass by Jackson over the middle, and Antoine Winfield nearly did the same on Jackson's next throw, which he dropped. Rosenfels later hit a defensive lineman's helmet with one of his passes, and Erin Henderson picked it off. Conclusions can't fairly be drawn from practice performance, but this was clearly not a good day for the offense. The Vikings play their first exhibition game at Indianapolis on Friday, but Childress said he hasn't decided who will start against the Colts. He has downplayed the significance of that decision, however, with his plan to start the other one in the next contest.
Analysis: Assuming no future Hall of Famers drop in on the Vikings this summer, this is a noteworthy battle since the winner could be as much as a No. 2 Fantasy QB. Our hunch is that Rosenfels wins the battle despite the hot start by Jackson, who did sprain his knee in camp. Remember, the Vikings know what they have in Jackson, and they knew it when they traded for Rosenfels and courted Favre. Rosenfels has been more accurate in the past and has the better head for the position than Jackson, he just needs to show more consistency. Both fit in as late-round picks in drafts.
News: Minnesota Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson has worked hard to return to practice quickly after missing some time with a left knee injury to ensure he doesn't fall behind in the competition for the starting job. On Friday night under the lights, Jackson said he may have tried to do a little too much. He came up gimpy after planting in the pocket and limped around for several minutes before returning to action. Jackson said afterward that he is still working the kinks out from a sprained MCL in his left knee that he suffered last weekend. Jackson is in a competition with Sage Rosenfels for the starting job. The players split snaps with the first team during two practices on Friday. Jackson was first injured on Aug. 1 and missed three days of practice while working his way back. He has moved around well the last few days, but said he "felt something very uncomfortable" during the sequence on Friday night.
Analysis: Coach Brad Childress said on Thursday that the passing game had much to improve upon as training camp wears on. There were more struggles in the evening practice on Friday night, but Childress said that was because they were practicing third-and-long scenarios, a difficult position for the offense to be in. Childress said he wasn't ready to "slap a grade on" the quarterback competition one week into training camp. "Obviously (Jackson) has missed time, so it wouldn't be fair to sit there and say, 'This guy's ahead by virtue he had five more practices,"' Childress said. "It's a good competition. It's all headed toward cumulative work here during practice and then I want to watch them compete with the lights on." Rosenfels looked sluggish in the early going, but appears to have grown more and more comfortable with the offense and his receivers in the last few practices. Childress said that it is a natural progression for a player who was acquired in a trade with the Texans in the offseason. "Obviously more understanding. He gets it. I don't think he's having to think quite as much," Childress said. "But yeah, he's moving along. All three of those guys are moving along. We'll see how far along here in about a week." If Rosenfels wins the starting job, he will be nothing more than a No. 2 Fantasy QB to begin the season.
News:Tarvaris Jackson took the field for Minnesota's first training camp practice and was the first quarterback under center with the first-team offense on Friday. Sage Rosenfels followed him and saw reps with the starters too. And so it begins for both passers, battling for control of the Vikings' offense. Jackson says he doesn't see this as his job to lose, calling the contest "50-50." He finished last season as the starter, playing well in December but struggling in a first-round playoff loss. Rosenfels is equally confident after Minnesota traded for him. How did Day 1 go? Jackson was reportedly better, connecting on a 55-yard TD with Sidney Rice and adding long completions to Bernard Berrian, Glenn Holt and Jaymar Johnson. Rosenfels meanwhile had one noteworthy connection to TE Visanthe Shiancoe.
Analysis: Assuming no future Hall of Famers drop in on the Vikings this summer, this is a noteworthy battle since the winner could be as much as a No. 2 Fantasy QB. Our hunch is that Rosenfels wins the battle despite the hot start by Jackson. Remember, the Vikings know what they have in Jackson, and they knew it when they traded for Rosenfels and courted Favre. Rosenfels has been more accurate in the past and has the better head for the position than Jackson. Both fit in as late-round picks in drafts.
News: Vikings coach Brad Childress told The Minneapolis Star Tribune that Brett Favre will not be coming out of retirement. In a report posted on the newspapers' Web site on Tuesday, Childress said Favre did not want to put himself through the grind of another football season. Favre retired for a second time after playing for the Jets last season, posting decent but not overwhelming totals. He had surgery in May to alleviate a torn biceps tendon and was believed to be on the track back to return with Minnesota. NFL Network is also confirming the retirement.
Analysis: With Favre, who can say for sure that he'll stay retired? Until Favre says something definitive and enough time passes, he still has to be considered a longshot to return to the league with Minnesota. This story will develop further, but for now let's just take it at face value and go with the perception that Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson are back in line as the potential starters for the Vikings. Rosenfels is far more appealing to us as he's had a good history of throwing the ball deep and should have a good grasp of the Vikings' offense by now. No Vikings QB is any better than a No. 2 Fantasy QB worth a late-round pick in drafts.
News: Vikings coach Brad Childress said he's not concerned about the will-he-or-won't-he saga surrounding his team's interest in Brett Favre souring the outlook of Vikings quarterbacks Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels. "I talked with Sage and Tarvaris. They are competitors. Do they like any of the conversation? Absolutely not," Childress said. "But they know this. I'm charged with adding and subtracting players from this team to make us better. Every day when I walk in this office there's not a day that I don't try to look and see if we can get better at some position. And if this is going to make us better down the road and it's got a chance to happen I'm going to take care of the Minnesota Vikings."
Analysis: Currently, Rosenfels and Jackson are battling for the starting job, both looking over their shoulders in case No. 4 comes back to the NFL. Frankly, we think Rosenfels isn't a bad choice to start for Minnesota and would like to see him get a starting gig. We'll see how it plays out, but expect the winner of the competition to be considered a No. 2 Fantasy QB at best.
News: The Star Tribune reports at the Vikings recent minicamp, the QB competition between Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson heated up as coach Brad Childress said both quarterbacks had bright moments over the weekend. The report states "it's hard to tell if one moved ahead of the other, but Rosenfels had a very good practice (Sunday). He looked sharp throwing the ball, particularly in team drills. He threw a perfect ball to Bernard Berrian over two defenders for a touchdown and he connected with Percy Harvin on a superb touchdown catch in the corner of the end zone." Both Jackson and Rosenfels seemed to get equal reps with the first team.
Analysis: As we've said all along, barring a Brett Favre signing, the competition with Rosenfels and Jackson will be decided in training camp and the preseason games. We still like Rosenfels to win the job and be the better Fantasy option, but we'll see how it plays out. The winner of the competition should be considered a No. 2 Fantasy QB at best.
News: The Star-Tribune reports Vikings QB Tarvaris Jackson said the competition between himself and Sage Rosenfels is "50-50" at this point. "I don't think they're going to show me any favoritism just because I ended the year as a starter," Jackson said. "I just think it's 50-50 and we're going to fight for it as hard as we can." Jackson, who threw nine touchdown passes with two interceptions last season, said his goal is to eliminate "that big mistake." He also said he still believes he is the Vikings QB of the future. "I really feel like that and I've just got to go out there and prove it week in and week out," he said. "I talk about it all the time or say it all the time, but I've just got to be more consistent."
Analysis: We still expect Rosenfels to win the job, but it's worth watching this offseason as long as Brett Favre remains retired. Whoever is the starter in Minnesota will be a No. 2 Fantasy QB, but they do have some weapons in Bernard Berrian, Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin and Visanthe Shiancoe.
News: The Star-Tribune reports Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels split reps during Thursday's OTA practice. Rosenfels was acquired from Houston in February for a fourth-round draft pick and is expected to compete with Jackson for the starting job. That, of course, is working under the assumption that Brett Favre doesn't sign this summer. Rosenfels and Jackson both said they have not been kept up to date on the Favre situation but neither seemed especially bothered by that fact.
Analysis: We expect Rosenfels to win this job unless Favre signs, but Rosenfels has the potential to be a decent No. 2 Fantasy QB and is worth a late-round pick. You'll have to wait on what happens with Favre before making a decision, and Jackson could still earn the spot. If that happens, ignore Jackson in all leagues.
News: We may not know who will be the Vikings' starting quarterback in 2009 (though our guess is Sage Rosenfels), but whomever it is will enjoy having Percy Harvin at his disposal after the club made the Florida Gator their first-round pick in the 2009 draft. Harvin is a versatile home-run threat type of receiver who the Vikings coveted and should use fairly often as a rookie. He had 17 touchdowns for the Gators last year.
Analysis: Harvin will be just another option for the Vikings' passers to use, along with Bernard Berrian, Sidney Rice and tight end Visanthe Shiancoe. No doubt, Harvin will help since he will likely take a couple of short passes to the house in 2009. We like Rosenfels better than Tarvaris Jackson and consider Rosenfels a decent No. 2 Fantasy QB worth a late-round pick in drafts this summer. Jackson isn't worth drafting unless he bests Rosenfels in camp this summer.
News: The Texans have traded QB Sage Rosenfels to the Vikings in exchange for a fourth-round pick, marking the first trade of the 2009 season. He is expected to compete for and likely win the starting quarterback job with the club (Tarvaris Jackson will be his main competition). Rosenfels was rumored to be in a trade with the Vikings last year but the two sides couldn't agree on compensation. In six games (five starts) in 2008, Rosenfels had 1,431 yards on 116-of-174 passing (66.7 pct.; 8.2 yards per attempt) with six touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Analysis: Rosenfels has a decent enough arm, but as we saw in the home loss vs. the Colts last year, he does take some bad chances. Still, whomever is the QB in Minnesota will spend a lot of time handing off to Adrian Peterson and not be any better than a No. 2 Fantasy passer.
News: The Houston Chronicle reports that the Texans will have a deal with the Vikings involving QB Sage Rosenfels when the new season officially starts on Friday. Rosenfels will be traded to the Vikings in exchange for a fourth-round pick. Rosenfels was rumored to be in a trade with the Vikings last year but the two sides couldn't agree on compensation. In six games (five starts) in 2008, Rosenfels had 1,431 yards on 116-of-174 passing (66.7 pct.; 8.2 yards per attempt) with six touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Analysis: In Minnesota, Rosenfels will likely replace Gus Frerotte and challenge Tarvaris Jackson for the starting job. Rosenfels has a decent enough arm, but as we saw in the home loss vs. the Colts last year, he does take some bad chances. Still, whomever is the QB in Minnesota will spend a lot of time handing off and not be any better than a No. 2 Fantasy passer.
News: The Houston Chronicle reports that the Texans are close to a deal with the Vikings involving QB Sage Rosenfels. The passer would be dealt for a draft pick, believed to be a fourth-round pick. Rosenfels was rumored to be in a trade with the Vikings last year but the two sides couldn't agree on compensation. In six games (five starts), Rosenfels had 1,431 yards on 116-of-174 passing (66.7 pct.; 8.2 yards per attempt) with six touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
Analysis: In Minnesota, Rosenfels would likely replace Gus Frerotte and challenge Tarvaris Jackson for the starting job. Rosenfels has a decent enough arm, but as we saw in the home loss vs. the Colts, he does make some silly plays. Still, whomever is the QB in Minnesota will spend a lot of time handing off and not be any better than a No. 2 Fantasy passer. If there's news here, we'll bring it to you.
News: In the Texans' 13-12 win vs. the Titans in Week 15, FB Vonta Leach, TE Clark Harris, WRs Andre Davis and Jacoby Jones, RB Ryan Moats and backup QB Sage Rosenfels were all active and dressed but did not record any offensive stats in the game.
Analysis: Rosenfels is useless so long as Matt Schaub is under center, and Moats won't see regular work unless Steve Slaton misses playing time. As you might expect, none of these players are worth using in Fantasy play. Keep them off of rosters. The Texans host the Raiders in Week 16.
News: Texans QB Sage Rosenfels did not play in Week 14 at Green Bay with Matt Schaub back from a knee injury.
Analysis: Rosenfels is not a legitimate Fantasy option with Schaub healthy. Ignore Rosenfels in all leagues in Week 15 against the Titans.
News: Texans QB Matt Schaub, who missed the past four games with a knee injury, will start Week 14 at Green Bay. He will replace Sage Rosenfels.
Analysis: Consider Schaub a No. 2 Fantasy QB against the Packers since their pass defense is good, especially at home. Rosenfels has limited Fantasy value with Schaub back.
News: Texans QB Sage Rosenfels, making his fourth straight start in place of the injured Matt Schaub (knee), reached 200 yards for the third time in those four starts Week 13 against the Jaguars, hit the mark exactly on 14-of-24 passing. He threw a touchdown pass -- a 31-yard strike to Andre Johnson -- but also an interception.
Analysis: The Texans made Schaub active for the game, though, and listed him as their second-string quarterback. Schaub has a decent chance of returning Week 14 at Green Bay, which would render Rosenfels useless in Fantasy except as injury insurance. Keep an eye on this situation, but Rosenfels' shortage of touchdown passes makes him no more than a No. 2 Fantasy option even if he starts.
News: Texans QB Matt Schaub, who wasn't expected back until mid-December at the earliest after hurting his left knee Week 9 against the Ravens, is listed as questionable for Week 13 vs. Jacksonville. Head coach Gary Kubiak said Friday that he hasn't ruled out the idea of playing Schaub Monday against the Jaguars. "I think there's a chance (Schaub will play), but I think we've got to be smart and know that he can go out there and do all of the things he can do on a normal basis," Kubiak said. "Like I said, we've still got a long way to go between now and Monday, but he's made some progress."
Analysis: Schaub has only practiced in a limited capacity this week and only took about 20-30 percent of the snaps. Even if Schaub is healthy Monday, Kubiak isn't sure how he will use the starter. I'm not considering anything," Kubiak said about starting Schaub. "I'm just trying to see if I feel like he's healthy enough to play." It does appear as though Sage Rosenfels will be under center Week 13 against Jacksonville, so treat him as a No. 2 Fantasy QB and leave Schaub on your Fantasy bench until further notice.
News: Texans QB Sage Rosenfels, coming off two poor starts since taking over for Matt Schaub, had a decent performance Week 12 at Cleveland, going 24-of-32 passing for 275 yards. He threw two interceptions to one touchdown, though. His touchdown came on a 17-yard pass to Kevin Walter in the first quarter.
Analysis: Rosenfels needs to cut down on the interceptions before we can recommend him as a Fantasy starter, but he clearly does have some Fantasy appeal with Schaub out for at least three more games. Think of him as more of a backup Week 13 against the Jaguars.
News: Texans QB Matt Schaub's recovery from a left knee injury will take longer than the two to four weeks initially projected. Schaub has been out two weeks with an injured medial collateral ligament and coach Gary Kubiak was far more candid Monday about his condition than he has been since the injury. Kubiak said it could be another four weeks. Kubiak said at one time after the injury he didn't expect Schaub to play for the rest of the season. The Texans have six games left. "I guess I'm beginning to think and feel more confident that he will play this year," Kubiak said. "But we'll see ... he's made a lot of progress this past week." Kubiak said Schaub will begin throwing again this week, but his work will be limited. Schaub had been on crutches since the injury but got off them last week and was cleared to travel with the team to Indianapolis, where the Texans lost Sunday. Sage Rosenfels has started in Schaub's place.
Analysis: It's safe to release Schaub in all leagues at this time if you haven't done so already. In a best-case scenario with the four-week timetable, Schaub would return for Week 16, which could be in time for the Fantasy playoffs or championship. At that time, you wouldn't trust him as your Fantasy QB. As for Rosenfels, he has been too inconsistent to consider as anything more than a No. 2 Fantasy QB, including in Week 12 against Cleveland.
News: Houston QB Sage Rosenfels was not as effective in Week 11's loss to Indianapolis as he had been in his previous two games playing for injured QB Matt Schaub. Rosenfels threw for 192 yards against the Colts on 13-of-18 passing with one interception and no touchdowns.
Analysis: Rosenfels had two games with over 220 yards passing with three TDs and five picks coming into Week 11. He did not play well against a very good passing defense that was missing its best two corners. Schaub may very well return in Week 12 at Cleveland so continue to check on this situation in practice leading up to next week's game. If Rosenfels starts against the Browns he'll be a low-end No. 2 Fantasy QB.
News: Houston's Sage Rosenfels insists he's tossed out the painful memories from his last start against Indianapolis. That foolish attempt to go airborne, only to see Gary Brackett scoop up his fumble and score? Forgotten. The thought of Robert Mathis stripping him for another fumble? Gone. And the interception that ended Houston's last-gasp chance? History. For Rosenfels, those infamous final five minutes from Oct. 5 may be interminably replayed forever. It doesn't mean anything to the Texans. "That game is over, it was over a long time ago," Rosenfels said. "I've put that out of my mind."
Analysis: While the Texans (3-6) recovered quickly after the October debacle, Rosenfels finds himself back in the starring role for this week's sequel. In the original, starting quarterback Matt Schaub couldn't play because he was ill, Indianapolis was fighting to save its season, and the winless Texans thought they had finally knocked out their old nemesis. Now the Colts are trying to save their playoff hopes, the Texans are trying to recover from two straight losses and Schaub is out with a left knee injury, meaning Rosenfels has a shot at redemption Sunday. "What that game does is give me confidence," Rosenfels said. "I feel like I played, for the most part, pretty well against these guys and that gives me confidence to go out there and try to do that again, but just finish the game. Hopefully, the outcome will be reversed." Rosenfels completed 21-of-33 passes for 246 yards and one touchdown against Indianapolis Oct. 5. Think of him as a No. 2 Fantasy QB Week 11.
News: Texans QB Sage Rosenfels, making his second start of the season and his first since Matt Schaub suffered a knee injury, threw four interceptions against the Ravens in Week 10. He finished 23-of-38 passing for 294 yards and a touchdown -- a 60-yard strike to Kevin Walter in the third quarter. He also had a 15-yard run.
Analysis: Rosenfels looked like a great Fantasy sleeper after he compiled a 92.8 quarterback rating in relief of Schaub earlier this season, but he completely bombed against the Ravens. He still has a fairly high ceiling, at least statistically speaking, but he has another tough matchup Week 11 at Indianapolis. Think of him as a No. 2 Fantasy QB.
News: Texans QB Sage Rosenfels will replace the injured Matt Schaub (knee) in Week 10 against Baltimore, and Rosenfels has played well when Schaub gets hurt. Twice this year Rosenfels has played for Schaub and has 470 passing yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. He has great weapons in Andre Johnson, Owen Daniels and Kevin Walter and could be throwing a lot with Houston unable to run against the Ravens. But Baltimore's pass rush could rattle Rosenfels, especially with the way Terrell Suggs is playing.
Analysis: Baltimore's secondary is banged up right now, but Rosenfels could make too many mistakes to help your Fantasy team. He's also fumbled the ball three times in his limited action, and we all remember what happened in Week 5 against Indianapolis when his turnovers lost the game. Go into Week 10 with Rosenfels as a No. 2 Fantasy QB.
News: FOX Sports reports that Texans QB Matt Schaub suffered a torn MCL Week 9 at Minnesota and will be shelved at least one month. That's going to mean that Sage Rosenfels will be the Texans' starting quarterback for the foreseeable future. Schaub had 139 yards with an interception and a fumble before leaving the game at the Vikings, and was replaced by Rosenfels, who gunned for 224 yards and two touchdowns with an interception. Rosenfels also did a nice job filling in for Schaub last year when he was hurt.
Analysis: Rosenfels will fit the bill as a borderline No. 1 Fantasy QB immediately thanks to his good passing totals over the last two seasons, including earlier this year. Don't forget that he plays in an offense with Andre Johnson, and that's always good for a passer. Whether you lost Schaub or Kyle Orton (out a month with an ankle sprain) or just want to claim a nice piece of trade bait off waivers, Rosenfels is a must-add off the waiver wire in every league this week. Expect him to be throwing a bunch when the Texans host the Ravens in Week 10.
News: Texans QB Matt Schaub limped off the field just before the half in Week 9 at Minnesota with what the Houston Chronicle called a sprained left knee, opening the door for backup quarterback Sage Rosenfels to take over for him in the second half. Rosenfels threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns in the second half with a pick. He completed 21-of-29 passes with one interception. Schaub had 139 yards with an interception and a fumble in the first half before leaving the game. He did not have a touchdown.
Analysis: Schaub was seen on the sideline in the second half with his helmet on and the injury did not seem to be that serious although he did have a noticeable limp. Further tests on Schaub's knee are expected. When Rosenfels marched the team down the field for a touchdown on the opening possession of the first half, that pretty much sealed Schaub's fate for the day. Let the quarterback controversy begin leading into Week 10 vs. Baltimore. While Schaub might be on the injury report (or worse) in the coming days, Rosenfels has proven to have the arm to play with Houston and their talented receiving corps. Even with the Ravens defense coming to town, they are susceptible to the pass and Rosenfels could post a decent game against them. Make it a point to pick him up off the waiver wire.
News: Texans FB Vonta Leach, WR Jacoby Jones, FB Cecil Sapp, TE Joel Dreessen and QB Sage Rosenfels all dressed for Houston's Week 8 rout of the Bengals but failed to record an offensive stat.
Analysis: None of these players have any Fantasy value except for Rosenfels, who is only worth using as a handcuff to Matt Schaub. They can all be ignored in Week 9 at Minnesota.
News: Texans RB Vonta Leach, WR Jacoby Jones, WR David Anderson, QB Sage Rosenfels and RB Darius Walker all dressed for Houston's Week 7 win over the Lions, but did not record an offensive stat.
Analysis: As Matt Schaub's capable backup, Rosenfels has some minimal Fantasy value in deeper leagues, but the other four guys should continue to be ignored.
News: Houston QB Sage Rosenfels was back on the bench Sunday against Miami with Matt Schaub returning as the starter.
Analysis: Rosenfels has no Fantasy value as long as Schaub is healthy. For now, keep Rosenfels on the waiver wire in all leagues.
News: The Houston Chronicle reports that Texans QB Matt Schaub (viral infection) is feeling better and is likely to start in Week 6 against Miami. "Matts still a little weak, but he should be fine, coach Gary Kubiak said Monday. Hes feeling a lot better today. I dont see any reason he wont be on the (practice) field Wednesday.
Analysis: Schaub finally looked great in his last start, and his Fantasy owners will be hoping this illness hasn't sapped his strength too much. When healthy, Schaub is a No. 2 Fantasy QB, but he has a nice sleeper matchup ahead and you wouldn't be ridiculous to start him as a low-end No. 1 guy.
News: The Texans will welcome back QB Matt Schaub for Week 6 against the Dolphins after he missed Sunday's game recovering from a virus that forced him to spend Saturday night in the hospital. The news means Sage Rosenfels, who threw for 246 yards and a touchdown in a spot start, will likely go back to the bench.
Analysis: Rosenfels once again proved a reliable backup and a decent last resort in Fantasy if Schaub ever gets injured. He's not worth owning in Fantasy right now, though.
News: With starter Matt Schaub sick for Sunday's game against the Colts, Sage Rosenfels got the start for the Texans. He was 21-of-33 passing for 246 yards, one touchdown, one interception and two lost fumbles. He also had four carries for 16 yards. It's unknown if Rosenfels will start Week 6 against Miami if Schaub is healthy enough to play.
Analysis: It's unlikely Rosenfels starts against the Dolphins after coughing up the game with two fumbles late in the fourth quarter when Houston was ahead. Keep an eye on what develops, but don't plan on using Rosenfels against the Dolphins if Schaub is healthy. If Schaub can't go, then add Rosenfels and consider him a sleeper against Miami, his former team.
News: According to The NFL Today, Texans QB Matt Schaub was sick enough to be hospitalized Saturday night and will not play in Week 5 against the Colts. Sage Rosenfels will start in his place.
Analysis: Talk about a massive blow for Schaub's owners, who surely had their hopes up after he broke out with a 300-yard, three-touchdown passing day in Week 4. Rosenfels is a capable backup, however, so the Fantasy value of Andre Johnson and the other Texans receivers shouldn't take too much of a hit. Obviously bench Schaub, and hopefully you have a decent QB on the bench otherwise you're going to be left scrambling. Rosenfels is a decent emergency option if you're looking for a passer.
News: The following Texans did not record an offensive stat in Week 4 at Jackonville: QB Sage Rosenfels, RB Darius Walker, TE Joel Dreessen and WR David Anderson.
Analysis: None of the players on this list are going to be in line for considerable playing time anytime soon. Leave them on the waiver wire in all Fantasy leagues until further notice. They've got some depth chart climbing to do.
News: Texans WR Jacoby Jones, TE Joel Dreessen, WR David Anderson, QB Sage Rosenfels and RB Darius Walker all dressed, but failed to record an offensive stat Week 3 at Tennessee.
Analysis: Most of these players either see time on special teams or as reserves for the Texans. They have a marginal role on offense and can be ignored in Fantasy. The Texans play the Jaguars Week 4.
News: The Baltimore Ravens-Houston Texans game was rescheduled to Nov. 9 after Reliant Stadium was severely damaged by Hurricane Ike, meaning both teams will not play in Week 2. The new date also affects the Cincinnati Bengals' schedule. Houston was originally scheduled to play the Bengals on Nov. 9. Now, those teams will play on Oct. 26 and Cincinnati will take its bye week on Nov. 9, when the Texans now play the Ravens.
Analysis: It's all a little confusing, but basically Fantasy owners need to treat Week 2 as a bye week for the Texans and Ravens. So if you have any players or either defensive unit active, get them reserved immediately. The Texans will next play at Tennessee in Week 3.
News: The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Texans have no interest in trading backup QB Sage Rosenfels. The Vikings were an interested party. "He's important to our football team," Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said. "Our starter right now physically has a problem, coming off shoulder surgery, so Sage is very important to our football team."
Analysis: In 2007, Rosenfels was solid with 1,684 yards passing, 15 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in stints replacing Matt Schaub. He also had 51 yards rushing and one touchdown. However, Rosenfels is no better than a guy you'll look for on the waiver wire if and when starter Matt Schaub misses significant playing time.
News: The Houston Chronicle reports that the Vikings have checked in with the Texans on the availability of QB Sage Rosenfels. The long-time backup QB had a sensational year when subbing for an injured Matt Schaub in 2007. Minnesota reportedly offered a third-round pick for him; the Texans might consider the offer if the Vikings make it a second-round choice.
Analysis: We like the idea of Rosenfels going to Minnesota and possibly starting for the Vikings over Tarvaris Jackson, but no deal is in place at this time. In 2007, Rosenfels was solid with 1,684 yards passing, 15 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He also had 51 yards rushing and one touchdown. If he does leave Houston, we'd call him a sleeper in just about any situation he lands in. We'll be tuned in to any developments and bring you the latest.
News: Texans QB Sage Rosenfels took every advantage of his opportunity in 2007, making five starts and appearing in nine games. He played when Matt Schaub was out, and Schaub missed five games and parts of two others with a concussion and left-shoulder injury. Schaub is expected to return at 100 percent next year, so Rosenfels will return to the bench. But in 2007, Rosenfels was solid with 1,684 yards passing, 15 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He also had 51 yards rushing and one touchdown.
Analysis: Rosenfels is an intriguing Fantasy option for 2008 because Schaub could be fragile. Don't plan on drafting Rosenfels in 2008, but keep an eye on how Schaub rehabs from his shoulder injury and what happens to Schaub during the early part of the season. If Rosenfels gets on the field, he is worth adding to your team.
News: Houston QB Sage Rosenfels was 11-of-18 passing for 128 yards, one touchdown and one interception Sunday against Jacksonville.
Analysis: Rosenfels has played well in place of an injured Matt Schaub. Rosenfels will return next year as the backup in Houston behind Schaub. Consider Rosenfels a No. 3 Fantasy QB heading into 2008.
News: The Houston Chronicle reports that despite suggestions from fans, the club will not entertain trade offers for backup QB Sage Rosenfels. The Texans' No. 2 QB has played very well in place of Matt Schaub -- and will start Sunday vs. Jacksonville -- but will not be on the market in '08. Rosenfels, 29, has two years left on his current contract.
Analysis: For Week 17, Rosenfels works as a low-end No. 1 Fantasy QB. For the coming offseason, Rosenfels shouldn't be expected to find a new home or a new role next year. He's not worth keeping in dynasty/keeper league play at this point.
News: According to NFL.com, Texans coach Gary Kubiak has decided to start Sage Rosenfels at quarterback Week 17 against the Jaguars as Matt Schaub will miss his fourth straight game because of a shoulder injury.
Analysis: Rosenfels has eight touchdowns and five interceptions in four games filling in for Schaub, so consider using him in Fantasy if you need a quarterback who will surely take all of his team's snaps in the season's final week.
News:The Sports Xchange reports that the Texans plan to start Sage Rosenfels at quarterback Week 17 against the Jaguars, with the injured Matt Schaub (shoulder) serving as his backup.
Analysis: Rosenfels has eight touchdowns and five interceptions in four games filling in for Schaub, so consider using him in Fantasy if you need a quarterback who will surely take all of his team's snaps in the season's final week.
News: Houston QB Sage Rosenfels was 22-of-36 passing for 233 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions Sunday at Indianapolis. Rosenfels was starting his third-straight game for the injured Matt Schaub (shoulder).
Analysis: Rosenfels has played well in place of an injured Schaub, but this wasn't his best day. Consider Rosenfels a No. 2 Fantasy option in Week 17 against the Jaguars if he remains the starter.
News: Texans QB Sage Rosenfels has been great since filling in for an injured Matt Schaub with six touchdowns (one rushing) and two interceptions in his past three games. But two of those games were at home, and it's on the road where Rosenfels tends to struggle. He has three touchdowns and four interceptions in his past three road games with less than 200 yards passing in each outing. The Colts, his opponent this week, also have the No. 1 pass defense in the NFL with only 14 passing touchdowns allowed.
Analysis: Rosenfels has emerged as a solid late-season Fantasy option for many owners, but it might be a good idea to keep him reserved in Week 16 at Indianapolis.
News: In talking with the media this week, Texans coach Gary Kubiak said that Matt Schaub's injured shoulder would not get hurt more if he played in either or both of the team's last two games, but expects Schaub to back up Sage Rosenfels at Indianapolis in Week 16. Kubiak does think Schaub can play again this season. "I'm hoping that, if anything, this week he's ready to be Sage's backup going into the game. He did take some practice reps (Monday), but I'm hoping that he's available this week, and we'll see. But I'd like to see him play some more before the year is up."
Analysis: Rosenfels has filled in admirably for Schaub of late but faces a stingy Colts defense in Indianapolis in Week 16. The thing is, Indy is locked into the No. 2 seed in the AFC, so there's a chance that the Colts will pull back some of their starters if the game gets out of hand. In that instance, Rosenfels would have the opportunity to pile on some garbage-time stats. Don't bank on that entirely, but keep it in mind if you're debating between Rosenfels and another QB in Week 16 Fantasy play. As for Schaub, he should remain benched until the Texans announce him as their starting QB.
News: Texans QB Sage Rosenfels made a second consecutive start Week 15 against the Broncos in place of the injured Matt Schaub (shoulder), and led Houston to a second straight win with a 31-13 decision against Denver. He completed 16-of-27 passes for 200 yards and one touchdown. Rosenfels, who threw an interception, also found the end zone on a 5-yard scramble in the first quarter. His passing touchdown went to Andre Johnson on a 4-yard wide receiver screen in the fourth quarter.
Analysis: Rosenfels has a total of five touchdowns in his last two games, and more importantly, the Texans have won two straight games. At this rate, they can afford to keep Schaub out as long as they need. Houston is in the playoff hunt and there is no telling how anxious they are to fool with team chemistry. Don't be surprised if Rosenfels is under center Week 16 against the Colts. If he is starting, consider him no better than a No. 2 Fantasy QB against the league's top pass defense.
News: Texans QB Matt Schaub (left shoulder) has been ruled out for Week 15 vs. Denver. He did not practice all week and it will be the second straight game he has missed. Head coach Gary Kubiak said earlier in the week that Schaub is slated to receive a second opinion on his dislocated shoulder. Sage Rosenfels will start in place of Schaub against the Broncos.
Analysis: Rosenfels threw three touchdowns vs. a good Buccaneers secondary in Week 14. In fact, Rosenfels has seven touchdowns in two home games this season compared to four in four road games. Denver has allowed six passing touchdowns in their last four, including three to Josh McCown. He should be a decent No. 2 Fantasy QB (or a desperation Fantasy spot starter) vs. the Broncos on Thursday.
News: Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Monday that QB Matt Schaub is scheduled to get a second opinion on his dislocated shoulder this week and doesn't appear to be ready for Week 15 vs. Denver this Thursday. "Definitely we were kind of hoping maybe he would be available this week, but it sure doesn't look that way," Kubiak said. "I don't see anything changing right now. ... I don't think he'll be available." Sage Rosenfels is expected to start in Schaub's place.
Analysis: Rosenfels threw three touchdowns vs. a good Buccaneers secondary in Week 14. In fact, Rosenfels has seven touchdowns in two home games this season compared to four in four road games. Denver has allowed six passing touchdowns in their last four, including three to Josh McCown. He should be a decent No. 2 Fantasy QB (or a desperation Fantasy spot starter) vs. the Broncos on Thursday. Schaub, meanwhile, should remain benched or on the waiver wire in all leagues.
News: Texans QB Sage Rosenfels, filling in for injured starter Matt Schaub, threw for 209 yards and three touchdowns, but did fumble the ball twice in Houston's 28-14 win over the Buccaneers in Week 14. He also ran twice for one yard.
Analysis: Rosenfels did pretty well on Sunday against a tough Tampa Bay defense, despite coughing the ball up twice. He might get another chance to shine in Week 15 against the Broncos and will be a No. 2 Fantasy QB if he does, so keep an eye on Schaub's status this week.
News: Texans QB Matt Schaub was ruled out for Week 14 vs. the Bucs with a shoulder injury. Sage Rosenfels will start in his place.
Analysis: Schaub should remain benched in all Fantasy leagues as he continues to rehab from his shoulder injury. Rosenfels is a decent No. 2 Fantasy QB against the Bucs, who happen to rank fourth against the pass.
News: Houston QB Sage Rosenfels has played well this year in place of Matt Schaub, who is expected to miss this game with an injured shoulder. He came on for Schaub last week against Tennessee and had 185 yards passing, one touchdown and one interception and has eight touchdowns and seven interceptions on the season. This week Schaub will face Tampa Bay, which is No. 4 in pass defense with only 10 passing touchdowns allowed.
Analysis: Te Bucs should be able to limit the Houston passing game this week. Consider Schaub a No. 2 Fantasy option at best.
News: Texans QB Matt Schaub suffered an injury to his left shoulder in the first quarter of his Week 13 game at Tennessee when he was sacked from behind and fell awkwardly. Sage Rosenfels replaced him and finished with 185 yards on 17-of-30 passing, including a 28-yard touchdown. He was also intercepted once.
Analysis: Schaub appeared to land on his left shoulder while trying to brace for his fall. He could likely be forced to miss an extended amount of time and Fantasy owners should be prepared to pick up Rosenfels. Rosenfels started four straight games earlier this season and has eight touchdown passes.
News: Texans QB Sage Rosenfels did not play Sunday at Cleveland. He is the No. 2 QB for the Texans behind Matt Schaub.
Analysis: Rosenfels has no Fantasy value as long as Schaub is healthy. He should not be used in Week 13 at Tennessee.
News: Texans WR Jacoby Jones, backup QB Sage Rosenfels, TE Mark Bruener, FB Jameel Cook and WR David Anderson all dressed, but failed to record an offensive stat Week 11 against the Texans.
Analysis: Most of these players serve as reserves or see a lot of time on special teams. They are not an integral part of the Texans' offense and can be ignored in Fantasy leagues heading into their Week 12 game at Cleveland.
News: Sage Rosenfels once again saved his best for the fourth quarter, leading the Houston Texans to yet another win over the struggling Oakland Raiders. Rosenfels connected with Andre' Davis on a 42-yard touchdown pass midway through the fourth quarter that helped Houston snap a three-game skid. The Texans remained unbeaten in three meetings with Oakland by beating the Raiders 24-17 in Week 9. Getting his first start of the season in place of the injured Matt Schaub, Rosenfels produced little for Houston (4-5) until after the Raiders (2-6) cut a 17-point deficit to seven early in the fourth quarter. Then on a third-and-2, Davis sped past cornerback Stanford Routt and caught the long TD pass that gave the Texans a 24-10 lead with 7:50 to go.
Analysis: Rosenfels came into the game with the third-best quarterback rating in the fourth quarter (125.1) and has thrown all seven of his touchdown passes in the fourth period this season. He finished the game 11-of-19 for 181 yards and one interception. He has proven to be a valuable backup for the Texans, but could be out of a job once Houston returns from the bye in Week 11. Schaub might be healthy enough to face the Saints. If Rosenfels is still under center, he would definitely be considered a viable bye-week replacement against a poor Saints pass defense.
News: Houston's Matt Schaub will not start Sunday's game against Oakland after suffering a concussion from a helmet-to-helmet hit last week in San Diego. With Schaub out, the Texans will go with Sage Rosenfels. It will be the third start of his career and his first since a 22-0 loss to Cleveland in 2005 when he was with Miami. Rosenfels has played most of the second half of each of the last two games with Schaub injured and has thrown five interceptions and five touchdowns.
Analysis: The Raiders pass defense has been on the rise this year, now ranking third in the NFL. That said, do not expect Rosenfels, a journeyman backup QB, to be a reliable Fantasy option in Week 9.
News: Matt Schaub was still feeling the effects Wednesday of a concussion from a helmet-to-helmet hit against San Diego in Week 8, and coach Gary Kubiak said he probably wouldn't play Sunday against Oakland. That means that Sage Rosenfels will get his first start of the season at Oakland in Week 9.
Analysis: The Raiders pass defense has been on the rise this year, now ranking third in the NFL. That said, do not expect the journeyman backup QB to be a reliable Fantasy option in Week 9.
News: With Texans starting QB Matt Schaub once again banged up, Sage Rosenfels replaced him late in the first half Week 8 at San Diego. He completed 17 of 27 passes for 176 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. He also ran once for six yards. Schaub left after taking an aggressive block from Drayton Florence upon throwing his second interception. The hit, one of the helmet-to-helmet variety, earned a 15-yard penalty and sent Schaub to the hospital for an evaluation.
Analysis: The extent -- or even the nature -- of Schaub's injury isn't yet known, but Rosenfels stands to start in his place if he misses any time. Rosenfels has put up good stats when he had to pinch hit for Schaub each of the last two weeks, but the Texans played from behind each time, forcing him to throw more. He'd make a risky start in Fantasy for Week 9 at Oakland, and we'd probably consider him a No. 2 Fantasy QB at best. Check back later this week once the Texans determine the severity of Schaub's injury.
News: With Texans starting QB Matt Schaub a game-time decision according to head coach Gary Kubiak, Sage Rosenfels still has a chance to start Week 8 at San Diego.
Analysis: The Chargers have a pretty weak pass defense, so if Schaub can't go, Rosenfels makes for a half-decent bye-week replacement. He threw for 290 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions Week 7 in a shootout against the Titans.
News: Texans backup QB Sage Rosenfels took snaps in place of an injured Matt Schaub vs. Tennessee in Week 7 and rebounded from a terrible start to post 290 passing yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions. Rosenfels replaced Schaub twice in the game, first taking over for him after Schaub hurt his knee in the first quarter, and promptly threw an interception. Schaub returned but left a second time after taking a hit. Rosenfels fumbled his first snap from center. But after that, Rosenfels connected on several big gains and actually rallied Houston back into the contest.
Analysis: Rosenfels is not expected to start when the Texans play at San Diego in Week 8 unless Schaub is seriously hurt. We'll monitor the Texans QB situation, but don't expect either QB to be a viable Fantasy option for that game against a rested Chargers defense.
News: Texans QB Matt Schaub did not have a touchdown in a Week 6 loss at Jacksonville, finishing with 259 yards on 19-of-31 passing. He was intercepted once and also lost a fumble and was replaced by backup Sage Rosenfels late in the game. Rosenfels finished 11-of-12 passing for 82 yards and a touchdown late in the game.
Analysis: Rosenfels isn't going be starting anytime soon despite his nice numbers in garbage time. Leave him on the waiver wire until further notice.
News: Texans QB Sage Rosenfels, TE Joel Dreessen and TE Mark Bruener didn't record meaningful statistics in Houston's 26-16 loss at Atlanta in Week 4.
Analysis: These players are all backups. None deserve Fantasy consideration when the Texans host the Dolphins in Week 5.
News: Texans QB Sage Rosenfels and TE Mark Bruener didn't record meaningful stats in Week 3's 30-24 loss against the Colts.
Analysis: Rosenfels backs up Matt Schaub, so he won't ever record a stat barring an injury. Bruener mostly blocks as a backup tight end. Neither player deserves ownership in Fantasy leagues. The Texans visit the Falcons in Week 4.
News: Texans backup QB Sage Rosenfels, WR Jerome Mathis, FB Jameel Cook, LS Bryan Pittman, TE Mark Bruener and TE Jeb Putzier did not record an offensive stat in Week 1 vs. Kansas City.
Analysis: None of these players figure to have much of a Fantasy impact this season. They should remain on the waiver wire until further notice.
News: The Houston Chronicle reports that Texans backup QB Sage Rosenfels broke his thumb at the N.Y. Jets in Week 12 and has been placed on Injured Reserve. Bradlee Van Pelt has been signed to the roster to replace Rosenfels.
Analysis: Rosenfels' injury simply means that David Carr will be Houston's QB for the rest of the year whether he wins or not. Van Pelt shouldn't be on any Fantasy rosters.
News: Texans backup QB Sage Rosenfels, FB Jameel Cook, WR David Anderson, FB Vonta Leach and TE Mark Bruener did not record an offensive statistic in Week 12 at the N.Y. Jets.
Analysis: None of these players should be considered useful until further notice.
News: Texans WR David Anderson, RB Vonta Leach, WR Derrick Lewis, TE Jeb Putzier and QB Sage Rosenfels all dressed but recorded no offensive stats in Week 11 against Buffalo.
Analysis: None of the players mentioned have minimal Fantasy value for Week 12 against the N.Y. Jets.
News: Texans backup QB Sage Rosenfels came on in relief of starter David Carr in Week 10 at Jacksonville after he suffered a bruised shoulder in the third quarter. He threw just three passes, completing one for nine yards.
Analysis: With the Texans nursing a slim lead, they gave Rosenfels little chance to make a mistake. It's possible Sage could be in line for a start in Week 11 vs. Buffalo, but he would not be a recommended Fantasy option. Carr's injury did not look to be one that would extend into next week.
News: Texans backup QB Sage Rosenfels, FB Vonta Leach, WR Edell Shepherd, TE Mark Bruener and TE Jeb Putzier did not record an offensive stat in Week 9 at the N.Y. Giants.
Analysis: None of these players are recommended Fantasy options at this time for Week 10 at Jacksonville.
News: Sage Rosenfels was 18-of-25 for 186 yards and finished with a passer rating of 116.0 in relief of David Carr in Week 8. He led the Texans to touchdowns on three of the five drives he orchestrated. His lone interception bounced off Andre Johnson's chest into the hands of Pacman Jones. But Rosenfels' appearance was just for the day; Kubiak said afterward Carr will start when the Texans travel to play the New York Giants on Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J. Rosenfels was hardly fazed. "Of course you want to play, and that's what I want to do, but I'm going to do what coach Kubiak says," Rosenfels said. "If anybody knows what's best for this team, it's coach Kubiak."
Analysis: Rosenfels should not be added to Fantasy rosters at this time.
News: Houston QB Sage Rosenfels was 18-of-25 passing for 186 yards, three touchdowns and an interception against Tennessee. He also had one carry for 7 yards. Rosenfels replaced Carr in the third quarter.
Analysis: It is unlikely Rosenfels will start in Week 9 against the Giants, but keep an eye on the situation. Rosenfels played better than Carr in his brief appearance.
News: Texans WR David Anderson, RB Vonta Leach, TE Mark Breuner and QB Sage Rosenfels all dressed in Week 7 against the Jaguars but did not record an offensive statistic.
Analysis: None of these players are recommended Fantasy options at this time for Week 8 at Tennessee.
News: Texans TE Owen Daniels, QB Sage Rosenfels, WR Derrick Lewis, TE Mark Bruener and TE Jeb Putzier did not record any stats in Week 4 vs. Miami.
Analysis: Daniels is the only player to be concerned with, seeing how in past weeks he has become a favorite red zone target of QB David Carr. The other players can be ignored in Fantasy leagues. Houston has a bye in Week 5.
News: The following players were active but did not record an offensive statistic for the Texans vs. the Eagles in Week 1: TE Bennie Joppru, TE Mark Bruener, QB Sage Rosenfels and WR Derrick Lewis.
Analysis: None of these players are recommended for Fantasy Football use.
News: The Miami Herald reports Sage Rosenfels has agreed to a four-year, $7 million contract with the Houston Texans.
Analysis: Rosenfels will be the team's No. 2 quarterback behind David Carr. He will warrant no consideration in drafts.
News: Miami backup QB Sage Rosenfels started one game and played in four last season, throwing for 462 yards, four TDs and three INTs. He is set to be a free agent this offseason.
Analysis: Rosenfels won't carry any Fantasy value in 2006 whether he stays with Miami or goes to another club.
News: QB Sage Rosenfels is poised to make his second start of the season against Tennessee. Rosenfels took snaps with Miami's first-team offense Tuesday with Gus Frerotte (finger) sidelined.
Analysis: Rosenfels is not a recommended option in Week 16.
News: Miami QB Sage Rosenfels replaced starter Gus Frerotte and was 6-of-13 passing for 99 yards and a touchdown vs. the N.Y. Jets in Week 15. He also rushed for 10 yards.
Analysis: Rosenfels should not be leaned on vs. Tennessee in Week 16 whether he starts or not.
News: Gus Frerotte started the second half on the bench at the Jets. Sage Rosenfels started the second half. Frerotte hurt his right shoulder in the first half.
Analysis: Rosenfels shouldn't be used in Fantasy leagues, and he's not guaranteed a start in Week 16.
News: Dolphins head coach Nick Saban said Gus Frerotte remains the No. 1 quarterback, not Sage Rosenfels. "We're not making any changes at that position right now," the coach said. "This should not be an issue. We don't want it to be an issue. I know y'all are going to try to make it an issue." In the final 19 minutes of their Week 13 game vs. Buffalo, Rosenfels threw for 272 yards and two touchdowns, including the winning score on fourth down with 6 seconds left.
Analysis: Rosenfels should not be added to Fantasy rosters.
News: Sage Rosenfels led the Miami Dolphins to a 21 point fourth-quarter comeback victory over Buffalo in Week 13 vs. Buffalo. He replaced Gus Frerotte after he had to leave the game with a concussion in the third quarter. Frerotte was 22-for-37 and he threw two touchdown passes and an interception.
Analysis: Rosenfels could very well start next week at San Diego in Week 14 now that Frerotte suffered a concussion. Despite the strong effort, Rosenfels would not be a recommended Fantasy option against a tough San Diego defense.
News: Gus Frerotte had to leave Week 13 vs. Buffalo after suffering a concussion while being sacked in the end zone for a safety. He did not return. Sage Rosenfels entered the game for Frerotte.
Analysis: Frerotte was 12-for-28 for 115 yards before leaving the game. He did not throw a touchdown or an interception. Monitor his progress before considering him for Week 14 at San Diego. Sage Rosenfels would start if he in unable to go.
News: Miami's starting QB for Week 11, Sage Rosenfels, was pulled after playing for three quarters and not connecting with his teammates for any points. He did connect twice with Browns defenders for two interceptions, and finished passing 5-of-10 for 14 yards.
Analysis: Rosenfels has lost any of his remaining Fantasy value.
News: Sage Rosenfels will start in Week 11 for the Miami Dolphins at Cleveland. QB Gus Frerotte (finger) will be active and will serve as the backup.
Analysis: Rosenfels took most of the reps with the first offense all week. He isn't a recommended starter, but could serve as a last-minute emergency starter if your desperate.
News: Gus Frerotte rejoined practice on a limited basis Friday, an indication he'll probably start at Cleveland despite a sprained right index finger. "We feel like he probably could play in the game, based on what he did today," coach Nick Saban said.
Analysis: Looks like Frerotte will be able to go despite missing most of the week with the sprained finger. He didn't participate fully in team drills, and backup Sage Rosenfels remains an option for Sunday. Saban declined to say which quarterback will start, hoping to create some doubt for the Browns.
News: The Sun-Sentinel reports Gus Frerotte (finger) doesn't expect to start in Week 11. "[The finger] is swollen. I sprained it," Frerotte said. "I was in there all morning [Tuesday] getting treatment on it, and we'll just have to go day to day and see how it comes out."
Analysis: Sage Rosenfels would get the start in Frerotte's absence. Fans in South Florida want to see what Rosenfels can bring to the offense, but Fantasy Footballers shouldn't add him at this point.
News: Miami backup QB Sage Rosenfels got in one play late in Miami's 30-20 loss vs. Kansas City in Week 7, and it was a 77-yard TD pass to WR Chris Chambers.
Analysis: The pass could start up the hype machine for Rosenfels to start. For now, he should not be owned by anybody.
News: The Herald reports Gus Frerotte has been named the No. 1 quarterback in Miami. A.J. Feeley was demoted to No. 3, and Sage Rosenfels is second on the depth chart.
Analysis: Rosenfels won the spot with an impressive preseason, but he has no draft value.
News: The Miami Herald reports Dolphins QB Gus Frerotte is close to wrapping up the team's starting job, and while it would mean QB A.J. Feeley would back him up, there's discussion that he could lose that spot to Sage Rosenfels, who has been playing well so far. "I think there's a competition on our team at every position as to who ends up where," Saban said.
Analysis: Rosenfels has no Fantasy value even if he does make it into an NFL game.
News: The Dolphins made it official that QB Sage Rosenfels will start in Week 17 at Baltimore.
Analysis: Trying to attack a tough Baltimore defense will be a big task for Rosenfels in his first NFL start. He has little Fantasy value.
News: QB Sage Rosenfels will likely start in Week 17 at Baltimore with A.J. Feeley (rib) questionable. "I'm very excited for him," tight end Randy McMichael said. "He has all the tools. He just has to get the experience.
Analysis: Rosenfels has little Fantasy value on the road against the Ravens.
News: According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Dolphins QB Sage Rosenfels could start in Week 12 at San Francisco if A.J. Feeley (hip, questionable) can't go. "Sage is a quarterback who needs the opportunity," coach Jim Bates said. "Sage has the ability to play in this league. There is not doubt. He is very intelligent. He will know where to go with the football, how to run our operation on offense and he is going to be a good quarterback."
Analysis: With Jay Fiedler on the injured reserve list with a herniated disc, Rosenfels is now the No. 2 QB in Miami. Recently signed QB Jason Garrett is the No. 3 option. Rosenfels has no Fantasy value in a reserve role.
News: According to the Miami Herald, with Jay Fiedler (ribs) and A.J. Feeley (concussion) banged up, Sage Rosenfels could start for the Dolphins at quarterback in Week 6 at Buffalo.
Analysis: Why not? Obviously, neither Fiedler or Feeley has done much this season, as the Dolphins record (0-5) would indicate. Rosenfels has no Fantasy value for now.
News: Sage Rosenfels will play in the fourth quarter of Saturday's preseason game at Tampa Bay.
Analysis: Rosenfels will follow Jay Fiedler and A.J. Feeley. He is the team's No. 3 quarterback and he has no Fantasy appeal.
News: Saeg Rosenfels will be the primary backup to Miami quarterback Jay Fiedler now that Brian Griese (toe) is injured.
Analysis: It is not known how long Griese will be out for. Rosenfels has thrown three passes in the NFL, all incomplete. He should not be considered for a Fantasy roster spot.
News: Rosenfels might start or enter the game in Week 10. He is taking snaps with the first team in practices. Ray Lucas is listed as questionable for Sunday's game at the N.Y. Jets due to a shoulder injury. Even if he starts, Lucas might not finish the game if he is ineffective. Rosenfels is not worth using on Fantasy teams.
News: Rosenfels had some early jitters on Saturday, throwing two incomplete passes and an interception on Washington's first three plays from scrimmage. He settled down, however, and threw touchdown passes of 65 yards and 10 yards. Rosenfels, who didn't get into a regular season game last year, finished 10-for-20 for 172 yards. Even if he can win a starting QB job, he won't have much Fantasy appeal, and his inexperience will lead to many mistakes.
News: Rosenfels will start in Saturday's preseason opener. The Washington Post says Danny Wuerffel and Shane Matthews will also get at least one start apiece during the preseason. Rookie Patrick Ramsey is not yet in camp as the Redskins try to work out a contract with his agent. Rosenfels will probably not have any Fantasy value this year despite the start on Saturday. Matthews should be considered the favorite to win the job, but none of the Washington QBs will have much Fantasy appeal.
News: According to published reports, Rosenfels looked better than both Danny Wuerffel and Dameyune Craig during April's minicamp. Coach Steve Spurrier may still attempt to trade for Shane Matthews, but he feels confident with the quarterbacks he has on the roster. However, none of the three are very attractive to Fantasy owners and should be left to the waiver wire early in the 2002 season.
News: The Redskins have reached a contract agreement with Rosenfels. The rookie is likely to backup starter Jeff George this season unless the team signs a veteran quarterback before the start of the regular season.