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Owners who had Ben Roethlisberger or Aaron Rodgers enjoyed one of the most entertaining fantasy matchups of the season, with both players far surpassing their projections.

Meantime, many Tom Brady owners probably lost in the playoffs because of one of his worst passing performances of the season. Ditto for owners who were starting Brett Favre in what seemed an attractive matchup against Carolina.

Here's this week's top 10, with projections courtesy of Fantasy Football Nerd. The scoring format is the industry standard, with one point awarded per 25 yards passing and six points for each touchdown. There are no deductions for interceptions.

1. Drew Brees: 22.1 projected points/17 fantasy points
2. Kurt Warner: 21.1/21
3. Peyton Manning: 20.5/36
4. Matt Schaub: 19.2/20
5. Philip Rivers: 19/30
6. Rodgers: 18.4/33
7. Tony Romo: 16.8/18
8. Donovan McNabb: 16.5/18
9. Favre: 16.5/8
10. Brady: 16.5/10

Roethlisberger (16/38) set a franchise record by passing for 503 yards. He also threw three touchdowns in a 37-36 victory over Green Bay in which Rodgers threw for 383 yards and three touchdowns.

That fantasy quarterback duel was reminiscent of the Nov. 22 game between Cleveland and Detroit in which the Browns' Brady Quinn and the Lions' Matthew Stafford combined to throw nine touchdowns. The Lions won, 38-37, after Stafford threw a touchdown on the final play of the game.

While we're talking about outstanding fantasy performances, let's not forget Joe Flacco, who this week was projected at 16.5 points but scored 33 on four touchdowns and 234 passing yards. That performance was completely unexpected considering Flacco had thrown four touchdowns and seven interceptions over his previous seven games before breaking out against Chicago on Sunday.

Then there's Manning, who also threw four touchdowns. But that really isn't news because he's just so good we've become accustomed to those kinds of games from one of the leading candidates for NFL and fantasy MVP.

Manning had his fourth four-touchdown game of the season and his second in a row. The question for Manning owners now is if he can do it again next week in the fantasy Super Bowl in most leagues.

The Colts, who have clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC, play the Jets in Week 16, and Manning owners will be keeping close track to see if Coach Jim Caldwell decides to rest his starters.

By Gene Wang  |  December 21, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  | Category:  Fantasy Football Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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