ONE FOURTH of the quarterbacks who started in the NFL in Week 5 began the season as backups or--in the case of the Jets' Vinny Testaverde--civilians. Are any of these second-stringers worth adding to your fantasy team? Two of them might be.
Grab Him Now
Mark Brunell, Redskins. Joe Gibbs has a knack for getting production from veteran QBs. (See Mark Rypien, Joe Theismann and Jay Schroeder.) Enter Brunell. In his three starts since replacing Patrick Ramsey, the former Jag is averaging 280 yards and and has thrown six touchdown passes. Next week Brunell should light up a Chiefs secondary that has allowed an average of 273.3 yards.
Get Him Later
Kelly Holcomb, Bills. The J.P. Losman era in Buffalo is sidetracked, as Holcomb has taken over the Bills' offense. On Sunday he led Buffalo to a 20--14 win over Miami. Holcomb has dangerous receivers at his disposal in Eric Moulds and Lee Evans, and explosive rookie Roscoe Parrish will soon join the lineup after wrist surgery. Holcomb is capable of a big day: He's thrown for at least 300 yards and three touchdowns in three of his 14 career starts, including a 413-yard, five-TD game. Don't play him against the stingy Jets next week, but with Oakland and Kansas City coming up, he could become a fantasy factor.
RONALD MARTINEZ/GETTY IMAGES (BRUNELL)
STEVE JACOBSON (HOLCOMB)