Here are the geeks' picks of the week:
QB – Mark Brunell – Brunell has been proving critics wrong over the past few weeks as the Redskins offense has been back on track after getting RB Clinton Portis back in the lineup. The Titans currently rank 18th in the league against pass defense after holding the powerful Colts passing attack to 166 yards last week. We don't expect another game like that out of the Titans, so we see Brunell having a good day through the air. Look for the veteran QB to throw for close to 300 yards and since the Titans have already given up 7 TDs' through the air, expect multiple TDs out of Brunell.
RB – Tatum Bell –
RB – Maurice Morris – Morris is the No. 1 back in the Seahawks offense until Shaun Alexander recovers from his foot injury. The Seahawks will be facing a Rams defense that is currently ranked 24th in the league at stopping the run from a fantasy perspective. They give up a little over 120 rushing yards per game and have given up 6 TDs on the ground so far this season. Look for Morris to his best game yet, as the Seahawks will be looking to dismantle a division opponent.
WR – Mushin Muhammed – While being the leading receiver, reception-wise, on the Bears with 26 catches, Muhammed's fantasy value hasn't been as high as his counterpart, Bernard Berrian. The Bears will be facing a Cardinals team that is currently ranked 29th against the pass from a fantasy perspective. The Cardinals will also be starting Matt Leinart at QB, who will be making just his second start in the NFL. Look for the Bears defense to give their offense plenty of scoring opportunities in this game with Muhammed, not Berrian being the big benefactor from a fantasy perspective, since defenses are now aware of Berrain's speed and playmaking ability.
WR – Lee Evans – Evans needed some time to adjust to being the No. 1 WR in the Bills offense when the season started. Now that he is acclimated to his responsibilities, Evans numbers are starting to take off. Evans has totaled 90 yards or better in his last three games and will be facing a Lions team that is struggling with pass defense. The Lions are ranked 30th in fantasy pass defense, giving up over 265 yards per game passing and allowing a league high 11 touchdowns through the air. Look for J.P. Losman to look Evans way often this game and for Evans to have one of his best games of the season thus far.
TE – Alge Crumpler – Crumpler has had a disappointing start to his 2006 campaign so far, catching only 11 balls through the first four games of the season. While the run has been the Falcons bread and butter, they will be tempted to pass a bit more against the Giants and their 27th ranked fantasy pass defense. Look for QB Michael Vick to get re-antiquated with his favorite target and for Crumpler to put up some decent numbers this week.
DEF – Washington Redskins – The Redskins defense has been a bit disappointing this season, mostly because of injuries in their secondary. Look for their secondary to get the week off this week though, as they will face the Tennessee Titans and QB Vince Young. Young will be making only his third career start in this game as has yet to pass for over 160 yards in a game thus far. The Titans rank 31st in total fantasy offense this season, gaining only 276 yards per game through the air and on the ground. Look for the Redskins to take away the Titans ground game and force Young into obvious passing situations. If they can do this, they should be able to for some turnovers and keep the Titans from scoring over 14 points.