Buzz: The Bills are in need of another upset this week against the
Seahawks if they are to keep their playoff hopes alive. If you've been
lacking at the tight end position, Mark Campbell is worth a shot. He had
3 touchdowns last week raising his season total to 5. You could get a
few quality starts out of Drew Bledsoe with the offense on the rise.
Willis McGahee has established himself as a running threat and with Lee Evans stretching the field, players like Campbell will be open underneath.
Buzz: The Dolphins could use a win in a big way and if they don't get
one this week, they may not have another real opportunity. A.J. Feeley
and Travis Minor didn't make much of a difference over Jay Fiedler and
Sammy Morris. Chris Chambers had a big game last week, but that doesn't
assure you of anything for the remainder of the season.
New England Patriots
Buzz: The Patriots are as healthy as they've been all season and are
clicking on all cylinders as they enter what could possibly be their
toughest match up of the year in the Baltimore Ravens. They will
probably try and attack the Ravens with the ground game and run Corey Dillon. Tom Brady is still worth a play because of the experience he
New York Jets
Buzz: The Jets offense has hit a bump in the road with Chad Pennington
on the sidelines. He will miss at least two more weeks with his shoulder
injury. LaMont Jordan will probably see a more steady diet of carries
while Carter remains the starter splitting time with Curtis Martin.
Justin McCareins, not Santana Moss has seen his numbers increase since
Carter has taken over. This week they face an improved Texans secondary.
Buzz: This week's Fantasy Rental is running back Chester Taylor who will
start in place of Jamal Lewis. Lewis suffered an ankle injury last week
and could be out for an extended period of time and Musa Smith
sustained a broken leg in that same game. Kyle Boller has improved, but
is still considered a below-average quarterback. If you have been
utilizing a roster spot on Todd Heap, you may have to wait another two
weeks until he sees the field.
Buzz: The Bengals face off against the Browns in the battle of Ohio.
Both teams have failed to live up to their pre-season expectations and
Carson Palmer has been the main culprit. He will be a very good
quarterback one day, but his time to shine will have to wait. Kelly
Washington scored his fist touchdown of the season last week. He may
start to get more involved in the offense, but Chad Johnson remains the
only Bengals wide out worth starting.
Buzz: The Browns will most likely start Kelly Holcomb this week against
the Bengals. Even if Jeff Garcia's shoulder allows him to play, you get
the feeling that Butch Davis would like to give Holcomb a shot to see if
he can inject some momentum into the offense. Lee Suggs and William Green have split carries, they are both adequate reserves. No Browns
wide out should be in your line up until further notified.
Buzz: The availability of Duce Staley is still a question mark, but he
has made progress with his hamstring injury. The better play has been
and will continue to be from Jerome Bettis. He has the freshest pair of
legs among the starting running backs in the NFL as he has brought a
second wind to help carry the win streak. Plaxico Burress is out this
week which makes Antwaan Randle-El an interesting pick up. He could get
free against the Redskins secondary and have a solid game.
Buzz: The Texans offense has been heavily based around their young trio
of David Carr, Andre Johnson and Domanick Davis. As long as Davis stays
healthy he will receive the majority of touches. Johnson has been a top
performer each week on a consistent basis. Carr's play has dropped off a
bit after a big start. He is still able to be counted on as a fantasy
starter in most leagues.
Buzz: The talents of Peyton Manning will be on display for the whole
world to see as he chases Dan Marino's touchdown record. He now has a
career high 35 after adding 4 more last week. He will need 14 touchdowns
in the team's final six games to break the record and at this rate it
looks very achievable. Edgerrin James had 204 rushing yards last week
and sat out the fourth quarter. It's hard to say what is in store for
him this week against the Lions. With Manning having this type of a
season, any player on this offense on any given week is capable of a
Buzz: David Garrard didn't fare so well in his second start this season,
but he should do well against the Vikings this week. Fred Taylor has
started to show some life and help give your team that extra push you
need for the playoff drive. Look for Jimmy Smith to rebound this week,
he would be an especially good play in salary cap leagues. If you are in
an extremely deep league you might have a roster slot to spare. One
player to consider is LaBrandon Toefield. If Taylor goes down, Toefield
would become the starter.
Buzz: The Titans have had a lot of misfortune this season and it has
been costly for some fantasy owners. Steve McNair's sternum injury
obviously affected him last week as the offense failed to convert on big
play opportunities. Chris Brown is a risky play, his status is still
unknown for this week's game against the Texans. At this point Antowain Smith would be a better option. He did a good job filling in last week
as he rushed for 95 yards, a repeat performance could be in the cards.
Buzz: The Broncos offense came out firing early on once again last week
and they have started to look like a real force as we edge closer to the
playoffs. They could have a statement game against the Raiders this week
on national TV Sunday night. Ashley Lelie has set career highs across
the board and has become a Jake Plummer favorite. Reuben Droughns has
stabilized the running game and their offensive firepower is strong.
Kansas City Chiefs
Buzz: The Chiefs go up against the Chargers in what might become a
Western shootout. This one could have a lot of big fantasy producers.
Derrick Blaylock will make his third straight start for Priest Holmes
who could be out for a couple more weeks. Both Johnnie Morton and Eddie
Kennison have come alive and joined Tony Gonzalez to help give Trent Green a lot of different targets to choose from.
Buzz: Not a whole lot of help here. Kerry Collins is too unpredictable
and has had a number of bad outings which has resulted in a lack of
production coming from the Raiders wide outs. Jerry Porter and Ronald Curry have been the two biggest contributors, but neither provides
satisfactory results. Tyrone Wheatley offers the most upside because he
is a back that can finish off a drive.
San Diego Chargers
Buzz: The Chargers have been one of the surprise teams of the year. They
sit tied with the Broncos for first place in the AFC West. LaDainian Tomlinson had a season high 37 carries last week proving that he can
maintain his workhorse status. Drew Brees has calmed down a bit, but
still offers good value. Look for Tomlinson, not Brees to carry the
Chargers down the stretch.
The biggest headline this week has no impact on this year's fantasy
season, but it holds heavy implications in keeper leagues. It was
announced that Ricky Williams will try and work out a deal to be
reinstated and sit out the Dolphins final four games making him eligible
to play next season. Stay tuned on this development.
Looking for a spark? Keep an eye on the announcement of the Browns
starting quarterback for this week. Should Kelly Holcomb get the start
(which looks very likely), he could come up big against the Bengals.
At the receiver position Jerry Rice gets new life as he is thrust into a
the starting role for Koren Robinson. Robinson will be sitting out his
first of four games as he serves his suspension for violating the
league's substance abuse policy.
Two quick injury reports to update, Jay Fiedler and Troy Hambrick have
been placed on the injured reserve which means A.J. Feeley will likely
close out the season as the Dolphins starting quarterback and Emmitt Smith will continue to be the focal point for the Cardinals.
WEEKLY FANTASY RENTAL
We turn to a back up running back that was able to get the job done when
called upon earlier in the season for this week's edition of our Weekly
Fantasy Rental, the Ravens Chester Taylor.
Musa Smith, who broke his leg in last week's game had split time with
Taylor when Lewis was serving his four game suspension. With Lewis and
Smith both out, Taylor will have the opportunity to rack up the yardage.
The Ravens face the Steelers this week which means they will try and
control the ball. This will work to Taylor's advantage and it wouldn't
be out of the question to see him break 100 yards on the day.
If you took the gamble on picking up Julius Jones you could start to see
some reward for taking the risk over these next few weeks. He will be
the starter from this point forward and will be given every opportunity
to establish himself as the running back of the future.
Last week he carried the ball 30 times while Eddie George spent most of
his time watching from the sidelines. Bill Parcells drafted this kid
which works in his favor. Parcells will want to prove that it was worth
trading down and passing up on Steven Jackson.
Some might look at the fact that Jones gained only 80 yards on those
carries, but the fact that they are willing to stick with him is what
counts. There's also something about Thanksgiving football where some of
the most unexpected events have taken place. The prediction is that
Jones will have his break out game on national television and run for
ON THE SIDELINE AND RIDING THE PINE
Peyton Manning (+) - Looking like the NFL and Fantasy MVP.
Vinny Testaverde (-) - The age has caught up to his body as injuries
could force him out.
Derrick Blaylock (+) - Making his third straight start for the injured
Ahman Green (-) - Could miss time with rib injury.
Mushin Muhammad (+) - Has caught fire in the second half.
Koren Robinson (-) - Begins serving a four game suspension.
Jeremy Shockey (+) - Will see more looks with Eli Manning at quarterback.
Jerramy Stevens (-) - Has lost starting spot to Ituli Mili.
WR Terrell Owens is clearly the focus of the Eagle offense, but look for
RB Brian Westbrook to punish the Giants. The Eagles love to run behind
powerful RT Jon Runyan and he should have his way with Giant DLE Lance
Legree. Westbrook rolls for 125 yards and a pair of score.
RB Domanick Davis has had problems living up to the way he played in
2003 with the Texans. It won't get much better this week when the Titans
come back to their former home. Look for Tennessee to shut him down with
RB Michael Pittman has always run hard, but he is now starting to make
his effort pay off. He has been a dominant player since coming back from
a three-game suspension earlier this year. He has six rushing TDs and
look for him to add to that total against Carolina.
RB Marshall Faulk is a long way from the dominant back he was just a few
years ago. While he is still fairly productive, he loses his way when
the Rams are on the road, averaging 51.8 yards per game. When the Rams
go to Green Bay on Monday night, the Packer run defense will slow him down.
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