Fantasy Focus: Dont Read Into The Hype

Not even a Priest in this weeks buzz, but many unknowns as the last week of head-to-head competition for many is upon us. <br><br> Start positioning to sit the stars and look for the best available player.

Don't take the risk of playing Trent Green on Sunday. He could very easily get knocked out of the game with one good hit to his ribs. Todd Collins would get the go ahead, but too much question surrounds the situation to play either two this week.

The Browns Jeff Garcia is unable to start this week which means they will be forced to go with rookie Luke McCown and Garcia serving as the emergency quarterback with Kelly Holcomb out.

It appears unlikely that Steve McNair will be able to go Sunday against the Colts. Billy Volek practiced with the first team this week and is expected to start. He offers good value against the Colts.

Running Backs
Do not count on the Titans Chris Brown to play either this week. He has said that he'll play, but it was thought he was going to play last week too. Start Antowain Smith for another week.

Don't buy into the Larry Croom hype. Emmitt Smith might still play Sunday and even if he doesn't, Croom would still lose some carries to Josh Scobey.

Ahman Green will wear a flak jacket to protect his ribs and be in the line up. He will see the majority of carries with Najeh Davenport playing a big role as well.

This week's bargain play is the Rams Steven Jackson who will start in place of the injured Marshall Faulk.

Be ready to make a move for 49ers running back Maurice Hicks. He could steal Kevan Barlow's job by the end of the day.

The injury to Priest Holmes could sideline him for the remainder of the season. Derrick Blaylock has filled in nicely in his absence, but as the Chiefs fall more and more out of contention they will be giving more looks to last year's first round pick Larry Johnson.

Wide Receivers
The status of Plaxico Burress will be determined at game-time, but he is not worth the risk of playing if there is doubt that he might play. Sit down Burress and gamble with Antwan Randle-El who may have a big play in him on Sunday.

It's time to sit Amani Toomer. With a new rookie quarterback at helm he will get fewer balls thrown to him. He is still searching for his first touchdown of the season as we enter week 14 which is not good news to fantasy owners.

If you need a late selection to go with at receiver on Sunday morning, give Jerry Porter or Ronald Curry a try. They've been playing well and Kerry Collins could have a big day against the Chiefs.

Tight Ends
The Colts Dallas Clark will not play Sunday because of his hamstring injury. This makes Marcus Pollard an enticing play.

The Ravens Todd Heap is supposed to actually step onto the playing field Sunday. This remains to be seen. If he does, it would be in a limited role. Wait at least another week to see if Heap is worth starting in your line up.

Week fourteen in fantasy football is a make or break week. For those of you in head-to-head leagues, this is probably your league's final regular season game which means heavy playoff implications are on the line.

In other leagues, this is a big week to gain positioning for the final three weeks of the season. Many fantasy squads have been decimated by injuries and have been forced to rely on the Maurice Hicks of the world to help steady their ship. We take pride in bringing you these players all season long and giving you the advantage on your friends and fellow co-workers.

Some names you'll need to know for this week that can be of help are Tatum Bell of the Broncos and Arlen Harris of the Rams. Bell will spell Reuben Droughns on a more regular basis and should get about 10 touches a game. In extremely deep leagues many teams are starving for some sort of help at the running back position and Bell's big play potential makes for a boom or bust play. For Harris, he could become the product of a high powered Rams offense. Steven Jackson will likely play, but he won't see as many carries as he did last week due to the knee injury sustained last week. Those carries will go to Harris.

We have plenty more in store to help guide you to your league's championship and earn those respected bragging rights in our week fourteen coverage.

This week's Fantasy Rental is a recycled one that comes in especially handy if you own Marc Bulger and are too wary of taking a risk on Chris Chandler's health. The Titans Billy Volek played superb last week filling in for Steve McNair by tossing 3 touchdown passes and gaining 269 yards. He is geared towards an even bigger week on Sunday.

With a match up verses the Chiefs, Volek will look to do some serious damage against a defense that is ranked 31st against the pass. This also means that Drew Bennett could be in for another big game.

On the season Volek has played in six games throwing for 1,282 yards, 9 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. What is even more impressive is the fact that he has had 2 touchdown passes in all four games that he has started. The streak continues this week, add another deuce and an additional 300 yards this week.

In our effort to bringing you rookies on the rise before the competition finds out about them we somehow haven't gotten around to Kevin Jones. He is certainly a known commodity at this point in the season, but deserves to be honored in our Rookie Spotlight.

After being hobbled earlier in the season by an assortment of injuries, Jones has bounced back strong in the second part of the season thus far by rushing for 476 yards in the past four games.

This week he will look to follow up on his season-high 196 rushing yards from last week. With the way Jones has been running and Steve Mariucci's reluctance to pass, Jones should get 100 rushing yards and has a good chance to see the end zone.

Drew Bledsoe (+) - Has sparked the Bills back into contention and faces easy schedule.
Marc Bulger (-) - Will likely miss at least two games with re-injured throwing shoulder.

Running Backs
Julius Jones (+) - Making the decision to pass up Steven Jackson defendable.
Warrick Dunn (-) - Might not see the end zone again this season.

Wide Receivers
T.J. Houshmanzadeh (+) - He and counterpart Chad Johnson offer a red-hot combo.
Laveranues Coles (-) - Has been a complete fantasy non-factor.

Tight Ends
Todd Heap (+) - Extended playing time and a favorable match up this week.
Jeremy Shockey (-) - His latest public criticism of the team's offense holds some truth.

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