|The first game this Thanksgiving features two struggling teams in the standings, but each has an offense capable of producing some nice fantasy stats in a game likely to be a bit of a shootout. Miami comes to town with ex-Lion Joey Harrington at the helm. Although he struggled dearly in Detroit when with the Lions, Harrington has found a bit of chemistry of late with the Phins. I look for him to come into this game throwing on Detroit's secondary with some success as he tosses several strikes to WR Chris Chambers and TE Randy McMichael. Expect Miami RB Ronnie Brown (who is quietly having a solid season) to get it going for at least 100 and a score. For Detroit, I believe QB Jon Kitna looks WR Roy Williams' direction all day...and expect Williams to have a huge game here. WR Mike Furrey is also worth fantasy consideration here as the Lions go to the air. RB Kevin Jones is banged up and won't play, so expect to see a running back by committee approach off the bench for the Lions (none worthy of a fantasy start). Don't be surprised to see the Lions put up close to 30 points in this game, even with their starting RB on the mend.|
|The Bucs stop here. After watching what the Dallas defense did to Indy, there is little question that the Cowboys are putting things together at the right time. Play RB Cadillac Williams here if you have him on your roster, but don't expect alot in this game from Caddy or the rest of the Bucs. For the Cowboys, I like QB Tony Romo, WR Terrell Owens, and TE Jason Witten. The Dallas running back situation has become a bit tough for fantasy owners as Marion Barber has been getting more of the touches deep inside the red zone and keeping Julius Jones out of the endzone. Although there may be enough for both Dallas backs to do something here, it's tough to count on or predict which back will get the bulk of the fantasy stats. Case in point...Jones had most of the touches last week against the Colts, but it was Barber who had the two TDs (which highly frustrated Jones owners)...and it's Barber who has 9 TDs on the season to lead all RBs in the NFC.|
The NFL network debuts its first ever live NFL regular season game tonight...and the network picked a nice AFC matchup for the initial telecast. The Broncos come to Kansas City boasting one of the league's best defenses...well, at least it was prior to SD's LaDainian Tomlinson hanging 4 TDs and mega-yardage on them last week. On offense, it's looking like both Bells (Tatum Bell and Mike Bell) will play...but expect Tatum Bell to get the start. Each will have some success against the KC defense, but the committee approach makes it difficult to make either RB a strong play. QB Jake Plummer has been a bit inconsistent, but isn't a bad play here. I do like WR Javon Walker in this game. When Plummer does throw, he looks in Walker's direction and often connects. For the Chiefs, I think you play Larry Johnson with confidence. After what LT did to the Broncos, LJ should be able to repeat to some extent. For Kansas City's passing attack, I like Trent Green a little...but like TE Tony Gonzalez much more (as long as he plays...check his status prior to gametime) as the Chiefs try to play more of a ball control offense with short gains. When these two teams matched up earlier this season, Denver won 9-6 (leaving little on the final fantasy stat sheet - unless you had a kicker or a DST for either team).
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