HOT - Although Tom Brady has nearly doubled the QB field through the NFL's first 9 weeks, he gets a deserved bye week this weekend. Who would have thought that Brady's total touchdowns would more than double that of a healthy Peyton Manning (who is ranked 4th) heading into week 10? This time last season, Tony Romo was just becoming a starter and Derek Anderson was nowhere near anyone's thoughts when QB ratings were considered. All Ben Roethlisberger is doing is throwing TDs and winning games. How has Carson Palmer and his Bengals won only 2 games? Look out...because Drew Brees and the Saints are marching!
COLD - The Kansas City Chiefs are playing better, but Damon Huard isn't quite the spark coach Herm Edwards would like in KC. Despite a decent record, Jason Campbell is barely getting it done in Washington. Joey Harrington and the Falcons have surprisingly won 2 games this season. Daunte Culpepper is now a sub. Just how are the Tennessee Titans winning?...Vince Young's stats are invisible (except, of course, if you look at his W-L column). Marc Bulger and Steve McNair are thinking of "the good 'ol days". So much for so many who thought Alex Smith and the San Fran offense would be good this season (I didn't).
HOT - Rookie Adrian Peterson is the new sheriff in town and nobody has told him he is on a bad team. LaDainian Tomlinson has cooled, but still HOT...LT looks to put a hurt on the Colts this weekend. Can Joseph Addai pick up on the San Diego D where Peterson left off? Brian Westbrook just gets things done. Marshawn Lynch is an incredible rookie and would be "rookie of the year" if not for AP. Reggie Bush and Willie Parker get great matchups in week 10.
COLD - Cedric Benson, Thomas Jones, and Shaun Alexander have 458 rushes collectively...and have just 4 TDs combined. Julius Jones will never reach his full potential with Marion Barber in uniform on the same team. I realize that Laurence Maroney hasn't seen action all season due to injuries and a conservative effort to keep him healthy, but how does this back not have a few TDs?...he may be the only New England player that hasn't scored this season. Steven Jackson feels good this week and should be able to knock off some of the frost in week 10...but no guarantees with the season SJax and the 0-8 Rams have experienced.
HOT - Randy Moss is off in week 10...but it's doubtful that Braylon Edwards catches up to his numbers against a strong Pittsburgh defense (which has allowed less than 100 total points to date). The Bengals are a mere 2-6, but T.J. Houshmandzadeh is on a blistering pace with 62 grabs and 10 TDs at the season's midpoint. Terrell Owens and Plaxico Burress face-off this weekend in New York...the same matchup in Dallas in week 1 yielded 80 (EIGHTY) points between the two teams. Reggie Wayne, Chad Johnson, and Steve Smith all are producing in the top 10, but most expected the trio to be in the top 5 by season's end (including me)...each has a nice matchup this weekend (CJ should be good to go despite last week's serious neck injury scare). were predicted in the top 5 are on fire and burning secondaries every week. Plaxico Burress isn't far behind ( Burress has a bum ankle and gets a fortunately timed bye in week 9). Wes Welker is for real and will torch the Colts if the Indy secondary pays too much attention to Moss and Donte Stallworth this weekend. I believe Reggie Wayne, Chad Johnson, Steve Smith, and Terrell Owens were my top 4 preseason fantasy WRs - they'll have to bump up in the second half to make that prediction a reality.
COLD - Reggie Brown headed into 2007 as Philly's top wide receiver (other than Brian Westbrook)...Brown is finally moving forward, but still without a TD in 8 games. Marvin Harrison was ranked as the top WR by many heading into the season (finished first in 2006), but a knee injury continues to plague a usually healthy Harrison. Like Harrison, Javon Walker suffers from a similar knee predicament, but should see action in week 11. Darrell Jackson, Santana Moss, and Devery Henderson have also had injury concerns...although neither has been impressive when in the lineup this season.
HOT - Antonio Gates is having a typical year, but Jason Witten is having a career year. Kellen Winslow may have more talent than any tight end in football...only TD numbers differentiate Winslow from Gates and Witten in the boxscore (which could change in the 2nd half of the year). Will Tony Gonzalez ever not be a top tight end...it's seems that Gonzo has been producing for the Chiefs forever. Dallas Clark leads all tight ends with 6 TDs and continues to play a huge role in Indy's top offense. Heath Miller may be the HOTTEST TE on the board and gets Cleveland this week. Benjamin Watson gets week 10 off to rest up.
COLD - Most of these guys were drafted as starters on fantasy teams in 12-team leagues. Most figured Randy McMichael, Alge Crumpler, and L.J. Smith as top ten material. We kind of knew Crumpler's fate when Vick pulled his stunt in the off-season. Smith has been injured and Donovan McNabb hasn't looked exactly stellar this season. Highly-heralded Marcedes Lewis has played better of late, but is still scoreless.
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