Bye Weeks: Buffalo, Carolina,
New England, N.Y. Jets
Last Week's Projections
(10-6) Straight Up - 62.5%
(9-7) Against The Spread - 56.3%
For The Season
(20-12) Straight Up - 62.5%
(16-16) Against The Spread - 50.0%
Arizona at Atlanta (-10),
I think the Falcons proved themselves to be formidable against
an aging, struggling Rams team last week. Just when you thought
the Rams would put on the afterburners the Falcons were there to
stick another dagger in the heart. Vick was unstoppable with 179
yards passing, 109 yards rushing, and 1 score. The defense was most
impressive with 5 sacks and 2 forced turnovers. Limiting Faulk to
a mere 20 yards rushing. I think they should roll this week with
Vick, Dunn, Crumpler, and the Falcons D as starters. Peerless Price
has been a no-show so far this year and is proving every time he
steps out on the field he is not a #1 guy. Here's to Dan Reeves
for forking out the dough for this bum.
Ahhhh the Cardinals. Denny Green and his band of "playoff caliber"
players he gushed during the offseason. What a ridiculous statement.
Although they didn't get the hammer dropped on them by the Pats
they were manhandled up front allowing Corey Dillon to rush for
158 yards. You can talk all you want about injuries Boldin and Shipp
were not going to help this team that much. They are weak on both
offensive and defensive fronts. McCown is not the answer when he
makes mistakes like he did on Sunday. 2 picks and no scores won't
get it done. Fitzgerald, Smith, Jones, again show-shows for fantasy
numbers. For all the happy media over what a great coach Denny Green
is need to understand coaches coach, players play. Bobby Ross is
at Army and they are still getting the crap kicked out of them.
Tough point spread to cover at 10 but give me the Falcons D.
Final Score: Falcons 23, Cardinals
Baltimore (-3) at Cincinnati,
As predicted in this column the Ravens came back with a vengeance
last week with a prime time beating on the Steel Men. Had to know
that Ray Lewis and company were going to knock some folks out with
Maddox getting clobbered numerous times. They had 4 sacks, 2 picks,
and 1 FF. I think that the offense is still struggling, especially
Boller. But the defense is so good it keeps them in it. Jamal Lewis
doesn't look the same and when Chester Taylor is out- rushing you
then you have some problems. No Travis Taylor. Todd Heap hurt. I
should go against them but I will get to the Bungles here is a minute
Cincinnati is somewhat of an enigma. The first mistake was going
with Palmer at QB. How does a guy throw for over 3000 yards and
get benched? I know you want to move to the future but winning
now keeps your job not five years from now. I digress. Carson
stunk it way up against the Dolphins. He performed ok with 147
yards, no TD's, and a pick. I know it is the Dolphins but he looked
like a deer caught in headlights. But the Bengal's D impressed
me. Again it was the Dolphins and their absolutely horrendous
offense but they looked very impressive. 2 sacks, 2 picks and
crazy pressure on Feeley all night. I think that this will a tough
one to win because as good as Miami's D is Baltimore defines defense.
Not an easy choice but I will go with Baltimore winning by a TD
Final Score: Ravens 20, Bengals
Chicago at Minnesota (-9),
Minnesota lost a heartbreaker Monday night. Made too many mistakes
against a good Philly team at home. When you get inside the 10
three times and come up with 6 points you are not going to beat
that team. Culpepper looked incredible as he shredding the Eagles
D going 37/47 (78%), 343 yards, and one TD. Also rushing for another
41 yards. Problem being is that he got tackled on the one on third
down which caused a field goal and he fumbled on the one as well.
That was the shitty part. In all likelihood they should have won
this game by 2 touchdowns as T.O.'s touchdown would have been
overturned on replay as the ball did hit the turf and he was out
of bounds when he had control. But again you can't make those
kinds of mistakes in the opponent's own barn. Moss was relatively
quiet but did catch a TD at the end, but no big plays. I have
a feeling he will have a few in this game. He has yet to really
break out but the time will come. Don't worry.
Chicago looked great against the Pack as they surprisingly punked
them at Lambeau. That was a shameful performance by the Pack after
beating the Panthers the week before. Uninspired crap from a team
that is supposed to be a contender. Anyway, Lovie Smith has them
fired up in deep-dish land as they looked like a train coming
through on the ground with Thomas Jones looking like Jim Brown
with 152 yards and a score. No shows by Grossman and Terrell but
who cares when you run the ball like that. I think it is a mirage
though. Chicago is about a year and a receiver away.
Final Score: Vikings 28, Bears
Cleveland at N.Y. Giants
(-3), 1:00 pm
Folks were ready to throw in the towel on the Giants season after
a big-time beating by Philly in Week 1. But Sgt. Coughlin's G-Men
responded with a great effort against the overrated Redskins.
Warner turned back the clock with 232 yards and a TD. I think
the Giants will be better than what people think. Once they get
passed Coughlin's stupid rules they should get settled. I agree
with sharp though I wouldn't play for that Nazi idiot for all
the money in China. He just looks like an ass. But he does have
football knowledge and can win. They should be an average team.
Play Warner, Toomer, and Barber this week.
The Browns celebration was short-lived after their win against
the Ravens. Last week they got a dose of Roy Williams and the
Cowboys. Strange but I thought they would get handled much easier
than only losing by 7 points. I thought it was a typo but Garcia
with 71 yards is ridiculous. 3 freaking interceptions??? The Cowboys
D is a good one but after getting blasted by Minnesota the week
before you would think they would have gained more than 71 yards.
Face it. This team is bad and caught a Ravens team unprepared.
They must improve or this will be another long season for Butch
Davis. Play nobody from this team as injuries decimated them with
Winslow and half of the defensive line going down. Mark them up
Final Score: G-Men 24, Browns
Houston (+9.5) at Kansas
City, 1:00 pm
While Houston's semi-meteoric rise as a franchise has been as
much fun as baby's first steps, this team is starting to resemble
Drew Barrymore's career in its infancy. We loved Drew in E.T.
and Firestarter, just like so many football fans enjoyed watching
Houston beat Dallas in 2002 and play the future Super Bowl champion
New England Patriots into overtime last year. They won four in
2002 and five in 2003, prompting pundits to predict a playoff
appearance this season. But just as Barrymore and so many other
child stars toppled briefly under the pressure of being the next
great prodigy, the Texans have continued to show evidence of their
growing pains and noticeable immaturity during the past two weeks.
David Carr in Week One actually reminded me of Drew dancing in
Studio 54 in the early 1980s with the drink in her hand - they
both looked to be having fun, but they were making poor decisions.
Carr looked better last week, which could represent Drew's performance
in Cat's Eye. Just like Drew in the mid-late 80s, he's got a long
road ahead of him.
With San Diego and Detroit as opponents in its first two games,
the Texans had their shot at a 2-0 start. But after two poor defensive
performances, they are now 0-2 and facing the toughest part of
their schedule - weeks 3 through 14. With two games each against
Indy and Tennessee, and non-division and conference opponents
like Green Bay, Denver, the Jets and Minnesota mixed in, it doesn't
get any easier until Week 15 at Chicago, and Week 17 in Cleveland.
Jacksonville, who is 2-0, play them in weeks 8 and 16. The Texans
do have some bright spots, especially in terms of fantasy football.
Names like Domanick Davis and Andre Johnson figure to be good
starts all season unless something drastic changes in their depth
chart. They are great plays against a weak Kansas City defense
that is already making a poor reputation for itself. I like Carr,
too, and think that he can add some more TDs and cut down on those
few bad throws a game that haunt both the final score and stat
line. As far as individual defensive performers, I'm a bit confused
by the absence of Jamie Sharper and predominant fantasy lines
of Jay Foreman and Kailee Wong. Anyway, as the caliber of opponents
changes over the next few weeks, so should Sharper's production.
At least, that's what I'm telling myself.
The Chiefs have problems of their own, including an ankle injury
to Priest Holmes. Holmes missed the last half of the fourth quarter
of Sunday's loss to Carolina with a sprained ankle and if he can't
go, Derrick Blaylock would be the starter and featured halfback.
With whomever they give the carries to, KC should be able to knock
out Houston with its offense. Last week, Larry Johnson was still
listed as the backup to Holmes on the Chiefs' official depth chart,
but there are a couple things everyone should know about this
situation. First, FB Tony Richardson is a good runner and threat
to catch passes out of the backfield and might assume more of
a feature role if Holmes is unavailable Sunday. Johnson is totally
unproven at this level, not to say he couldn't perform if given
the chance, and Blaylock averaged about 5 yards a carry in his
limited use last season. We'll probably see these three backs
divide much of the fantasy value that Holmes currently keeps to
himself, but if you want to play it safe and listen to ESPN and
reports from the team - Blaylock is the guy.
Holmes, though still the an otherworldly fantasy back, isn't a
great guy to handcuff with a sure-thing backup simply because
there isn't one, and probably won't be one on Sunday. On a hunch,
I would actually take Richardson over both Johnson and Blaylock
this week, though, if Holmes can't go. Stay tuned on the Holmes
situation, since it looks like it might be a game-time decision.
Coach Vermeil isn't crying yet, and said it's not a serious sprain
and every guy is different in terms of recovery from injuries
of this nature. In any event, there should be lots of scoring,
so the Chiefs RB of your choice, Johnnie Morton, Tony Gonzlaez
and even Trent Green (who busted in the first two weeks) should
be good plays. On defense, this Monty Beisel character is looking
awfully tempting and should be picked up to start along with LBs
Scott Fujita and Shawn Barber.
Final Score: Chiefs 31 Texans
Jacksonville (+6) at
Tennessee, 1:00 pm
Jacksonville finally gets some real competition in Tennessee and
faces a good offensive unit (that knows just how to exploit defensive
weakness) and a tough defense (that knows how to stop offenses
without a whole lot of punch). So far, the Jags look like they've
been getting it done with smoke and mirrors, joining along list
of other teams in the league (Detroit comes to mind) that have
played above their heads during one - or both - of the first two
weeks of the season. Because I've got some players on these teams
myself, I'm really hoping for a free-wheeling scoring affair.
But discretion is the better part of valor (and prognostication)
and I'm not going out on a limb to predict a wild scoring game,
especially following the Jags-Broncos game and given the situation
in week one with the Titans-Dolphins debacle.
The Jaguars best offensive weapons are obviously Byron Leftwich,
Fred Taylor and Jimmy Smith, but I like Smith the best this week
against Tennessee. He always seems to get his catches in games
like this, but with Taylor still nursing a mild foot injury and
Leftwich due for a three-interception endeavor, Jime-me, as my
brother-in-law Dan calls him, will be the one who tallies the
most substantial fantasy numbers. Defensively, LBs Mike Peterson
and Akin Ayodele are the two most consistent, but DT John Henderson
and S Donovan Darius will be the best lineman and defensive back
The Titans seemingly on top of things last week when they collapsed
in the fourth quarter and lost to a visibly-incensed Colts team.
I'm still waiting for my boy Derrick Mason to get his TD catch,
since he nearly had two last week against Indy that just weren't
meant to be. Steve McNair owners should go ahead and give him
the play this week, although I think the Jags defense will hold
him to average fantasy numbers. But as they say, you play your
studs every week and hope for the best. Speaking of studs, I couldn't
have been more wrong about Chris Brown, who is obviously more
than I cracked him up to be. Sure, I've had plenty of other guys
this year that had dead to rights in my scope, but Brown didn't
strike me as anything special. As whole, I like the Titans defense
against Jacksonville, and would play Keith Bulluck, Tank Williams
and rookie lineman Antwan Odom in IDP leagues. I think this will
be Odom's breakout game as he should be able to get to Leftwich
and the Jaguars offensive line is due to give up a few sacks.
Final Score: Titans 20, Jags
New Orleans (+7) at St.
Louis, 1:00 pm
I've been waiting for this game in terms of fantasy production,
which features two underachieving 1-1 NFC teams with something
to prove. There are more guys on these teams looking for some
fantasy points than there are porn messages in my Yahoo bulk mail.
Actually, it's about time I emptied that.
The Saints will be without Deuce McAllister for the next few weeks,
which again proves my point that a high draft position can often
be the kiss of death with the expectant determinism of NFL injuries
looming over every season. Right about now, I'm glad I had the
12th pick in my draft because I didn't have to worry about when
to pick Deuce, who isn't going to break Jim Marshall's ironman
record anytime soon, in case you were paying attention. Aaron
Stecker is a capable backup, and the Rams have given up a lot
of fantasy points to running backs this year. And please, don't
start giving me this nonsense about Ki-Jana Carter getting lots
of carries. Carter is more likely to tear an ACL jogging out onto
the field than scoring fantasy points in the next few weeks. He's
had more failed comebacks than Scott Baio. I think Aaron Brooks
will be a good play this week as these teams should light up the
scoreboard. Brooks, Joe Horn, Donté Stallworth and Stecker are
great plays, and TE Boo Williams should rebound from his absence
last week by catching a TD on Sunday. Some are even considering
former Rams TE Ernie Conwell, but that's too risky a play, with
Boo ready to bounce back.
The Rams, although not as wonderful as they once were, have found
their place - 2nd in the NFC West, where they should remain for
the rest of the year. They'll need some big wins in upcoming weeks,
but should get back to the playoffs. With that said, why did they
struggle against Arizona and lose to Atlanta. Two reasons - first
game jitters and Mike Vick. On offense, Marc Bulger may have some
additional problems this week with the Saints virtual lockdown
on receiving touchdowns, but I'll take my chances. I still like
Faulk, obviously, and give a big ol' green light to Isaac Bruce
and Torry Holt. On defense, It looks like I can stop playing Leonard
Little and hope none of you other IDP guys has made the same mistake.
Just because I don't seem to know, does ANYBODY out there know
what's wrong with this guy other than the fact that he likes to
drive drunk and run over people? Play it safe in IDP with safety
Adam Archuleta and stay away from everybody else.
Final Score: Rams 28 Saints
Philadelphia (-4) at
Detroit, 1:00 pm
It was a nice run, Detroit, it really was. Now it's time to say
nanu-nanu to the King of Grolgon, thank him for his krelomp of
unlimited cravishons and make your way back to planet Earth, where
the Philadelphia Eagles are waiting to officially welcome you
to the 2004 NFL season. I'm not really big on sure things in this
world - it's too easy to become emotionally scarred by building
up expectations only to have them explode all over your tender
psyche. But I'm giving a go-ahead to everybody out there that's
left in their last man standing pools to pick Philly. I would
wager my first born and all of my measly paycheck that Philly
The Eagles have been doing a great job getting Terrell Owens the
ball at crucial times and should continue to look his way against
Detroit, a team that has an entire secondary of defensive backs
under 6'0". Donovan McNabb will keep being everything his fantasy
owners hoped he would be, and RB Brian Westbrook should get a
score this week, the only detail that's held him back from "next
big thing" status. I also like TE L.J. Smith, who got a score
Monday night against the Vikes. I'm going to try and not overanalyze
this one, since it's pretty obvious that the Eagles are a great
team that should have success against the Lions. There are several
good IDP plays for Philly this week, including CB Sheldon Brown,
S Michael Lewis, LB Nate Wayne and DE Jevon Kearse. There will
be a few more defensive stars mixed in, but they should have the
best chance at great IDP numbers. The Lions are a much more complex
fantasy story this week, since two out of QB Joey Harrington,
RB Kevin Jones and WR Roy Williams probably won't put up great
numbers. Look elsewhere at QB since Harrington will definitely
turn the ball over against Philly, and scratch Jones since he
hasn't faced a defense as good as this yet this season. Williams
and Tai Streets are the best options at receiver, with Williams
the better play of the two. On defense, I'd keep it confined to
IDP standouts LB Earl Holmes and DB Brock Marion.
Final Score: Eagles 38, Lions
Pittsburgh (+1) at Miami,
I've seen fire and I've seen rain, but I've never seen a more
pitiful display of single digit fantasy football performances
than Sunday night, when the boring Dolphins and the equally sterile
Bengals played footsies for four quarters. It was as soft-core
as late night HBO, but with commercials, Joe Theismann and Pat
Summerall. The least Paul Maguire could have done was argue with
Theismann once in a while and refill Summerall's vodka tonics.
I've seen infomercials with more entertainment value, and this
week doesn't prove to be much more promising. The Steelers, at
least, can put up some points, although they'll have to do it
with rookie QB Ben Roethlisberger (I actually spelled that right
on the first try!). Tommy Gunn Maddox is out six weeks with a
rotten elbow and Jerome Bettis still has three TDs and just one
yard rushing, as he didn't get a carry against Baltimore. Now
might be the time to play Staley, although I like his chances
of catching one more than running one in until "The Fat One" gets
hurt or retires. In any event, you can't play Bettis because he's
just not an option at Miami. WRs Hines Ward and Plaxico Burress
aren't great plays, although Ward should be in your lineup every
week since he's the prototypical possession receiver.
The Dolphins remain an offensive enigma, and will continue to
lose as long as Randy McMichael is their best fantasy performer.
Don't get me wrong, McMichael is a great fantasy TE and I wish
him and his many fantasy owners all the best, but Chris Chambers
needs to get involved for this team to win. It would also help
for them to find a quarterback and serviceable running back, something
that disappeared when the Artist Formerly Known As Dreadlocks
took up tantric masturbation as his full-time job. On defense,
the usual suspects of Jason Taylor, Zach Thomas and Sammy Knight
are always great plays, although you could also throw in another
defensive back of your choice (CB Patrick Surtain, CB Sam Madison
or FS Antuan Edwards) as I believe Gentle Ben will throw numerous
picks this week.
Final Score: Dolphins 16, Steelers
Diego (+10) at Denver, 4:05 pm
What happened to the Broncos last week? I know, I know, I had
Jacksonville, but I thought both teams would combine for more
than 13 points. Oh, THAT'S right, Jake Plummer is Denver's QB.
Never mind. The Chargers have a lot of tricky plays this week
against a Denver defense that looks pretty darn good starting
off the year. Suffice to say that studly RB LaDainain Tomlinson
and TE Antonio Gates are always solid plays, but the rest of the
lineup is not. Drew Brees is not an option against a strong Broncos
secondary, and neither are WRs Reche Caldwell or Eric Parker.
In a pinch, I'd go with Caldwell, who has a couple of scores already
this year, but if you have better options, explore them. On defense,
there's always IDP standouts in LB Donnie Edwards and DB Terrence
The Broncos are poised for a big fantasy day, and that even includes
Plummer, who I really have never liked. As soon as they started
comparing him to Joe Montana after his rookie season, I tuned
out. Since then, he's given me no real reason to think any differently,
but since the Chargers are pathetic against the pass, even he
is could be construed as a viable fantasy start this week. RB
Quentin Griffin is a must-play, as are both Rod Smith and Ashley
Lelie (we're all still waiting, Ashley).
Final Score: Broncos 30, Chargers
Bay at Indianapolis (-6), 4:15 pm
What a difference a week makes. Green Bay looked indestructible
against the Panthers and laid a complete egg against the Bears.
At home against the freaking Bears!!! As you can tell I had some
coin on this one. As good as Bret is he makes some impossible
throws and takes way too many chances sometimes. As evidence with
his 2 picks last week. The 95-yard Mike Brown fumble recovery
of Ahman Green didn't help either. Who knows what real Pack team
will show up. I know they suck on turf and the Colts are on a
roll. I think Green will be a good start but look elsewhere for
Favre this week. But you can't bet I will avoid this game like
the plague. Favre is the "Sible" of fantasy football. Who will
show up…Mistake prone or productive?
As we all know FFToday predicted the Colts win last week. I think
the Colts looked good against a team that looked like they were
going to put the boot to them in the first half. Chris Brown was
pulling his best Barry Sanders impersonation on the first drive.
It was bad and looked like a long day. However the Colts showed
some heart and outscored the Titans 21-0 in the 4th quarter. Something
the Colts have been lacking….or Tony Dungy teams in general…heart.
Manning was efficient with 254 yards and 2 TDS. No mistakes, which
is key. James looks like the Edge of old with 124 yards and 2
TDS. A 30 yarder to boot. But as usually the bad news comes with
James injuring his hammy on that play and at press time was doubtful
for this game. It hurts the spread a little but I still think
the Colts will come to play at home and will reap some havoc on
Final Score: Colts 28, Pack
San Francisco at Seattle
(-10.5), 4:15 pm
A beating is a coming as the old saying goes. Seattle covered
the spread last week but didn't score as many points as expected.
The Bucs held Seattle to only 10 points and Hasselbeck to only
147 yards passing and 1 TD. Not good…not good. Shaun Alexander
looked a little timid trying to still recover from his knee injury.
He only covered 45 yards of turf and no scores. Koren Robinson
looks to be coming out with 66 yards and a score. This kid has
got skillz but has chopped liver for hands. Seattle pretty much
won an ugly game against a great defense and piss-poor offense.
As usual Hasselbeck, Alexander, Jackson, and Robinson are recommended.
They should take their offensive frustration out on the 49ers
and light up the scoreboard like a pinball machine.
The 49ers hung in there and tried to make a game out of it. I
have said this from the beginning that they have to utilize Barlow
more on offense. Barlow is the ONLY weapon they have and should
hand him the rock as much as possible. We had a Curtis Conway
showing on Sunday. He made his usual 100-yard performance of the
year. We won't see him until this time next year. Seattle's defense
is too good to start any of these players other than Barlow. Cedric
Wilson will be returning to the line-up and I think might be the
best receiver they have. The 49ers are in for a long day and should
easily be kissed in the face by the Seahawks by 2 TDS.
Final Score: Seahawks 30, 49ers
Bay at Oakland (-3), 8:30 pm
The RAAAIDERS played the most boring game is history last week
with the bills. It seemed to like 200 yards offense by both teams.
In any event, the Raiders squeaked out one against the Bills by
3. Gannon does not look comfortable in Norv Turner's offense and
they can't get Wheatley out of the driveway. Some guy named Ronald
Curry caught 89 yards of balls and was the leading receiver. You
know Rice's days are numbered when he can't beat out some practice
squad bum like Ronald Curry. Rice could really help a contender
but it looks like Oakland is content on playing the younger folks.
If they are so into this movement why don't they put in the best,
young, QB on the team….Kerry Collins. I think we all know he is
better. Jerry Porter again has been disappointing. I think the
have to call a spade a spade and say he might not be all that.
Bucs defense is tough and might not allow them to get too much
going. I wouldn't start many people on this team. Leave them alone
The Bucs tried to will their way past the Hawks in Week 2. Limiting
the Hawks and their mighty offense last week. Plain and simple
is that if Alexander couldn't get over 50 Wheatley and Co. will
be lucky to get to 20. The old man (Gannon) will be running for
his life trying to wait for Ronald freaking Curry to get open.
But this offense is worse. They need Pittman to come back because
I do not think there is much left in Garner's tank. Chris Simms
looked much better sans his mistake at the end. But they are content
on starting Johnson. This team needs McCardell to come back but
it seems they are happy with not paying him the bucks (no pun
intended). Michael Clayton has some wheels. Again this will be
a low scoring affair so no starters from this team other than
I think Sapp gets his revenge.
Final Score: Raiders 17, Bucs
Dallas (+2) at Washington,
I'm a Cowboys fan, and my buddy Shove is a Redskins fan. I'm a
Yankee fan, and he loves the Red Sox. It's going to be one hell
of a weekend, with the festivities to continue Monday Night as
the incomparable Bill Parcells squares off against his old boy
Joe Gibbs in what will come down to a battle of coaching genius.
While I think the Red Sox might be able to get a couple back this
weekend, I firmly believe that the Redskins are going to need
more than Patrick Ramsey to beat the Boys. Parcells who won't
require seven Skins turnovers to notch a six-point victory, and
if you are listening, Mr. Tom Coughlin (which I'm sure you are
not, since you probably hate anything fantasy football) I'm not
convinced of your genius just yet. Keep winding your watch back,
or forward, or whatever you need to do to prove you have what
may resemble testicles. The rest of us will be watching Kurt Warner
look up to his wife in the stands as he gets sacked by Kenard
Lang. Just be glad I'm not writing that game preview.
The Cowboys will miss Julius Jones, whom they thought would carry
the load this year so Eddie George could concentrate on flexing
for the first three quarters on the sidelines and scoring touchdowns
when needed. Without Jones, George is likely to split carries
with ReShard Lee and FB Richie Anderson, who should also get some
catches out of the backfield. The smart play, however, is to stay
away from the entire Cowboys RB situation until further notice.
The bulk of fantasy points will be scored by QB Vinny Testaverde
and receivers Keyshawn Johnson and Terry Glenn. I'd say the odd
man out this week will be Antonio Bryant. He's a good enough option
on deep routes, but I think Parcells will count on sticking to
a conservative passing game against a Joe Gibbs team just looking
to capitalize on Dallas mistakes. TE Jason Witten is also a good
play this week, and may find the end zone. In IDP leagues, I'd
go with DB Roy Williams, LB Dat Nguyen and stay away from the
The Redskins should have beaten the Giants, and if they had, I'd
have gone 8-0 straight up and 7-1 in my picks last week. But they
didn't, and since Mark Brunell is hurt, I'd like to take the time
to say it won't get any better for Patrick Ramsey until he's the
undisputed number one guy. You can't get better if you don't get
reps, and while Ramsey is young a a little bit crazy, both Shove
And I like his toughness and think he should have been the starter
from day one last season. Ramsey only got hurt and made so many
mistakes because he had no protection last year and couldn't get
into a groove. He'll be better this week, but still won't be a
great fantasy play because of the capable Dallas defense. With
that said, I'd also downgrade Clinton Portis this week to your
number two RB position, which means that although you should start
him, you may want to register a formal complaint with the turnover
gods for allowing this unfortunate situation to develop. WRs Rod
Gardner and Lavernues Coles are not excellent plays this week,
but you should start one of them based on the probability that
there will be one huge secondary breakdown and one of these two
guys will get a bonus touchdown. I wouldn't hold my breath in
search of a viable TE, since Chris Cooley probably isn't the answer.
On defense, it's safe to play LB Lavar Arrington, LB Marcus Washington
and DB Sean Taylor, although I'd stay away from the rest of the
Skins secondary, which includes Fred Smoot, Shawn Springs and
safety Matt Bowen.
Final Score: Cowboys 23, Redskins