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Tom Brady.  Peyton Manning.  Brett Favre.  Tony Romo.

What do these four quarterbacks have in common?  They all had amazing regular season, and are watching this weekend’s playoff games in anticipation of who they will face next week.  They all had over 4000 yards passing and 28 TDs.  They have received the lion’s share of the credit for their team’s success.  However, they aren’t the only Quarterbacks who had amazing seasons.

The Expected
Drew Brees – Brees is coming off three solid seasons, but he had career highs in both passing yards and passing TDs this year.  He also had careers highs in attempts, completions, completion percentage, and unfortunately INTs.  The best part for fantasy owners is he came on down the stretch.

Carson Palmer – I thought Carson Palmer was going to have an amazing season.  I still think he was probably a better deal than Peyton Manning considering he probably went in the 3rd round while Manning may have gone in the 1st.  Palmer’s TDs are down from the past two years, but he did throw for a career high 4131 yards this year.  He was sacked 19 fewer times, which takes a little fear away from fantasy owners of their guy getting hurt.  His team is a mess, but Palmer is the constant.

Pleasant Surprises
Matt Hasselbeck – Hasselbeck has had decent years in the past, but he realy stepped up his game this year going for career highs in passing yards, TDs, completions, and attempts. What’s sweet is, despite all of those attempts (562) he only threw 12 picks.

Ben Roethlisberger – His yardage wasn’t great (3154), but you have to figure in that he plays in Pittsburgh.  However, he threw for 32 TDs, which was good for third in the league behind Brady and Romo and just ahead of Peyton.  He had 14 more TDs than his previous career high.

Major Surprise
Kurt Warner – Many figured a Arizona QB would have a solid season. I’m sure few thought it would be Kurt Warner. Despite playing in just 14 games this year, Warner threw for 3417 yards and 27 TDs. His 27 TDs is equal to the number of TDs he threw in his previous five seasons. Like Brees, he did a lot of damage down the stretch.

Out of Nowhere
Derek Anderson – If anyone tells you that they saw this coming, they are complete liars. I don’t even think Derek would have predicted that he’d throw for 3787 yards and 29 passing TDs and 3 rushing TDs. Those are Brett Favre numbers. Not 6th round draft picks that couldn’t make it in Baltimore. He faded a little down the stretch, which took away some of the warm and fuzzies that his fantasy owners felt, but come on. If you lucked into DA from the waiver wire, you truly found fantasy gold.

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There have been eight underclassmen to declare themselves eligible for the 2008 NFL Draft.  Four on offense and four on defense.

OFFENSE 
Branden Albert, G, Virginia
Albert is a monster at 6’7″, 315 lbs.  He has started all three years at Virginia (37 games).  He was a third-team All-American. 

Jamaal Charles, RB, Texas
Jamaal is put together well at 6’1″, 200 lbs.  He put together an outstanding season rushing for 1619 yards (6.3 yard per carry) with 18 TDs.  He also had 17 receptions for 199 yards.  His high came when he destroyed Nebraska for 290 yards and three scores.  In the Holiday Bowl victory he had 161 yards and a pair of scores.  He’s pretty quick with a 4.39 fourty time.

Ryan Clady, OT, Boise State
Clady has the size (6’6″, 316 lbs.) to make the transition to the next level.  He was an All-American last year for the Broncos.

Mario Urrutia, WR, Louisville
If you’re looking to add a tall receiver to the mix, Mario is your guy.  He’s listed at 6’6″, 225 lbs.  Speed isn’t his strength as he ran a 4.64 fourty.  He was banged up this year, but still finished with 35 receptions for 501 yards.  With his lack of speed and coming off a down year, one would think Mario would have been better suited to stay in school.  Maybe he figured without Brian Brohm, this was as good as it was going to get.

DEFENSE
Calais Campbell, DE, Miami
Campbell’s height (6’8″) will help him bat down balls at the line of scrimmage, but his weight (282 lbs.) could prove to be a problem.  His six sacks this year were down form the 10.5 he had in 2006.  He’s still a highly touted end that will likely go in the first round.

Derrick Harvey, DE, Florida
Harvey is another end that will likely go in the first round.  He may be asked to bulk up given his 6’5″, 252 lbs. frame.  Many list him behind Chris Long as the second best end in the draft.

Erin Henderson, LB, Maryland
Despite the female first name, Erin is built to play linebacker.  He’s listed at 6’3″, 242 lbs.  He led Maryland with 133 tackles despite dealing with a knee injury that cost him a game.  He’s not the quickest LB with a 4.67 fourty time, but he has a nose for the football.

Kenny Phillips, S, Miami
Kenny is next in line of outstanding safeties coming out of the U.  He has good size (6’2″, 208 lbs.) and outstanding speed (4.46 fourty time).  He was second on Miami with 95 tackles.  He’ll likely be a first round pick.

Side Note:
So far the Lester Awards and the Associated Press Awards have been on par.  We each selected Adrian Peterson and Patrick Willis as the Offensive and Defensive Rookies of the Year, as well as Bill Belichick as the Coach of the Year. 

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Friday Tidbits 1/4/08

4 January 2008

The Patriots finished their 16-0 season. Tom Brady set the record with his 50th TD pass. Randy Moss set the record with his 23rd TD reception. Tennessee and Washington earned the last playoff spots in their respective conferences. Tony Gonzalez became the all-time leader for receptions by a Tight End. Andre Davis took two to the house as Houston beat Jacksonville. Devin Hester took one to the house as well for Da Bears. It was his record sixth TD return this season, which broke the mark of five he set last year. Cleveland missed the playoffs despite a 10-6 record. The Colts signed Bob Sanders to a five-year extension worth $37.5 million. NFL Official Jim Quirk was fined $8K for grabbing Packer LB Nick Barnett by the neck. Baltimore fired Brian Billick. The Dolphins fired GM Randy Mueller. Big surprise. He also fired Cam Cameron. Shocking. The Chargers signed GM A.J. Smith to a five-year extension. The Bungles fired their Defensive Coordinator and LB Coach. Mike Martz got the boot in Detroit. Tennessee put TE Bo Scaife on IR with a lacerated liver. That just sounds painful. Mike Nolan will still be the Coach of San Francisco, however, he won’t be GM anymore. Adrian Peterson won Offensive Rookie of the Year. Bill Belichick won Coach of the Year Honors. Warren Sapp is hanging up his cleats. 

Phil Jackson tied Red Auerbach for seventh on the all-time regular season victories for coaches. He couldn’t break the record against the Celtics despite his team wearing throwback jerseys and short shorts from the pre-Fab Five era. Dwayne Wade scored 48, to go along with 7 rebounds and 11 assists, in a overtime loss to Orlando. Dwight Howard had 29 points and 21 rebounds in the win. The Sixers traded Kyle Korver to Utah for Gordon Giricek and a first round pick. If Kevin McHale would have made the deal for the Sixers, he would have sent Korver and a first found pick for Giricek. That’s just the way he operates. Jamaal Tinsley will miss at least a week with a hamstring injury. Hopefully, he won’t get arrested or shot in his down time. Portland had their 13 game winning streak snapped by Utah. They did win their next two following the loss. Lamar Odom was suspended for a game for a flagrant foul on Ray Allen. Ron Artest has a month to write new songs as he’s out following elbow surgery. Deron Williams handed out 20 assists in a win over Philly. Tracy McGrady will miss a week or two with a knee injury. The Lakers will be without Chris Mihm for a month with a bum heel. 

Alexander Ovechkin scored four goals against Ottawa. Paul Kariya had a hat trick of his own against Dallas. Columbus’ Rick Nash had one against Edmonton. Steven Reinprecht’s hat trick helped Phoenix beat Colorado. Evgeni Malkin had his first NHL hat trick against Toronto. This week’s shutouts: San Jose’s Evgeni Nabokov vs. St. Louis, Atlanta’s Alexander Ovechkin vs. Boston, Pittsburgh’s Ty Conklin vs. Buffalo, Philly’s Antero Niittymaki vs. Florida. St. Louis’ Manny Legace vs. Detroit. Nashville’s Dan Ellis vs. Dallas. Boston’s Tim Thomas vs. Washington. Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo vs. the Rangers. The Islanders signed Kyle Okposo to a three-year deal. He’s the guy who left the University of Minnesota midseason. His GM made remarks about the development of Okposo. Edmonton’s Ethan Moreau returned for the first time in over a year. Pittburgh’s Gary Roberts broke his leg. Pittsburgh beat Buffalo in the Winter Classic. Sid the Kid netted the game winner in a shootout. Detroit’s Mike Babcock will coach the East and Ottawa’s John Paddock will coach the West in the All-Star Game. Chicago’s Jonathan Toews will miss a month with a sprained knee. Colorado will be without Ryan Smith for two months because of a broken ankle. 

If Roger Clemens says Brian McNamee lied in his 60 Minutes inteview, he could face a lawsuit. Clemens claims the injections were Lidocaine and B-12. Maybe Rafael Palmeiro gave it to him. Houston signed Oscar Villareal to a two-year deal. Jim Leyritz was charged with DUI manslaughter after he crashed into Fredia Ann Veitch’s car, killing the 30 year old woman, while drunk. Jose Canseco signed a deal for a sequel to Juiced. Raul Ibanez and Jamie Moyer denied Shane Monahan’s claims that the Seattle Mariners clubhouse culture pushed steroids and amphetamines. Matt Clement signed a one-year deal with St. Louis. He was the Red Sox version of Carl Pavano. Chicago acquired Nick Swisher from Oakland for a trio of minor leaguers. 

The Bowl season rolled on as Boston College beat Michigan State in the Champs Sports Bowl, TCU beat Houston in the Texas Bowl, Oregon State beat Maryland in the Emerald Bowl. On Saturday Wake Forest beat UConn in the Meineke Car Care Bowl (that’s really a bowl?), Mississippi State beat UCF in the Autozone Liberty Bowl, Joe Paterno avoided the casket as Penn State beat Texas A & M in the Valero Alamo Bowl. Cal beat Air Force in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl (huh?). Fresno State beat Georgia Tech in the Roady’s Humanitarian Bowl. Oregon destoryed South Florida in the Sun Bowl. Kentucky beat Florida State in the Motor City Bowl. Oklahoma State beat Indiana in the Insight Bowl. Auburn beat Clemson in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. Alabama beat Colorado in the Petrosun Independence Bowl. Tennessee beat Wisconsin in the Outback Bowl. Missouri pounded Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl. Tony Temple outrushed Darren McFadden 281 to 105 yards. Michigan beat Florida in the Capital One Bowl. They really recovered from their two early losses. Texas Tech beat Virginia in the Gator Bowl. USC destroyed Illinois in the Rose Bowl. Georgia pounded Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl. West Virginia smoked Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl. I guess they got by without Rich Rodriguez. Kansas beat Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl. Finally, a close BCS game. UCLA named Rick Neuheisel as its next head coach. Texas RB Jamaal Jones will enter the draft. Central Michigan signed Butch Jones to a two-year extension. Miami DE Charles Campbell will enter the draft, as will Florida DE Derrick Harvey. 

#2 Memphis beat #18 Arizona, Dayton housed #6 Pitt, Wisconsin edged #9 Texas, Winthrop beat #19 Miami, Boise State beat #21 BYU, Oklahoma upset #23 West Virginia in double-overtime. Michigan kicked G Jerret Smith off the team. Auburn’s Korvotney Barber will miss a month with a broken hand. He was shooting 72% from the field. Pitt will be without Levance Fields for a couple months with a broken foot. #22 Rhode Island beat Fairleigh Dickson despite 39 points from Manny Ubilla. #14 Texas beat TCU behind Damion Jones’ 29 points and 14 rebounds. UCLA will be without Michael Roll for three weeks with a foot injury. Depaul upset #16 Villanova.

That concludes the Tidbits. As always, feel free to add any stories you liked this week in sports or discuss any of the stories I mentioned.

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It’s Playoff Time, but I’m still going out on that fantasy football limb. I will pick three players I think will score more points than a higher profile player. The scoring is 6 points for rushing or receiving TD, 4 points for a passing TD, .1 points per yard for rushing or receiving and .05 points per passing yard. First, I’ll recap how I did in the season finale.

Last Week
Kurt Warner 28.9 beat Tom Brady 25.4 as I predicted.
Laurence Maroney 18.6 beat Marion Barber 0.1 as I predicted.
Jamal Lewis 12.9 beat Joseph Addai 3.5 as I predicted.
Anquan Boldin 11.6 over Reggie Wayne 8.7 as I predicted.
Brandon Marshall 20.5 beat Andre Johnson 7.4 as I predicted.

Super Stretch
Ryan Grant 11.7 beat Najeh Davenport 8.7 WHICH I GOT WRONG.

Regular Picks: 5-0
Super Stretch Picks: 0-1
Overall: 5-1
Breakdown: QB: 1-0, RB 2-1, WR: 2-0

Season Record
Regular Picks: 42-43-1
Super Stretch Picks: 12-5
Overall: 54-48-1
Breakdown: QB: 8-11, RB: 27-17-1, WR: 18-20

This Week’s Picks

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Jeff Garcia +2 over Ben Roethlisberger
I have a feeling that Jacksonville will make it difficult on Big Ben, especially if weather plays a role. Jeff Garcia should have better weather and facing a weaker defense. That combo should be enough to get me a victory. I’ll give myself two spotted points. 

Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts +2 over Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew
I’ll take two spotted points and choose the Redskin duo over Jacksonville’s two-headed monster. Seattle has a tough defense, but Washington and Portis are on fire. I’ll ride the hot hand. 

Joey Galloway over Plaxico Burress
Ronde Barber will match up with Plaxico. Tiki’s twin will do his best to top his brother’s former team. Joey Galloway is hit or miss, but I see him slipping past the safety for a long TD.

Previous Out on a Limb Picks
Week 1
Week 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9
Week 10
Week 11
Week 12
Week 13
Week 14
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17

2007 NFL Lester Awards

2 January 2008

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The NFL regular season has wrapped up, and it’s time to hand out the hardware. There were many players who had impressive seasons, but only the select few were good enough to take home a Lester Award. Let’s get the ceremony started:

MVP: Tom Brady
Just like last year when LaDainian Tomlinson ran away with the award, there really isn’t any competition. He broke Peyton Manning’s record with 50 TD passes. He led the league with 4806 passing yards, which was good for third all-time for a single-season. He led his team to a 16-0 regular season.

Offensive Rookie of the Year: Adrian Peterson
There was Adrian Peterson and everybody else. He led the NFC with 1341 rushing yards despite missing two games. He broke the single-game rushing record with 296 against San Diego, which was his second game of 220+ yards. He scored 13 total TDs. His numbers would have been even better if his coach A) utilized him better in the beginning of the season and/or B) wasn’t too stubborn/stupid to make an adjustment after San Francisco came up with a game plan to stop him.

Defensive Rookie of the Year: Patrick Willis
He didn’t get the ink that the first two winners, but Willis was just as dominating. His 174 tackles were 33 more than the next closest player (D.J. Williams). That’s over two tackles a game more. He also had four sacks.

Comeback Player of the Year: Kurt Warner
Well, Ricky Williams isn’t going to take home. It’s hard to overlook what Kurt Warner did this year. In 14 games he threw for 3417 yards and 27 TDs, which is as many as he’s thrown in his previous five seasons.

Defensive Player of the Year: DeMarcus Ware
DeMarcus was a terror on Quarterbacks this year racking up an impressive 14 sacks. He also tallied 84 tackles, which was the most by anyone with 10+ sacks.

Most Improved Player: Derek Anderson
Who the heck saw 3787 yards and 29 TDs coming from Anderson?  Surely not the Browns or they wouldn’t have traded next year’s first round pick for Brady Quinn. Clearly not the Ravens or they would have never traded him.

Coach of the Year: Bill Belichick
Love him or hate him, he guided his team to a 16-0 record. He’s not going to win the “Nice Guy” Award, “Best Dressed” Award, or “Sportsmanship” Award, but it’s hard to ignore the season New England had.

All-Lester First Team
Tom Brady
LaDainian Tomlinson
Brian Westbrook
Randy Moss
Terrell Owens
Jason Witten
Rob Bironas

All-Lester Second Team
Tony Romo
Adrian Peterson
Clinton Portis
Braylon Edwards
Reggie Wayne
Tony Gonzalez
Mason Crosby

All-Lester Third Team
Peyton Manning
Joseph Addai
Jamal Lewis
Larry Fitzgerald
T.J. Houshmandzadeh
Antonio Gates
Nick Folk

Would you change any of my selections? If so, let me know.

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I didn’t finish the season strong. The last week is such a crapshoot. I lost on Miami, Seattle, New Orleans, Tampa Bay, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, and Indianapolis. At least my lock pick of Cleveland was correct.

Last Week: 8-8 (.500)
Overall: 154-98 (.611)
Lock Picks: 12-5 (.706)

Previous Lock Picks: PITT (W), CIN (L), SD (L), BAL (L), DAL (W barely), CHI (L), NE (W), INDY (W), TB (W), GB (W), PHI (W), JAX (W), MINN (W), NO (W), SEA (L), ARI (W), CLE (W)

Playoff Picks
Jacksonville over Pittsburgh
San Diego over Tennessee
Seattle over Washington
New York Giants over Tampa Bay

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Happy New Year’s!

Fantasy Football Forum
Was this week your championship? How’d you do? My leagues all wrapped up last week so I have nothing to report.

Tracking My NFL Preseason Predictions
I made a bunch of predictions in the preseason. I profiled guys I thought would do well. I also profiled guys I thought wouldn’t meet expectations. Here’s how I did.

Surprises
J.P. Losman – Prediction: 3400 yards, 24 TDs, 16 INTs
Actual: Not worth reporting.
Right-O-Meter: 1

Alex Smith – Prediction: 3000 yards, 20 TDs, 14 INTs
Actual: Not worth reporting.
Right-O-Meter: 1

Chris Brown – Prediction: 1000 total yards, 5 TDs
Actual: 590 total yards, 5 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 6
LenDale had a much better season than I anticipated. Brown did have TDs in four of the last five weeks though.

Jerious Norwood – Prediction: 1200 total yards, 5 TDs
Actual: 892 total yards, 1 TD
Right-O-Meter: 2
He was never used properly. Maybe next year.

D.J. Hackett – Prediction: 80 receptions, 1100 yards, 8 TDs
Actual: Not worth reporting
Right-O-Meter: 1

Vincent Jackson – Prediction: 64 receptions, 1100 yards, 9 TDs
Actual: 623 yards, 3 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 1
He was a chic pick my many a prognasticator. He left many fantasy owners with egg on their face.

Heath Miller – Prediction: 600 yards, 8 TDs
On Pace for : 566 yards, 7 TDs
Actual: 9
He was solid overall, but faded down the stretch.

Disappointments
Vince Young – Prediction: 2800 passing yards, 650 rushing yards, 16
TDs, 6 rushing TDs, 20 INTs
On Pace for: 2546 passing, 395 rushing, 9 passing TDs, 3 rushing, 17 INTs
Actual: 10
My projections weren’t great for VY, but I was right that he would disappoint his fantasy owners.

Maurice Jones-Drew- Prediction: 1100 total yards, 8 rushing & receiving TDs
On Pace for: 1175 total yards, 9 TDs
Actual: 9
My numbers add up because he skipped the last game, but he was pretty solid.

Torry Holt – Prediction: 1100 yards, 7 TDs
Actual: 1189 yards, 7 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 9
Holt was a little better than I projected.

Tony Gonzalez – Prediction: 700 yards, 5 TDs
Actual: 1172 yards, 5 TDs
Right-O-Meter: 6
He had a solid year, but he was drafted higher than he should have been.

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Happy New Year’s

31 December 2007

It  was an interesting year.  The Mitchell Report dominated the baseball world.  It wouldn’t have been a memorable year for me had the Red Sox not won the World Series.  Colorado had a heck of a run and A-Rod had an amazing season.  Scott Boras looked like a jerk, which I enjoyed.

The NFL season was great for me being a Patriots fan, except for that little videotaping scandal.  Tom Brady and Randy Moss lit the NFL on fire.  Cleveland came out of nowhere.  It was a shame they missed the playoffs.  Washington overcame so much to make it in the playoffs.  Joe Gibbs looked like the game had passed him by until a late season surge.  Brian Westbrook was a beast.  LT was LT.

The NBA ended with another Spurs title.  They play the game the right way, and can beat almost any style of play.  The only thing they can’t do is get eyes glued to the TV even when LeBron in making his NBA Finals debut.  The Celtics are relevant again thanks to former teammated Kevin McFail and Danny “Thank for saving my job” Aine hooking up.  Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen have the Celtics looking tough.

Anaheim took home the Stanley Cup, but Sid the Kid proved that he’s the future. 

Florida was crowned champion in both football and basketball this year.  Heck of a run for the Gators.

Hope you had a great year, and I hope you have an even better one this year.

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16-Oh?

30 December 2007

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The New England Patriots finished the season undefeated.  A cool gesture would be the ’73 Dolphins sending their champagne to New England to welcome them to the Undefeated Club.  Judging by their comments, I don’t think that’s going to happen anytime soon.

The Patriots became the highest scoring team in NFL history.  Tom Brady became the first QB to throw fifty touchdowns.  Randy Moss scored the most receiving touchdowns in NFL history, although Jerry Rice did his damage in 12 games.  One would think that the Patriots would just roll on to their fourth Super Bowl victory of the decade given their regular season success.

Not so fast.  Indianapolis hung with them without some of their top weapons.  Philadelphia pushed them to the limit.  Baltimore proved this team is capable of being beat.  The Giants looked on pace to ruin the perfect season until Eli Manning became, well, Eli Manning. 

The formula is out there.  Strong running game and a strong pass rush is what it will take to beat the Patriots.  Jacksonville is the media’s pick as the team to take them down.  Their rushing attack is lights out, and their defense is tough.  David Garrard is proving to be a solid leader at QB.  I just don’t know if they have the experience it will take to derail Tom Brady and the Pats.  San Diego certainly can put pressure on the Patriots with LaDainian Tomlinson.  Judging by Philip Rivers immaturity against Denver, I’m not sure he has what it takes to lead the way.  Plus, Shawn Merriman isn’t nearly as dominating as last year.  Without Willie Parker, I don’t think the Steelers can knock off the Pats.  Cleveland or Tennessee probably won’t even get the chance as they’ll get rolled on in the first round of the playoffs.  So, who does that leave?  The defending Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colts.  Losing Dwight Freeney hurts.  He single-handedly can throw off a QB’s rhythm.  The Colts have been overlooked all year by the Patriots.  I’m sure that Peyton Manning has that stored somewhere in the back of his brain, which he’ll use to motivate himself when the powerhouses collide.  Joseph Addai is more than capable of moving the chains.  With the weapons they possess, they are capable of scoring with New England.  It will likely come down to who has the ball in their hands at the end of the game.  I’m not saying the Colts will beat the Patriots, but I’m saying they can. 

The perfect season will be ruined by a letdown in the playoffs.  Good thing for Patriots fans, Tom Brady knows that.  They’ll be tough to top.  Just don’t go Denny Green and “crown their ass” just yet.  There is a long road ahead of them.

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NFL Week 17 Fill-ins

28 December 2007

Some of you may still be in it this weekend.  If your team wrapped everything up, they may rest some players.  I’ll try to uncover some guys you can plug in.

QB
Todd Collins
- Washington is playing for their playoff lives.  Dallas doesn’t have the greatest secondardy.  Terence Newman may not play.  Todd Collins can be your savior.
Cleo Lemon -  Miami gets to finish off with Cincinnati.  Even Miami could put up decent numbers against them.

RB
Najeh Davenport - I jokingly mentioned him last week following his strong Thursday night performance.  His matchup isn’t great, but if you lost Willie Parker or McGahee for the year, Najeh is a nice play.
Kenton Keith-  I see a light load for Addai this week.  Kenton could be a pleasant surprise for fantasy owners.
WR

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Santana Moss -  He’s healthy and in a nice groove with Todd Collins.  I see no reason why he wouldn’t deliver this week. 
Ted Ginn, Jr. -  I have a feeling Ginn, Jr. is going to finish the season on a high note against Cincinnati.

TE
Zach Miller - JaMarcus Russell will use Zach Miller as a security blanket this weke.

K
Shayne Graham
-  He should be busy agaisnt Miami.

DEF
Washington 
- Two words.  Brad Johnson.


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