NFL fantasy start 'em, sit 'em
With two turkeys scheduled for Thanksgiving's day games, keeping track of your fantasy players in a must-win week will be the only reason to watch the Titans at Lions and the Seahawks at Cowboys. In what is clearly the most important fantasy weekend of the season, here are some ideas of who you'll be thankful you started and who you'd be better off keeping away from the table.
Fine, it's not really going out on a limb to recommend playing a guy who's on a roll of consecutive 400-yard passing games, but this week's opponent, the Steelers, are the AFC's best team against the pass and haven't allowed more than 240 passing yards in any game this season -- and that was to
Last week against the Patriots, in a come-from-behind attempt, Pennington threw for a season-high 341 yards and three touchdowns. It was his first three TD game since last October and the most yards he's passed for since lighting up Ohio University for 378 yards nine years ago as a senior at Marshall. This week his Dolphins should get back on track against a Rams defense that's given up at least 27 points in each of it's last four games, while opposing quarterbacks in the Edward Jones Dome have thrown to the tune of 234.5 yards and 1.6 TDs per contest -- most of which came against a team that had fewer injuries and greater expectations for the season than the team that will hit the field on Sunday.
While he hasn't looked like the LJ of old -- you know, the MVP one -- he has been effective the past two games, having returned from his suspension for off-the-field problems. This week he should look like a Pro Bowl back once more as the Chiefs take on a Raiders team that has given up 100-yard rushing games in four of the last six, and in one of the others allowed the Ravens trio of
Jones in on a tear, narrowly missing his third straight 100-yard game by four yards last week against the Titans. Denver is once again notoriously bad against the run, surrendering at least one rushing TD in six straight games (10 total) while giving up 100 or more yards in seven of the last eight contests (and over 150 in five of those.
After White came straight out and said that he wasn't paying attention to the game in last week's loss to the Jets, it looked as if he might be lost to
The Cardinals receiving corps is one of the finest in recent memory, mainly due to the emergence of Breaston, the second-year man from Michigan who is quietly ranked 15th in the NFL in receiving yards. Of course, he's just the third-best receiver on his team, trailing
The loss of leading receiver
It's been a tough couple of weeks for the face of the Eagles franchise this decade. After being benched for
Like all of the other West Coast teams this season, the Niners have trouble when traveling East. In his last two games on the road East of the Rocky Mountains, Gore has gained just 37 rushing yards and 56 receiving yards with no scores. Granted, one of those games was at the Meadowlands against the Giants, but the other was last week in Dallas against a less than spectacular Cowboys front seven. To the Bills credit, they haven't allowed a 100-yard rusher at Ralph Wilson Stadium this season and in the last calendar year. Only the Giants (
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