This is an article from the Nov. 13, 2006 issue
Ravens AT Titans
McNair should be pumped to face the franchise he played for during his first 11NFL seasons. With Brian Billick calling plays the last two weeks, Baltimorescored 61 points against the Saints and the Bengals, and McNair threw for 404yards and two touchdowns. The Titans allow nearly two TD passes per game.
Lions VS. 49ers
With TD tosses in six straight games and at least 250 passing yards in five ofhis last six starts, Kitna is becoming a terrific week-to-week play. Last yearagainst the Niners, current Detroit offensive coordinator Mike Martz's QBs(Marc Bulger and Jamie Martin) combined for 716 yards and three TDs in twogames.
Saints AT Steelers
Over his last three games Brees has thrown for nine TDs, the second mostprolific stretch of his career. (He had 10 in three games in 2004.) ExpectBrees, buoyed recently by excellent pass protection, to match Jake Plummer'sWeek 9 performance against the Steelers (227 yards and three TD passes).
Dolphins VS. Chiefs
So good to have you back, Ronnie. Brown thrashed the league's most respected Dfor 157 yards last week. It was his second impressive performance in threegames--not bad for a guy who was on the trading block in many leagues. He'llhave an easier go against K.C., against whom he ran for 95 yards and a TD in'05.
Colts VS. Bills
In the clash with the Patriots last week Addai was called upon 18 times whilehis nominal time-sharer, Dominic Rhodes, got four touches. More important,Addai got the goal line carries, once the exclusive property of Rhodes. TheColts have shown confidence in Addai, and you should too, especially againstlowly Buffalo.
Patriots VS. Jets
Dillon's last two years haven't been his best, but against AFC East--rival NewYork he has run for four TDs in the last three meetings. Dillon, who bouncedback from his near-benching against the Vikings in Week 8 with two TDs againstthe Colts, is worth gambling on versus the Jets, who rank 30th against therun.
Lions VS. 49ers
Williams has either gained 100 yards, caught a TD pass or done both in five ofhis last six games. His 89.9 receiving yards per game ranks in the top fiveamong all wideouts. As for the Niners, until shutting down the Vikings lastweek (91 passing yards), they had surrendered 15 passing touchdowns.
Jaguars VS. Texans
One benefit of falling on the depth chart: If the backup QB is pressed intoservice, he's usually very familiar with the other backups. That's the case forWilford, who connected with David Garrard against the Titans for two TDs andfigures to be similarly involved against Houston assuming Garrard gets thestart.
Dolphins VS. Chiefs
The former Bear gathered in a TD for the second straight week, contributing toMiami's unfathomable win in Chicago on Sunday. Kansas City has trouble againstsecond and third receivers, having allowed TDs to the likes of Kevin Curtis,D.J. Hackett and Nate Washington this season.
Texans AT Jaguars
The Jacksonville front four will ratchet up the pressure, which means thatTexans QB David Carr will be looking for a quick release. That usually meansmore balls for the tight end. Daniels, a leggy rookie from Wisconsin, has beena favorite target for Houston QBs under duress, and he already has one TDagainst the Jags this year.
Panthers VS. Buccaneers
The last time these teams met, in September, they chased each other up and downthe field, stopping just long enough for Kasay to boot four field goals, eachlonger than 45 yards. Tampa's D hasn't improved much since, especially withnagging injuries slowing corner Juran Bolden. That could mean more scoringchances for Kasay.
A good fantasy game from Atlanta typically involves a few sacks, some picks anda low score by its opponent. That shouldn't be too difficult here, even withoutdefensive end John Abraham (groin injury). Cleveland QB Charlie Frye has gonedown 29 times this year and is second in the NFL in picks; his team puts up aterrible 16.46 points per game.
Lloyd'sperformance against Dallas last week (two catches for 26 yards) wasn't anythingto get terribly excited about. But it could have been, and that's what'sintriguing. In his first game as Washington's feature wideout (Santana Moss satout with a bad hamstring, an injury that is likely to persist), Lloyd got astarter's allotment of passes thrown his way. Problem is, they didn't all showup on the stat sheet. There was the dazzling 37-yard grab he made overcornerback Anthony Henry that was called back because of a holding penalty atthe line of scrimmage. Lloyd also had a shot at a deep option pass thrown hisway by Antwaan Randle El, but he was interfered with, again negating aprospective gain. Against the Eagles, who have played just three games withtheir ideal defensive backfield in place--and likely won't this week--expectLloyd to make the most of whatever comes his way.
IS HE FORREAL?
Garrard'sthree-touchdown, 177-yard dismantling of the Titans (and his mistake-freeshowing against the Eagles a week earlier) puts him on some fantasy radarscreens. (This despite coach Jack Del Rio's vehement reaffirmation of ByronLeftwich as his starter.) However, Garrard's performance against Tennessee isthe best you can expect from the fifth-year backup, especially while leading aground-dominated offense like Jacksonville's. Even if all the chips fallGarrard's way, he's not worth picking up unless injuries have left youdesperate.
DAVID SABINO THEPERFECT TEAM: WEEK 10
QB MICHAEL VICKvs. Browns
Could exceed his personal bests
RB LARRY JOHNSONat Miami
This year's perfect fantasy player
RB LADAINIANTOMLINSON at Bengals
TD potential on every touch
WR MARQUES COLSTONat
Steelers Like T.O. without the psychodrama
WR TORRY HOLT atSeahawks
Has seven career TDs against Seattle
TE TODD HEAP atTitans
In return to Tennessee, McNair will toss to his TE
K JOSH BROWN vs.Rams
Has 32 points over last three meetings
D RAVENS atTitans
It's going to be a long, painful day for Vince Young