Sit 'Em

September 23, 2007

QUARTERBACK

TONY ROMO
Cowboys AT Bears
He threw for 531 yards and six touchdowns in the first two weeks--but as a backup on many fantasy teams, his points were left on the bench. This isn't the week to play Romo, however. Chicago's defense, despite losing some starters, has allowed two passing TDs, intercepted two passes and had seven sacks.

Matt Leinart
Cardinals at Ravens
He has thrown for 203 yards or fewer in six of seven career road games, and he has no multi-TD games away from Arizona. Since 2005, Baltimore has allowed 300 passing yards twice--to Drew Brees and Carson Palmer.

RUNNING BACK

Marshawn Lynch
Bills at Patriots
Just look at what the rookie's predecessor in Buffalo, Willis McGahee, did in five starts against the Pats: 61 yards per game and zero TDs.

Travis Henry
Broncos vs. Jaguars
Jacksonville's run stuffers held Atlanta to 82 yards. Also, Cecil Sapp and Selvin Young are suddenly in Denver's backfield mix.

Marion Barber
Cowboys at Bears
Chicago limited LT and LJ to a combined 2.4-yard average. Barber isn't in their class--and he shares carries.

TIGHT END

Vernon Davis
49ers at Steelers
Having seen the Rams struggle to take down Davis in a highlight-reel play last week, one might be tempted to start him. But despite facing heavy pressure in Weeks 1 and 2, Alex Smith has completed only two passes per game to his TE. Don't lean on Davis until his QB does.

WIDE RECEIVER

Plaxico Burress
Giants at Redskins
A bright spot for sputtering New York, Burress has four TDs through two games--but the Skins tend to give him trouble (four games, 177 yards, one TD).

Lee Evans
Bills at Patriots
After 1,292 receiving yards in '06, he has only 22 yards through two games in '07. Facing New England won't help--whether the Pats know Buffalo's play calls or not.

James Jones
Packers vs. Chargers
The rookie had four grabs for 75 yards against a porous Giants D. He'll have a harder time against the Bolts, whose pass rush should keep Brett Favre on the run.

KICKER

Sebastian Janikowski
Raiders vs. Browns
It's not just that he's 1 for 5 on field goals this year; it's also that he's often missing by egregious margins. Wait for his ego to recover.

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

Raiders vs. Browns
If Jamal Lewis and Derek Anderson can show the same spark they did against Cincy, Oakland's opportunistic unit (a TD and a safety against Denver) will get a rude surprise.

ALSO SIT
QB Jay Cutler Broncos, QB Alex Smith 49ers, RB Fred Taylor Jaguars, RB Derrick Ward, Giants, WR Chris Chambers Dolphins

PHOTOGREG NELSON (ROMO) PHOTOBOB ROSATO (BURRESS) PHOTOFRANK ORRIS/WIREIMAGE.COM (DAVIS) PHOTOSPORTPICS (LYNCH)

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