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Oct. 01, 2007
Oct. 01, 2007

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Oct. 1, 2007

SI Fantasy Plus
SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
PRO FOOTBALL
COLLEGE FOOTBALL
VOLLEYBALL
SOCCER
  • In leading the U.S. to the semifinals of the World Cup, Abby Wambach has netted goals every way possible. Just ask the bruising forward about it (or anything else)

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QUARTERBACK

This is an article from the Oct. 1, 2007 issue

MATT SCHAUB
Texans AT Falcons
Playing against the Colts and without star receiver Andre Johnson, Schaub stillwent 27 of 33 on Sunday. Now he gets to pick apart Atlanta and make the winlessFalcons wonder why they ever traded him.

Alex Smith
49ers vs. Seahawks
Amidst his statistically horrid 10-game closing stretch of 2006 (eight TDs, 12INTs), Smith did have two games with a passer rating over 100. Both wereagainst Seattle. Smith is playing about how he did late last season, so . . ..

RUNNING BACK

Ronnie Brown
Dolphins vs. Raiders
He had career highs of 211 yards from scrimmage and three TDs against the Jets.He'll do an LT impersonation against Oakland too.

Marion Barber
Cowboys vs. Rams
Powerful runners like DeShaun Foster, Frank Gore and Earnest Graham have faredwell against St. Louis. Barber extends the trend.

Thomas Jones
Jets at Bills
At the rate Buffalo defenders are going down, the Bills will soon ask FredSmerlas and Cornelius Bennett to suit up.

TIGHT END

Dallas Clark
Colts vs. Broncos
Indy's most overlooked weapon has scored TDs in back-to-back weeks. In his lasttwo games against Denver, Clark has 12 catches for 180 yards and a TD.

KICKER

LawrenceTynes
Giants vs. Eagles
Tynes is 6 for 7 this year in field goal tries, and in 2005 and '06 New York'sthen kicker Jay Feely scored 19 points in home games against Philadelphia.

WIDE RECEIVER

Donald Driver
Packers At Vikings
He should feast on the Vikes' secondary; everyone else has. As Lambeau's careerreceptions leader, he would be an apt target for Favre's record 421st TD--evenon the road.

LaveranuesColes
Jets at Bills
In two games against division-rival Buffalo in 2006, Coles had 14 catches for145 yards and a TD. And that was before corner Nate Clements left the Bills forthe 49ers.

Anquan Boldin
Cardinals vs. Steelers
Boldin had 181 yards and two TDs against the Ravens. He was particularly scaryafter Kurt Warner took over for Matt Leinart, a scene that could recurhere.

DEFENSE / SPECIALTEAMS

Vikings vs.Packers
Though it is giving up yards through the air (243 per game), Minnesota'sdefense also has 11 sacks and five interceptions through the first three weeks.Two of those INTs were by safety Darren Sharper (right), who picked off formerteammate Brett Favre for the first time last season.

Also start QB Donovan McNabb Eagles, RB Laurence Maroney Patriots, RB WillisMcGahee Ravens, WR Vincent Jackson Chargers

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