Glenn P. Graham's fantasy picks

October 06, 2005|By GLENN P. GRAHAM

Play of the week

QB Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia at Dallas -- Proof came in last week's 37-31 win at Kansas City: Injuries or defenses can't slow McNabb, who has already thrown for 1,333 yards and a league-high 11 touchdowns. Last year in Dallas, he threw for 345 yards and four touchdowns against the Cowboys in a 49-21 Monday night win.

Position analysis

Quarterbacks

Starting nod -- Peyton Manning, Indianapolis at San Francisco. He's back. And this week, against a 49ers defense that has already surrendered 11 passing touchdowns, he won't have to share the quarterback limelight with little brother Eli.

Other solid options -- Brett Favre, Green Bay vs. New Orleans; Steve McNair, Tennessee at Houston; Marc Bulger, St. Louis vs. Seattle.

Take a seat -- Drew Bledsoe, Dallas vs. Philadelphia; Brian Griese, Tampa Bay at New York Jets; Drew Brees, San Diego vs. Pittsburgh.

Running backs

Starting nod -- Domanick Davis, Houston vs. Tennessee. With 112 combined yards vs. Cincinnati last week, Davis showed glimpses of returning to last season's form. That should happen this week against a Titans defense that he's had success against in the past.

Other solid options -- Corey Dillon, New England at Atlanta; Stephen Davis, Carolina at Arizona; Willis McGahee, Buffalo vs. Miami.

Take a seat -- Kevin Jones, Detroit vs. Ravens; Clinton Portis, Washington at Denver; Willie Parker, Pittsburgh at San Diego.

Wide receivers

Starting nod -- Darrell Jackson, Seattle at St. Louis. There should be plenty of fantasy points to go around on both sides in this game. Jackson, who has 29 catches for 376 yards and two touchdowns, should find the end zone at least once.

Other solid options -- Joe Horn, New Orleans at Green Bay; Hines Ward, Pittsburgh at San Diego; Drew Bennett, Tennessee at Houston.

Take a seat -- Chris Chambers, Miami at Buffalo; Deion Branch, New England at Atlanta; Michael Clayton, Tampa Bay at New York Jets.

Tight ends

Starting nod -- Jason Witten, Dallas vs. Philadelphia. Bledsoe will look to Witten with the Eagles bringing pressure. Last season, Witten caught 15 balls in two games against Philadelphia.

Other solid options -- Todd Heap, Ravens at Detroit; Dallas Clark, Indianapolis at San Francisco; Ernie Conwell, New Orleans at Green Bay.

Take a seat -- Marcus Pollard, Detroit vs. Ravens; Chris Cooley, Washington at Denver; Ben Watson, New England at Atlanta.

Kickers

Starting nod -- Jason Elam, Denver vs. Washington. The Broncos have moved the ball effectively in winning three straight games and should find success again at home despite playing against a tough Redskins defense. More points will come from Elam's field goals than touchdowns.

Defense

Starting nod -- Indianapolis at San Francisco. First comes a big early lead for the Colts. Next is first-time starter Alex Smith dropping back to pass for San Francisco. Plenty of sacks and turnovers for the Colts defense are sure to follow.glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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