Glenn Graham's fantasy picks

October 13, 2005|By GLENN GRAHAM | GLENN GRAHAM,SUN REPORTER

Play of the week

Warrick Dunn, Atlanta vs. New Orleans at San Antonio -- The shifty back, who ranks fourth in the league rushing with 477 yards, will have a big running day against the stumbling Saints and should break a long one for a score. Look for Dunn to be a bigger factor in the Falcons' passing attack as well.

Position analysis

Quarterbacks

Starting nod -- Drew Brees, San Diego at Oakland. The Raiders' defense helped put Brees (right) on the map last year as he threw for 507 yards and six touchdowns in two wins.

Other solid options -- Jack Delhomme, Carolina at Detroit; Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle vs. Houston; Kerry Collins, Oakland vs. San Diego.

Take a seat -- Byron Leftwich, Jacksonville at Pittsburgh; Gus Frerotte, Miami at Tampa Bay; Trent Dilfer, Cleveland at Ravens.

Running backs

Starting nod -- Rudi Johnson, Cincinnati at Tennessee. The Bengals get back on the winning track by grinding one out in Tennessee. That's vintage Johnson, who should get opportunities at the goal line against the Titans.

Other solid options -- Jamal Lewis, Ravens vs. Cleveland; Jerome Bettis, Pittsburgh vs. Jacksonville; Tiki Barber, New York Giants at Dallas.

Take a seat -- Fred Taylor, Jacksonville at Pittsburgh; Steven Jackson, St. Louis at Indianapolis; LaMont Jordan, Oakland vs. San Diego.

Wide receivers

Starting nod -- Santana Moss, Washington at Kansas City. With 23 catches for 458 yards (19.9 yards per catch) and two touchdowns, Moss has become a consistent downfield threat with Mark Brunell proving he can once again go deep. Against a Chiefs defense that ranks 30th against the pass, the Redskins will make certain to take their chances.

Other solid options -- Eric Moulds, Buffalo vs.New York Jets; Keenan McCardell, San Diego at Oakland; David Givens, New England at Denver.

Take a seat -- Antonio Bryant, Cleveland at Ravens; Jimmy Smith, Jacksonville at Pittsburgh; Chris Chambers, Miami at Tampa Bay.

Tight ends

Starting nod -- Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City vs. Washington. After Gonzalez made a fuss about a lack of opportunities downfield, the Chiefs had a bye week to find a way to get the six-time Pro Bowler more involved. A tough Washington defense stands in the way, but Gonzalez should break through for a couple big plays.

Other solid options -- Dallas Clark, Indianapolis vs. St. Louis; Chris Cooley, Washington at Kansas City; Antonio Gates, San Diego at Oakland.

Take a seat -- Ben Troupe, Tennessee vs. Cincinnati; Jermaine Wiggins, Minnesota at Chicago; Randy McMichael, Miami at Tampa Bay.

Kickers

Starting nod -- Todd Peterson, Atlanta vs. New Orleans at San Antonio. The Falcons offense should have its way against the struggling Saints, and Peterson should feel right at home on the Alamodome turf. The hope here is that Peterson lines up for more field goals than extra points.

Defense

Starting nod -- Buffalo vs. New York Jets. The Bills are primed to make a move in the AFC East and it will be the defense that gets the job done Sunday against the Jets. In Week 5, they hassled the Dolphins with three interceptions, two sacks and a fumble recovery in limiting them to 14 points. This week, the Bills will wreak havoc on 41-year-old quarterback Vinny Testaverde and 32-year-old running back Curtis Martin.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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