Glenn Graham's fantasy football picks

October 20, 2005|By GLENN GRAHAM | GLENN GRAHAM,SUN REPORTER

Play of the week

Steven Jackson, St. Louis vs. New Orleans -- With interim coach Joe Vitt at the controls and QB Marc Bulger questionable with a sore shoulder, the Rams will give Jackson plenty of touches. He's ready to carry the load. In Monday night's loss in Indianapolis, Jackson accounted for 127 total yards and ran for a score. He should easily surpass those numbers Sunday against a Saints defense that ranks 26th against the rush.

Position analysis

Quarterbacks

Starting nod -- Mark Brunnell, Washington vs. San Francisco. Brunnell has enjoyed two straight 300-yard passing games and will have another banner Sunday against a helpless 49ers secondary. The Redskins' balanced offense has been the key to Brunnell's resurgence. He has thrown nine touchdown passes and just two interceptions in the team's five games.

Other solid options -- Brett Favre, Green Bay at Minnesota; Gus Frerotte, Miami vs. Kansas City; Trent Dilfer, Cleveland vs. Detroit.

Take a seat -- Drew Brees, San Diego at Philadelphia; Trent Green, Kansas City at Miami; Drew Bledsoe, Dallas at Seattle.

Running backs

Starting nod -- LaMont Jordan, Oakland vs. Buffalo. With WR Randy Moss banged up and the Bills' defense weak against the run, ex-Terp Jordan should get more than his share of carries Sunday. Last week, he ran only 12 times for 36 yards in a loss to the Chargers, but scored twice.

Other solid options -- Chris Brown, Tennessee at Arizona; Clinton Portis, Washington vs. San Francisco; Willis McGahee, Buffalo at Oakland.

Take a seat -- Thomas Jones, Chicago vs. Ravens; Curtis Martin, New York Jets at Atlanta; Tatum Bell, Denver at New York Giants.

Wide receivers

Starting nod -- Anquan Boldin, Arizona vs. Tennessee. Boldin has averaged nine catches for 139 yards the past two games and had a touchdown in both. He should have similar production against the visiting Titans on Sunday. And don't worry about fellow WR Larry Fitzgerald stealing the show; there will be enough balls thrown for both.

Other solid options -- Plaxico Burress, New York Giants vs. Denver; Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis at Houston; Troy Williamson, Minnesota vs. Green Bay.

Take a seat -- Jerry Porter, Oakland vs. Buffalo; Laveranues Coles, New York Jets at Atlanta; Derrick Mason, Ravens at Chicago.

Tight ends

Starting nod -- Randy McMichael, Miami vs. Kansas City. McMichael, who has 19 catches for 200 yards and four touchdowns, didn't score for the first time this season against a tough Tampa Bay defense last week. That should change Sunday against a Chiefs defense that ranks 30th against the pass.

Other solid options -- Jeremy Shockey, New York Giants vs. Denver; Marcus Pollard, Detroit at Cleveland; Chris Cooley, Washington vs. San Francisco.

Take a seat -- Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City at Miami; Heath Miller, Pittsburgh at Cincinnati; Alge Crumpler, Atlanta vs. New York Jets.

Kickers

Starting nod -- Shayne Graham, Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh. Two good offenses go up against two good defenses in this game, so field goals could dominate. Graham, who leads AFC kickers with 53 points, should get his share of chances for the home team.

Defense

Starting nod -- Washington vs. San Francisco. The Redskins' defense has been a fantasy bust with just one interception, one fumble recovery and five sacks so far. Help is on the way, though, with San Francisco in for a visit. The 49ers have turned the ball over 17 times and been sacked 17 times. QB Alex Smith, the first pick in the 2005 draft, got a vote of confidence from head coach Mike Nolan, but he won't get any sympathy from the Redskins.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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