Glenn Graham's fantasy football picks

November 03, 2005|By GLENN GRAHAM

Play of the week

Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis at New England -- The Colts want to make a statement at New England, and QB Peyton Manning will turn to a familiar source to help get the job done. Harrison, who has 37 catches for 388 yards and five touchdowns, is primed for a breakout game on the Monday night stage.

Position analysis

Quarterback

Starting nod -- Jake Delhomme, Carolina at Tampa Bay. The Panthers are throwing almost as much as they're running, and why not? With Delhomme and WR Steve Smith, they have the league's most dangerous combination. Delhomme, who has thrown for 1,677 yards and 13 touchdowns this season, had six scoring passes in two games against the Buccaneers last season.

Other solid options -- Eli Manning, New York Giants at San Francisco; Steve McNair, Tennessee at Cleveland; Trent Green, Kansas City vs. Oakland.

Take a seat -- Drew Brees, San Diego at New York Jets; Aaron Brooks, New Orleans vs. Chicago at Baton Rouge, La.; Michael Vick, Atlanta at Miami.

Running back

Starting nod -- Fred Taylor, Jacksonville vs. Houston. Taylor is again looking durable and explosive, evidenced by a 165-yard effort Sunday that included a 71-yard touchdown run. He'll get plenty of chances against a Houston defense that ranks last in the league against the run.

Other solid options -- Chris Brown, Tennessee at Cleveland; Kevin Jones, Detroit vs. Minnesota; Clinton Portis, Washington vs. Philadelphia.

Take a seat -- Rudi Johnson, Cincinnati at Ravens; Carnell Williams, Tampa Bay vs. Carolina; Curtis Martin, New York Jets vs. San Diego.

Wide receiver

Starting nod -- Jerry Porter, Oakland at Kansas City. Raiders QB Kerry Collins finally looked Porter's way on Sunday, and the result was a six-catch, 123-yard performance with two touchdowns. Next up is a Chiefs defense that ranks 31st in the league against the pass.

Other solid options -- Hines Ward, Pittsburgh at Green Bay; Eddie Kennison, Kansas City vs. Oakland; Chris Chambers, Miami vs. Atlanta.

Take a seat -- Keenan McCardell, San Diego at New York Jets; Joey Galloway, Tampa Bay vs. Carolina; Joe Horn, New Orleans vs. Chicago at Baton Rouge, La..

Tight end

Starting nod -- Jeremy Shockey, New York Giants at San Francisco. There are just too many weapons in the Giants' arsenal for a San Francisco defense that ranks last in the league. That should open up some big plays for Shockey, who has 28 catches for 453 yards (16.2 average) with four touchdowns.

Other solid options -- Bubba Franks, Green Bay at Pittsburgh; Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City vs. Oakland; Marcus Pollard, Detroit at Minnesota.

Take a seat -- L.J. Smith, Philadelphia at Washington; Erron Kinney, Tennessee at Cleveland; Alge Crumpler, Atlanta at Miami.

Kicker

Starting nod -- Lawrence Tynes, Kansas City vs. Oakland. The Chiefs will spend much of the afternoon in the red zone, but will they score touchdowns or have to settle for field goals? Probably some of both. That will translate into a productive day for Tynes, who has converted 14 of 16 field-goal attempts and all 17 of his extra points.

Defense

Starting nod -- Jacksonville vs. Houston. The Jaguars are smarting from their 24-21 loss at St. Louis and will take it out on the visiting Texans on Sunday. Reggie Hayward and Paul Spicer have combined on 10 of the Jaguars' 16 sacks, and Rashean Mathis has a team-high four interceptions. It should add up to a long day for Texans QB David Carr.

Last week's tab

Play of the Week -- Antonio Gates, San Diego: 145 total yards, 3 TDs

QB -- Carson Palmer, Cincinnati: 22-for-34, 237 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT.

RB -- Corey Dillon, New England: 72 total yards, 2 TDs.

WR -- Terry Glenn, Dallas: 65 total yards.

TE -- Heath Miller, Pittsburgh: 18 total yards, 2 TDs.

K -- Jay Feely, New York Giants: 5 FGs, 3 PATs for 18 points.

Defense -- Carolina: 4 sacks.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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