Glenn Graham's fantasy football picks

December 01, 2005|By GLENN GRAHAM

Play of the week

Thomas Jones -- Chicago vs. Green Bay. The veteran back has been providing steady yardage both running and catching but hasn't found the end zone in the last five games he's played. The Packers should be a welcome sight. In two games against Green Bay last year, Jones piled up 271 total yards with three touchdowns. With 912 yards rushing this season, Jones also will be striving to reach 1,000 yards on Sunday.

Position analysis

Quarterback

Starting nod -- Jake Plummer, Denver at Kansas City. The Broncos will have to score plenty of points to get past the Chiefs in Kansas City, which could make result in a busy day for Plummer. This season, he has thrown for 2,236 yards with 14 touchdowns and just four interceptions. Another possible factor: The Chiefs' defense is fifth against the run and 29th against the pass.

Other solid options -- Mark Brunell, Washington at St. Louis; Drew Brees, San Diego vs. Oakland; Kurt Warner, Arizona at San Francisco.

Take a seat -- Steve McNair, Tennessee at Indianapolis; Michael Vick, Atlanta at Carolina; Trent Dilfer, Cleveland vs. Jacksonville.

Running back

Starting nod -- Jamal Lewis, Ravens vs. Houston. Lewis broke out with his first 100-yard rushing game of the season last week against Cincinnati - gaining 113 yards on 23 carries and also adding 36 receiving yards. He will once again carry the running load and should have conitnued success against a porous Houston defense that's last in the league against the run.

Other solid options -- Tiki Barber, New York Giants vs. Dallas; Carnell Williams, Tampa Bay vs. New Orleans at Baton Rouge, La.; DeShaun Foster, Carolina vs. Atlanta.

Take a seat -- Chris Brown, Tennessee at Indianapolis; Sam Gado, Green Bay at Chicago; T.J. Duckett, Atlanta at Carolina.

Wide receiver

Starting nod -- Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis vs. Tennessee. Wayne and fellow standout Marvin Harrison have been taking turns having big games in recent week. It's Wayne's turn this Sunday against visiting Tennessee. After averaging more than 100 yards and scoring two touchdowns in two games against the Titans last season, Wayne was back in the end zone for another score in the teams' first meeting this year on Oct. 2.

Other solid options -- Anquan Boldin, Arizona at San Francisco; Rod Smith, Denver at Kansas City; Santana Moss, Washington at St. Louis.

Take a seat -- Terry Glenn, Dallas at New York Giants; Donald Driver, Green Bay at Chicago; Joe Horn, New Orleans vs. Tampa Bay at Baton Rouge, La.

Tight end

Starting nod -- Jeremy Shockey, New York Giants vs. Dallas. Shockey, coming off a productive 10-catch, 127-yard effort at Seattle that included a touchdown, has benefited greatly from the Giants' balanced attack, and that won't change Sunday against Dallas. For the season, he has 48 receptions for 713 yards and seven scores, including a 129-yard, one-touchdown performance against the Cowboys in Week 6.

Other solid options -- Dallas Clark, Indianapolis vs. Tennessee; Todd Heap, Ravens vs. Houston; Jason Witten, Dallas at New York Giants.

Take a seat -- L.J. Smith, Philadelphia vs. Seattle; Heath Miller, Pittsburgh vs. Cincinnati; Ben Troupe, Tennessee at Indianapolis.

Kicker

Starting nod -- Matt Stover, Ravens vs. Houston. With the home team going up against the league's 30th-ranked defense, Stover should be lining up for plenty of field-goal chances and some extra points. He has made 20 of 24 field goals and all 11 extra-point tries this year for 71 points.

Defense

Starting nod -- Chicago vs. Green Bay. This year's Bears' defense is drawing comparisons to its 1985 Super Bowl team and further validation could come Sunday against Green Bay. Chicago has 23 take-aways and 35 sacks this season, including one fumble and four sacks in limiting Tampa Bay to 10 points last week. Green Bay's 27 turnovers this season is only exceeded by the 28 given up by the New Orlean Saints.

Last week's tab

Play of the week -- Tom Brady, New England: 22-for-40, 248 yards, 1 TD, 4 INT

QB -- Byron Leftwich, Jacksonville: 2-for-2, 18 yards.

RB -- Mike Anderson, Denver: 37 total yards.

WR -- Eddie Kennison, Kansas City: 60 total yards.

TE -- Chris Cooley, Washington: 28 total yards.

K -- Neil Rackers, Arizona: 1 FG, 2 PATs for 5 points.

Defense -- Cincinnati: 2 interceptions, 1 fumble.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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