Glenn Graham's fantasy football picks

December 15, 2005|By GLENN GRAHAM

Play of the week

Domanick Davis -- Considered to be a potential fantasy bust midway through the season, the running back has caught fire in the past four games, and his positive production should continue with Arizona visiting the Texans. Last week against Tennessee, he accounted for 189 total yards and caught a touchdown pass. He has 976 rushing yards, 39 catches for 337 yards and six total TDs.

Position analysis

Quarterback

Starting nod -- Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle at Tennessee. The Seahawks are scoring TDs through the air more in recent weeks, and receiver Darrell Jackson is due back from an injury. Hasselbeck is coming off a 226-yard, four-TD game vs. San Francisco and has thrown for seven TDs in his past three games.

Other solid options -- Eli Manning, New York Giants vs. Kansas City; David Garrard, Jacksonville vs. San Francisco; Kurt Warner, Arizona vs. Houston.

Take a seat -- Brad Johnson, Minnesota vs. Pittsburgh; Mark Brunell, Washington vs. Dallas; Steve McNair, Tennessee vs. Seattle.

Running back

Starting nod -- Tiki Barber, New York Giants vs. Kansas City. The Giants will try to get the ball to Barber any way they can with a high-scoring game expected. Last week, he had 37 touches and 195 total yards with one TD catch in the team's 26-23 overtime win over Philadelphia.

Other solid options -- LaMont Jordan, Oakland vs. Cleveland; Jerome Bettis, Pittsburgh at Minnesota; Rudi Johnson, Cincinnati at Detroit.

Take a seat -- Michael Bennett, Minnesota vs. Pittsburgh; Willis McGahee, Buffalo vs. Denver; T.J. Duckett, Atlanta at Chicago.

Wide receiver

Starting nod -- Jimmy Smith, Jacksonville vs. San Francisco. The veteran receiver, who has 55 catches for 836 yards and six TDs, has made a good connection with QB Garrard, evidenced by his eight catches for 102 yards and a TD last week against the Colts. More catches from Smith should come against the 49ers.

Other solid options -- Plaxico Burress, New York Giants vs. Kansas City; Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona at Houston; T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Cincinnati at Detroit.

Take a seat -- Deion Branch, New England vs. Tampa Bay; Joe Horn, New Orleans vs. Carolina at Baton Rouge, La.; Donald Driver, Green Bay at Ravens.

Tight end

Starting nod -- Antonio Gates, San Diego at Indianapolis. Coming off a 13-catch, 123-yard effort against Miami that included a TD, Gates should be in for another productive game against the Colts with the Chargers likely throwing the ball to keep pace. The league's top tight end has 76 catches for 997 yards and nine TDs.

Other solid options -- Jeremy Shockey, New York Giants vs. Kansas City; Randy McMichael, Miami vs. New York Jets; Todd Heap, Ravens vs. Green Bay.

Take a seat -- Jermaine Wiggins, Minnesota vs. Pittsburgh; Ben Watson, New England vs. Tampa Bay; Marcus Pollard, Detroit vs. Cincinnati.

Kicker

Starting nod -- Josh Brown, Seattle at Tennessee. The Seahawks' high-powered offense guarantees a lot of points for Brown. Last week against San Francisco, he made two of three field-goal attempts - including a 52-yarder - and had five extra points.

Defense

Starting nod -- Jacksonville vs. San Francisco. At 9-4 and holding the top AFC wild-card spot, the Jaguars should get a dominating performance against the struggling 49ers, who are second behind only St. Louis with 33 giveaways. The Jags have 40 sacks and 24 take-aways.

Last week's tab

Play of the week -- Rudi Johnson, Cincinnati: 180 total yards, 1 TD.

QB -- Brad Johnson, Minnesota: 16-for-25, 146 yards.

RB -- Julius Jones, Dallas: 41 total yards.

WR -- Chad Johnson, Cincinnati: 22 total yards.

TE -- Alge Crumpler, Atlanta: 94 total yards.

K -- Lawrence Tynes, Kansas City: 4 PATs for 4 points.

Defense -- Denver: 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles, 2 sacks.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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