Glenn Graham's Fantasy Football Picks

October 12, 2006|By GLENN GRAHAM | GLENN GRAHAM,SUN REPORTER

PLAY OF THE WEEK

Clinton Portis, Washington vs. Tennessee -- The versatile running back has bailed out the Redskins' inconsistent offense before and should again on Sunday against the visiting Titans, who won't be able to maintain the solid defensive play they got in their tough 14-13 loss to Indianpolis last week. In four games, Portis has carried the ball 72 times for 313 yards and four touchdowns, and also caught six passes for 117 yards.

POSITION ANALYSIS

QUARTERBACK

STARTING NOD -- Rex Grossman, Chicago at Arizona. Who would have thought the much-maligned Grossman would have 1,200-plus yards and 10 touchdowns just five games into the season? The Bears' weak spot is now another team strength, and Grossman will get to showcase his skills on Monday night against the struggling Cardinals.

OTHER SOLID OPTIONS -- Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia at New Orleans; Matt Hasselbeck, Seattle at St. Louis; Drew Bledsoe, Dallas vs. Houston.

TAKE A SEAT -- Jon Kitna, Detroit vs. Buffalo; David Carr, Houston at Dallas; Damon Huard, Kansas City at Pittsburgh.

RUNNING BACK

STARTING NOD -- Tatum Bell, Denver vs. Oakland. Bell has solidified himself as the Broncos' featured back with two straight quality performances. After running for 123 yards against New England, he put up 92 yards against the Ravens, including some tough yards late in the fourth quarter to help seal the win. Expect him to find the end zone this Sunday with the Raiders defense ranking 29th against the run.

OTHER SOLID OPTIONS -- Julius Jones, Dallas vs. Houston; Willie Parker, Pittsburgh vs. Kansas City; Warrick Dunn, Atlanta vs. New York Giants.

TAKE A SEAT -- DeShaun Foster, Carolina at Ravens; Kevin Jones, Detroit vs. Buffalo; Edgerrin James, Arizona vs. Chicago.

WIDE RECEIVER

STARTING NOD -- Lee Evans, Buffalo at Detroit. The lone bright spot on a Bills offense that ranks 30th in the league, Evans has been a model of consistency in recent weeks. In the past three games, he has caught 24 passes for 293 yards, including a nine-catch, 94-yard performance against Chicago with his first touchdown of the season.

OTHER SOLID OPTIONS -- Andre Johnson, Houston at Dallas; Santana Moss, Washington vs. Tennessee; Muhsin Muhammad, Chicago at Arizona.

TAKE A SEAT -- Plaxico Burress, New York Giants at Atlanta; Antonio Bryant, San Francisco vs. San Diego; Keyshawn Johnson, Carolina at Ravens.

TIGHT END

STARTING NOD -- Randy McMichael, Miami at New York Jets. In Sunday's loss to New England, new starting quarterback Joey Harrington found an instant rapport with McMichael, who caught six passes for 84 yards. More good numbers should be posted this week against a Jets defense that ranks 21st in the league against the pass.

OTHER SOLID OPTIONS -- Antonio Gates, San Diego at San Francisco; Alge Crumpler, Atlanta vs. New York Giants; Chris Cooley, Washington vs. Tennessee.

TAKE A SEAT -- Eric Johnson, San Francisco vs. San Diego; Heath Miller, Pittsburgh vs. Kansas City; Ben Troupe, Tennessee at Washington.

KICKER

STARTING NOD -- Nate Kaeding, San Diego at San Francisco: The Chargers should have a productive offensive day at San Francisco, and Kaeding will get in the act. For the season, he has hit 11 of 12 field-goal tries and all 10 extra-point attempts for an AFC-high 43 points among kickers.

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

STARTING NOD -- Denver vs. Oakland: The Broncos' defense, ranked 12th in the league, has been plenty sturdy this season, but it has yet to break out in fantasy numbers. That changes Sunday night with the hapless Raiders in for a visit. In their 0-4 start, the Raiders have 13 turnovers and their quarterback was sacked 20 times.

Last week's tab

Play of the week -- Steve Smith, Carolina: six catches, 62 yards.

Quarterback -- Marc Bulger, St. Louis: 18-for-28, 220 yards, two TDs.

Running back -- Larry Johnson, Kansas City: 36 rushing yards, six catches, 106 yards, one receiving TD.

Wide receiver -- Terry Glenn, Dallas: five catches, 61 yards.

Tight end -- Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City: one catch, 25 yards.

Kicker -- Robbie Gould, Chicago: four FGs, four PATs.

Defense -- Indianapolis: one interception.glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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