Glenn Graham's Fantasy Football Picks

The Kickoff

October 19, 2006|By GLENN GRAHAM

PLAY OF THE WEEK

Peyton Manning, Indianapolis vs. Washington -- With no obvious matchups at any positions standing out this week, Manning is the safest bet to have a big day against the struggling Redskins. Expect production from receivers Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne along with tight end Dallas Clark as Manning (1,278 yards, eight touchdowns) spreads the wealth against a defense that ranks 24th against the pass.

POSITION ANALYSIS

QUARTERBACK

STARTING NOD -- Tom Brady, New England at Buffalo. With an extra week to prepare, look for a big week from Brady and the Patriots' offense against the Bills. Brady has thrown for 1,031 yards and eight touchdowns this season.

OTHER SOLID OPTIONS -- Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia at Tampa Bay; Byron Leftwich, Jacksonville at Houston; Chad Pennington, New York Jets vs. Detroit.

TAKE A SEAT -- J.P. Losman, Buffalo vs. New England; Mark Brunell, Washington at Indianapolis; Damon Huard, Kansas City vs. San Diego.

RUNNING BACK

STARTING NOD -- Fred Taylor, Jacksonville at Houston. Fresh off a bye, he should pick up where he left off two weeks ago when he ran for 111 yards and a touchdown against the Jets. Taylor has 367 yards and two touchdowns this season.

OTHER SOLID OPTIONS -- LaMont Jordan, Oakland vs. Arizona; Tatum Bell, Denver at Cleveland; Rudi Johnson, Cincinnati vs. Carolina.

TAKE A SEAT -- Chester Taylor, Minnesota at Seattle; Reuben Droughns, Cleveland vs. Denver; Maurice Morris, Seattle vs. Minnesota.

WIDE RECEIVER

STARTING NOD -- Anquan Boldin, Arizona at Oakland. The injury to fellow wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has greatly benefited Boldin, who caught 12 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown against the Bears on Monday night. Imagine what he'll do against the woeful Raiders on Sunday. Boldin leads the league with 40 catches for 502 yards and three touchdowns.

OTHER SOLID OPTIONS -- Laveranues Coles, New York Jets vs. Detroit; Chris Chambers, Miami vs. Green Bay; Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis vs. Washington.

TAKE A SEAT -- Donald Driver, Green Bay vs. Miami; Eric Moulds, Houston at Jacksonville; Hines Ward, Pittsburgh at Atlanta.

TIGHT END

STARTING NOD -- Antonio Gates, San Diego at Kansas City. The All-Pro tight end has scored a touchdown the past two weeks and loves facing the Chiefs. In two games against them last season, he combined to catch 14 passes for 197 yards and four touchdowns.

OTHER SOLID OPTIONS -- Kellen Winslow, Cleveland vs. Denver; Randy McMichael, Miami vs. Green Bay; Chris Cooley, Washington at Indianapolis.

TAKE A SEAT -- Heath Miller, Pittsburgh at Atlanta; Jermaine Wiggins, Minnesota at Seattle; Alge Crumpler, Atlanta vs. Pittsburgh.

KICKER

STARTING NOD -- Jason Elam, Denver at Cleveland: The Broncos should be able to move the ball against the Browns, who, at home, may prove stubborn in the red zone to give Elam some field-goal chances. Elam is 9-for-10 on field-goal attempts.

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

STARTING NOD -- Jacksonville at Houston: The Jaguars should be revved up against a Texans offense that ranks 30th overall in the league. Jacksonville has 11 takeaways, including nine interceptions, and 12 sacks in its 3-2 start. Cornerback Rashean Mathis is tied for the league lead with four interceptions.

Last week's tab

Play of the week -- Clinton Portis, Washington: 58 rushing yards, two TDs, five catches, 17 yards.

Quarterback -- Rex Grossman, Chicago: 14-for-37, 148 yards, four interceptions.

Running back -- Tatum Bell, Denver: 83 rushing yards, one TD, four catches, 11 yards.

Wide receiver -- Lee Evans, Buffalo: eight catches, 82 yards.

Tight end -- Randy McMichael, Miami: eight catches, 72 yards.

Kicker -- Nate Kaeding, San Diego: two FGs, six PATs.

Defense -- Denver: one interception, one fumble, four sacks.glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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