Glenn Graham's fantasy football picks

The Kickoff

October 26, 2006|By GLENN GRAHAM

PLAY OF THE WEEK

Andre Johnson, Houston at Tennessee -- The four-year pro has emerged this season as the NFL's most consistent wide receiver, catching a league-high 47 passes for 591 yards and three touchdowns. In six games, he has topped 100 yards four times, and he's caught at least eight passes in four straight games. There's no reason to believe his production should change Sunday at Tennessee.

POSITION ANALYSIS

QUARTERBACK

STARTING NOD -- Carson Palmer, Cincinnati vs. Atlanta. Despite a banged-up offensive line, the Bengals' offense appears to be getting on track. Proof came last week when Palmer threw for 240 yards and two touchdowns and running back Rudi Johnson gained 101 yards against a solid Carolina defense. Look for the trend to continue at home against the Falcons.

OTHER SOLID OPTIONS -- Rex Grossman, Chicago vs. San Francisco; Jake Delhomme, Carolina vs. Dallas; Brett Favre, Green Bay vs. Arizona.

TAKE A SEAT -- Chad Pennington, New York Jets at Cleveland; Byron Leftwich, Jacksonville at Philadelphia; Alex Smith, San Francisco at Chicago.

RUNNING BACK

STARTING NOD -- Tiki Barber, New York Giants vs. Tampa Bay. Barber (647 rushing yards and 26 catches for 222 yards) has been his typical productive self when it comes to piling up yards, but surprisingly has not scored a touchdown this season. That changes Sunday when he faces a Tampa Bay defense that allowed Eagles running back Brian Westbrook to finish with 214 total yards and one touchdown last week.

OTHER SOLID OPTIONS -- Larry Johnson, Kansas City vs. Seattle; Tatum Bell, Denver vs. Indianapolis; Thomas Jones, Chicago vs. San Francisco.

TAKE A SEAT -- Frank Gore, San Francisco at Chicago; Carnell Williams, Tampa Bay at New York Giants; Edgerrin James, Arizona at Green Bay.

WIDE RECEIVER

STARTING NOD -- Donald Driver, Green Bay vs. Arizona. The Packers' offense showed life in last week's 34-24 win at Miami, and Driver was a big reason with a 10-catch, 93-yard effort that included a touchdown. With rookie wide receiver Greg Jennings doubtful with an ankle injury, Driver (36 catches, 436 yards, two TDs) is Favre's only reliable receiving option against the lowly Cardinals.

OTHER SOLID OPTIONS -- Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis at Denver; T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Cincinnati vs. Atlanta; Bernard Berrian, Chicago vs. San Francisco.

TAKE A SEAT -- Terry Glenn, Dallas at Carolina; Marques Colston, New Orleans vs. Ravens; Joey Galloway, Tampa Bay at New York Giants.

TIGHT END

STARTING NOD -- Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City vs. Seattle. Looking like the Gonzalez of years past, the veteran tight end broke out with a six-catch, 138-yard performance last week against San Diego. He should continue to be productive with the vulnerable Seahawks visiting Sunday. Gonzalez has 27 catches for 325 yards and one touchdown this season.

OTHER SOLID OPTIONS -- Kellen Winslow, Cleveland vs. New York Jets; Antonio Gates, San Diego vs. St. Louis; Heath Miller, Pittsburgh at Oakland.

TAKE A SEAT -- Dallas Clark, Indianapolis at Denver; Jerramy Stevens, Seattle at Kansas City; Jermaine Wiggins, Minnesota vs. New England.

KICKER

STARTING NOD -- Jay Feely, New York Giants vs. Tampa Bay. The Giants are playing well on both sides of the ball and should give Feely plenty of chances against the Buccaneers, who rank 29th in total offense and 27th in total defense. Feely has made 10 of 12 field-goal attempts and all 17 extra-point attempts.

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

STARTING NOD -- Chicago vs. San Francisco. What round did the Bears' defense go in your fantasy draft? It has been one of the most productive and consistent point-getters at any position, and that won't change with the 49ers visiting Soldier Field. The Bears, well-rested after a bye, have 17 takeaways and 19 sacks in six games.

Last week's tab

Play of the week -- Peyton Manning, Indianapolis: 25-for-35, 342 yards, four TDs.

Quarterback -- Tom Brady, New England: 18-for-27, 195 yards, two TDs.

Running back -- Fred Taylor, Jacksonville: 84 rushing yards; one catch, 19 yards.

Wide receiver -- Anquan Boldin, Arizona: four catches, 59 yards.

Tight end -- Antonio Gates, San Diego: nine catches, 63 yards, one TD.

Kicker -- Jason Elam, Denver: one FG, two PATs.

Defense -- Jacksonville: one sack.glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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