Glenn Graham's fantasy football picks

The Kickoff

November 09, 2006|By GLENN GRAHAM

PLAY OF THE WEEK

Willie Parker, Pittsburgh vs. New Orleans -- After throwing an uncharacteristic 54 times in last week's loss to Denver, the Steelers will get back to what they do best: run the football. Parker, who had 137 total yards and two touchdowns in the game, will carry the load against the Saints. For the season, he has 634 rushing yards and eight total touchdowns.

POSITION ANALYSIS

QUARTERBACK

STARTING NOD -- Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia vs. Washington. With an extra week to prepare and the Eagles in need of a victory, look for McNabb to step up against a Redskins defense that is 30th against the pass. McNabb has passed for 2,312 yards and 16 touchdowns, and also been more apt to run this season with 200 yards and three more scores.

OTHER SOLID OPTIONS -- Jon Kitna, Detroit vs. San Francisco; Marc Bulger, St. Louis at Seattle; Tom Brady, New England vs. New York Jets.

TAKE A SEAT -- J.P. Losman, Buffalo at Indianapolis; David Carr, Houston at Jacksonville; Mark Brunell, Washington at Philadelphia.

RUNNING BACK

STARTING NOD -- Kevin Jones, Detroit vs. San Francisco. He has been productive in Mike Martz's offense and nothing should change at home Sunday against the 49ers. For the season, Jones has 584 rushing yards, 41 catches for 296 yards and seven total touchdowns.

OTHER SOLID OPTIONS -- Warrick Dunn, Atlanta vs. Cleveland; Ronnie Brown, Miami vs. Kansas City; Corey Dillon, New England vs. New York Jets.

TAKE A SEAT -- Leon Washington, New York Jets at New England; Travis Henry, Tennessee vs. Ravens; LaMont Jordan, Oakland vs. Denver.

WIDE RECEIVER

STARTING NOD -- Roy Williams, Detroit vs. San Francisco. Going up against a 49ers defense that ranks 26th against the pass, Williams should continue his productive ways. He's coming off a six-catch, 138-yard effort against Atlanta in which he scored a touchdown for the third straight game. Williams has 44 catches for 719 yards and four touchdowns on the season.

OTHER SOLID OPTIONS -- Steve Smith, Carolina vs. Tampa Bay; Hines Ward, New Orleans at Pittsburgh.

TAKE A SEAT -- Muhsin Muhammad, Chicago at New York Giants; Joey Galloway, Tampa Bay at Carolina; Braylon Edwards, Cleveland at Atlanta.

TIGHT END

STARTING NOD -- Alge Crumpler, Atlanta vs. Cleveland. Michael Vick's top target has been a regular in the end zone the past three weeks, catching five touchdowns the past three games. For the season, he has 30 catches for 430 yards and six touchdowns.

OTHER SOLID OPTIONS -- Ben Watson, New England vs. New York Jets; Tony Gonzalez, Kansas City at Miami; Todd Heap, Ravens at Tennessee.

TAKE A SEAT -- Desmond Clark, Chicago at New York Giants; Owen Daniels, Houston at Jacksonville; Alex Smith, Tampa Bay at Carolina.

KICKER

STARTING NOD -- Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis vs. Buffalo: The Colts should visit the red zone plenty against the visiting Bills, giving Vinatieri opportunities. He's hit 16 of 18 field goals with 14 extra points for 62 points this season.

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

STARTING NOD -- Denver at Oakland. The Broncos have allowed a league-low 98 points this season and the Raiders -- blanked, 16-0, by Seattle on Monday -- have scored a league-low 92. That should add up to a field day for the Broncos defense, which was key in a 13-3 win over the Raiders in the teams' first meeting in Week 6.

Last week's tab

Play of the week -- LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego: 172 rushing yards, three TDs; three catches, 20 yards.

Quarterback -- Marc Bulger, St. Louis: 31-for-42, 354 yards, one TD.

Running back -- Larry Johnson, Kansas City: 172 rushing yards, one TD.

Wide receiver -- Terrell Owens, Dallas: seven catches, 76 yards, one TD.

Tight end -- Jeremy Shockey, New York Giants: eight catches, 66 yards, one TD.

Kicker -- Nate Kaeding, San Diego: one field goal, three extra points.

Defense -- New York Giants: one fumble, one sack.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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