Glenn Graham's fantasy football picks

The Kickoff

November 30, 2006|By GLENN GRAHAM

PLAY OF THE WEEK

Steven Jackson, St. Louis vs. Arizona -- Rams coach Scott Linehan handed over the play-calling duties last week to offensive coordinator Greg Olson, who made sure Jackson got the ball. Jackson responded with 121 rushing yards and a score to go with nine catches for 71 yards in a win over San Francisco. Expect Jackson to find the end zone again with the Cardinals' 30th-ranked defense in town.

POSITION ANALYSIS

QUARTERBACK

STARTING NOD -- Drew Brees, New Orleans vs. San Francisco. Brees (3,463 yards, 19 touchdowns) has passed for 300-plus yards in five straight games, including a 349-yard, two-touchdown performance against Atlanta last week. The trend should continue Sunday with San Francisco visiting.

OTHER SOLID OPTIONS -- Peyton Manning, Indianapolis at Tennessee; Tom Brady, New England vs. Detroit; Tony Romo, Dallas at New York Giants.

TAKE A SEAT -- Brad Johnson, Minnesota at Chicago; David Carr, Houston at Oakland; David Garrard, Jacksonville at Miami.

RUNNING BACK

STARTING NOD -- Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia vs. Carolina. With quarterback Donovan McNabb out for the season, Westbrook has become the focal point of the Eagles' offense. He has three straight 100-yard rushing games and has 1,369 total yards with eight touchdowns this season.

OTHER SOLID OPTIONS -- Willie Parker, Pittsburgh vs. Tampa Bay; Frank Gore, San Francisco at New Orleans; Deuce McAllister, New Orleans vs. San Francisco.

TAKE A SEAT -- Cadillac Williams, Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh; Fred Taylor, Jacksonville at Miami; Sammy Morris, Miami vs. Jacksonville.

WIDE RECEIVER

STARTING NOD -- Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis at Tennessee. Wayne has 59 catches for 962 yards, and his eight touchdowns have come in the past seven games.

OTHER SOLID OPTIONS -- Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona at St. Louis; Randy Moss, Oakland vs. Houston; Steve Smith, Carolina at Philadelphia.

TAKE A SEAT -- Lee Evans, Buffalo vs. San Diego; Santana Moss, Washington vs. Atlanta; Donte' Stallworth, Philadelphia vs. Carolina.

TIGHT END

STARTING NOD -- Chris Cooley, Washington vs. Atlanta. In the past two games since Jason Campbell has taken over at quarterback, Cooley (35 catches, 470 yards and five touchdowns) has caught eight passes for 147 yards and scored a touchdown in each game. He has a favorable matchup with Atlanta's 30th-ranked passing defense visiting Sunday.

OTHER SOLID OPTIONS -- Antonio Gates, San Diego at Buffalo; Todd Heap, Ravens at Cincinnati; Ben Watson, New England vs. Detroit.

TAKE A SEAT -- Jerramy Stevens, Seattle at Denver; Jason Witten, Dallas at New York Giants; Alex Smith, Tampa Bay at Washington.

KICKER

STARTING NOD -- Jeff Wilkins, St. Louis vs. Arizona. Wilkins had made 25 of 28 field goals and all 19 extra points for 94 points this season.

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

STARTING NOD -- New England vs. Detroit. Look for the home team to build an early lead and then dominate the struggling Lions on Sunday. The Patriots have 22 take-aways this season, including a team-high six interceptions by Asante Samuel, and 28 sacks.

Last week's tab

Play of the week -- Terrell Owens, Dallas: eight catches, 107 yards, one TD.

Quarterback -- Carson Palmer, Cincinnati: 25-for-32, 275 yards, three TDs, one INT.

Running back -- Frank Gore, San Francisco: 134 rushing yards, one TD, four catches, 31 yards.

Wide receiver -- Darrell Jackson, Seattle: two catches, 20 yards, one TD.

Tight end -- Jeremy Shockey, New York Giants: five catches, 39 yards.

Kicker -- Jason Elam, Denver: one field goal, one extra point.

Defense -- Dallas: two INTs, one sack.glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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