Glenn Graham's fantasy football picks

The Kickoff

December 14, 2006|By GLENN GRAHAM

PLAY OF THE WEEK

Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis vs. Cincinnati -- Four of the league's top wide receivers will be showcased in the Monday night game and Harrison will shine the most with the Colts needing a win at home to restore confidence. The 11-year veteran has 74 catches for 1,094 yards and six touchdowns.

POSITION ANALYSIS

QUARTERBACK

STARTING NOD -- Drew Brees, New Orleans vs. Washington: Brees is the most productive quarterback in fantasy, and it isn't even close. He's coming off a 384-yard, five-touchdown performance against Dallas - his sixth 300-yard effort in seven games - and will feast on another NFC East foe with the Redskins visiting Sunday.

OTHER SOLID OPTIONS -- Tom Brady, New England vs. Houston; Brett Favre, Green Bay vs. Detroit; Tony Romo, Dallas at Atlanta.

TAKE A SEAT -- Trent Green, Kansas City at San Diego; Alex Smith, San Francisco at Seattle; David Carr, Houston at New England.

RUNNING BACK

STARTING NOD -- Jamal Lewis, Ravens vs. Cleveland: Lewis, who has 877 yards and seven touchdowns this season, could surpass 1,000 yards with a strong outing against a Browns defense that ranks 30th in the league against the rush. He ran the ball 24 times for 81 yards and a score in the Ravens' 20-10 win at Kansas City.

OTHER SOLID OPTIONS -- Rudi Johnson, Cincinnati at Indianapolis; Steven Jackson, St. Louis at Oakland; Tiki Barber, New York Giants vs. Philadelphia.

TAKE A SEAT -- Julius Jones, Dallas at Atlanta; Cadillac Williams, Tampa Bay at Chicago; Reuben Droughns, Cleveland at Ravens.

WIDE RECEIVER

STARTING NOD -- Donald Driver, Green Bay vs. Detroit: With his nine-catch, 160-yard performance last week against San Francisco, Driver now has 73 grabs for 1,103 yards and seven touchdowns to quietly become one of the most productive wide receivers in fantasy. He has touchdown catches in each of his past three games and should be in for another fine outing with the Lions visiting.

OTHER SOLID OPTIONS -- Terry Glenn, Dallas at Atlanta; Marvin Harrison, Indianapolis vs. Cincinnati; Laveranues Coles, New York Jets at Minnesota.

TAKE A SEAT -- Joey Galloway, Tampa Bay at Chicago; Chris Chambers, Miami at Buffalo; Javon Walker, Denver at Arizona.

TIGHT END

STARTING NOD -- Jeremy Shockey, New York Giants vs. Philadelphia. Shockey (56 catches, 556 yards, seven TDs) has caught at least five passes in each of the past four games and has scored TDs in the past two. Another reliable performance should come Sunday against the Eagles with the Giants' offense regaining form.

OTHER SOLID OPTIONS -- Alge Crumpler, Atlanta vs. Dallas; L.J. Smith, Philadelphia at New York Giants; Antonio Gates, San Diego vs. Kansas City.

TAKE A SEAT -- Kellen Winslow, Cleveland at Ravens; Randy McMichael, Miami at Buffalo; Jerramy Stevens, Seattle vs. San Francisco.

KICKER

STARTING NOD -- John Carney, New Orleans vs. Washington. With the Saints' top-ranked offense enjoying a favorable home matchup, the only concern is he might be kicking more extra points than field goals. He has hit 19 of 21 field-goal attempts and 39 extra points for 96 points.

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

STARTING NOD -- Chicago vs. Tampa Bay. In addition to having a defense that has a league-high 40 take-aways to go with 33 sacks, the Bears also have record-setting rookie Devin Hester, who has returned six kicks for touchdowns this season. Tampa Bay's offense, which ranks 31st in the league, will be overwhelmed on Sunday in Chicago.

Last week's tab

Play of the week -- Shaun Alexander, Seattle: 76 rushing yards; two catches, 6 yards.

Quarterback -- Tony Romo, Dallas: 16-for-33, 249 yards, one TD, two INTs.

Running back -- Rudi Johnson, Cincinnati: 117 rushing yards, two TDs; one catch, 5 receiving yards.

Wide receiver -- Steve Smith, Carolina: five catches, 67 yards.

Tight end -- Antonio Gates, San Diego: seven catches, 104 yards, two TDs.

Kicker -- Robbie Gould, Chicago: six extra points.

Defense -- Pittsburgh: one interception, one fumble recovery.glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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