Fantasy lineup

October 26, 2007|By GLENN GRAHAM

PLAY OF THE WEEK

Willie Parker, Pittsburgh at Cincinnati: -- Parker will be the biggest beneficiary of a Steelers' offense that should move the ball at will against the Bengals' porous defense. In two games against Cincinnati last season, Parker ran for 267 yards and scored four touchdowns.

QUARTERBACK

STARTING NOD -- Donovan McNabb, Philadelphia at Minnesota: Going up against the 32nd-ranked passing defense couldn't have come at a better time for McNabb, who will respond favorably after the Eagles' tough last-minute loss to Chicago on Sunday.

OTHER SOLID OPTIONS -- Derek Anderson, Cleveland; Marc Bulger, St. Louis; Brian Griese, Chicago.

NOT THIS WEEK -- Jason Campbell, Washington; Jon Kitna, Detroit; Jeff Garcia, Tampa Bay.

RUNNING BACK

STARTING NOD -- Brandon Jacobs, New York Giants at Miami (London): In his three games since returning to the lineup from an injury, Jacobs has posted two 100-yard games and scored two touchdowns. He could be the show against a Dolphins defense that ranks 31st against the run.

OTHER SOLID OPTIONS -- Marshawn Lynch, Buffalo; Parker, Pittsburgh; Reggie Bush, New Orleans.

NOT THIS WEEK -- Clinton Portis, Washington; LaMont Jordan, Oakland; Ahman Green, Houston.

WIDE RECEIVER

STARTING NOD -- Laveranues Coles, New York Jets vs. Buffalo: Coles (41 catches, 460 yards, six touchdowns) has caught eight passes in three of his past four games, including eight for 133 yards and two touchdowns last week against Cincinnati. Look for the same against a Bills pass defense that ranks 31st in the league.

OTHER SOLID OPTIONS -- Hines Ward, Pittsburgh; Bernard Berrian, Chicago; Wes Welker, New England.

NOT THIS WEEK -- Santana Moss, Washington; Donald Driver, Green Bay; Brandon Marshall, Denver.

TIGHT END

STARTING NOD -- Kellen Winslow, Cleveland at St. Louis: A high-scoring game is likely, and Winslow (29 catches, 506 yards, two touchdowns) should get more than his share of opportunities.

OTHER SOLID OPTIONS -- Dallas Clark, Indianapolis; Heath Miller, Pittsburgh; Vernon Davis, San Francisco.

NOT THIS WEEK -- Daniel Graham, Denver; David Martin, Miami; Bo Scaife, Tennessee.

KICKER

STARTING NOD -- David Akers, Philadelphia at Minnesota: The Eagles' offense continues to struggle to score touchdowns, giving Akers plenty of field-goal opportunities. Akers has made 13 of 16 field-goal attempts and all 11 extra points .

DEFENSE/SPECIAL TEAMS

STARTING NOD -- New York Giants at Miami (London): The Giants forced four turnovers - including one for a touchdown - and had six sacks last week against San Francisco. A similar performance should come against the woeful Dolphins. Defensive end Osi Umenyiora has eight of the Giants' league-best 27 sacks this season.

Last week's tab

Play of the week -- Carson Palmer, Cincinnati: 14-for-21 226 yards, one TD, one INT.

Quarterback -- Eli Manning, New York Giants: 18-for-31, 146 yards, two TDs, one INT.

Running back -- Reggie Bush, 17 carries, 54 yards, five catches, 19 yards, one TD.

Wide receiver -- Plaxico Burress, New York Giants: five catches, 43 yards.

Tight end -- Chris Cooley, Washington: one catch, 3 yards.

Kicker -- Nick Folk, Dallas: one field goal, three extra points.

Defense -- New England: one fumble, one INT, two sacks.

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