Authored by Martin Barna - 9th November, 2005 - 2:23 pm
Oh, how the mighty have fallen.
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So with a seemingly wide-open field charging towards Super Bowl XL, many teams will be relying heavily on budding starts to carry their respective squads to the Promised Land. As we enter the final weeks of the fantasy regular season, the trick is figuring out which ones will feast on the pressure and which ones will fold.
Here?s my fantasy report card for week 10 fantasy action:
Arizona at Detroit
Kurt Warner ? D ? even if he does start, a solid Detroit secondary will shut him down.
Larry Fitzgerald ? C ? Tough defense + bad QB situation = poor fantasy performance.
Joey Harrington ? C ? It?s Arizona, but still, don?t even think about it.
Kevin Jones ? D ? likely won?t start due to arm injury
Baltimore at Jacksonville
Jamal Lewis ? D ? Lewis will be lucky to break 60 yards as the dry spell continues.
Todd Heap ? C ? Will get plenty of looks, but Jags (162.2pypg) should have his number.
Baltimore Defense ? C ? At home?maybe, on the road, no chance.
Byron Leftwich ? B ? Put him down for 180 and a pair of scores as Taylor sits.
Fred Taylor ? D ? likely out after reaggravating ankle last week; avoid Greg Jones.
Jimmy Smith ? B ? Wilford steals a few balls, but Smith still scores and breaks 90 yards.
Ernest Wilford ? B ? developing into solid No. 2 wideout. I see a score and 60 yards.
Jacksonville Defense ? A ? will load box to hold Ravens to 10 points or less.
Houston at Indianapolis
David Carr ? F ? Not wasting my breath for him.
Domanick Davis ? C ? should see limited play, one score and 80 yards at best.
Peyton Manning ? A ? proved he?s still got it last week. Give him 3 TD?s and 280 yards.
Edgerrin James ? A ? Should run wild for a pair of scores and 120+ yards.
Marvin Harrison ? A ? Will hook up with Manning for at least one score and 100 yards.
Reggie Wayne ? A ? Might not reach end zone, but definitely breaks century mark.
Dallas Clark ? B ? Texan secondary should clamp down on Clark to hold him under 40.
Indianapolis Defense ? A ? Turnovers aplenty mean big points for a stingy Colt defense.
Kansas City at Buffalo
Trent Green ? C ? facing league-best secondary, don?t expect more than 180 and a score.
Larry Johnson ? A ? with Holmes out, L.J.?s in for a big day against a weak Bills front.
Eddie Kennison ? C ? could break 80 yards, but he won?t reach the end zone.
Tony Gonzalez ? B ? finally back at it; he?ll keep it rolling with another TD catch here.
Willis McGahee ? B ? KC plays the run well, but McGahee gets 80 yards and a touch.
Eric Moulds ? B ? if only he had a QB; if Holcomb does manage a score, it?s all Moulds.
Buffalo Defense ? B ? faltered lately, but so has KC; might be a bit risky though.
Minnesota at N.Y. Giants
Brad Johnson ? C ? falls back to earth with a couple picks; can?t play Detroit every week.
Mewelde Moore ? D ? splits carries with Bennett and is held under 60 yards.
Nate Burleson ? C ? Vikes are awful on the road so don?t tempt fate here.
Eli Manning ? A ? at home, Eli tears it up for 250 yards at least two scoring strikes.
Tiki Barber ? A ? will see plenty of carries with G-Men in front. Let?s say a 90 and a TD.
Plaxico Burress ? B ? Vikes have the talent to contain him, but he?ll still go for 80 yards.
Jeremy Shockey ? A ? soft hands, impossible to tackle; locked in for a Sunday score.
New England at Miami
Tom Brady ? B ? bounces back with 200 passing yards and a pair of six-point hook-ups.
Corey Dillon ? B ? Dolphins aren?t great against run, so give him 100 yards and a score.
Deion Branch ? B ? book him for one trip to the paint and 70 receiving yards.
New England Defense ? B ? Miami shouldn?t break 15, but could cough up a few balls.
Ronnie Brown ? C ? splitting carries against the Pats means poor fantasy production.
Ricky Williams ? C ? lucky to score last week, even luckier to break 40 yards this week.
Chris Chambers ? B ? could see upwards of 8 catches and 100 yards, no score though.
Randy McMichael ? B ? give him the Dolphins? lone TD of the day.
Miami Defense ? C ? not sure I?d want to face the Pats after what happened on Monday.
San Francisco at Chicago
Kevan Barlow ? D ? Bears have allowed just 2 rush TD?s all year and Niners never run.
Brandon Lloyd ? C ? tough to do much when you?ve got Cody Pickett under center.
Kyle Orton ? B ? with run game hurting, might be in for big day; 2 scores and 200 yards?
Thomas Jones ? C ? game-time decision are never fun, but he could be worth the risk.
Muhsin Muhammed ? B ? Could be Orton?s go-to guy; pencil him in for 90 and a TD.
Chicago Defense ? A ? San Fran hasn?t broken 17 points since week three.
Denver at Oakland
Jake Plummer ? B ? coming off a bye week, he?ll break 200 and throw for 1-2 scores.
Tatum Bell ? B ? comes out with a big play every week; give him 100 yards, 0 TD?s.
Rod Smith ? B ? give him 80 receiving yards and a score against suspect Raiders D.
Denver Defense ? C ? Oakland?s only had 7 turnovers all year ? look elsewhere.
Kerry Collins ? B ? Denver (244.5pypg) will give up 260 and two scores through the air.
LaMont Jordan ? B ? been hot lately, but Broncos play run well, we?ll say 90 and a TD.
Randy Moss ? A ? struggled of late, but still a must-start; I see 100 and at least one TD.
N.Y. Jets at Carolina
Brooks Bollinger ? F ? against the Panthers? Absolutely not.
Curtis Martin ? C ? facing the league?s best run defense, don?t expect more than 60.
Laverneus Coles ? D ? see Bollinger above.
N.Y. Jets Defense ? C ? Panthers lit up strong Bucs D; expect more of the same here.
Jake Delhomme ? C ? Jets have solid secondary, but he?ll still pull 200 yards and 1 TD.
Stephen Davis ? A ? yardage aside, Davis is on fire; look for 60 yards and two scores.
Steve Smith ? B ? continues incredible year by breaking 100; no end zone trips though.
Carolina Defense ? A ? great start at home against stagnant Jets offense.
Green Bay at Atlanta
Brett Favre ? B ? expect the usual 250 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2-3 turnovers.
Donald Driver ? A ? hard-nosed receiver notches 90 yards and a touch in ATL.
Bubba Franks ? B ? plenty of red zone looks means a good chance for a score each week.
Michael Vick ? B ? good for 150 air, 50 ground, and a passing TD; might want to sit him.
Warrick Dunn ? B ? if you do start him, enjoy the TD-free outing; 80 total yards though.
Alge Crumpler ? A ? inevitably will score against a soft corps of Green Bay linebackers.
Atlanta Defense ? B ? Green Bay loves to cough it up, but Favre still has fireworks.
St. Louis at Seattle
Marc Bulger ? B ? risky play in first game back, but could post 250 and a couple scores.
Stephen Jackson ? A ? lit up Seattle in week five and should repeat with 120 and a TD
Torry Holt ? B ? like Bruce, if he?s healthy, he?s a great start against the Seahawks.
Kevin Curtis ? C ? won?t see as much action if Holt and Bruce start as expected.
Matt Hasselbeck ? B ? questionable in last few starts; pencil in 230 yards and a score.
Shaun Alexander ? A ? No-brainer to start; 130 total yards and 2-3 TD?s sounds right.
Joe Jurevicius ? B ? keeps it going here with 80 yards and a touch vs. Rams (240.6pypg).
Washington at Tampa Bay
Mark Brunell ? B ? tough to sit him, but on the road in Tampa, might want to consider it.
Clinton Portis ? C ? won?t find his rhythm against suffocating Bucs defense (75.9rypg).
Santana Moss ? A ? if Brunell scores, it?ll be to Moss, who also piles up 100 yards.
Chris Cooley ? B ? on the road in Tampa, his sporadic scoring isn?t something to rely on.
Washington Defense ? A ? great start in low-scoring affair against Chris Simms & Co.
Chris Simms ? D ? No, no, no, and no. The Redskins stellar secondary is just too much.
Cadillac Williams ? B ? will likely split carries, but could still amass 100 and a score.
Joey Galloway ? B ? he?s a decent start and might score, but nothing more than 80 yards.
Tampa Bay Defense ? A ? Bucs boast No. 1 defense and Skins are unproven on road.
Cleveland at Pittsburgh
Trent Dilfer ? F ? Just trust me on this one.
Reuben Droughns ? D ? I mean, if you?re fine with 50 yards and 0 TD?s, go right ahead.
Charlie Batch ? C ? better than Tommy, but not by much; I see 180 and one TD toss.
Duce Staley ? A ? will be the featured back on Sunday, so expect 100+ yards and 2 TD?s.
Hines Ward ? B ? probably won?t score, but still will see 6-7 catches for 80 yards.
Heath Miller ? A ? great safety valve for Batch, especially in the red zone.
Pittsburgh Defense ? A ? Yes, yes, yes, and yes.
Dallas at Philadelphia
Drew Bledsoe ? C ? has been terrible on the road; expect one score, 180, and two INT?s.
Julius Jones ? C ? remember when Philly held LT to 17 yards? Yeah, me too.
Keyshawn Johnson ? B ? he?s a decent start as Dallas? odds-on scoring favorite.
Terry Glenn ? C ? has disappeared in away games; more than 70 yards would surprise.
Jason Witten ? C ? definitely a budding star, but against the Philly linebackers, no dice.
Donovan McNabb ? B ? certainly has a lot to prove; we?ll say 200 and a pair of TD?s.
Brian Westbrook ? D ? Dallas is nasty vs. the ground attack and the Eagles can?t run.
Reggie Brown ? B ? great target for Donovan, but will need another year to develop.
Philadelphia Defense ? B ? No T.O means Philly D?s gotta step up. They do here.
Lastly, the Bengals, Saints, Chargers, and Titans all have byes, so plan accordingly.
Good luck in week 10!
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