I THINK . . . By
. . . It's time to
pick up Packers tight end Donald Lee.
Follow me. Brett
Favre is playing safe, efficient and winning football, not taking the sort of
chances he took in 2005 and '06, when he led the NFL with a combined 47
interceptions. Because he's throwing shorter stuff and going to his checkdown
receivers more often as the Green Bay coaches make a priority of reducing
turnovers, Favre is looking for his tight ends a lot; he trusts Lee more than
Bubba Franks after Franks's eight-drop 2006 season. Through Week�5, the 6'
4", 248-pound Lee was on pace for 53 catches; in four previous seasons with
Miami and Green Bay he had 63 combined. "I'm the luckiest player in the
NFL," he told me after the Packers beat the Vikings on Sept. 30. "I'm
building chemistry with one of the best quarterbacks of all time, and he's
looking for me." It's only going to get better for Lee, 27, who's the kind
of sure-handed, physical tight end the Packers love. I think he'll exceed 53
receptions and get his share of touchdowns (he has one so far this season).
Unless I had Dallas Clark, Antonio Gates, Jason Witten or Kellen Winslow, I'd
deal for Lee right now.
ON Groin Injuries
is sore, Steven Jackson's is partially torn, Santana Moss's is strained, and
L.J. Smith had surgery to clear scar tissue from his. The groin has been the
scourge of many a fantasy notable this season, and rather than hope for their
speedy recoveries, owners of these players should seek long-term alternatives.
Here's why: Groin injuries don't go away. They generally start in the hip,
which bears so much weight and stress that these injuries are particularly
pesky to rehab; without extended rest, they tend to recur. If one of your
players hurts his groin during the season, he's liable to be a perpetual
"questionable" on the injury report, leaving you at the mercy of
game-time decisions. Bill Belichick can get by when he announces minutes before
kickoff, as he did two weeks ago at Cincinnati, that Maroney (left) can't go.
But for fantasy owners who were stuck starting the back, the sight of him
sitting out was all too painful.
Making his first start for St. Louis on Sunday, in place of Isaac Bruce, the
former Titan caught his first TD pass since Dec. 3. The 6' 5" wideout gives
this anemic passing attack an inviting target.
Like Indy needed another weapon. The former CFL star had 121 yards and two TDs
filling in for the injured Joseph Addai.
Wright becomes a fantasy starter next week against Miami if Jamal Lewis is
sidelined by his foot injury.