MATCHUP OF THE WEEK
In 2003 they were
Rams teammates when Kurt Warner, returning from injury, declined to take the
field out of "fairness" to his replacement. Who will be the better
fantasy performer when they meet on Sunday?
He made Warner
expendable with his consistent performance, averaging 19 TDs in three years at
the helm and becoming a top-tier fantasy quarterback. But that was under Mike
Martz. Scott Linehan's system has meant fewer passes (34 per game so far, down
from 40 in '05) and diminished finishing power (one passing TD).
Before facing his
old team in St. Louis last year, Warner said, "I don't think I want to win
this game any more than I want to win any other game." Don't believe it.
Warner proved downright vengeful, amassing 285 yards and three TDs. And if a
shoddy Arizona defense can't stop Bulger, it'll be up to Warner to play
catch-up. He's game.
THE VERDICT It's
in the defenses. Arizona's was torched for 341 yards by the Seahawks on Sunday
after making Alex Smith look like Dan Marino in Week 1. Bulger, who has an even
better stable of receivers than Smith, will go wild. But Warner will have to
contend with Jim Haslett's revamped unit. Bet on Bulger.