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GENE MENEZ
October 09, 2006
How you handle overachieving players--as well as those who underperform--will decide your fantasy fate
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October 09, 2006

Think Fast

How you handle overachieving players--as well as those who underperform--will decide your fantasy fate

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DAUNTE CULPEPPER QB Dolphins

The man who was expected to lead Miami to the Super Bowl has flopped so far, averaging a mere 232.3 passing yards and throwing just two touchdown passes against three interceptions. It hasn't helped that the 29-year-old has lost some mobility after knee surgery, that he's in his first year in a new system and that the Dolphins' offensive line has already gone through three starting right guards and allowed a whopping 20 sacks--12 in Weeks 2 and 3 alone.

Recommendation
Sell, if you can get anywhere near fair value. After Sunday's 249-yard, one-touchdown effort against the Texans, his stock won't get any higher.

TIKI BARBER RB Giants

The No. 4 pick in most fantasy drafts has been held to 225 yards in three games, shackled not so much by other teams as by his own. Early deficits against the Eagles and the Seahawks forced New York out of its running game and kept Barber under 100 yards two times in three games.

Recommendation
Buy. With the toughest part of their schedule behind them, Barber & Co. don't figure to be down early by three touchdowns again.

LAMONT JORDAN RB Raiders

If Jordan could play the Browns every week, he'd be a Pro Bowler. After being stuffed for a total of 55 yards over the first two games, he ran for 128 yards and a touchdown against Cleveland on Sunday. The Browns, however, have the fourth-worst run defense in the NFL, so Jordan's numbers should be looked at with skepticism. Also, coach Art Shell has said he plans to get more carries for backup running back Justin Fargas, who had a 48-yard run on Sunday.

Recommendation
Sell. With games against the Broncos (twice), Steelers, Seahawks and Chargers in the next eight weeks, Jordan's stock is about as high as it'll get.

CHRIS COOLEY TE Redskins

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