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October 16, 2006
DON'T LIKE THE MATCHUP
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October 16, 2006

Sit 'em

DON'T LIKE THE MATCHUP

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Despite being held to 57 yards against the Chargers on Sunday, Parker has had some very big rushing games in his first season as an unquestioned lead back, so this cautionary note is not an indictment of his talents. He's still one of the league's most desirable fantasy running backs. However, he faces some formidable obstacles when Kansas City visits Heinz Field. The surprising Chiefs defense, under the tutelage of coach Herm Edwards, has become one of the league's better units, especially against featured backs: It has yet to allow a 100-yard rushing game and has given up just two rushing TDs this season (none since a Week 3 bye). And with Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger struggling (he's the league's second-lowest-rated starting QB), defenders can key on Parker. The upshot: If you have a better alternative this week than Fast Willie, use it.

FISH OR CUT BAIT?

DAUNTE CULPEPPER
QB DOLPHINS

Last week Culpepper was sidelined with what was reportedly a sore throwing shoulder. Joey Harrington got the start, completing 26 of 41 passes for 232 yards, no TDs and two interceptions in a loss to the Patriots. The 29-year-old Culpepper, trying to come back from a potentially career-ending knee injury, has been so ineffective and immobile that he has choked the life out of what was supposed to be a high-powered offense (not to mention many fantasy teams). Follow the Dolphins' lead and go with Plan B. There are at least two dozen more-valuable QBs.

WEEK 6 INJURY WATCH

LARRY FITZGERALD
WR Cardinals (hamstring)

AHMAN GREEN
RB Packers (hamstring)

LARRY JOHNSON
RB Chiefs (neck)

JEREMY SHOCKEY
TE Giants (foot)

BYE WEEK Browns, Colts, Jaguars, Packers, Patriots, Vikings

For the latest injury news, go to SI.com/football/nfl/injuries.

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