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"Reliable Rudi" is suddenly anything but, and fantasy owners thinking he'll find his old form this week should think again. Johnson started the season with a bang, averaging 120.5 yards and scoring three TDs in his first two games. Since then he's been strangely quiet, especially where it counts the most: the red zone. While he did rush for 101 yards against the Panthers last week, he was again scoreless. Facing first-and-goal on the three-yard line late in the game, Johnson got one crack at the end zone before coach Marvin Lewis opted to pass for the TD instead. Lewis's decision to throw in that situation is a bad sign for anyone who depends on Johnson as a first-string running back. Another bad sign: the Atlanta D. Other than Tiki Barber, no back (from a group that includes DeShaun Foster, Cadillac Williams, Deuce McAllister, Edgerrin James and Willie Parker) has rushed for a TD or gained more than 81 yards against the Falcons.
WEEK 8 INJURY WATCH
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FISH OR CUT
It's not often that you'd drop a healthy player who was ranked No. 1 at his position in the preseason. But as good as Rackers was in 2005--he led all fantasy kickers--he has been dismal in '06. Last year he missed only two of 42 kicks and made six of seven field goals from 50 yards or more. This season he has already missed six field goals in 18 attempts, including two decisive last-second boots, and has gone 0 for 4 from long range. In seven games he has scored in double figures just twice. Since Rackers needs to be replaced for Arizona's bye in Week 9, consider making a permanent change now.