Panthers VS. Buccaneers
In Week 3 Johnson torched ex-coach Jon Gruden for 97 yards and a TD, but that
was before the Bucs signed Philip Buchanon to provide secondary depth. (Starter
Brian Kelly, who missed that game, is now on IR.) Deep routes still kill the
Bucs, but Johnson usually operates across the middle.
Bengals VS. Chargers
As QB Carson Palmer struggles with his mechanics, Johnson's numbers suffer. The
outspoken one was muted again against Baltimore, catching a mere four passes
for 32 yards. San Diego's league-leading pass rush surely won't let Palmer get
too comfy, which will mean another frustrating day for Johnson.
Giants VS. Bears
Here's a stat line Shockey can only dream about: four catches, 41 yards and a
touchdown. No tight end has hit any of those marks against the Bears this year.
(Opposing team's starting tight ends are averaging 16.5 yards.) Nickelback
Ricky Manning Jr. has been a hawk--he has four picks--and Chicago's linebackers
are speedy enough to tail Shockey.
Redskins AT Eagles
When Novak was signed to spell injured kicker John Hall, he became one of those
rare midseason additions who might help a fantasy team. Sure enough, after
kicking a 47-yard game-winner against Dallas, Novak made a name for himself.
But he has also missed three of five kicks in his last two games, including a
35-yarder--so his is not a name worth remembering.
Arizona has cobbled together excellent fantasy stats through turnovers--the
Cards are second in the NFL in fumble recoveries and have nine interceptions.
But Dallas has had a swagger on offense lately, and QB Tony Romo has been
protective of the football, with one pick in two starts. In this game, tough D
isn't in the Cards.
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