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David Sabino
November 06, 2006
WE LIKE THE MATCHUP
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November 06, 2006

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WE LIKE THE MATCHUP

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MARQUES COLSTON
Saints AT Buccaneers
The rookie is coming off his best game (six catches for 163 yards, two TDs), and he'll get a chance to top it against Tampa's undersized cornerbacks. For a preview see 6'5" Plaxico Burress's first quarter TD against the Bucs' 5'10" Ronde Barber last week. Size matters, and Colston is 6'4".

EDDIE KENNISON
Chiefs AT Rams
Kennison is likely free in your league, and now is the time to snag him. He hauled in six passes for 132 yards last week, which indicates that fill-in QB Damon Huard is finally comfortable with him. More important, Trent Green, with whom Kennison has played for six seasons, is slated to return from a concussion soon.

TIGHT END

JASON WITTEN
Cowboys AT Redskins
Witten--the biggest beneficiary of Dallas's QB switch to the spry Tony Romo--showed last week what he can do when he's not forced to hold his blocks. Able to get into his pass patterns earlier, he made six catches for 80 yards and one TD against the Panthers, his finest performance since Week 14 of last year (93 yards and a TD against the Chiefs).

KICKER

ADAM VINATIERI
Colts AT Patriots
The most consistent clutch kicker in NFL history, Vinatieri returns to New England to play his former team, for which he made so many memorable boots. Look for him to have plenty of opportunities to show the Foxborough faithful what they lost as he punctuates seven or eight scoring drives in this shootout between two of the league's glamour teams.

DEFENSE

GIANTS VS. Texans
Since a team meeting during their bye week, the Giants have regrouped--especially on defense. New York has won all four games since then and has sacked opposing quarterbacks 21 times. A slumping David Carr seems ripe for the picking: At Tennessee he was taken down four times and turned the ball over three times before being pulled.

SUPER SLEEPER
DEUCE MCALLISTER
RB SAINTS vs. Buccaneers

Texans fans have been asking themselves all year, "What if we had Reggie Bush?" After the Heisman winner suffered an ankle injury last week, the New Orleans faithful may be forced to ponder, "What if we don't?" But Bush's getting dinged is good news for anyone who owns McAllister, who will get a shot at the full-time gig. Through seven games McAllister has put up surprisingly solid fantasy numbers for a guy who gets only half of his team's carries and has become an afterthought as a receiver. (He has 15 catches to Bush's 42.) McAllister has done the best with the opportunities he's been given, averaging 4.7 yards per carry and scoring four TDs. Considering McAllister's Week 5 performance against Tampa Bay--he turned 15 carries into 123 yards and a TD--and adding in the nine carries and 11 receptions that Bush had that day, you can see how McAllister's expanded load could lead to a fantasy windfall.

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