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November 06, 2006
DON'T LIKE THE MATCHUP
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November 06, 2006

Sit Em'

DON'T LIKE THE MATCHUP

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BERNARD BERRIAN
Bears VS. Dolphins
Here's a fact that should worry owners: Last week was the first time this year that QB Rex Grossman didn't attempt to connect with Berrian on their signature streak route, perhaps fallout from their poor communication at Arizona. Against the 49ers, Berrian didn't see anything longer than 15 yards.

DREW BENNETT
Titans AT Jaguars
Bennett is no longer a solid fantasy option, and perhaps Vince Young is to blame. Since the rookie took over at QB four games ago, Bennett has caught just six balls. Expect numbers similar to what Bennett put up the last time he faced Jacksonville (Week 17 of last year): one catch for nine yards.

TIGHT END

DESMOND CLARK
Bears VS. Dolphins
Miami's secondary has been torched for 12 passing TDs in seven games. With that in mind, look for Chicago's wideouts to be more involved in the offense than the (likely) Pro Bowl--bound Clark. He's also battling precedent: Over the last four games no opposing tight end has gained more than 39 yards against the Dolphins, and only Green Bay's David Martin has scored.

KICKER

JEFF REED
Steelers VS. Broncos
The Steelers' offense is discombobulated, and the only chance it has to cobble together scoring drives against the Broncos is if Denver's defense is still recovering from last week's whipping by the Colts. Moreover, Reed is one of the league's least-used kickers, having attempted just 11 field goals (making eight) in seven games this season.

DEFENSE

PATRIOTS VS. Colts
After Indy's demolition of the vaunted Denver D, it's clear that there's little anyone--even defensive mastermind Bill Belichick--can do to slow down Peyton Manning, Reggie Wayne, Marvin Harrison & Co. Don't expect turnovers, either: Indy has committed only four, a league low, through Week 8.

BEWARE OF BUST
SHAUN ALEXANDER
RB SEAHAWKS vs. Raiders

Alexander is slated to return from a broken foot this week against the Raiders, but a smart owner might consider a strategy of watchful waiting. If you have the Seattle star, you've no doubt procured someone to fill in. So why rush Alexander out there? Better hold off a week before testing him. (He wasn't performing particularly well--2.9 yards per carry--before his injury.) While the Raiders might appear to be the perfect team for Alexander to find his legs against, their rushing defense (ranked 26th) isn't as bad as it looks. For the most part opponents are racking up rushing yards because they've been way ahead and haven't had to pass in the second half. But DE Derrick Burgess and DT Warren Sapp have been playing better during Oakland's current two-game winning streak. Then there's the Seattle line. Without Steve Hutchinson it has been awful, and Seahawks starters have averaged a mere 52.9 rushing yards.

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