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Get 'Em Now
GENE MENEZ
October 16, 2006
With the season-ending playoffs (and frozen fields) in mind, it's time to start wheeling and dealing to bolster your roster. Here are the players you should lock in on--before your opponents do
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October 16, 2006

Get 'em Now

With the season-ending playoffs (and frozen fields) in mind, it's time to start wheeling and dealing to bolster your roster. Here are the players you should lock in on--before your opponents do

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YOUR TEAM is off to a great start, scoring more points than an unguarded Kobe Bryant. It's time to start thinking playoffs, plugging the holes in your roster to have your team in top form for the postseason. But as you ponder trade possibilities, which players should you target? The answer is the following seven, whose performance arcs and schedules best position them to peak at the right time: Weeks 14, 15 and 16, a.k.a. the fantasy playoffs. So put them on your wish list.

DAVID CARR QB Texans

Yes, Houston is bad, having been outscored 113--66 in four games, but that's what has made Carr so good. With the Texans often facing large early deficits, Carr has been forced to throw. Thanks in part to the tutelage of new coach and quarterback guru Gary Kubiak, Carr's numbers (865 yards, seven touchdowns in four games) have been a pleasant surprise. Kubiak says that the 27-year-old is finally beginning to "show some signs of really growing up as a player."

Fantasy Playoff Matchups: WEEK 14 vs. Titans; WEEK 15 at Patriots; WEEK 16 vs. Colts

Carr faces a woeful Tennessee squad in Week 14 and, in the ´┐Żberimportant Week 16 (the Fantasy Super Bowl for many leagues), a Colts team that he burned for three touchdowns in a Week 2 loss.

THOMAS JONES RB Bears

The Rex Grossman Show has carried Chicago through five weeks, but there are signs that the running game is coming around. Two weeks ago against Seattle the Bears rushed for 143 yards, and on Sunday in a 40--7 rout of the Bills they rolled up 155. "We're starting to complement each other, the run and the pass," Jones says. And with the wintry weather making the vertical game a dicey prospect at Soldier Field in December, running the ball will only become more important for Chicago.

Fantasy Playoff Matchups: WEEK 14 at Rams; WEEK 15 vs. Buccaneers; WEEK 16 at Lions

A date with Tampa Bay, which has one of the worst run defenses in the NFL, makes the acquisition of Jones valuable in and of itself.

WILLIS MCGAHEE RB Bills

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