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David Sabino
August 21, 2006
MATCHUP OF THE WEEK They were backfieldmates at Auburn, they were both top five picks in the 2005 draft, and they're both starters on playoff-caliber NFL teams. So which one should you pick for your fantasy team?
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August 21, 2006

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NOT EASY BEING GREEN
The abrupt retirement of Pro Bowl left tackle Willie Roaf doesn't bode well for the fantasy value of Chiefs quarterback Trent Green (left). Kansas City, which already had lost right tackle John Welbourn to retirement in June, will be more conservative offensively under new coach Herm Edwards. In fact, Chiefs president Carl Peterson says, his team "should surpass" the 520 rushing attempts it had in 2005.

CAROLINA ON MY MIND
DeAngelo Williams, the Panthers' first-round draft pick, was impressive during minicamps and is emerging as a sleeper. The rookie running back has the explosiveness and vision to be a star in the Carolina offense-- coach John Fox has his mind set on running the ball more this season--and starter DeShaun Foster has a long history of injuries. If you're looking for a backup in the later rounds, Williams merits strong consideration.

DAVID SABINO
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Moving Up

Antowain Smith RB TEXANS
Domanick Davis is hobbled with a bum knee, opening up an opportunity for some additional carries for the 10th-year veteran.

CEDRIC HOUSTON RB JETS
The second-year man has the best chance to replace ailing Curtis Martin.

Ernest Wilford WR JAGUARS
He and Matt Jones are emerging as Byron Leftwich's primary options.

Moving Down

LenDale White RB TITANS
Tussled with teammates at practice last week and has fallen to third on the depth chart.

Colts Defense
It's only August, and stalwarts Freeney, Sanders, Simon, Doss and Reagor are already banged up.

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