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Snakebitten Browns tight end Kellen Winslow is due to have a big year, says his quarterback
Don't be�surprised if Browns tight end Kellen Winslow has a breakout season. Injuries limited him to two games over the last two years, but Winslow spent most of the off-season in Cleveland getting to know second-year quarterback Charlie Frye. The two often worked out together after training under the supervision of strength coaches at the team's facility, and Frye says their friendship should help their chemistry on the field. The Browns lined up Winslow in a variety of positions during training camp--split wide, in the slot and in a traditional three-point stance next to an offensive tackle--and they hope to use his athleticism to create mismatches in the passing game. Frye says Winslow has looked explosive while running routes, and he still has impressive quickness despite multiple right-leg injuries over the last two years.
NEW BIRD WILL FLY Donovan McNabb should put up even better fantasy numbers now that the Eagles have traded for wide receiver Donte' Stallworth. The former Saint brings explosive speed to a mediocre receiving corps, and some think he'll become a more consistent performer with McNabb throwing to him. Cornerback Sheldon Brown also believes that McNabb's improvisational skills should make a huge difference for Stallworth, who will have time to get downfield and create some big plays. McNabb liked throwing deep to recently cut Todd Pinkston. There's no reason why Stallworth, who has 4.2 speed in the 40, can't become a comparable home run threat.
...you shouldn't outthink yourself. Play proven players
A common�mistake that fantasy owners make is overthinking their lineups based on matchups. For example, let's say that for this week's games you have to choose two receivers from your stable of Reggie Brown, Plaxico Burress, Donald Driver, T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Matt Jones. You may think: No way I'm picking Driver this week, because the Packers face the Bears, who might have the best defense in the league. And I don't like Jones's chances to get off the line against the Cowboys' cornerbacks, nor do I like Houshmandzadeh until I see if Carson Palmer's O.K. But Eli Manning's going to put three or four up top for Burress against a suspect Colts secondary, and I think Donovan McNabb's going to carve up the Texans, so Brown could easily go over 100 yards. And so you start Brown and Burress.
Let's look at your decisions:
1) Until Brett Favre gets comfortable with rookie wideout Greg Jennings, he's going to look for Driver whenever he gets in trouble--and with that porous offensive line he'll have trouble against the Bears. The Pack also figures to fall behind early, so Driver should get 10 balls thrown his way.