It's difficult to
even imagine sitting McGahee, who leads the league in rushing (389 yards)
through four weeks. (The Chargers' LaDainian Tomlinson has a higher per-game
average but fewer total yards, having had a bye in Week 3.) But if you have
alternatives, this is a good time to let McGahee ride the pine. The Bears'
defense may not be No. 1 in the league against the run, but it has held
opposing featured backs to just 65.8 yards per game with no touchdowns.
Buffalo's offense is predicated on McGahee's getting chunks of yardage on first
and second down and alleviating the pressure on largely unproven quarterback
J.P. Losman. With few other options to worry about (unlike in Week 1, when
Chicago faced Brett Favre's Packers and gave up 110 yards to Ahman Green), the
Bears will hold McGahee, who scored his first touchdown last week, to half of
his 97.3-yard average.
Chargers VS. Steelers
Blasphemy, you say? Well, the Steelers' D has an uncanny ability to contain
tight ends, having allowed only five catches and 56 yards this year. Plus, with
Philip Rivers running a superconservative San Diego offense, Gates hasn't been
much of a factor (10 receptions). Play an alternative if you have one.
Colts VS. Titans
Where is this guy? The big-play threat is part of a three-man rotation, sharing
catches with Ben Utecht and Bryan Fletcher. Because Marvin Harrison and Reggie
Wayne will be busy early, staking the Colts to a commanding lead over the
hapless Titans, don't expect Clark to be called on much this week either.
Buccaneers AT Saints
As if you needed another reason to sit Galloway, who's been all over the board
(zero catches, then nine, then one), here are two more: Bruce Gradkowski, the
Bucs' new starting QB, has thrown only six regular-season passes; and the
Saints have allowed only one wide receiver to gain more than 90 yards this
Bears VS. Bills
His stats are misleading. In Weeks 1 and 2 his fantasy points came almost
entirely on long touchdowns. In Week 3 Rex Grossman was without favorite target
Desmond Clark. TE Clark and WR Mark Bradley (another burner) should be back
from injuries, leaving fewer opportunities for Berrian against Buffalo.
Titans AT Colts
With Vince Young at QB for Tennessee, be wary of starting Bennett. He
disappeared (two catches for 10 yards) in Young's first start on Sunday,
because the rookie passer frequently looked for the short, easy tosses to the
tight end. Against Indy, the Titans are likely to play it just as safe, calling
underneath routes and going at the Colts' weakness--their run defense.