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October 23, 2006
DON'T LIKE THE MATCHUP
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October 23, 2006

Sit 'em

DON'T LIKE THE MATCHUP

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In Week 16 last year Johnson ran wild against the Chargers' defense and crafted a fantastic fantasy stat sheet: 32 rushes for 131 yards, four receptions for 48 yards and two TDs. The Chiefs' 20--7 win caused the Bolts to miss the playoffs and certified LJ's status as a No. 1 fantasy draft pick. But in 2006 San Diego's defense is third against the run (71.6 yards per game) and has allowed only one rushing TD (to Pittsburgh's Willie Parker, who ranks third in the NFL in that category). Last Sunday the Chargers' defensive front stopped the 49ers' Frank Gore, who had entered the game tied for the league lead in total rushing yards, holding him to 55. If Johnson is to enjoy a replay of last year's performance against the Chargers, he'll have to improve on his effort against Pittsburgh last week. Over 15 carries he averaged only 1.7 yards, not what you would expect from a No. 1 draft pick.

FISH OR CUT BAIT?

JAMAL LEWIS

RB RAVENS

Those of you who drafted Jamal Lewis as a starter gambled that he'd resemble the player who ran for 2,066 yards and 14 TDs in 2003, not the one who scored three TDs and gained 906 yards last year. No such luck. Through six weeks he has run for one TD and 58.6 yards per game, which puts him on pace for 938.6 yards. All told, Lewis has reached the end zone 11 times in his last 33 games--not the kind of scoring punch demanded of a featured back. Hold on to him until Musa Smith becomes the Ravens' starter, but don't expect anything more than what you'd get from a fantasy reserve.

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