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10 Telling Tussles
GENE MENEZ
November 27, 2006
The weeks are dwindling, and the fantasy playoffs loom, setting up these games as the ones that will make or break your season
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November 27, 2006

10 Telling Tussles

The weeks are dwindling, and the fantasy playoffs loom, setting up these games as the ones that will make or break your season

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BEARS AT RAMS

St. Louis quarterback Marc Bulger and receiver Torry Holt have formed one of the league's most lethal tandems this season, but they will meet their toughest test in a Chicago D that ranks No. 1 against the pass and has allowed just seven scores through the air. Bulger and Holt remain must-starts, but if any Ram is likely to have a dream fantasy day, it will be running back Steven Jackson; Chicago ranks just 10th against the run.

Fantasy Forecast
In a low-scoring game the running backs--Jackson and the Bears' Thomas Jones--outperform Bulger, Holt and Chicago QB Rex Grossman.

Sleeper Pick
Rams Defense

WEEK 15

CHIEFS AT CHARGERS

Many fantasy teams still alive in Week 15 will have either Larry Johnson or LaDainian Tomlinson--or be facing one of them--making this AFC West clash must-see TV. In the previous game between these two, Johnson and Tomlinson each scored two touchdowns, but the Chiefs limited Tomlinson to 66 rushing yards, his second-lowest total of the season.

Fantasy Forecast
LT, fantasy's undisputed MVP, tops LJ and hits the statistical jackpot.

Sleeper Pick
Chargers WR Malcom Floyd

LIONS AT PACKERS

This kind of matchup--offenses that can move the ball against defenses that can't stop offenses from moving the ball--makes for fantasy-league fantasies. The last time these two clubs squared off, Green Bay's Brett Favre threw for 340 yards and three touchdowns, the Lions' Roy Williams had 138 receiving yards and a score, and the teams combined for 824 yards and 55 points. Only a Wisconsin blizzard can prevent a repeat of those kinds of numbers.

Fantasy Forecast
Green Bay's Donald Driver, not Williams, is the best receiver on the field.

Sleeper Pick
Packers TE David Martin

EAGLES AT GIANTS

In their last meeting Eli Manning rallied New York from a 17-point fourth-quarter deficit, and every receiver from the Giants' Amani Toomer to the Eagles' Donte' Stallworth looked like a fantasy all-star. Running backs Brian Westbrook and Tiki Barber weren't huge factors that day (40 combined carries), but this time the wintry winds at the Meadowlands (and the absence of the injured Donovon McNabb) will make the running game key.

Fantasy Forecast
The Eagles' air attack is grounded, and Barber emerges as the game's MVP.

Sleeper Pick
Giants WR Sinorice Moss

BENGALS AT COLTS

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