game in Week 14 won't feature many fantasy studs. But when the Bengals visit
Indianapolis the following week, every fantasy owner still in contention will
have a rooting interest. The point: In the world of fantasy football, some
games are much more compelling than others. With just five weeks remaining in
the fantasy season, these games loom as the most significant.
Welcome to the
Quarterbacks Who Cannot Be Trusted Bowl. The Bears' Rex Grossman was the
biggest fantasy surprise of the first half, but he has cooled quicker than
Chicago's weather. New England's Tom Brady, meanwhile, has vexed owners with
his boom-or-bust performances: He had his second four-TD game in four weeks on
Sunday, but in the other two games he threw one TD pass and five interceptions.
Given the strength of both pass defenses, the running backs have the best
chance of being productive.
Each team moves the ball well on Gillette's new FieldTurf, but Pats rookie
running back Laurence Maroney comes away as the highest fantasy scorer.
Bears TE Desmond Clark
The first meeting
between these NFC East rivals, on Monday night in Week 7, was the game in which
Dallas coach Bill Parcells replaced Drew Bledsoe with Tony Romo at quarterback.
New York won 36--22, but since then the Cowboys have been a much more
productive passing team, averaging 264.5 yards, up from 218.5.
Romo goes wild against a banged-up Giants defense as Dallas exacts revenge.
Cowboys TE Anthony Fasano
With the additions
of free-agent quarterback Drew Brees and rookie receiver Marques Colston out of
Hofstra, the New Orleans offense has become the fantasy surprise of the season.
But Brees and Colston will face a difficult matchup here--at week's end Dallas
had allowed 200.1 yards per game through the air and just nine passing
touchdowns--while Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens meets a pass defense that
has allowed 20 scores.
Dallas shuts down Brees and Colston while Owens and running back Julius Jones
have a field day.
Cowboys WR Sam Hurd