THE MIAMI offense
has been fun to watch this year. Ronnie Brown taking snaps! Chad Pennington at
wideout! Patrick Cobbs (who?) with 138 yards and two TDs! After Sunday's game
you might be tempted to pick up Cobbs, or Pennington. Don't. The Dolphins are
using unpredictable game plans to cover for their skill-player deficiencies;
this may be good for Miami's offense, but it is bad for fantasy owners in
search of consistent production. Don't be among those taken in by the Dolphins'
Who's Up, Who's Down
Back from a lost year in Oakland, Rhodes looked at home against a fierce Ravens
run defense on Sunday. He rushed for 73 yards and a touchdown after Joseph
Addai left with a hamstring injury in the first quarter. Since Addai will be
less than 100% this week against the Packers, one of the easier teams to run
on, Rhodes is a good short-term pickup.
In four starts since taking over for Tarvaris Jackson, the 37-year-old
journeyman has quietly averaged 247 yards passing (including 296 last week
against Detroit), which places him in the NFL's top 10. He and wideout Bernard
Berrian have connected for more than 100 yards and a TD in each of the last two
games and will make it three this week against Chicago.
The second-round pick broke into the receiver rotation in Week 3, and on Sunday
against Washington he showed he belonged there, with four catches for 73 yards,
including two clutch late-game grabs. Expect the rookie to build on this effort
and get more chances in the coming weeks.
You've been waiting for McGahee to once again play like the back who rushed for
1,000 yards in three of his four full seasons, but injuries and Baltimore's
backfield-by-committee approach have resulted in weeks of disappointment.
Gaining a mere 3.2 yards per carry, he's become virtually unusable; it's time
to cut your losses and send McGahee to the waiver wire.
He was a hot pickup after catching TDs in the first three weeks of the season,
but since then Brett Favre has been looking more to Laveranues Coles, who has
16 catches, 166 yards and three TDs in the last two games. Stuckey has only two
catches for 12 yards in that period—which means that once again he should be
nothing more than a fantasy afterthought.
Any hope for consistent production has been dimmed by the return to form of
Marvin Harrison (83 yards, two TDs against Baltimore) and the presence of a
healthy Dallas Clark at tight end. After 137 yards in Week 2, Gonzalez has had
just seven catches for 73 yards in the three games since.
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